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“Health is not mere absence of disease. It is the dynamic expression of life”

 – Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

Mindfulness

Jeff Warren

Meet Jeff Warren

Meet Jeff Warren—the meditation teacher for fidgety skeptics!   Jeff Warren leads an adventure into building a practice that works for you in his insightful, rejuvenating, and fun program, Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics, November 22–24, 2019, at the Art of Living Retreat Center.

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Pain is a Message: How Our Brains Try to Protect Us

Most people don’t really understand how powerful the mind can be. However, every doctor knows that the mind can cause symptoms that are as severe as paralysis or inability to speak. This is known as a “conversion disorder,” and an individual with this condition truly cannot move the affected arms or legs or truly cannot …

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Nature's Inspiration

The First Steps: Drawn Through Life by Nature’s Inspiration

For as long as I can recall, the presence of nature has been fascinating. I grew up in a rural coastal setting. There, the natural world, a raw and constant companion, filled my senses and informed early developmental memories. Nature continues to organize my experience. Nature’s inspiration in my formative years For several generations, my …

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Some Brief Guidance on Being Present

Traveling today, into the West. May all beings be happy, healthy, and peaceful. I encourage you as the recipient of these images photographed at the Art of Living Retreat Center, to make a simple, subtle choice. Pause. Breathe. Extend your awareness towards what is. In your localized experience of humanity. Be kind. Be grateful. Feel …

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Moving from Mind-full-mess to Mindfulness

Is your mind more like an overstuffed junk closet or a Zen monastery? Is your mental state closer to a crowded freeway than a sweet country lane? Do your thoughts bring you panic or bring you peace? If you are like most humans, your mind is more mess than mindful, more chaos than calm. During …

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Everyday Spirituality: Do You Know How to Be Here Now?

If you’ve been on a path of self-exploration and personal growth, you’ve probably heard the popular spiritual saying “Be Here Now” which was introduced by the great Western-born yogi Ram Dass in 1971. Recently someone sent me an e-mail containing this humorous take-off on the phrase: “Be here now. Be someplace else later. Is that …

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Do You Know Your Tolerance Level?

If I asked you to pinpoint your tolerance level in a conversation would you be able to? Could you say that after fifteen minutes if you’re not feeling heard you get frustrated or start to shut down and get passive aggressive? Or if after expressing yourself for the tenth time without any changed outcome you …

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What are you Shouldering?

I grew up with a chip on my shoulder. It sometimes felt real, my shoulder up and pulled in a bit, as if I was balancing that little piece of anger/fear between my humerus and neck. In Catholic School, the nuns told us that each of us had an angel on the right shoulder and …

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Peace - the Art of Living Retreat Center

The True Purpose of Peace

Long ago, a man experienced a series of startling revelations.  Soon after, he founded a new religious movement.  As is typical with all such movements, he had both devoted followers and fierce detractors.  His followers went everywhere he went, and hung on to his every word.  His detractors thought him a self-serving and evil man, …

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The Five Elements of a Little Flower Yoga Class

Often we are asked what our children’s yoga classes actually look like. What are we teaching? Are we just practicing movement? Where does the mindfulness come in? Do kids actually calm down? Below is an overview of the five elements that we consider essential aspects of any child’s yoga experience. Activities that explore these five …

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