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

 – Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

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Warrior Goddess Wisdom

Warrior Goddess Wisdom for the Summer Solstice

Is your inner warrior goddess in excess, deficiency, or balance? Many plants are medicinal in the right dosage. Take too much and they can be poisonous. Take too little and they are ineffective.Just because something is toxic in excess doesn’t mean that it is not also healing in moderation. And just because something creates no …

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Ahimsa - The Art of Living Retreat Center

The Real Meaning of Ahimsa

  Ahimsa is the intention to harm nobody and nothing. That is the main thing. But you should not stretch it too much.   See, in your body, whether you like it or not, whether you want it or not, your immune system is doing it. Your immune system, if it is strong, is destroying …

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A Spiritual Perspective on Anxiety and Depression - Art of Living Retreat Center

A Spiritual Perspective on Anxiety and Depression

  We have to remove this label we put on ourselves: ‘“I have anxiety”. You should say you had. Never say it in the present tense. “I have anxiety.” You might have had anxiety last week or yesterday or an hour ago, but it is gone. You know, we should put this very strongly into …

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Opening Your Heart - Art of Living Retreat Center

Opening Your Heart to the Juiciness of Life

  Life should be more juicy, don’t you think so? Life should be thrill and juice and wonder and suspense. You might think your heart is shut down. I tell you, my dear, that it is not. You don’t have to try to open it. Though we think we are shut down and try to …

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Yoga - Art of Living Retreat Center

Advice on the Practice of Yoga

One of the ways to come to understand how to stay in the Asana (yoga pose), with the Kumbhaka (holding the breath as part of Pranayama — the breathing exercises), in meditation, or with any difficult situation we are in in life is to imagine staying there forever. Just like when you are waiting there …

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Return to Source: Taproot Your Inner Wisdom for Lasting Happiness

  Life has a way of eroding our sense of self. Instead of feeling connected and confident, we find ourselves moving through life fueled by fear, feeling like we lack something that others have, angry all the time, unsure of what lies ahead, and looking for external supports to guide us.   But within all …

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Bhakti - Art of Living Retreat Center

Cookies, Tea, and the Nature of Bhakti

Bhakti Yoga brings us into the world of mystery, a realm where the dissecting, discerning qualities of the intellect are powerless next to the vast ocean of feelings. For most practitioners, the goal of Yoga is union, oneness with the Supreme. But in Bhakti Yoga we don’t think about the goal, we only weep, laugh, …

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Earth Element - Art of Living Retreat Center

Ayurveda 101: The Nature of Earth

  According to the ancient life science of Ayurveda, all of creation manifests in a unique combination of the Five Great Elements: earth, air, fire, water, and space. Everything in existence can be broken down into these elemental characteristics, and this diversity determines the flow of life and how the world interacts with itself.   …

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Self-Care as a Healer - Art of Living Retreat Center

Exploring Wisdom: Self-Care as a Healer

  In this series, regular Art of Living Retreat Center presenters Wah! and Dr. James Leary answer your questions about life, love, and spirituality. “What can a healer do to take care of their energy, and not exhaust themselves when taking care of others?”   James: That’s a good one. I hear it all the time, …

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Samadhi and Enlightenment - the Art of Living Retreat Center

Samadhi and the Nature of Enlightenment

  There are many different types of Samadhi. “Dhi” means intellect, or consciousness, and “sama” means equanimous, so Samadhi means an equanimous intellect.   When Samadhi becomes so stable that you don’t need to do anything, you don’t even need to meditate, then that state is called enlightenment. Until then, the practice of Samadhi is …

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