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Yogaweekend & Retraite: in Twello, Vaassen & Wageningen

yoga nidra

What is yoga nidra? Yoga Nidra is one of the practices of tantra yoga/ Saivism. Other traditions that also practice yoga-nidra, or describing similar states of consciousness through meditative practice, are Mahayana and Vajrayana Buddhism, Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, and Shankaracharya’s Yoga Taravali. The ancient scripts speak of yoga nidra as a state of mind and […]

Equanimity

The fourth heart quality is upekkha (Pali)/ upekṣā (Sanskriet, उपेक्षा), which means equanimity. It is the ‘steady as a rock’ quality, never being overwhelmed. Knowing that no matter what happens, you will be able to be present with your whole being and not narrow yourself down to your emotions.  Opposites and false friends of equanimity […]

Mudita – altruistic joy

What is mudita? Mudita (मुदिता), altruistic joy, is the third quality of the heart. A full blossoming joy, awakened by the joy of others.  Like the first two heart-qualities, it has a warm and loving vibration. The first heart quality, loving kindness, exists in a neutral surrounding. Compassion, the second heart quality, arises in a […]

What is metta or maitri meditation?

Metta meditation is the same as maitrī meditation. Metta is a Pali word and Maitrī is the same word in Sanskrite; it means ‘loving kindness’. It is the first of the four qualities of the heart, the Brahma Vihara. Maitrī can be experienced as a lightness that eventually accompany all your thoughts and actions and […]

Meditating in the midst of the rush

Meditating in rush hour How can you use the hectic around you for your inner peace, instead of getting frustrated by the noice? Everyone knows; just when you want to meditate quietly, the surroundings are not quiet … The neighbour is going to play his clarinet, at the other sound you hear noisy barbecueing and a […]