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Is It Ever OK for a Student-Teacher Relationship to Turn Romantic? YJ Investigates

Is It Ever OK for a Student-Teacher Relationship to Turn Romantic? YJ Investigates

When powerful teachings, charismatic instructors, and receptive students come together in a spiritual community, intimate relationships have the potential to bloom.

“Hungry ghosts represent the parts of us that can never be satisfied,” I heard the meditation instructor say from my back-row seat in the packed contemplative center. I’d just returned to the United States after teaching English for a year in Japan. I had no job and was suffering the fallout from things ending badly with my first love while I was abroad. In my vulnerable state, I felt pulled toward a path that had long interested me: Buddhism.

“Keep coming to class,” the teacher told me as I left that night.

When he emailed three weeks later asking if I’d like to meet for coffee, I was taken aback. I looked him up online. His social media status had recently changed from “in a relationship” to “single.” I was curious. Within a few days, I was meeting him for coffee, which turned into dinner. He was handsome and charismatic. I was attracted to him, yet confused. He was my teacher. When he leaned in to kiss me, I stopped him.

“It’s taken me forever to find a meditation group I like,” I said. “I don’t want to mess it up.” Before I’d left for Japan, I’d looked for a sangha, or community. The one this man led, filled with young creative types, was the first in which I felt at home.

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But he persisted, and I said yes, and we quickly fell into a relationship. It was exciting to share love, community, and a spiritual practice. After four months together, he met me on a street corner with a bright flower. “I want you to move in with me,” he said.

He could sense my hesitation.

“I’m so sure it will work out,” he nudged. “And if it doesn’t, I’ll give you the apartment. You’re safe.”

But I wasn’t. Less than a year after moving in with him, he grew distant. I began having panic attacks. I was devastated, but not surprised, when he told me, “We need to move out.” Of course, by “we” he meant me.

Over the following weeks, I discovered I was one of several students he had pursued. I felt eviscerated. Part of the sadness was loss of love; a lot of it was loss of trust. I hadn’t even packed my possessions before he started seeing a woman he’d met in another one of his meditation classes. When I confronted him about the danger of dating students, he told me that if I showed up to the meditation group, he’d “shut it down.” I believed him. He was in the position to ostracize me, so I stayed away.

For a few years, my sense of safety in both relationships and in the spiritual community—at least the Buddhist one—were ruined. I tried attending other classes but was struck each time with immovable anxiety. I roamed around feeling stuck in a personal bardo, the Buddhist term for a space between one life and the next. To make matters worse, I felt ashamed that I couldn’t just “get over it,” and I was frustrated that the very activity I’d normally turn to for healing—meditation—was now associated with pain.

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In the past several years, the yoga world has been rocked by ethically questionable behavior among powerful leaders. It’s certainly not unheard of for a teacher and student to fall in love after connecting in class—and some of those stories have happy endings. But whenever yoga or meditation teachers and their students become romantically involved, the power imbalance combined with the vulnerability associated with spiritual practice can make for a complicated and potentially dangerous relationship—especially for the student, says Judith Hanson Lasater, PhD, veteran yoga teacher and author of Restore and Rebalance: Yoga for Deep Relaxation.

“A breakup can mean losing not only a helpful asana or meditation class, but also an emotional refuge,” she says. “Practices that were once healing and even life-saving for students can become tainted with pain.”

Still, spiritual communities are human ones, and attraction between teachers and students is inevitable. Given that, is it ever OK to act on such an attraction? And if so, how can people in yoga communities—especially those in leadership roles—address teacher-student relationships in a way that fosters awareness and protects those involved?

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The Chemistry of Love and Enlightenment

Codes of conduct around teacher-student and manager-subordinate relationships are explicitly spelled out in most university and industry settings, and often written into employment contracts. By and large, romantic relationships are forbidden, and violating this rule can have serious consequences. In fewer cases, such relationships are strongly discouraged and held to strict standards regarding disclosure. For example, the American Counseling Association prohibits therapists from having intimate relationships with clients, their romantic partners, or their family members for a period of five years following professional contact—and even then the relationship must be reported to the Association.

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Yoga and meditation practices have therapeutic and educational characteristics, yet the teacher-student dynamic is even more fraught because of their spiritual nature, says Vatsal Thakkar, MD, clinical assistant professor of psychiatry at New York University’s School of Medicine. By definition, spirituality involves contemplating and communing with the human spirit or soul—as opposed to material or physical things, which are much more tangible and verifiable—and thus requires a certain openness, trust, and dropping of defenses. Plus, many students enter these spaces already vulnerable, confronting physical, emotional, or mental wounds. As a student receives solace from the practices shared by her teacher, a false sense of intimacy may crop up and result in what experts call “misattribution of arousal,” according to Thakkar.

“In high-emotion settings that elicit strong physical responses, like a yoga or meditation class, the sensations of relaxation and bliss can be wrongly attributed to a specific person,” Thakkar explains. “Likewise, change of breath or increased serotonin from exercise, like an asana practice, can mimic the responses of romantic arousal. In fact, the neurotransmitters associated with spirituality—dopamine and serotonin—are also associated with feelings of love and lust. As a result, it is biologically challenging to sort out where your feelings are coming from when you fall for someone in one of these settings.”

This explanation resonates with me. When I look back, I realize how easy it was to associate deep meaning and connection with my ex because I met him when he was leading meditation classes and giving powerful dharma talks. It was hard to tease out my attraction to him from the one I felt for the spiritual path. Once we became involved, our relationship seemed extra purposeful and intimate because we had met under the umbrella of spirituality. And when he broke up with me, it felt like Buddhism itself had rejected me.

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Unfortunately, the group where I met my ex had no code of ethics or grievance council to provide guidance or help prevent these sorts of schisms. Yet the ancient texts themselves outline foundational codes of ethics, including advice for sex. The yoga path is built on the guidelines of the yamas and niyamas—yoga’s ethical and moral codeswith brahmacharya yama often translated as wise sexual moderation. “Practicing yoga depends on keeping the ethical rules, or yamas, as a foundation, or else it really isn’t yoga at all,” says Sri Dharma Mittra, founder of Dharma Yoga Center in New York City. In Buddhism, the third precept is about avoiding sexual misconduct.

Yet these foundational principles are not always well-known to new students, nor fully explored or contextualized in yoga and meditation as they’re often taught and practiced today. “The number of yoga teachers who have completed a 200-hour training has exploded,” says Hala Khouri, creator of the teacher-student module in the YogaWorks 300-hour training, and co-founder of the nonprofit Off the Mat, Into the World. Indeed, for every existing yoga teacher, there are two more in training—a third of whom have been practicing for two years or less, according to the 2016 Yoga in America Study by Yoga Journal and the Yoga Alliance. With an influx of teachers newer to yogic traditions, there is a higher risk of abusing—intentionally or unintentionally—the authority role, says Khouri.

Some communities are taking steps to protect both students and teachers from damaging relationships by establishing ethical guidelines and a system of checks and balances. These help teachers sort out their feelings, caution students against idolizing their teachers, and provide details on how to report transgressions, especially in the case of outright abuse. For instance, the Iyengar Yoga National Association of the United States (IYNAUS) has ethical guidelines based on the yamas and niyamas that state teachers must “avoid intimate relationships with their students.” IYNAUS’s guidelines also ask teachers to step up when a student-teacher relationship has been “compromised” and help the student find another Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher. Similar directives exist for Spirit Rock Insight Meditation Center and Against the Stream Buddhist Meditation Society, Theravada Buddhist communities, which both call for students to cease study with a teacher at least three months before becoming romantically involved.

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“In our trainings, we bar teachers from dating students and encourage teachers to report feelings of attraction to senior community members or the teacher’s council,” says Dave Smith, meditation teacher and founder of Against the Stream’s Nashville outpost. This holds teachers accountable and gives them a place to process feelings (beyond the cushion or mat) before acting on them. “You cannot use the classroom as your dating pool,” says Smith.

To be sure, all members of a community can be affected when teachers and students carry out visibly inappropriate relationships, says Noah Levine, author of Dharma Punx and founder of Against the Stream Buddhist Meditation Society. “Just witnessing a crossing of these boundaries can make you feel unsafe and confused. You might wonder, who’s next?” Levine says. As one meditation student in Cambridge, Massachusetts, told me, “I didn’t get involved with my teacher, but I knew she dated her students—and that made me uneasy. The studio was supposed to be a sacred space. But I never said anything.”

It may seem logical to some that a yoga or meditation studio is a prime place for meeting a partner who is of like mind and spirit. Many insist that consciously entering into a relationship can work. “My husband was one of the senior teachers when I was training to become a yoga teacher myself,” says Sara Schwartz, a yoga instructor in Los Angeles. During her training, the studio reviewed a “do not date your students” policy, but the two felt there was an undeniable connection. So, they talked about the possibility of a relationship. “We waited until training was over to get involved, and my husband spoke with the studio manager for advice before asking me out. Yoga brought us together,” says Schwartz.

Minneapolis studio owner and veteran yoga teacher David Frenk met his partner, Megan, when she was his mentee in an apprenticeship program nearly a decade ago. Yet even though there was an initial spark, they waited six months to go out on their first date. “That six-month gap between our relationship as mentor and mentee and our romantic partnership felt important,” says Frenk. “Now, we have a family and co-own several studios. We teach our trainees that it’s not OK to casually date students. But if you meet someone and feel there’s potential for a real relationship, that’s different. People would prefer to think of the relationship between student and teacher as fixed, or absolute, but it flows on a continuum.”

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So you’re in love. Now what?

Even though my intuition had warned me that dating my meditation teacher was a bad idea, I fell for him—and felt compelled to see it through. I didn’t recognize the ways in which I was naive, conflating my attraction to him with the teachings themselves. In hindsight, it’s clear that I didn’t know how to be my own advocate. I didn’t realize that he could have—and should have—addressed the power imbalance in our relationship.

While I no longer regret the journey our relationship sent me on, I do wish I’d had more information and advice on this topic back then. If you find yourself attracted to someone taking or leading your class, it’s important to consider the situation in ways that offer respect and protection for everyone involved—both inside the relationship and the yoga community in general. Here’s how.

If I could talk to my younger self as she was falling for her meditation teacher, I’d tell her to immediately find another meditation group. Lasater says that would’ve been a good move. “When there are feelings between teacher and student, it’s best the student move on to another class and keep clear boundaries,” she says. This enables you to maintain your own sacred space for spiritual work apart from a partner, even if the relationship lasts, she says. If the relationship doesn’t work out, you won’t lose a core group of friends and your place of practice. In fact, you’ll have access to healing support.

If finding another studio or space in which to practice isn’t an option, most agree that ending the teacher-student dynamic is important.

“The responsibility is on the teacher to make this clear, since the teacher is the one in power,” says Smith. This requires a potentially awkward, but essential, conversation.

“I met my husband nine years ago in a yoga class that I was teaching,” says yoga teacher Claudia Fucigna, who is based in Los Angeles. “I spent all my time in the yoga studio; it would have been hard to meet anyone another way. What allowed our relationship to develop in a healthy way was a mutual agreement that he wouldn’t practice in my class if we became a couple. He found another teacher; I found the love of my life.”

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Create a code of ethics—and enforcements.

In an effort to deter abuse (and, frankly, lawsuits), studio owners and facilitators of teacher trainings can design and implement their own code of ethics, suggests Mike Patton, cofounder of Yoga Vida in New York. “We not only added a code of conduct to our teacher-training manual, but we require all of our teachers and teachers-in-training to sign a contract that bans teacher-student romantic and sexual relationships.”

Lasater stresses, however, that codes alone aren’t enough. She believes they should be connected to consequences, such as suspension, to prevent transgressions. Students also need a place to report abuses, and teachers need a place to receive support if they repeatedly find themselves attracted to students, she says.

Get philosophical. 

As we continue to modernize yoga, the foundations of this ancient practice (such as the yamas and niyamas) seem increasingly important, says Sri Dharma Mittra. It can also be helpful to consider other philosophical concepts, such as viveka (discernment), when love and spirituality meet.

Talk about it. 

As a yoga community, there’s an opportunity to take part in candid conversations about the ethics and power dynamics of student-teacher relationships. Teacher trainings can include discussing what to do when those relationships turn romantic, for instance. Students and teachers alike can also talk about the intersection of practice and love. “The worst happens when there’s secrecy and silence,” says Smith.

See also The Art of Verbal Communication

I believe the act of speaking is essential. In my case, I didn’t fully think about teacher-student romantic relationships until I was already in one, and situations like mine weren’t openly discussed. Once my romantic relationship with my meditation teacher ended, I disappeared from that community—and stayed silent. Yet I was haunted with questions.

In finally speaking with others, I’m stunned by how many have gone through similar (or much worse) experiences and suffered pain in
lineages otherwise meant to end or ease suffering. Many of us have lived alone with questions, without the support of community.

For me, the sheer act of discourse has allowed me to feel less isolated and more comfortable venturing into a Buddhism class again, and to teach yoga and lead trainings with clearer ethics myself. As Khouri puts it, “No matter what your opinion on this conversation, it’s important you have one,” she says. “We can’t address what we don’t name.”

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Breathe your way to inner peace – Kadampa Life

Breathe your way to inner peace – Kadampa Life

This is the last installment of the how not to worry articles.

Breathing meditations can help enormously in instantly alleviating our worry, and anyone can do them if they have a mind to.

Simple breathing meditation

Worrying affects us physiologically, from shallower breathing and the inability to relax through to full blown panic attacks when we can hardly breathe. When the mind is calm, our breathing tends to be deeper, and vice versa. So one way to confront the problem is to follow our breath and calm ourselves down that way. Here is a simple five-minute breathing meditation you can try anytime, even now!

You’ll get three specific benefits from doing this breathing meditation:

(1) There is a close relationship between our mind and our breath. Our breath is related to our subtle inner energy winds (Skt. prana). We can understand this by remembering what happens when, for example, we are anxious and our breathing quickens, or when we are calm or concentrated (e.g. threading a needle) and it slows down. As we calm the breath in breathing meditation, our mind naturally calms down too.

(2) The breath is a neutral object, so meditating on it temporarily pacifies our worries because we forget about them. It is like putting our car into neutral. We can then move into forward gear by meditating on a positive object such as patience.

(3) Our mind can only hold one object at a time. If we focus single-pointedly on our breath, which is not too difficult an object to find, our worries will naturally diminish and disappear.

Taking and giving mounted upon the breath

As mentioned in the previous article on overcoming worry, we can also combine our breathing meditation with taking and giving, thereby increasing our love and compassion at the same time as reducing our worry and stress.

OM AH HUM breathing meditation
OM AH HUM

And we can also get two for the price of one if we combine breathing meditation with receiving blessings from the holy beings in the profound OM AH  HUM meditation based on Tantric principles that renowned Buddhist teacher Geshe Kelsang explains in The New Meditation Handbook. This meditation also cleanses our subtle inner energy winds (chi, prana), upon which all our minds are “mounted”. As a result, so-called “wisdom winds” flow and our mind naturally becomes peaceful and positive. You can find out what is behind this profound meditation and how to do it here.

And now some final thoughts on the subject of overcoming worry in no particular order…

Focus on your precious human life and death
Click on picture for blind turtle analogy

Instead of thinking inappropriate thoughts itemizing all the things that can go wrong, we can count our blessings and current opportunities. Victoria Kaya says: “Only through my practice of putting others first before myself do I find the antidote to my worry. Not always easy — however I believe that if I contemplate the suffering of others, and realise how bad things could be, I am grateful for every moment of this very short human life.”

And we can recall: “If I die today, where do I want to be tomorrow?” Ironically, perhaps, remembering impermanence totally reduces our mental stress and helps us to relax. We don’t sweat the small stuff because it just doesn’t seem important any more.

Jb Christy told us of her rather radical approach to remembering impermanence: “Skydiving worked for me. For 9 months after jumping out of a perfectly good airplane, I’d get in situations that normally would cause me to worry, and I’d start to get anxious, and then I’d think “Hey, there’s no planet rushing up to pulverize me,” and then whatever was making me anxious really didn’t bother me anymore. After a few months of that, I got out of the habit of worrying, and really don’t worry much at all anymore. But that might not work for everyone :)” (Ed: and you didn’t read it here!)

Overcome attachment

Why do we worry so much more about our own cat or child than other people’s? Yes, love is in the mix, but the worry is not coming from the love (or the compassion) but from the attachment. It’s worth thinking about? And I am, in some articles I’m writing on whether compassion is a sad or happy mind, with help from Facebook feedback…

Emptiness

Who is worrying?! Where are they? What are they worrying about? Shantideva says:

If there were a truly existent I,
It would make sense to be afraid of certain things;
But, since there is no truly existent I,
Who is there to be afraid?

This is my favorite approach. You can recall the emptiness of the three spheres – the person doing the worrying, the worrying mind, and the object of worry. As mentioned in this article, the sharper our worry, the sharper our sense of a limited self, the bigger our target, and the freer we are when we knock it down in our meditation on no self! Mirja Renner puts it like this: “I tend to look at how worry is just a thought, and how the self that thinks it couldn’t handle the situation (should it arise) doesn’t exist.” Victoria Kaya says: “Interesting, only the realization of the way things really are could eradicate worry from my mind because it is only due to grasping at externals that we worry.”

To conclude…

As mentioned in the first of these anti-worry articles, all the stages of the path (Lamrim) have the side-effect of overcoming worry! As Fiona Layton put it: “Seems like we need to keep practicing the Lamrim and all will become worry free!” These are just a few ways of getting started with some different ways of thinking. As our experience of overcoming delusions, increasing our compassion and wisdom etc grows, our worries grow fewer and fewer until one day we can’t even remember what it is like to be worried about a thing. That’s the truth. In the meantime, we can use our worry to look at our minds and go deeper into its solutions.

Got anything to share? Have we missed anything crucial? Please add your comments in the box below, and share these articles with anyone who might find them useful.

Start the Day with a Chakra-balancing Shower Meditation.

Start the Day with a Chakra-balancing Shower Meditation.

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One of the main purposes of mindfulness is to awaken all our senses and become consciously aware, so that we feel alive and brimming with vitality in the present moment.

When our senses are alert and our attention is focused on the present moment, we experience how it feels to truly exist in the here and now.

We can start each day in this peaceful and invigorating state of being by carrying out a simple chakra-balancing meditation while showering and therapeutically cleansing the body, mind, and soul. Meditation doesn’t just involve sitting cross-legged on the floor; it can be done anywhere and at any time by engaging the mind and setting the intention to be fully in the moment.

Water is a conductor for emotional energy and is naturally grounding, as it calms, heals, cleanses, restores,and revitalizes us when we are feeling hypersensitive, overwhelmed, or at odds with the world or ourselves. This is why many people have a longing to be next to the sea—either viewing it, listening to it, or swimming in it—and choose to meditate near lakes, taking in the soothing, calming, and balancing elements.

To carry out a chakra-balancing meditation, we focus on the location of each chakra—and at the same time visualize the colour associated with it. The colours of the chakras are the same as the colours of the rainbow, starting with red at the base of the spine (the root chakra) and moving up to violet at the top of the head (the crown chakra). We focus attention on one colour at a time for a minute or two, visualising the colour of the water changing into the seven colours of the chakras, starting at the base of the spine and working up through the center of the body.

To begin the meditation, adjust the temperature of the shower, so that the water feels comfortable against the skin—not too hot or too cold.

Step into the shower, and as you feel the water on your skin, remember that you are made of approximately 70 percent water; be one with the water, and sensually merge with it’s flow.

Wherever there is tension in the body, imagine that golden light is heating up and warming the muscles, and inhale deeply. When we release tension, our energy is free to flow. On the outward breath, release—and notice whatever areas you may be holding pressure in your body. Then, let the grip go.

Continue to breathe slowly and deeply—and as the body feels more relaxed, allow any persistent or repetitive thoughts to float away.

Close your eyes (if it feels safe to do so) and immerse in the feeling of the water soaking the body; bring the senses alive by paying attention to the sensation of the skin as the water absorbs into it. Notice the scent and texture of the soap used and the sound of the water trickling down.

As the soap and water cleanses the skin, we can envisage our anxieties, stress, and worries being washed away and swirling down the drain, clearing out the past and removing any negative energy we may have been carrying.

Then, inhale deeply while visualising a golden ray of light flowing with the water and entering your body through your crown chakra at the top of your head. Imagine the golden light circulating through your entire body, reaching all areas—the shoulders, fingertips, and down to the toes.

The first chakra to focus on is the root chakra, so move attention to the area at the base of the spine and visualise the water changing colour, so that it is now flowing the colour red. The root chakra is our earth element and relates to security, stability, balance, identity, and feeling grounded. It is also connected to survival and generates our fight-or-flight response. Balancing the root chakra is known to reduce stress. When this chakra is flowing freely it stabilizes and regulates energy throughout all of the chakras.

The second chakra to focus on is the sacral/spleen chakra, which is located in the pelvic area just beneath the navel. It is associated with the colour orange and relates to emotions, feelings, desire, sexuality, and creativity. Visualise the water now changing to orange; the hues from this colour balance and awaken energy and help us to remain grounded, release emotional blockages, promote confidence, boost energy, heighten creativity, enhance sexuality, embrace happiness, and eliminate negativity.

The third chakra to locate is known as the solar plexus chakra and is situated in the upper abdomen, just above the pubic bone. It is associated with the colour yellow and is related to our personality, intellect, emotions, willpower, self-esteem, self-expression, and digestion. Imagine the water changing to the colour yellow, as this is believed to cleanse and dispel negativity, alleviate depression, rejuvenate energy, and shield and protect the aura from absorbing negative emotions.

The next chakra to focus on is the fourth chakraknown as our heart chakra, which is located at the center of the chest, just above the heart. This chakra identifies with the colour green, so as the green water flows, it enhances universal love, compassion, forgiveness, and promotes letting go, healing, tranquility, and our general well-being. It also helps us to understand our relation to everything that assists us to love and accept one another unconditionally. Visualising its green glow can heighten empathy, alleviate anxiety, help with forgiveness, promote compassion, transmute pain and fear into love, enhance unconditional love, and heal emotional wounds.

The fifth chakra is known as our throat chakra, as it is located in the throat area. It is associated with the colour blue, so we can now imagine the water turning to a beautiful shade of blue, which is associated with speech, truth, integrity, authenticity, expression, and communication. The colour blue is believed to be healing, calming, peaceful, harmonious, and improves clear communication.

The sixth chakra to bring our attention to is known as our third-eye chakra and is located at the center of the forehead, between the eyebrows. This chakra is associated with the colour indigo, and as the water changes colour again, we will receive enhanced perception, foresight, intuition, imagination, insight, discernment, and inner knowledge. When this chakra is open, we become more awakened, consciously aware, and can clearly see both our inner and our outer worlds with clarity. Indigo is known to calm the mind, enhance rational thought, promote clarity, heighten spiritual love, promote inspiration, and help us connect to our higher self.

The seventh chakra to focus attention on is known as our crown chakra and is is located at the top of the head. It is associated with the colour violet, so as the water changes to violet, we can receive enhanced awareness, spirituality, wisdom, and consciousness. This chakra’s violet glow has an accepting, compassionate, forgiving, and highly intelligent hue that is transformational as it provides us with a powerful spiritual energy that enhances all aspects of our lives.

The frequencies emanating from the colours on the visual spectrum are believed to cleanse and purify our system in different ways so that we can be free from toxic emotional, mental, spiritual, and physical blockages.

After visualising each colour, continue to inhale and exhale deeply and imagine pure brilliant white light streaming from the shower, with the rays covering the entire body to gently seal and protect the energetic body (the aura).

It is essential that our chakras remain open so that energy can flow through them, because when we have energetic blockages, we may be left feeling fatigued. Indulging in this shower meditation as often as possible helps ensure that that doesn’t happen.

This meditation can feel intense at times, so we should take a few moments to rinse our skin under the normal flow of water to ensure we do not feel light-headed or spaced out while leaving the shower. If we do feel light-headed at any time, end the meditation early.

When we have finished the shower meditation, we can express gratitude for our body, the gift of water, and our calm state of mind. Say out loud, “Thank you. I am cleansed and prepared for the day ahead.” Or, if it is an evening shower, we can express gratitude for the day’s experiences.

The chakra colours radiate brilliant, warm, harmonious, loving light and high-vibrational healing energy. By infusing the frequencies of light emanating from the seven chakra colours, we pull high-vibrational energy into our energy field that penetrates our thoughts, feelings, intentions, and physical body. We transmute any negativity in our system into vital, abundant, positive energy that vibrates highly, while also removing blockages so that our energy flows freely.

Visualizing each of the seven colours can help us to heal old wounds, clear karmic energy of past mistakes, erase tormenting memories, and free us from the heavy emotional loads we are carrying.

It is beneficial to continue to focus on breathing deeply as we go through the day. When we inhale, we take in natural energy from the earth and will feel it flowing through each part of our body and up through our chakras; and as we exhale, we let go of any tension and negativity, while releasing any excess emotions and dense energy that we may have absorbed.

When we have finished the meditation, we will likely feel calmer and energetically lighter, as we will have cleansed our aura and grounded ourselves.

A Beginner’s Chakra Meditation to Unleash your Untapped Potential.

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More Public Schools Choosing Meditation Over Detention & Teaching Mindfulness Practices – Collective Evolution

More Public Schools Choosing Meditation Over Detention & Teaching Mindfulness Practices – Collective Evolution

In Brief

  • The Facts:

    Meditation has been proven to assist school kids with the stresses and pressures of school. More schools are adding programs to teach kids meditation and mindfulness.

  • Reflect On:

    Should this be implemented worldwide as a way to give kids the tools necessary to manage their own anxiety, stresses, and worries that come from the home and at school? Is it important to have kids get in touch with their Self early on in life?

Public schools in Pittsburgh are now joining the growing number of forward-thinking educators by bringing mindfulness practices into the daily schedule for students. As more observe the beneficial outcomes from the practice of meditation rather than what many feel to be archaic methods of disciplinary tactics, the more we begin to see these practices catch on.

We already know that the traditional education system needs some work, in more ways than one. Many children are faced with a lot of stress and pressure from the demands of the public education system. Children are also subject to various social pressures that arise at school. Robert Scherrer, Superintendent at North Allegory, brought mindfulness practices into his schools for this exact purpose, he commented,

“We realize that a number of our students were experiencing tremendous amounts of stress. We wanted to teach them some strategies and techniques that could really help them deal with that stress.”

School children, especially those attending schools in the U.S. are under even more pressure and stress because of the much-too-frequent school shootings and thus increased security, lockdown drills and a rising tension in their environment. No doubt that meditation can help the students to remain calm and hopefully release any fear and anxiety that may be lingering because of these unfortunate acts of violence.

Meditation Instead Of Detention

Some schools are opting to try meditation before detention to get the results they are after and also to try and prevent the issue from happening again. Pittsburgh wasn’t the first school to do this, San Francisco has had great success with these programs a few years ago, NBC News reported,

NBC correspondent Cynthia McFadden asked O’Driscoll what he first thought of this new tactic,

So did you buy into this in the beginning, or were you like, hold on a minute, meditation?

I thought it was a joke. I thought, this is ‘hippie’ stuff that didn’t work in the 70’s so how is it going to work  now?” O’Driscoll admitted.

But it wasn’t long until the skeptical coach was made a believer. Four years after ‘Quiet Time’ was introduced into the daily regime of the grade school students, some remarkable results were shown, including a 79% decrease in suspensions, an increase in attendance to 98.3%, and an overall increase of GPA by .4.

Today, over 1500 students and 170 staffers have been trained in transcendental meditation in four schools, including Burton High, a place once known as ‘fight school’.

Bill Kappenhaggen, principal at Burton High, admitted he was initially worried about taking time out of the student’s academic schedule, so he increased the school day by half an hour to make time for meditation. But his worry proved wrong, as the school has already seen a 75% decrease in suspensions and a successful jump from the bottom of California’s academic ladder to a rightful spot in the upper middle level of achievement. 

Some of the students from Burton high explained what this new practice has done for them,

It makes you more conscious of your actions,” one female student explained.

It brings you down to that [level of] ‘calmness’,” another male said.

A young student named Tobias revealed that meditation even helped him deal with his insistent anger, “[Before this], I always wanted to fight everybody for some reason.” 

In a closing interview, McFadden asked Principal Kappenhaggen if he really thought it was possible for meditation to change the violence and stresses outside the school walls, to which he responded, “I do not, but I do believe [that it] can help change the way the [students] deal with the violence, the trauma, and the stresses of everyday life.”

With Awareness Comes Change

Seems like finally, we are coming to terms with the fact that the old methods of doing things, including many in the public school sector, simply aren’t working anymore. Out with the old, it’s time to embrace the new. Hopefully, the alternative of teaching students these mindfulness practices will continue to spread so these kids can gain the tools that may help them with stepping into their potential and being able to maintain a healthy state of mind.

We interviewed David about what is happening within the cabal and disclosure. He shared some incredible insight that is insanely relevant to today.

So far, the response to this interview has been off the charts as people are calling it the most concise update of what’s happening in our world today.

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John Oliver Mocks Zuckerberg’s Vow To ‘Get Facebook Back To What It Was Built For’

In Brief

  • The Facts:

    Facebook is trying to convince us that it has learned from its mistakes and wants to ‘return’ to being simply an application that serves to unite ‘friends’.

  • Reflect On:

    Does John Oliver’s mockery of this Facebook initiative exemplify the growing discernment of an awakening collective?

If you have been in and around conscious media, even for just a short time, what I am about to say should not come as a surprise to you: the ‘revolution’ has begun. I put the term in quotations, because it is actually more of an evolution that is happening, though not one where we are waiting passively until nature randomly adds components to our brain so that we can gain higher awareness. We are now reaching for that higher awareness by our own volition, and we are consciously driving this Collective Evolution forward.

In growing numbers, we are rejecting what we once accepted, sounding alarm bells on that which we used to quietly condone, and shedding light on those things we previously left in the dark. This is an evolution culminating in the mass awakening going on right now, where a discernment between what is true and what is false that has slowly been honed and sharpened over time will be thrust into the fray at this very moment in history.

We Are The Sleeping Giant Awakening

This is an awakening that one could say in some form has been in the works for years, decades, centuries, and indeed, for all of human history. For we are in the process of making the grand shift from ‘being told what to do’ to realizing that we have the power and capacity to decide for ourselves.

For the ruling elite, this is an obvious sign of trouble. Credit Zbigniew Brzezinski, former U.S. National Security Advisor and co-founder of the Trilateral Commission, for recognizing almost a decade ago the widespread awakening that was going on:

“For the first time in human history almost all of humanity is politically activated, politically conscious and politically interactive… The resulting global political activism is generating a surge in the quest for personal dignity, cultural respect and economic opportunity in a world painfully scarred by memories of centuries-long alien colonial or imperial domination… [The] major world powers, new and old, also face a novel reality: while the lethality of their military might be greater than ever, their capacity to impose control over the politically awakened masses of the world is at a historic low. To put it bluntly: in earlier times, it was easier to control one million people than to physically kill one million people; today, it is infinitely easier to kill one million people than to control one million people.”

Mainstream Media

Now, what has this got to do with a popular comedy show host tearing a strip off of Facebook? When I saw the video clip below from John Oliver’s ‘Last Week Tonight,’ it felt like a signpost on our long journey that needed to be highlighted. Perhaps it was Oliver’s curt initial two-word rebuke of a sugary-sweet Facebook commercial, which pretends that Mark Z. and company have seen the error of their ways and will return Facebook to the fantasy company we used to imagine it to be (but never was); it struck me as the bold, jubilant mockery of the awakening collective.

We can see so clearly now the ways and means by which we have been duped for so long. The skill and craftiness, the time and effort that has gone on to deceive us and continue to funnel us down a path of immoral self-indulgence, distraction, and enslavement. Brzezinski is probably right — it’s gotten easier to kill us than to fool us.

Maintaining Vigilance

But let us keep our enthusiasm in check for now. There’s still a lot of work to do. The first thing to note is that John Oliver, as provocative a voice as he may be, is still a part of the omni-tentacled mainstream media agglomeration. His ability to voice his commentary rests on the agenda of higher-ups and ultimately the ruling elite, and his anchor seat at ‘Last Week Tonight’ will be pulled out from him in a heartbeat if he ever dares to try to provide information deemed ‘taboo’ by those in power.

That is why independent conscious media, whose fundamental objective is to uncover and reveal the truth in its purest forms possible, is so critical at this time. The success of this evolution will be founded on our willingness to look inside of ourselves and continue to refine our understanding of what is true and what is false, what is light and what is darkness, what serves and what does not serve the collective. And if we are up for that challenge, we will yet one day rejoice together in cries of victory.

We interviewed David about what is happening within the cabal and disclosure. He shared some incredible insight that is insanely relevant to today.

So far, the response to this interview has been off the charts as people are calling it the most concise update of what’s happening in our world today.

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The Quartz Crystal – From A Shamanic Point of View

In Brief

  • The Facts:

    Quartz crystals, among others, have been used by a number of ancient cultures around the world for multiple purposes. In many cases, they’ve been used by Shamans for healing and spiritual purposes.

  • Reflect On:

    Consider the knowledge our indigenous cultures had, and all of the knowledge we have today that shows healing has a lot more to do with how the masses perceive it today. Back then, it was really about healing, today, it’s more about profit.

Crystals have been used by several ancient cultures from around the world for a very long time. You can find literature on them in the Vedas, Buddhist traditions, ancient Egypt, and ancient Greek lore. They are also described in the Shamanistic practices of several indigenous cultures as well as within ancient lost civilizations like Atlantis. Even Nikola Tesla was fascinated by Crystals, saying that “in a crystal, we have clear evidence of the existence of a formative life principle, and though we cannot understand the life of a crystal, it is nonetheless a living being.”

These gemstones have been central to various cultures throughout human history. So why does mainstream anthropological literature seem to ignore crystals? Today, the meaning and significance of crystals are virtually unknown, which is a shame. The significant power of crystals could be used to help planet Earth and improve the overall health of the entire population.

Relegated To ‘New Age’ Practice

Today, crystals are placed within the “New Age” category, and because of that, they are given somewhat of a negative connotation. It’s not as if only modern groups all of a sudden started having an interest in crystals out of nothing; interest in crystals do indeed have an interesting and ancient origin.

This article is going to focus on the Shamanistic perspective of crystals, as outlined by Michael Harner, in his book The Way of The Shaman. Harner is the founder of the Foundation for Shamanic Studies. He actually pioneered the introduction of shamanism and the shamanic drum journey to contemporary life and is recognized as the world leader in this movement.

Harner received his anthropology Ph.D. in 1963 from the University of California, Berkeley, and has taught at a number of institutions, including Columbia and Yale University, He served as co-chair of the anthropology section of the New York Academy of Sciences, but left academia in 1987 in order to devote himself full time to shamanism. In 2003, he received an honorary doctorate in recognition of his achievements in shamanic studies.

As a website dedicated to his legacy points out,

Michael Harner is not just an anthropologist who has studied shamanism; he is an authentic white shaman, observes the distinguished transpersonal psychologist Stanislav Grof. Dr. Harner began learning about shamanism in 1956-57 while studying with the Shuar (Jívaro) tribe of the Ecuadorian Amazon, and started practicing shamanism during his 1960-61 stay with the Conibo people of the Peruvian Amazon. He subsequently returned to the Shuar for additional practical training in shamanism. He became recognized as a shaman by the indigenous shamans with whom he worked, including ones belonging to the following peoples: the Conibo and Shuar (formerly Jívaro) in South America; the Coast Salish, Pomo, and Northern Paiute in western North America; the Inland Inuit and the Sami (formerly Lapps) in the Arctic; and the Tuvans of central Asia. In Russia, assembled Siberian shamans of the Buriat people publicly declared Michael Harner a great shaman, upon witnessing his shamanic healings in 1998 (the word, shaman, comes from Siberia). They also said he proved that one could do both science and shamanism.

Clearly, if you’re looking for a source to dive deep into the realms of Shamanism, it’s hard to think of a source as solid as this which can provide reliable information.

While there is potentially an almost infinite variety of power objects, there is one kind in particular that is regularly found in the keeping of shamans. This is the quartz crystal. In North and South America, Australia, southeast Asia, and elsewhere, shamans ascribe a singular importance to these pointed, six-sided stones that are usually transparent to milky-white. Shamans use a wide variety of sizes, ranging from the length of a little-giner joint to rarer ones a foot or more in length…The quartz crystal is considered the strongest power object among such widely separate peoples as the Jivaro in South America and the tribes of Australia. People as distant from one another as the aborigines of easter Australia and the Yuman speakers of southern California and adjacent Baja California consider the quartz crystal “living,” or a “live rock.” The widespread employment of quartz crystals in shamanism spans thousands of years. In California, for example, quartz crystals have been found in archeological sites and prehistoric burials dating as far back as 8000 years.

In his book, Harner goes on to describe how throughout all these cultures, this crystal is viewed as a healing tool and a spirit helper. He goes on to say that “the western Yuman shamans enter into a special partnership with their quartz crystals and must “feed” them; this is reminiscent of Jivaro shamans feeding their spirit helpers with tobacco water in order to keep them.”

Harner explains how some shamans in training had a piece of quartz “sung” into their foreheads so that they would “be able to see right into things.” This concept is not much different from the concept of the “third eye.”

Seeing Into Other Worlds

Quartz crystals were used from everything to seeing into other worlds to assisting in the extraction from patients of harmful disease or “intrusions,” as Harner called them. He gives an example of the Warao shaman of South America, who believed that, at death, their soul would merge with the quartz crystal inside of his rattle and ascends to the sky in the form of light. The Australian Kabi shaman with “many crystals in his body” could journey down into the deepest waterholes, where the rainbow spirit lived, and receive more quartz crystals. Such a shaman would arise “full of life, and be a medicine-man of the highest degree.”

A lot of power is associated with the quartz crystal according to shamanism, and Harner points out:

“In modern physics, the quartz crystal is also involved in the manipulation of power. Its remarkable electronic properties early made it a basic component in radio transmitters and receivers. Thin wafers sliced from quartz crystals later became basic components for modern electronic hardware such as computers and timepieces. Western science has obviously advanced to the point that it recognized the quartz crystal as a power object, something that shamans have known for thousands of years.”

While this all may be coincidental, it is one of the many synchronicities that make the accumulated knowledge of shamanism exciting and even awesome.

Not only did shamans used their quartz crystals to heal, they used it to peer into the future, for seeing as well as divination. An interesting point in the book Harner brings up is the crystal ball, “with which people in our culture are familiar, at least by name, is simply a polished descendant of the old shamanic crystal.” He explains how some indigenous cultures used crystal gazing to see visions of the past, what’s happening in the present as well as to see in the future.

One thing I came across that really interested me, was distant healing. It’s something I’ve written about for years and something that’s been exemplified by countless peer-reviewed studies that have been published in multiple journals.  Distant healing is using one person’s intention and directing it towards another for the purposes of healing. If you want to learn more about that, you can check out the Institute of Noetic Sciences, or refer to this article that goes a little bit deeper into the mind-body connection and the power it has to heal.

“The shaman sent out the crystal at night to bring back the image of the sick person. When the image arrived, the shaman danced around the crystal, shaking his rattle, and then ordered the crystal, as his spirit helper, to extract a harmful power intrustion from the image. The distant person, whose image it was, was therby healed.”

Harner’s book goes into much greater detail regarding the uses of crystals in shamanism, among other places. The above is just a tidbit, nothing but a quick snapshot of what you can learn from reading his book.

How to Cleanse & Choose Your Crystal

You can simply visit a rock shop or a mineral store, and pick out one that you feel attracted to. As Harner explains,

Do not immediately put the crystal you choose into your bundle or with your other power objects. First you must cleanse it, since its history is unkown to you. Cleanse the cyrstal by washing it in the water of a natural spring or the ocean. Then keep it seperate from your medicine bundle until the arrival of a winter or summer solstice. Take it to an isolated high place, such as a mountain top. There split a tick at one end, push the unsplit end into the ground, and place the quartz crystal, point upward, in the cleft of the stick. Leave it there eight days in the sun to “re-charge” before putting it in the medicine bundle. Periodically between solstices, you should remove the cyrstal from the bundle and “wake up” its power. This is done by hitting its nonpointed end lightly on a rock protruding from a spring or an ocean.

Interesting, to say the least, isn’t it? These sacred and special objects should be treated with care, and our special connection to them, as well as well all of nature, is something that needs to return to our planet if we are to move forward into abundance and create a new human experience. “The Way of the Shaman” must return to planet Earth, in perhaps a more modern form. Who knows, perhaps this is something in our future as humanity is being called to walk a more spiritual path, one in which we truly realize how everything is interconnected, and how nature provides us with everything we need. Combine this wisdom with human ingenuity, and we have a future that most of us cannot even comprehend.

We interviewed David about what is happening within the cabal and disclosure. He shared some incredible insight that is insanely relevant to today.

So far, the response to this interview has been off the charts as people are calling it the most concise update of what’s happening in our world today.

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Grief Work: Love’s Saviour

“If we can’t befriend our grief, we can’t as truly and deeply embody joy or gratitude and the capacity to love in integrated fashion. Love, then, is forged from embracing and skillfully working with all our emotions.”

Grief work is the mourning of unresolved, past pain in our body-minds. Clearing these historical love wounds frees our hearts.

Sharing our grief with others is healing and supportive. Ultimately, however, grief is our own to bear, especially because any single grief event can activate what I call our “treasure chest of woes”—any of our ungrieved losses. Each loss, therefore, is an opportunity to clear out our hearts.

The degree to which we’ve tended to our heart’s pain in years past influences the quality, duration, and depth of our current loss, and therefore the extent of our grief work. For this reason, every experience of loss is an opportunity to cleanse both past and present pain from our body-mind, to which this short poem speaks:

Small sadness
You arrive
A flint, igniting

The result of passing through wholehearted grief is to be able to love more deeply and broadly. This is because heartache is cleared by grief and because our capacity for empathy and compassion grows from heartbreak when we stay present with it. When we can embrace and strangely rejoice in our own grief, we can show up courageously for others in pain and help them into more love.

We gain this capacity for kindness by compassionately showing up for ourselves and being supported by others in distress. In this, we don’t so much try to fix another’s pain; instead, our empathy is able to connect with their depths to hold space for their organic migration into clearer waters. This doesn’t mean we have to stay silent; it does mean that our words are connected to our heartfelt empathy, which in turn is attuned to the somatic experience of the bereaved.

This comprehensive presence or attunement from another can be palpably felt. I think we all can sense this quality in another. We know when we are in their presence. They are the kind of person who has stayed present through the storms of loss and struggle in their own life without turning away, forging them into a living work of art, depth, and wisdom that can’t be gained through study or knowledge alone.

These people are the depth healers through times of collective crisis, holding space for the pain to be expressed and released so it doesn’t fester and contribute to PTSD, apathy, and the enduring suffering that result from not dealing with grief.

Grief is also intrinsically related to anger. The two are Yin and Yang emotions, respectively, and intimately influence one another. What we have not grieved will often manifest as violence, acting out, and malevolent anger. Allowing ourselves to grieve is therefore a form of self-care and a radical path to joy. Conversely, what we have not allowed ourselves to be upset about also can show up as perpetuated sadness, depression, and a muting of our vitality, which is a kind of numbing not to be confused with the muted (Yin) aliveness of healthy grief. Many will turn this anger against themselves, resulting in self-harm and depression. This dynamic is captured in the expression “depression is anger turned inwards.”

If we can’t befriend our grief, we can’t as truly and deeply embody joy or gratitude and the capacity to love in integrated fashion. Khalil Gibran conveyed it this way:

The deeper that sorrow carves into your being, the more joy you can contain . . .  
And is not the lute that soothes your spirit, the very wood that was hollowed with knives?
When you are joyous, look deep into your heart and you shall find it is only that which has given you sorrow that is giving you joy. When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight. 

Love, then, is forged from embracing and skillfully working with all our emotions. In particular, growing in love derives from the heart-breaking-open power of grief, such that grief and joy are different sides of the same coin. The more we care about things and people, the more we grieve when we lose them, which is inevitable. As a result, the more we grieve the more our hearts open and broaden, eventually filling in with compassion and empathy, as long as we stay open and process our difficult emotions effectively.

To hold back from attaching and caring is to suffer another kind of pain—that of not living fully. Grief work, then, gives us the antidote, the radical security, to care for our world and to live more fully. Grief work is psychic medicine to recover from life’s inevitable losses and disappointments. Because we have no sustainable choice but to grieve in the face of loss, grief is the portal into wholeheartedness and the other side of suffering: passion, creativity, connection, depth, compassion, and belonging.

Grief Does Us

Loss is humbling. Grief instills humility in us, the humility of not being in control, not winning, and of being taken down to the the ground, to the level of humus, from which the word humility derives. Grief brings the humility of vulnerability and openness, so long as we stay true to heartbreak’s breaking us open. Grief’s action to take us down and deeper, to slow us down, and to break our hearts open is how it engenders deep, abiding love in us. Compassion and empathy come with this territory.

Grief work confers another boon: it teaches us simplicity because it schools us in “doing without,” which is the letting go process. Grief is a kind of desert, one that ripens us into being more robustly humane. In grief, we fall away from many usual interests and distractions; we learn to survive and then thrive from this void. This way grief helps us minimize and thrive, as we gain more by facing our heartache than numbing it away with entertainment and frivolous distractions. This helps us reduce our carbon footprint and pollution of all kinds.

When we pass through grief we realize something else: we don’t grieve as much as grief grieves us. We also don’t choose (for the most part) how long we grieve. It shows up and stays as long as it needs to. There does come a time when we might gently effort ourselves out of grief, once we’ve endured its depths. In its nadir, grief transforms us by dissolving our pain, lightening our heart-load, and leaving the inner path from our core self to our expression in the world more clear and potent. Who embodies this clear and robust path, rich with “spiritual” groundedness and wisdom (gained from staying true to moving through pain), is the kind of person that can support others through loss.

To stymie grief is to sabotage love. It is also to consolidate pain inside us, which then acts like a radioactive toxin that continues to emit pain inside us and to the world. This taints every aspect of our lives, especially our relationships. This “radioactive” pain, however, is different from the pain we befriend and accept in embodied grief. Because the former is unconscious, it is expressed as violence, abuse, fanaticism, and misplaced anger . . . all of which amount to projection and displacement of emotion for a failure to embody the root of these disseminations, which is the acute pain of our grief.

We see, then, the importance of befriending inevitable pain once it has arrived.

Love’s Shadow

Grief is crucial for full-bodied, comprehensive love. For grief helps to mitigate love’s shadow that isn’t accessed, and many times is enforced, by the love we already have in hand. It may be that love is all we need, as the root cure for unnecessary human misery and the destruction we cause to the planet. Yet, because so many focus primarily on the bright and easier side of loving, love’s shadow—as the result of our failure to embody grief—continues to act out and wreak havoc.

We see love’s shadow, for example, in the violence perpetrated by some gurus, priests, leaders, “spiritual” pundits, and other luminaries — those who show their bright side without dealing with their darkness. It’s for this reason that when I used to seek out gurus and self-help speakers, I would eventually ask them all one, same question: “How do you address pain?” Those who sidestepped the question, or avoided embracing it face-on, were inevitably the teachers I let go of. Speaking of which, I now add practicing good thinking to the list of crucial factors to dealing with pain and becoming a sustainable lover.

Grief is not virulently dark. It only becomes infertile and lethal when we don’t accept it. When we do, it makes our psyche, and indeed our body, fertile—sustainable to grow more genuine and holistic love and care in the world — because this kind of love is made of integrated light and dark, joy and pain, just as Gibran relates.

Like plants that need both sunlight for their foliage and darkness for their roots, without addressing both the light and dark sides of love, we can’t thrive and become what we deep down know we are capable of in our heart of hearts. If we don’t tend to our inner work, we can’t create what Charles Eisenstein calls “the more beautiful world our hearts know is possible.”

Grief As Guru

For these reasons, we should not just try to get through grief, but pause with it. We can summons the courage and curiosity to see what it has to teach us by letting it have its way with us for a time. This learning, however, is not only didactic, but almost unspeakably somatic in the way that it clears our pain. For this, we only need to allow ourselves to feel and follow grief’s pain deep into our hearts; it knows what it’s doing and secretly promises to leave us better for it.

The great poet Rilke invites us to consider: “Why would you try to reject any discomfort, any misery, or sadness? After all, you don’t know what these forces are working inside you.” And for grief’s intellectual and aphoristic wisdom it confers, we can be aware of and reflect on how grief and heartbreak operate in us, as I have attempted to summarize in this writing and to which I dedicate more comprehensive coverage to in this audio.

Running from grief because it seems too painful is short-sighted. Embodying, accepting, and finding the most appropriate ways to address the painful emotions that come our way ensures that we become the fullest human beings we can. Our lack of wisdom to welcome and embody grief shortchanges our humanity and, in my opinion, is a root cause for our inability to generate the real-deal compassion needed treat one another and the planet more kindly.

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7 Methods to Enrich Your Meditative Practice

7 Methods to Enrich Your Meditative Practice

“One thing: you have to walk, and create the way by your walking; you will not find a ready-made path. It is not so cheap, to reach to the ultimate realization of truth. You will have to create the path by walking yourself; the path is not ready-made, lying there and waiting for you. It is just like the sky: the birds fly, but they don’t leave any footprints. You cannot follow them; there are no footprints left behind.” ~ Osho

Getting lost in the false light matrix, allowing too much energy to collect in your head, using meditation only as a relaxation tool are some of the dead ends and there are many more that we can encounter when implementing a regular meditative practice in our lives.

Once the wonderful breakthrough happens when we first try it the practice can often run dry, especially when we don’t have a spiritual community or soul family around to help aid us with the process. But then community or no community, the path of meditation and inner work requires that we face our truth every, single, day. And that’s hard.

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Try a short meditation – Kadampa Life

Remember that new year’s resolution!? Here are two meditations you can practice at home. All you need is a comfortable chair or cushion and five to ten minutes’ free time.

Enjoy!

Meditation 1 – Finding a still point

Finding a still point in meditation – where busy mental activity subsides for a few moments – helps you to relieve stress and keep a clear head throughout the day.

  1. Sit comfortably with your back straight but relaxed.
  2. Close your eyes and become aware of your breath.
  3. Breathing normally, try to follow the inhalation and exhalation with your mind. Follow your breath, not your thoughts.
  4. Every time your mind is distracted by a thought, bring it back to the breath.
  5. Gradually you will feel the stress in your body and mind melt away and experience a deep, inner stillness and peace.
  6. Stay with this stillness for a while, giving yourself permission to enjoy it.
  7. Before you rise, mentally dedicate the merit from your meditation to the happiness of all.
  8. Throughout the day, try to remember the still point you reached in meditation and return to it as often as you can.

You can find our more about this meditation here.

Meditation 2 – Clearing the inner energies

Most of our problems come from our negative states of mind, which depend upon negative energy inside us. This meditation helps to eliminate negative energy and build up positive energy.

  1. Sit comfortably with your back straight but relaxed.
  2. Close your eyes and become aware of your breath.
  3. Breathing normally, try to follow the inhalation and exhalation.
  4. Follow your breath, not your thoughts. Every time your mind is distracted by a thought, bring it back to the breath.
  5. As you breathe out, imagine you exhale all your negative energy in the form of thick smoke, which completely disappears into space.
  6. As you breathe in, imagine you inhale blissful, positive energy in the form of clear light, which fills your entire body and mind.
  7. Continue in this way for a few minutes, then conclude by focusing on the clean, blissful feeling pervading your body and mind.
  8. Before you rise, mentally dedicate the good karma from your meditation to the happiness of all.
  9. Throughout the day, try to keep this clean, blissful feeling inside and make it the starting point for all your thoughts, words, and actions.

You can find out more about this meditation in Joyful Path of Good Fortune, pages 51-2.

If any of your family or friends have expressed interest in learning to meditate, please feel free to pass on this article, and/or this related article.