Month: October 2017

Searching our Mind for the Roots of Fear

You are taking a early morning walk in the woods ― pleasant, beautiful day, the sun shining through the leaves. Suddenly, a snake appears at your feet. You experience something at that moment. You freeze, your heart rate shoots up and you begin to sweat ― a quick, automatic sequence of physical reactions. That reaction is fear. Human anxiety is greatly amplified by our ability to imagine the future, and our place in it. A day later, you are taking the same walk again. Sunshine, pleasure, but no snake.  Still, you are worried that you will encounter one. The experience of walking through the woods is fraught with worry. You are anxious. This simple distinction between anxiety and fear is an important one in the task of defining and treating of anxiety disorders, which affect many millions of people and account for more visits to mental health professionals each year than any of the other broad categories of psychiatric disorders. Scientists generally define fear as a negative emotional state triggered by the presence of a …

Sometimes in life we just need to smile

Sometimes in life we just need to stand there and smile, we are moving so fast than we miss every moment to see the beauty in this world, our present is our Now. For many years I struggled to find the peace I really wanted. You know the dream: Happiness Not overthinking No anxiety Physically fit And the to live every moment without being distracted by the past or the future. During that time, I lived with anxiety, insomnia and way too much useless thinking going on in my head. It was never easy. One of the reasons I was never truly at peace was because of one recurring problem: I couldn’t learn to “accept” where I was without wishing it were different. Because avoiding and fighting against what is happening inside you only makes it worse. Unfortunately, acceptance is also really hard to cultivate. We’re practically wired to not accept the moment if it’s not 100% comfortable. So, what can we do? Master Miyamoto Mushashi’s 21 rules of life. Known as Japan’s greatest ever …

How to Practice Headstand

How to Practice Headstand Learn the intricacies of the yoga pose, Headstand or Salamba Sirsasana Almost all of the articles you see about yoga these days—and there are a passel of ’em—describe how wonderful it is. They list the benefits, ranging from increased flexibility to ultimate immersion in the Great Cosmic Ooze. They describe yoga as a stress-free, painless way to well-being. But by touting only the obvious goodies, these articles not only paint an incomplete picture of yoga, they also rob it of its juice. The pleasures and benefits of yoga are indeed numerous and profound, but the difficulties you encounter in your practice are at least as important. Ancient yoga texts stress the importance of tapas—the fiery quality of discipline and determination. One way to produce fire is friction, and the resistances that arise as you practice often provide the spark that ignites the fires of transformation. That fire is fed and fanned by your practice as you roll out your mat day after day. Every part of your life, from the most …