Manifesting Grace Through Gratitude

Gratitude is a powerful way of nurturing inner resilience, joy and calm. Dr Deepak Chopra and Oprah Winfrey are once again offering their free, 21-day online meditation experience called, “Manifesting Grace Through Gratitude”

The event starts March 25th, 2019. The daily guided meditations are approximately 15 to 20 minutes in length, and are a wonderful way to start…. or end… your day.

As the saying goes, “It is not happiness that creates gratitude. It is gratitude that creates happiness.”

 

Breathing Techniques for Relaxation and Peace

Conscious breathing is a highly underrated skill for many of us. However in the yogic traditions, the ancients have always seen the breath as the connection between the physical body and the spirit. Today, modern science has “come to the party” and research demonstrates that conscious breathing techniques can stimulate the Vagus nerve and invoke relaxation, healing and greater inner peace.

Here are some ancient breathing techniques shared by the Chopra Center that will assist you in developing a greater consciousness around your breath and cultivating a sense of relaxation.

Freedom to Change Comes From Acceptance First

Carl Rogers once said, “The curious paradox is that when I accept myself as I am, then I can change.” A paradox indeed – and many of us fear that this kind of radical acceptance will de-motivate us from growing and evolving.

But it turns out to be just the opposite. When we can give ourselves love and tenderness for the light and the dark aspects of our nature, we provide fertile ground for positive change.

The Big White Wall

At our January 2019 Sangha, Dr. John mentioned the website “Big White Wall” – an online 24/7 site offering mental health and wellbeing services. Big White Wall offers self-help programmes, creative outlets and a community that cares. All contact with the site are kept anonymous.

If you need help, Big White Wall offers a support network and guided support. 93% of people who used Big White Wall felt better after making contact and getting help.

Big White Wall is funded by the government of Ontario. To learn more, go to Big White Wall.

How Small, Random Events Can Change A Life

Has a seemingly small event ever changed your life? Has a random meeting ever altered the trajectory of your plans for the future? Has a certain person come into your life –  (in a positive or negative way) – totally unexpectedly, and changed you forever?

Small, seemingly inconsequential events can occur that actually are not so small, or inconsequential. And when we look back, we are grateful that they occurred. If this has ever happened to you, you will relate to this video. And have the kleenex ready – you may need one or two!

Tara Brach: Deep Listening with the Ears of the Heart

Tara Brach is a clinical psychologist and Buddhist meditation teacher. She has written a number of books, and offers many courses that help us navigate through life more skillfully. In this short video, Tara teaches us how to be truly present when we listen to each other with the “ears of the heart.”

The deeply healing power of “being heard” by someone in a non-judgmental way, is truly a gift of compassion and love.