How to Use a Mala

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A mala is a string of beads, used to chant the names of God. It’s the same thing as prayer beads, or a rosary. A Hindu mala typically has either 108 beads (108 being considered a sacred number in Hinduism) or 27 beads (which is one-fourth of 108). In addition to the 108 or 27 “counting beads,” a mala generally has an additional bead, called the “guru bead,” which hangs perpendicular  to the circle of counting beads. A Hindu mala is usually worked with by using the right hand. The mala is held resting over the third finger of the…

Temples of the Warriors of the Sacred

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Namaste dear Warrior—how are you? We shared so much around health together last article, I am just wondering how you are currently feeling? Are you vibrant or depleted? Energized or overwhelmed? Excited or anxious? There are so many variables in our modern lives that can shift our internal state dramatically within a split second. And those of us who have not had a solid, long history of healthy habits and lifestyle are particularly vulnerable to environmental influences pulling us away from our equilibrium, physically and mentally. And that, alongside the thousands of stimuli that assault our senses via the new…

Pumpkin Lemongrass Soup

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Winter came early this year, and its cold, everywhere. Freezing. It feels almost unbearably cold at times, doesn’t it? As the winter chill closes in, and after any venture out in the city, wrapped with every layer imaginable, it’s particularly comforting to return home knowing that there is a warm bowl of nourishing soup waiting for you. Nourishing is the key word here, and this seasonal vegetable soup comes to us from a newly opened urban oasis called Mountain, a beautiful acupuncture café and healing center based in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. Acupuncturists and alternative health practitioners, Justine Lynch and her…

The Egg

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You were on your way home when you died.  It was a car accident. Nothing particularly remarkable, but fatal nonetheless. You left behind a wife and two children. It was a painless death. The EMT’s tried their best to save you, but to no avail. Your body was so utterly shattered you were better off, trust me. And that’s when you met me. “What… what happened?” You asked. “Where am I?” “You died,” I said, matter-of-factly. No point in mincing words. “There was a…a truck and it was skidding…” “Yup,” I said. “I…I died?” “Yup. But don’t feel bad about…

The Yoga of Listening

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We are surrounded by noise. Nowhere is this more evident to me than in my triweekly commute through Times Square Station. The sound of screeching and speeding trains layer over conversations— transactions at the magazine kiosk, the occasional tourist talking loudly into his cell phone, unaware that we have lost reception underground. People weave almost seamlessly through the constant stream of human traffic, shoes hitting the hard floors, tap-tap-tapping hurriedly down the stairs and onto the ramp. On the platform, a street performer pounds the tops of empty buckets with a pair of drumsticks; he taps a wooden board with…

The Place Where Science and Spirituality Become One

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“It’s significant that Yogananda’s first speech in America was called ‘The Science of Religion,’” says author Philip Goldberg in the new documentary film Awake: The Life of Yogananda. Goldberg’s book, American Veda, documents how Indian spirituality changed the West, and he dedicates an entire chapter to Paramahansa Yogananda, the Hindu Swami who arrived on American shores in 1920 – the quintessential fish-out-of-water. Yogananda was only 27 years old, barely spoke the language and looked like he had emerged from the pages of a mysterious storybook recalling tales from the East. “Many Americans were still getting used to having Jews here,”…

[Sponsored Post] Higher Brain Living®

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Flipping the Switch From the OverUsed and Stressed-Out Lower Brain To the Seat of Joy, Empowerment and Stress-Free Living, The Higher Brain You’ve no doubt heard it said that we use only 5% of the potential of our brains. And what we do use is predominantly the primitive survival or Lower Brain, the one that keeps us in the grip of stress, fear, anxiety, reactive impulse, addiction, frustration and resistance to change. That’s the part of the brain from which we largely make our decisions and process our reactions. That old flight-or-fight mechanism held over from our predator-rich ancestral heritage.…

When Forgiveness Takes Root

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“The magic didn’t happen to him. The magic happened to me.” Amazingly, these were the words of abuse victim Ben Bosinger after letting go of years of resentment toward his father. So what happened? One day, fed up with pain he’d been carrying around for so long, he paid a visit to his dad. The “magic” occurred while they were looking at Ben’s motorcycle in the driveway. “In that instant, when we both were bent down looking at that greasy engine, side by side, I forgave him,” he recalled. He added, “It was something bigger than me that made me forgive him.” This…

Perceptions of the Mind

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It is well known that motivation affects our perceptions. We don’t necessarily see things as they are we see them as we are. If a pickpocket meets a Saint, all he sees are his pockets. Thaddeus Golas, in The Lazy Man’s Guide to Enlightenment said, “You never have to change what you see, only the way you see it.” Gurdjieff, the Russian philosopher, noted, “If you think you’re free and you don’t know you are in prison – you can’t escape.” Gurdjieff sees us as being in prison – a prison of the mind. To begin, you must first recognize…

Could You Live to Be 150?

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Q: What do you think of the claim that the first person to live to be 150 or even 200 is alive today? Would it be wise to live that long—especially since it seems it would surely have to be with help from some scientific intervention? A: I’m dubious that any human alive today is going to live to be 150, let alone 200 years old. The notion that some babies already born will live to be 150 comes from a book by Sonia Arrison, an author and analyst who studies the impact of new technologies on society. Not surprisingly,…

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