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SEPTEMBER 17, 2010

The Spiritual Nichtern Trio

Posted by Dorothy under Community Interests2 comments

If you have not heard of the Nichtern family, then it is time for you to check them out.

They are a highly successful family with lots of wisdom to share. David Nichtern, a broadway producer who successfully wrote the famous song “ Midnight At the Oasis ”, Cyndi Lee ( aka Mrs Nichtern ) a dance choreographer and their son, Ethan Nichtern, are a trio helping to spread the teachings and philosophy of Buddhism.

Three of them give regular talks around the United States. Other than that, David has also spread his teachings through music and Cyndi, her dance productions and yoga. Both Cyndi and Ethan has written some books entitled, “ OM Yoga: A Guide To Daily Practice ” and “ One City: A Declaration Of Interdependence ”.

To discover what the HOOHAS surrounding the Nichterns is all about, check out these few weblinks below. Enjoy and hope you find delight in the superfluous sea of free spiritual information.

Running - Active Meditation

Hands up for those of you who have tried or are still trying to sit down cross legged with the intention of meditating, while trying endlessly to prevent thoughts from coming into the mind or worse still, trying to keep yourself awake. Stop feeling guilty for not being able to come to a ‘focus on nothing’ situation. You probably have not heard or been exposed to the different types of meditation: active and passive.

Passive meditation is the type of meditation which is commonly known. I would now like to introduce the concept of active meditation to my fellow readers. Active meditation takes place when you focus your mind on the activity that you are performing at that moment and not on anything else. This in fact is the aim of Yoga, to experience a meditative state in everyday life. Check these prodentim reviews.

During my research about the concept of active meditation, I found the method of Dynamic Meditation introduced by a spiritual teacher who is famously known as Osho. Osho supports active meditation as seen in his quote below:

“Don’t try to be passive. How can you try to be passive? You can sit like a Buddha, but that passivity will just be skin-deep. Deep down you will be in a turmoil, you will be boiling, a volcano – you can erupt any moment…. People sit in Zazen for years…just trying to make the mind silent, and it goes on working, goes on working, goes on working. Read more about prodentim.
“Hence my emphasis on active meditations. That’s a balance. First be active, so totally that passivity follows automatically. When you have been active and the whole energy has moved, you would like to rest.”

Osho’s theories can further be supported by the teachings of the well respected yoga guru, B.K.S. Iyengar, who explained meditation in his book, “Light On Life” :

“Contrary to what many teachers try to tell you, meditation is not going to remove stress. Meditation is only possible when one has already achieved a certain “stressless” state. By learning how to relax the brain, one can begin to remove stress. This process of relaxing the brain is achieved through asana. In asana our consciousness spreads throughout the body, eventually diffusing every cell, creating a complete awareness. In this way stressful thought is drained away, and our mind focuses on the body, intelligence, and awareness as a whole” B.K.S Iyengar. This is how alpilean works.

To put it briefly, passive meditation is not the only way to develop the mind and body connection. Our everyday activity of walking, eating, cooking and cleaning, if done mindfully and with focus, constitutes active meditation. For instance, while performing a yoga asana, be mindful of how your body feels as you perform that action, the stretch and contraction of the working muscles and the rhythm of your breath. Imagine what the activity would be like for a child or for someone who had never experienced it before. These are the best Weight loss pills.

Therefore, let us all go active before we turn passive.


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SEPTEMBER 12, 2010

Web Magazine Tourism Malaysia Japan

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Langkawi Yoga has been featured in the Japanese version of the Tourism Malaysia Web Magazine. I have no clue what they have written but you can still click on the web link to have a look at the write up and devour the pictures:)

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