Your Spine, Your Center

The meditator’s goal, on the Hindu spiritual path of Raja Yoga, is to first become aware of energy and then to familiarize himself with it. Next he learns to harness this energy so it does not all flow out of him. Once this is done, his task is to withdraw this energy. As he withdraws…

Technology and Concentration

I’ve seen and heard many people hold up their smartphones and say, “These things are ruining our lives.” I beg to disagree. Smartphones are not ruining our lives. They are wonderful devices with great capabilities. What is ruining your life is your inability to exercise discipline around the use of smartphones. The smartphone itself is…

Simplify your life

Reflections for the weekend: “Every year most people accumulate more and more things in their life. Things, like people, can uplift or consume energy. The fewer things you have the less energy you lose.” ~ Dandapani Photo: The Kolkata Flower Market is a kaleidoscope of color. Mounds of marigolds line a cramped street by the…

How to Overcome Distraction

People jump from one thing to another to another all day long, becoming slaves to their technology. Most people allow technology to control where their awareness goes in their mind. Every time your laptop sends a notification or your smartphone beeps an alert, you allow your awareness to get dragged to email, Twitter, Facebook, or…

How to Concentrate

Reflection for this weekend:

“Do one thing at a time! Consciously choose where your awareness goes.” ~ Dandapani

Photo: The full moon rises behind the Swayambunath Stupa as pilgrims circumambulate one of Buddhism’s holiest shrines during the celebration of the Buddhist new year in Kathmandu, Nepal.

Learn to direct energy

Reflection for the weekend: “At the heart of everything is energy. Getting to know it, understanding it and learning to channel it is one of the greatest gifts you can give yourself.” ~ Dandapani Photo: The gorgeous waterfall at Celeste River (Rio Celeste) at Tenorio Volcano National Park in Costa Rica. The turquoise colored waterfall is quite a…