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  • Oct 30, 2016
  • by Stacy Fassberg

Over the past three decades, a radical and extremely interesting change has occurred in the way people in the West regard meditation. Until the 1980’s, the term "meditator" brought to mind a guy in an orange robe, with a long, white, messy beard, sitting alone on top of a mountain. Nowadays, future mothers engage in pregnancy meditation, stressed bank employees meditate to relax, athletes meditate to improve their scores, and people undergoing therapy meditate to improve their condition. Meditation is suddenly thought to be cool. There are several reasons for...

  • Oct 09, 2016
  • by Stacy Fassberg

Yoga is one of the most prominent well-being practices today. Even if you are not currently practicing, or have not practiced in the past, you have probably thought about joining a Yoga class. In the US alone, it is a market that is worth $9 billion a year, with over 20 million regular Yoga practitioners; and 45% of the population show interest in trying it out. As incredibly popular as it is, we need to better understand the Yoga that is being practiced in the West.

 

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  • Sep 26, 2016
  • by Stacy Fassberg

A few years ago, after I discussed the benefits of meditation in one of my workshops, a student said to me: “Well, what you’re actually saying here is that meditation is great, and does not have any challenges or side effects.”


That comment made me realise how easy it is to highlight the bright side of meditation while disregarding its potential dark side. Psychological research, as well as our personal experience, has shown how valuable meditation is: it reduces our stress, deepens our meaning in life, eases our pain, and...

  • Sep 13, 2016
  • by Stacy Fassberg

In search for safety, people focus their identity on an idea of their self, i.e. on the mental abstraction called Ego or Personality. All the information concerning one's self and the world can be defined in terms of aware or unaware assumptions, or ego concepts, that colour one's personal experience, for example:


- I am not creative, I have no imagination
- I am an intelligent person
- I can never do what I want to do
- I am very sensitive / insensitive


Or as beliefs about the world, such as:


-...

  • Sep 01, 2016
  • by Stacy Fassberg

Over the past three decades, a radical and extremely interesting change has occurred in the way people in the West regard meditation. Until the 1980’s, the term "meditator" brought to mind a guy in an orange robe, with a long, white, messy beard, sitting alone on top of a mountain. Nowadays, future mothers engage in pregnancy meditation, stressed bank employees meditate to relax, athletes meditate to improve their scores, and people undergoing therapy meditate to improve their condition. Meditation is suddenly thought to be cool.

 

There are...

  • Aug 11, 2016
  • by Stacy Fassberg

By Dr. Itai Ivtzan

Enlightenment. The E word. The state of consciousness all spiritual seekers hope for. And yet wishing for enlightenment is a wonderfully paradoxical experience: craving the state of non-craving, trying for effortlessness. There is something fascinating about this conflict between “wanting” and the way it nullifies the state of enlightenment. And yet enlightenment is achievable, and it is much closer to us than we might imagine.


To realise how we could achieve it, we need to begin with an understanding of what is enlightenment. The...

  • Jul 30, 2016
  • by Stacy Fassberg

Any moment in which we are one with the experience may be defined as meditation. Once you make a conscious effort to focus your attention, with acceptance and openness, any experience is an invitation for meditation: jogging and focusing your attention on the movement of your muscles, washing the dishes and focusing your attention on the feeling of water on your skin, or combining both by swimming and keeping your attention focused on your body as it cuts through the water. The nature of the activity does not matter; what...

  • Jul 21, 2016
  • by Stacy Fassberg

By Dr. Itai Ivtzan

Here is an interesting way to examine the relationship between psychology and spirituality: join a group of psychologists and drop into the conversation a few spiritual concepts - talk about transcendence, oneness, unity consciousness, and the sacred. The contemptuous faces you then receive are directly correlated with the number of spiritual concepts you were sharing. It’s a very similar experience the other way around: join a group of spiritual seekers and discuss the beauty of the mind, and the power of science. Again, you probably won’t...

  • Jul 17, 2016
  • by Stacy Fassberg

Written by Sabina Pettitt

Imagine my surprise when this was the cover story in the last Costco Connection magazine. (For those of you who may not know, Costco is a BIG BOX store – meaning you can buy larger quantities of everyday items for less money.) So very commercial and not exactly where you would expect to find a lead article about mindfulness and meditation and time outs and the necessity for them in our crazy “speeded up”, “non-stop” world.

Personally, I know lots...

  • Jul 03, 2016
  • by Stacy Fassberg

Dr Itai Ivtzan

One major obstacle stands in your way to living your life fully: You are not experiencing life as it really is. You may think this weird: “Of course I experience my life, what else would I be experiencing?” My reply is that you are actually experiencing your personal interpretation of life. The difference between the two is the difference between conditioning and freedom. We are rarely in touch with each and every moment of our life, and are therefore unable to connect directly and clearly to whatever...