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Sutra II of Patanjali's Yoga Sutras gives us insight into the nature of consciousness and a very concise outline of the practice of yoga. In this audio discussion we will take a look at how the yogic philosophy views consciousness and also how this understanding of consciousness ultimately shapes the way in which yoga is practices.

This class is guided by Dr. Adam Cohen, teacher of Indian Psychology and Philosophy. In this class we will see how the filters of consciousness alter our perception of reality, and how through a well guided practice of yoga we can reach the ultimate transcendental state of Samadhi. This is part of a series of discourses on the Patanjali Yoga Sutras

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Sutra II Purifying Consciousness Through Yoga.mp3

This is an exploration of Sutra I from the Patanjali Yoga Sutras. This is the beginning of a series of lectures on the Yoga Sutras, taking our exploration of this traditional text to a different level of understanding with emphasis on personal relevance and connection through yoga psychology. 

The Yoga Sutras by Patanjali mark a major turning point in the development of yogic system. This lecture series on the Yoga Sutras explores how the popular yoga sutras can be applied practically to our understanding of our bodies, minds, and spirits.

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Sutra I Building a Spiritual Foundation.mp3

How can we bind the material dimension of our lives into unity with the spiritual dimension? Is there a way to live with a spiritual vision that pervades every action we take? 

The Bagavad Gita teaches us how to live life with meaning and purpose by fusing the infinite dimension of our spirit with the finite limits of our body and mind. By living life with purpose, direction, and connection we can bring unity into every aspect of our lives.

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Bhagavad Gita Merging the Finite with the Infinite.mp3

Who's in control? Are you living life spiritually, bodily, or both? How can we find balance between the needs of our body and our spirit? The nature of the universe is paradoxical. How can we live our lives spiritually while respecting the needs of our bodies and our mind? This class explore the relationship between body, spirit, and the universe.  

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Living Life to the Fullest.mp3

Sunday, 30 September 2012 10:37

(Meditation) Right Brain Activation

Unravel your center for creativity and intuition through this right brain activating body scan meditation practice. 

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Right Brain Training.mp3

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Saturday, 29 September 2012 06:08

The Ascending Winter: Finding a Natural Flow

winter1The frigid wind, coarse and nearly abrasive, speaks of a lifeless moment. Twirling and twisting, it dances, suspended between jagged white capped peaks tarnished by eons of imposing presence, their monumental stature mounted within the innumerable years intimately captured within the cycles of Mother Nature. This is the call of another winter, a seasonal expression of Earth in her teeter totter, rhythmical waves of self expression. But underneath the frozen tundra, hidden in a slumber beneath the icy crust, life sleeps, silently awaiting the clock-like guarantee that a vibrant spring will abound adorned with the infinite novelties of creation in abundance.

Humanity may have meandered curiously away from nature decades ago, searching for immortality through control, yet nature has never departed from us, and as far as we may delude ourselves from our insurmountable bond to her, we are ever shaped by her omnipotent life pulse.

Winter has arrived, the shifting tides of life recoiling from an outward dynamic of expression to contract into the dormancy of involution, a spacious cavern of organic withdrawal where energy is harboured for reform, rejuvenation, and potential discovery. And under the milky white veil of crisp snow the learned wisdoms of the summer of life return to their inner auditorium to collaborate and investigate new paths in the forest of life under the arching trees of imagination and self-discovery.

winter2The mellowed moments of winter are here to take us into our own naturally indrawn phase of self-exploration. Nature is beckoning us to consider her cycles: “follow me” her cool breath whispers “along the journey towards synchrony and flow”. Her winter provides us with fortified solidarity to withdraw and reflect upon our own unique wisdom of creation accumulated from the spring, summer, and fall. Energy contracts back towards the center to organize into a new pattern and expression of self to be tried, tested, and investigated in the dawning phase of an unknown, unventured future.

Existence is neither monotonous nor mundane. An unimaginative state of being is naturally impossible. Only through our resistance to uncertainly and the unknown do we find ourselves trapped in routines that harbour self-defeat. Life in Nature is constantly challenging us to grow; she gestures through the call of the wild, her ever changing stroke of imagination canvassed upon the rhythmical waves of infinite possibilities that are actualized through the naturalization of life and being. Winter, the inner sanctuary of the soul, a spacious home for recreating ourselves in any way we reflectively choose. And then comes spring! Will the aroma of our pedals speak of a reflectively mindful winter?

By Dr. Adam Cohen

 

 

Saturday, 29 September 2012 04:26

(Meditation) Internal Safe Zone

Discover your internal safe zone with this guided meditation practice. An internal safe zone can be your own mental refuge in times of stress. By training and developing this safe zone we can enhance our ability to rapidly recover peace and awareness.

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Internal Safe Zone

Friday, 28 September 2012 04:49

(Meditation) Boat in The Thought Waves

Mindfulness meditation designed to help separate the thought waves from the observing Self which over time helps to enrich and enlighten the internal atmosphere of the mind.

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Sunday, 23 September 2012 04:38

A Spiritually Vibrant Life

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Monday, 17 September 2012 04:51

The Secrets of the Soul

By: Dr. Adam Cohen

As children we use to play amongst the budding oak trees, mystified by the sweet fragrances of the warm spring air, enchanted by the secrets of the world. Days weren’t measured linearly like numbers on a watch but in moments within moments, captured by the ebb and flow of the natural pulsations of life. People weren’t measured as commodities nor were the drifting experiences of life seen as fleeting. The earth was alive, and we were a part of something greater to which divisions between self and other were ethereally vague.

Trapped in the impulses of conformity, and ridden with self doubt and greed, many of us have lost our ways, crawling through life like soldiers in the trenches, avoiding the airborne shrapnel of unpredictable circumstances, fearing the sky for its rain and dreading the earth for its hidden mines. Yet within each of us there is a cry for salvation, freedom from the turmoil of our own conforming thoughts and liberation from the sorrows of a world we have fortified with walls we cannot scale.

Each of us, in our own lingering ways, have created the boundaries of our reality with electrified fences, keeping everything that is familiar within and all that is foreign without. Though the deeply etched lines of our indignations have protected us from the fears of the unknown and the pains of the unforeseen, we remain trapped in a reality from which we cannot grow, a life that is difficult to salvage even with the most pressing of needs.

Limitations come from comforts, and comforts arise from familiarities. That which gives us security also exposes our deepest of wounds, and like fish cornered in an alcove within the river bed, we leave ourselves open for attack from even the slightest of changes within the limitations of our conformed definitions of reality. One faulty nail imbedded in a decaying wood beam needs only but a soft tap to bring the whole structure crumbling to the floor.

How have we come to this place of unrest, where that which we expect and depend upon, the predictabilities of our lives, have left us vulnerable, scattered amongst our worries and fears? The difficulty of our era is found in our prosperity, where an abundance of much that is not necessary has given us a reality which is unnatural, unethical, and self-degrading; Sciences proclaiming that we are just machines; sanctuaries of life demolished for slabs of beef; political strife and social injustices on scales never before seen all in the name of resources which we don’t really need.

2/3 of all military spending is for the fuel which drive the cogs of economies, militaries which protect our inalienable rights to own private jets and stables of SUV’s and monster trucks, all sustained by the idea that more is better, and better makes us the best.

Softly whimpering in the chambers of our hearts, a voice within whispers a cry for help: this is not the way. Our unhappiness is viral and universal, and like a disease it spreads with our misguided dreams and broken love for the natural world. Doubt and disruption is a product of an intuitive knowledge of something greater and more pristine. Like a cosmic vision we taste the sweet nectar of a way to life that is superior to anything we have unearthed before, a place where the wholeness and harmony of life can return with the prolific advantage of a mind that is capable of self-knowledge and perception.

There is something greater waiting for each and every one of us, a secret of the soul that echoes in the deepest recesses of our inner being. The stalwart lock that conceals the wisdom of our Self cannot be picked with rational deduction, nor can it be smashed with haphazard impulses or meandering desires. Only through a transformation of being can the lotus of our truest potentials be unveiled, an innocent curiously to explore life beyond the boundaries of our mind under the embracing thoughts that there is an infinite amount of things we have yet to know, yet to experience, and yet to be.

Life is a mystery, and the mystery can never be lost. And as we live we are intimately dancing with all that surrounds us, shaping, moulding, and manifesting the movements of the future for ourselves, our children, and all the life that glistens around us. Nature is alive, we are alive, and life itself is beautiful in every imaginable way. We are not indefinitely lost at sea. It is the fog of our illusioned perceptions and actions that create the treacheries of our lives. There are many beacons to guide us both within ourselves and without in the world that we see. Yet the blind cannot lead the blind, and our salvation can only arise from the propulsions of a newfound curiosity to do that which has not yet been done, to expand beyond our impulses and routines to find a holistically revolutionary way to live our lives.

The essence of life is profoundly surreal; we live amongst giants and walk underneath the cosmos. What we have lost is but a fraction of what we have yet to gain, and each and every one of us has something exceedingly and abundantly unique hidden within our souls. The mysteries of life are in the secrets of the soul, unfathomable dimension in concealed reality where our being melts into a Universal Being painted in multifarious pigments of divine qualities of love, life, and pure synthesis. Not all who wander are lost, and not all that are lost will always wander. To live is to wonder with awe, exploring beyond that which is known to search into worlds far exceeding the places that are familiar and known. And in this journey we are free, and in our natural beauty we are One.

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