Archive: December 2013

Neti, neti: I am not this, not that

Neti, neti: I am not this, not that

20 December, 2013 | Posted in Lessons from the Mat, Meditation + Philosophy

Have holiday celebrations and feasts started for you? My month thus far has been jam packed with festive gatherings, as well as more-than-I’m-used-to alcohol, sugar, and carbohydrate consumption. Talk of detoxing usually begins at the start of the new year, and yet I’m already feeling the need to cleanse.

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Is This a Heart?

Is This a Heart?

20 December, 2013 | Posted in Meditation + Philosophy

In both Sanskrit and Pali, the word citta means mind, however, in Pali it also means heart, which explains why my meditation teachers often say “heart mind” like it’s one word.

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Avoid Future Suffering - in a Wholesome Way

Avoid Future Suffering - in a Wholesome Way

12 December, 2013 | Posted in Lessons from the Mat

In the Yoga Sutra, Patanjali tells us that future suffering can be avoided (II.16). In fact, he tell us that future suffing is to be avoided. Upon reading that, I immediately thought of one of Mark Twain’s sayings: “I have had many worries in my life, most of which have never happened.”

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