- March 1st, 2014
Life is always inviting you to discover what is missing, to show you what you have denied or left unhealed. Life brings the opportunities for your greatest gifts to unfold. Will it be hard? Will it be easy? It will be what you make up about it. In the end, it is an opportunity to see how you create, what you really believe, and what that perspective brings into your experience. Look around.Walking Your Own PathBy Simran Singh
- February 1st, 2014
Some people believe that meditation emphasizes exotic, otherworldly experiences over more tangible benefits. Not so! The PBS documentary titled The New Medicine provides strong evidence that regular meditation reduces stress and encourages a healthier, longer, and more cheerful life.Meditations for the here and nowBy William Blake
- November 1st, 2013
Feeling stressed out? You owe it to yourself to find ways to reduce stress in your life, for your own mental, emotional, and physical health.
Research has firmly established that stress weakens the immune system. When you are under stress your body produces adrenaline, cortisol, and other stress hormones that can impair its ability to fight off disease.Understanding root causes can help us lead happier, more peaceful livesBy Bradley Nelson, DC
- September 1st, 2013
“Try not to think. Quiet your mind.”
Meditation can sound daunting, mysterious. What is quiet? What is empty? It’s not completely understood. Much interest and information surrounds meditation, yet it remains elusive to many.
The main stumbling block is attaining inner quiet. “I can’t shut my brain off” is a common defeated observation.A path to quiet meditationBy Mary Ann Peterson, LAc, MAcOM
- July 1st, 2013
Can you remember a time in your life when you thought your heart was going to break? Can you remember feeling that sensation often referred to as “heartache”? It may have felt as if an elephant were sitting on your chest, or that you couldn’t breathe.Breaking down the wall around your heartBy Bradley Nelson, DC
- June 1st, 2013
When we enter midlife, many of us start having the urge to do something different. We start asking ourselves questions like “What do I want to do when I grow up?” and “What is my purpose?”
Then there’s the larger existential query: “Who am I?”The midlife rebirth of the authentic youBy Diane Lang
- May 1st, 2013
Have you ever wanted to meditate but just didn’t know how to start? This month’s Inner Balance can put you on the right path—and it’s easier than you’d think.
Excerpted from the new book Effortless Mind: Meditate with Ease by Ajayan Borys. Published with permission of New World Library (newworldlibrary.com).
- February 1st, 2013
A few years ago on Valentine’s Day, I went out with three girlfriends dressed to the nines. We were headed to a Singles Society event. Within three feet of walking into the Flamingo Resort in Santa Rosa, we saw that there were only ten people there, all over the age of 60, and only one male. I left the premises depressed as we headed toward Petaluma.Learning to be content in each season of relationshipsBy Shiroko Sokitch, MD
- November 1st, 2012
“You have no idea how much your life is going to improve as a result of this. Food tastes better. The air seems fresher. You’ll have more energy and self-confidence than you ever dreamed of.” When Jerry Seinfeld uttered these words, he was talking about a shower head—but never mind that. He could just as well have been talking about yoga.Eight poses for calm, energy, and clarityBy Brian Leaf, MA
- March 1st, 2012
These days, meditation is fashionable—a way for privileged individuals to attend special events, consume good food, interact with like-minded people, and have their picture taken with a famous Buddhist Lama. Obviously, this is not genuine practice. True meditation heightens your sensitivity and sharpens your insight.Perspective on Meditation in the Buddhist Traditionby Shyalpa Tenzin Rinpoche