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既然有緣到此一訪,
何妨放鬆一下妳(你)的心緒,
歇一歇妳(你)的腳步,
讓我陪妳(你)喝一杯香醇的咖啡吧!

這裡是一個完全開放的交心空間,
躺在綠意漾然的草原上,望著晴空的藍天,
白雲和微風嬉鬧著,無拘無束的赤著腳,
可以輕輕鬆鬆的道出心中情。

天馬行空的釋放著胸懷,緊緊擁抱著彼此的情緒。
共同分享著彼此悲歡離合的酸甜苦辣。
互相激勵,互相撫慰,互相提攜,
一齊向前邁進。

也因為有妳(你)的來訪,我們認識了。
請讓我能擁有機會回拜於妳(你)空間的機會。
謝謝妳(你)!

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Wednesday, April 25, 2018

4 Ways to Find More Clarity in Your Yoga or Meditation Practice


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4 Ways to Find More Clarity in Your Yoga or Meditation Practice

Finding clarity in a yoga or meditation practice is more difficult than ever, with thousands of teachers constantly inventing new systems and philosophies. These tips from an Indian yogi who grew up in a monastery will help you feel more grounded in your practice.
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Many students come to me having practiced yoga for many years, yet they’re still filled with deep spiritual questions and confusion. Feeling deep clarity and resolve is an essential step in any spiritual path. It’s impossible for the brain to move from the alpha (disturbed) state into the theta (calm, relaxed) state—where meditationhappens—without first feeling clarity.
Finding clarity in the modern world is increasingly difficult. It seems that half the work of the modern yogi is simply weeding through the vast array of yoga stylesand spiritual philosophies. It takes only a single instant, however, to return to clarity. This is the role of the spiritual teacher. If you were lost deep in the woods, even the darkest woods, it would take only a single candle light from very far away to guide your way out.

The Importance of Regular Practice

Growing up in a monastery taught me many things about meditation, which have stayed with me to this day. In the monastery, we didn’t have access to thousands of books, philosophies, and teachers like the modern seeker has. From age 7, I was given a daily practice by my master, and it was the same practice I did every day for 12 years. It was a difficult and rigorous practice, but one that I now see as necessary to penetrate the deeper layers of the mind.
In the ancient yoga ashrams, students had to dedicate themselves for 12 years to even begin the path to learning yoga. It was designed this way because it is simply impossible to understand and experience the subtle layers of yoga and meditation in a short amount of time. While this is not very realistic for the modern student, there are many insights that can be drawn from this tradition of deep, intentional, single-focused study.
When students feel confusion or hit a plateau in their practice, I believe that developing a single set of clear practices and beliefs, practiced with clarity, is the missing link. It’s common to resist this initially; this is one of the many tricks of the mind.
If you have hit a patch of confusion, follow these 4 tips to find more clarity in your yoga or meditation practice.

4 Ways to Find More Clarity in Your Yoga or Meditation Practice

1. Don’t get lost in spiritual terminology.

Throughout the ages, yoga and meditation masters needed ways to share their states of being to the world. When Buddha first became enlightened, he first lectured to his former ascetic followers in the Deer Park at Sarnath. While sharing the details of his “samadi,” it is said that the attendees of his first lecture were somewhat underwhelmed by what he shared, as it was much of the same that teachers of the day were already sharing.
This required Buddha to come up with some creative solutions, so he invented some new terminology. “Enlightenment,” he called it. Rumors of this new state of being quickly spread throughout ancient India.
A similar challenge meets every enlightened teacher who tries to share his findings with the world. Each teacher is forced to make the same realizations sound new and original in order to perk up new ears. This pattern has continued through the ages into the modern day, where the modern yogis are pulled between “self-awakening,” “mindfulness,” “consciousness,” “Kundalini awakening,” and “chakraopening.”
I always remind my students that the various words to describe spiritual states are simply different terminology all pointing to the same exact thing. This realization alone can bring great clarity and relief.

2. Avoid measuring spiritual progress.

It’s easy to begin comparing our levels of spiritual progress. This is another very harmful pattern of the mind.
My master taught me that the role of a spiritual teacher is to help each student realize they are full and complete exactly how they are. That’s it. The path of yoga and meditation is not to achieve anything, but rather to accept yourself exactly the way you are. There are no levels, degrees, or achievements on this path. You are perfect, complete, whole within yourself—just as you are. The only movement in yoga is to see this, and it takes no special practice to do so.
A good spiritual guide will have the ability to make you feel more complete within yourself, and you will know it when you feel it. It is not the duty of the teacher to impress upon students any obligation or specific ritual. I would consider this wrong guidance.
Whenever coming across a new, impressive teacher, I encourage my students to see that they are in no way different or less than the teacher, and that they are simply having new dimensions of their being revealed through that teacher. Any good spiritual teacher should always leave you feeling more free and empowered within yourself—not with more unanswered questions.

3. Study the history and original intention of yoga.

There was originally only one yoga pose: sitting silently in a cross-legged position.
Throughout time, the ancient masters needed ways to loosen students’ bodies in order to return to sitting silently. It is said that that’s why they invented the various yoga postures.
You could imagine the ancient yogis sitting in meditation thousands of years ago, when suddenly a new student begins experiencing a leg cramp. Acting out of compassion, the master would walk over to the student and whisper in his ear some simple instructions to stretch that part of the body until the cramp was relieved. This has been the development of the yoga postures throughout the ages.
Fast forward thousands of years, and the world we live in is quite different. The modern yogi is put under patterns of stress and stimulation significantly more powerful than in the ancient times. The need to counteract these deeper stress patterns is what inspired modern masters like Yogi BhajanK. Pattabhi Jois, and B.K.S. Iyengar to bring new systems of yoga into the world.
As a yoga practitioner, it’s important for your own clarity not to get lost in these various styles of yoga. Rather, try to see them all as different systems leading you back to the same end point: sitting silently. After all, meditation is the essence of the yoga practice. This simple understanding can help you become significantly more clear on the intention for your practice each day.

4. Reduce the number of influences you allow in your life.

It’s easy for us to be like frogs, jumping from lily pad to lily pad when we come across a new philosophy. It may seem shiny and new for a time. Yet after a while, we run into its limitations and begin looking for the next lily pad to jump to. This process can go on forever if we don’t notice the pattern.
Having an abundance of spiritual influences can limit your ability to go deeper into meditation. Rather than constantly searching for new teachers, I recommend committing deeper to the teacher (living or dead) who your heart feels most naturally drawn to. Spend more time with that teacher’s words, allowing them to sink deeper into your thoughts and actions. Something beautiful will surely follow.
About Our Writer
Amrit Pal Singh (Gurumukh) is a yoga teacher from Chanidargh, India. After growing up in a yoga monastery, he left to apply what he learned to his life and to spread the ancient wisdom of the yoga masters with the world. He now teaches for East+West Yoga, leading teacher trainings and retreats in Bali and Thailand.

House located in an urban area with the facade using a system of aluminum screen with “balconies”


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House located in an urban area with the facade using a system of aluminum screen with “balconies”
Architects: DANstudio
Location: Hanoi, Vietnam
Year: 2017
Photo courtesy: DANstudio
Description:
“The TH House is located at a new urban area in the outskirt of Hanoi. The house is a very popular type of house in Vietnam that the main structure was already built by the developer of the whole area. The people buying this kind of house usually need to do the “finishing” work before moving in. But the skeleton of the house itself causes a lot of problems, mostly related to natural ventilation and lighting. So the question for the architect is how to finish the construction to simultaneously solve all the problems coming from this skeleton and have a humble difference while still keeping the same structural elements to the surrounding houses.
The solution comes first from the interior space. The architect proposed to cut over some floor slabs, creating more vertical connections from the first floor to the roof level. This way inserts two other internal tubes bringing natural ventilation and lighting deep inside the house. The residents have more freedom to interact physically to each other through these open spaces.
To strengthen the connection between the floors, the material of flower tile is used continuously from the wall of one tube to the floor next to another tube, exiting at the facade of the house. This solution of using material blurs the space vertically and horizontally, connecting all floors in a direct and physical way.
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The house location is not far from a noisy rail track and the front elevation faces harsh sunlight at the noon time. Thus a system of aluminum screen with “balconies” is used for the facade. It creates a new protecting skin wrapping the entire outer surface, while still has some openings to bring nature to the house. The “green balconies” use the trees mostly taken from the green area in front of the house.
At the space on the second floor between the two new tubes, a reading room is inserted with high level of flexibility. By using a group of cubes at different ways, the residents can read books, work, sleep, play as a group or watch movies together on different gestures… The platform and the shelf not only can store things but also create a frame for people to do unlimited activities on their own way.”





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Kundalini 101: What Is the Aquarian Age, Anyway?


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Kundalini 101: What Is the Aquarian Age, Anyway?

It's more than a chart-topping song. Find out what the current astrological era means for you.


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Are you ready to discover your life’s purpose and activate your fullest potential? Kundalini Yoga is an ancient practice that helps you channel powerful energy and transform your life. And now there is an accessible, easy way to learn how to incorporate these practices into your practice and life. Yoga Journal’s 6-week online course, Kundalini 101: Create the Life You Want, offers you mantras, mudras, meditations, and kriyas that you’ll want to practice every day. Sign up now!

Topping the Billboard charts in 1969, Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In, the iconic opening tune from the 1967 musical Hair, heralded the arrival of the Age of Aquarius and introduced audiences to the concept of a new astrological era. This new age delivered strong energy shifts, but what, exactly, does it mean? You might be surprised to discover that Kundalini Yoga offers valuable insights.
Around the same time, in the late ‘60s and early ‘70s, Yogi Bhajan—who brought Kundalini Yoga to the West—began speaking about the Age of Aquarius and said that the the transition to the new era would begin in November 1991 and end on November 11, 2011. Then humankind would remain in the Aquarian Age for roughly 2,000 years. He predicted this transition would create a world beyond our imagination, expectations, and understanding. It would mean leaving behind the rigidity of the Piscean Age so we could begin living with greater awareness and sensitivity.

The Misguided Facade of the Past: The Piscean Age

In the previous era, mental intellect and information equalled power. The Piscean Age was ruled by competition, masks, and ambition. For so long, humanity was mesmerized by status instead of character. People endeavored to create an impression. They worked under the zero-sum paradigm that one person’s gain meant another person’s loss. Also, in this age, people were told what to believe and whom to follow.  


Today, You Are the Guru: The Aquarian Age

The Aquarian Age ushered in dramatically different principles. Where we reside now, we are learning to trust and love ourselves. Loving ourselves creates unconditional love for others. After all, it was Yogi Bhajan who said, “The other person is you.”
Many people are tapping into an inner voice telling them to shine their own truths into the world. We are called to be a guiding force for change. We are called to value wisdom over intellect, love over fear, and connectivity over separation. In order to create change, we need to come together as one.
Whereas in the Piscean Age people observed and followed others, now in the Aquarian Age we observe our own consciousness and follow it religiously. We are here to live life and use our words and actions as our personal consciousness dictates.

Where Yoga Comes In

Kundalini Yoga helps us connect to our inner light, which becomes the guiding beacon for our lives. In the Aquarian Age, identity connects the mind, body, and soul. In order to be an integrated being, we must aim to live a life that merges outer words and actions with innermost values. Kundalini Yoga dissolves the energy blocks, like fear and trepidation. Free of these, we can step into alignment with our own consciousness. This is where true oneness exists.

The old paradigm of lying and hiding is not working anymore. The old way was to do it for you. The new way is to do it for all. It is time to accept our truth and step into our fullest potential.
There has never been a time like this. Are you ready? 

Want to learn how to tap into your innate kundalini energy to transform your practice and life? Join Karena in Kundalini 101 today!

Kundalini 101 with Karena Virginia: About Our Expert

Karena Virginia has 20 years of experience as a powerful healer and highly acclaimed yoga instructor. Based in the New York City area, she conducts workshops in the United States and Europe and is a pioneer in bringing positive change to the world through fierce love. She’s co-author of the 2017 book Essential Kundalini Yoga and released the DVD The Power of Kundalini in 2015. Her app, Relax and Attract with Karena, has helped thousands of people around the world to find inner peace and healing. Karena's work has been featured in the Huffington Post, Bravo TV, and the Oprah Winfrey Network.