Heartfulness Magazine - April 2018(Volume 3, Issue 4)

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In this issue, we explore digital technology: what effect does constant exposure to electromagnetic radiation have on our health and well-being? More to the point, what are we doing about it? In addition we have Michael Singer on the potential of the human heart, Pierre Rabhi on agro-ecology and social consciousness, Daaji on Pranayama, Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee and Hilary Hart on spiritual ecology, a new section on Yogasanas, and much much more.

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Simply living April 2018 digital DET O X The NATure of BeiNg BreATh eNerg Y ego Michael A. Singer on the world mind and heart. Daaji on Pranayama www.heartfulnessmagazine.com

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Creative Team Editorial Team – Meghana Anand Sylvie Berti Rossi Genia Catala Elizabeth Denley Emma Ivaturi Design Team – Hélène Camilleri Emma Ivaturi Bharath Krishna Uma Maheswari Rike Michaelsen Photography – Robert Collins Ivana Cajina Charles Deluvio Nathan Dumlao Tai Hamelin Erik Heddema Brandon Kawamura Bharath Krishna Frank McKenna Brenda Neth Leon Prado Kelly Raye Paul Rysz Chris Sabor Pawan Sharma Dawid Sobolewski Markus Spiske Sebastian Staines Vincent Van Zalinge Fabrizio Verrecchia Josh Willink Art – Anna Isaeva Fabio Kohler Writers – Raja Amarnath Meghana Anand Hilary Hart Fabio Kohler Vani Kola Llwellyn Vaughan-Lee Brenda Neth Kamlesh Patel Chitra Rajan Michael Singer Chiara Townley Ravi Venkatesan Interviewees – Sarah Baldwin Debra Lynn Dadd Crystal Jones Pierre Rabhi ISSN 2455-7684 Contributions – letters to the editors and guidelines contributionsheartfulnessmagazine.com Advertising – advertisingheartfulnessmagazine.com Subscriptions – subscriptionsheartfulnessmagazine.com www.heartfulnessmagazine.com/subscriptions Editor – Rishabh Kothari Printed by – Sunil Kumar Kala Jyothi Process Pvt. Limited 1-1-60/5 RT C Cross Roads Musheerabad Hyderabad-500 020 Telangana Publisher – Sunil Kumar representing Spiritual Hierarchy Publication Trust on behalf of Sahaj Marg Spirituality Foundation Chennai. © 2015 Sahaj Marg Spirituality Foundation Printing publishing distribution sales sponsorship and revenue collection rights vests with the Publisher alone. www.heartfulnessmagazine.com All rights reserved. ‘Heartfulness’ ‘Heartfulness Relaxation’ ‘Heartfulness Meditation’ ‘Sahaj Marg Spirituality Foundation’ ‘SMSF’ ‘www.Heartfulness.org’ the ‘Learn to Meditate’ logo the ‘Heartfulness’ logo are registered Service Marks and/or Trademarks of Sahaj Marg Spirituality Foundation. No part of this magazine may be reproduced in any form or by any means without prior written permission from the Publisher. The views expressed in the contributions in this publication do not always reflect those of the editors the Heartfulness Institute or the Sahaj Marg Spirituality Foundation. Heartfulness

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Contributors Michael A. Singer is the author of Te Untethered Soul and Te Surrender Experiment which have been published worldwide. He had a deep inner awakening in 1971 after which he focused on yoga and meditation for some time. In 1975 he founded Temple of the Universe a yoga and meditation center where people of any religion or belief come to experience inner peace. He is also the creator of a leading-edge software package for medical practice management and is the founding CEO of a public company. Michael A. Singer Llewellyn is the founder of Te Golden Suf Center. Author of several books he has specialized in the area of dreamwork integrating the ancient Suf approach with modern psychology. Since 2000 his focus has been on spiritual responsibility in our present era and awakening the global consciousness of oneness. He has written about the feminine the world soul and spiritual ecology. He has been interviewed by Oprah Winfrey on Super Soul Sunday and featured on the Global Spirit series on PBS. Hilary writes about mysticism with a focus on women and feminine consciousness. Originally from New England Hilary is on the Suf path and currently lives in Taos New Mexico. Her books include Body of Wisdom: Women’s Spiritual Power and How It Serves and Te Unknown She: Eight Faces of an Emerging Consciousness. Llewellyn V aughan-Lee Hilary Hart Born in Algeria Pierre Rabhi is a French farmer writer and philosopher. He promotes a way of life that respects both humankind and nature and works to promote agro-ecology throughout the world particularly in Africa. Recognized as an international expert on food safety he participated in the drafting of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertifcation. He has created many associations with the goal of reconnecting people to nature and personally embodies his philosophical ideals to inspire people to make changes in their lives. Pierre Rabhi

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Elizabeth Denley Rishabh Kothari Meghana Anand Sylvie Berti Rossi Genia Catala Emma Ivaturi

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WotsUp Dear readers With time our means of communication has evolved. From the ancient eras of sign language smoke signals drumbeats and hieroglyphs through the period of evening soirées in the drawing room handwritten letters telegrams and landline phones today we find ourselves in a hi-tech digital age where even writing on paper and talking in person seems quaint.We now ping or text instead of writing letters or emails and we WhatsApp rather than meeting our near and dear ones in person. How does this paradigm shift in the way we interact affect the way we communicate And what effect does such constant exposure to electromagnetic radiation have on our health and well-being More to the point what are we doing about it In this issue we explore the various ways to use digital technology for our benefit yet with safety and caution. Michael Singer gives us a glimpse of the potential of the human heart in the concluding part of his article while Pierre Rabhi celebrates change love and joy in his interview. Daaji continues his series on Ashtanga Yoga with Pranayama and we feature a new section on Yoga Asanas. Debra and Sarah open us to a whole new world of toys Vani Kola reveals the secret that gives impetus to her daily life and Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee and Hilary Hart share the joy of being one with nature while walking. Nature has her own way of communicating. And it takes more than just putting our mobile phones on silent to perceive it. The rate at which technology is progressing there may be a day when people communicate through silence in silence. But for the time being let’s find ways to use our gadgets wisely The editors

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20 e veryday perspectives QA On Digital Detox 12 u nplug Meghana Anand It’s Time to Unplug 16 focus 10 thought in action in the feld Business relationships h ari V enkatesan Te Heartful Negotiator part 3 22 Sleep r aja Amarnath and Chitra r ajan A Deeply Refreshing Sleep 26 Corporate calm V ani Kola A Daily Habit 08 interview Agro-ecology Pierre r abhi - part 2 Integrating modern principles and ancient traditions this pioneer in agro-ecology and respect for Mother Earth shares how his own background molded his vision and his work. 32 30

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taste of life Spiritual ecology Llewellyn V aughan-Lee h ilary h art Walking 74 Lesson from nature Brenda Neth I Love to See Tem Fill the Skies 78 h eartfulness Y ogasanas Padmasana 80 Creativity f abio Kohler Art Essay 82 72 be inspired 54 Up 87 Science of spirituality Ashtanga Y oga - Pranayama Daaji on the art of breathing expanding vitality and ego. 56 h eart mind Michael Singer How to Know the Nature of Your Being - part 2 66 it changes everything e co toys Sarah Baldwin A Diferent Way to Play - part 1 40 h uman qualities Chiara T ownley Te 4 Pillars of Self Development 46 h ealing Dr Crystal Jones Te Sacred Dance of Healing - part 2 49 38

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A Daily Habit In tHe FIeLd I am an engineer by training and an accidental venture capitalist by profession. When a young person asks me about the ‘secret of my success’ I’m at a loss for words. First I don’t consider myself particularly successful. And second success for me is not a destination but a journey. Te most important accomplishment of my life has been my ability to embrace the setbacks that have come my way and still have the courage to take risks. It’s having no regrets and being content in the present. I attribute this to my daily meditation practice. It has enabled me to be on a journey of self-discovery and purposeful in my actions. My journey as an entrepreneur venture capitalist loving mother and a caring daughter are facets that need to coexist harmoniously for me to be whole. As a venture capitalist VAnI KOLA is constantly moving in the world of business and finance.Here she describes how she has been able to integrate that world with family life and find contentment and balance. 8 Heartfulness Corporate life

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I began the practice of Heartfulness Meditation two decades ago. Back then in 1995 I was the CEO of a start-up in California. I had a young child and felt constantly torn between the demands of family and work. I didn’t like the fact that the resulting stress manifested itself in lack of patience a short temper fear of failure and guilt that I wasn’t doing enough. When I was introduced to meditation I felt the universe giving me a solution. As time unfolded I grew to discover my potential and learnt to take risks and stand by my convictions. Daily meditation freed me from the fear of failure while clear decision- making allowed me to exercise empathy and accept diferences with respect. In this fast-paced world it’s important to have a healthy body and healthy mind. Also the shorter attention spans among the digital natives provide a strong case for meditation. It’s important to realize that ego is contagious and triggers conficts fear makes us indecisive while power makes us lose empathy. I’ve also discovered that when I reduce inner strife it decreases external strife as well. Reading people and situations problem solving and efective decision-making are sought- after leadership skills. And daily meditation has helped me develop these key skills. Today’s woman is expected to strive to have it all. Yet there are many demands on her heart mind and time. To achieve balance women must be rooted. Even though we work very hard we tend to be driven by guilt that we are not giving enough at home or at work. Recently I read Te Heartfulness Way which summarizes the meditation practice I follow but experience speaks for itself. I embarked on a journey of self- discovery 20 years ago – this keeps me inspired and grounded every day. 9 April 2018 Corporate life

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focus DETOX dIGIt AL

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Te human spirit must prevail over technology. Albert Einstein

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ON DigiTAl DETOX Digital technology is an integral part of most of our lives. How does it afect your way of communicating and your relationships How could we use the benefts of technology without being overwhelmed by the adverse efects Do you ever think about how digital technology afects your health and well-being Do you do anything about it 1 2 3 In the early ’70s when I went to London to further my studies telephone calls were so expensive that I only managed to speak to my parents about 3 times during the frst 5 years. Te other way was to write and receive letters but the personal contact was absent. I was a teenager and the lack of communication with family was very traumatic. It is so diferent now. Tese technologies allow me to be in touch with my sister and loved ones who live far away on a regular basis and with ease. Strangely while the digital technologies bring us closer to those loved ones who are far away they can add distance with the ones living close to us. A few years ago when I realized that I was sending texts or WhatsApp messages rather than meeting people personally I started to adopt the approach of frst trying for face-to-face communication especially at work phone calls or voice calls next email where I need to record or explain in detail texts to send short messages like reminders and appointments or as a last resort. I also try to avoid Facebook other than to follow some inspirational teachers. Take time to talk to a person. Te body language and human interaction help a lot we avoid so many misunderstandings that result from emails. Avoid groups in WhatsApp or Facebook unless the purpose of the group is well defned. Refrain from putting confdential information on any of these platforms. Limit the use of technology to set times. Control the technology rather than letting it control me. Personally I don’t think technology has afected my health that much except for the degradation of my eyesight due to prolonged computer use at work which might be due to getting older as well. However I have seen compulsive behavior and addiction in many people. It is even common to see people checking their phone while crossing the road. Many have also said that the chatter in their mind has increased or amplifed due to the constant use of these technologies which in turn afects their sleep and well-being. rAVi rAVeNDr AN Retired Project Director Wellington New Zealand

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I fnd the communication is more impersonal there is less intimate connection. It creates a sense of being connected that lacks depth or high quality. Tis technology gives me a lot of fexibility with my work so I can work remotely. I appreciate the easy access to information that digital technology makes possible like GPS to get around new places and comparison shopping using the phone 13 Te ever-widening scope of hi-tech communication has defnitely boosted my work opportunities and performance. Yet while I fnd my friend-network expanding with regular use of digital technology I also discern a pattern emerging from such communicative means which I believe has a rather singular efect on me. Where I feel refreshed happy satisfed inspired even on meeting friends in the fesh ‘meeting’ them via a screen leaves me… well for the lack of a better term partly satisfed. Limitation creeps in: texts and emojis fall short of conveying subtle nuances often leaving the tête-à-tête lacking heart not to mention that miscommunication poses a bit of a risk as well. Still virtual relationships fourish because more often than not the other party prefers the screen. Sometimes I wonder if my social networking is taking over my so-see-all networking… Albert Einstein predicted “I fear the day that technology will surpass our human interaction the world will have a generation of idiots.” And most unfortunately our intrinsic typicality of waking up to reality by the time it’s too late may just prove Einstein right. However where there’s a will there is a way. I am no Miss Perfect I too fell prey to my own abuse of smart technology as it is rather addictive isn’t it But I have learnt to use it not abuse it – simply by using my will. So let’s make it a point that whenever our idle hand reaches out for that smart device we employ that iron will and engage ourselves in a constructive mind-refreshing physically-activating and energizing enterprise. Tere are tons out there take your pick I must admit that up until recently I paid little heed to the warnings of the adverse efects of digital technology on my spiritual mental and physical health. I took to observing and noticed in general how quickly tired I became after a few hours of exposure to this technology. So now I make sure I do the following: take regular breaks – a walk around the block in the fresh air a quick chat in person not over the phone a quiet read of a book. I also turn of the Wi-Fi during the night keep the phone and laptop away while eating cooking or meditating and carry my mobile in a bag not my pocket. If you know more do share. PANKhi ChA uhAN Consultant Editor and Content Writer Ahmedabad India e veryday perspectives April 2018

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forwarding spam messages. When we go to sleep we can disconnect ourselves from these communication devices and avoid checking them immediately before and after getting up from bed and whenever we wake up in the night. Moderation is the key. Pr ASANNA KriShNA Director at W elfare Harvesters Bengaluru India We are in a very ‘connected’ world. Te advancement in technology has brought us closer to many of our long lost associates it has renewed relationships and changed the way we work. Paper and workspaces may become a thing of the past. But like all things when moderation is lost we all sufer. Overuse of these technologies is creating fssures in personal relationship especially with our near and dear ones. One-to-one and face-to- face relationships are being compromised. Anything powerful can be misused if we are not balanced. Digital technology is one of the powers in our hands so we have to use it discreetly and with caution. One way is to use moderate the ‘entertainment’ part of it. It can severely afect our sight and muscle movement cause mental depression and create lifestyle-related issues if not dealt with properly. I fnd a lot of youth getting addicted to it sleeping and getting up late and wasting a lot of productive time. Tere is also a danger of exposure to the ‘wrong’ sort of information. One of the major things I can think of is to avoid writing reading and SMS email and WhatsApp play an important role in my life. I use them to stay in contact usually on a one-to- one basis with a wider feld of family and friends than I was able to in the past. I also appreciate the time element in SMS and WhatsApp. One has the time to give a considered while in stores to ensure the products are good quality and prices are fare. When I am at home I always set the cell phone to call forwarding to my landline. Tis keeps the phone at distance so I am not always checking it for messages. Spend time talking to people face-to-face and when you are doing that put your cell phone away ideally on silent or airplane mode. Tis supports a deep focus of attention on the human interaction and gives it the priority. Tis technology made me very sick in a number of ways and it took quite some time to fgure out the source of the problem. We use hardwire cable for all Internet and printer connections to limit our exposure to electromagnetic radiation while keeping us connected. If we want to view something on a tablet it is easy to connect via the phone hotspot when needed. PAuL P ASTerNAK Canada e veryday perspectives

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response – to be aware of the nature of the communication – what part ego is playing in one’s response – and to be sensitive to the feelings of the recipient. I tend not to use social media and group chats except for a simple factual sharing of events or information for the above reasons. I feel that we need to use our discrimination in this feld. Te question we can ask ourselves and need to ask ourselves from time to time is: “What is the purpose of this communication” In this way digital technology can actually be a tool in our self-development as it encourages self-refection and it can give us the time that is needed for this. However I am aware as I write these words that I have the luxury of not being in the competitive and time-pressured work environments that many people fnd themselves in. Nor am I a young person seeking reassurance and afrmation. I try to follow what my body is telling me about what is still a very unknown element in our lives and also to follow guidelines set down by environmental research. Tis means minimal and purposeful LinkedIn Facebook Instagram Google Plus MeetUp etc. are needed to be aware of what is going on around us as well as to be able to share our views and afect our social network in a positive way. Especially if you are active culturally or socially you can send messages and share your views and events in the shortest possible time to the largest group you can reach out to. Te same comfort and possibility is ofered by all sorts of applications to do our shopping banking checking the trafc zones before commuting as well as our public transportation timing and so on. Resistance to all these possibilities doesn’t seem wise It will be similar to trying to four our grains at this time and age with a hand mill rather than using an electric one or to pull water with hand from the well rather than using a pipe for it. Who does that We can enjoy the calm and concentration by having our cell phones on silent mode during our work hours or whenever we need to focus on some activity. We can consider no WiFi periods at our resting times during the night or in our personal relaxation time or get-togethers with family and friends during weekends. It’s time to look at digital technology as it is in its reality as a capable yet a mere tool. Neither fght with it nor indulge in it. NegiN Mo TAMeD Zoning Examiner Beaverton Ontario Canada use and particular care around children. We can turn to nature and observe how we feel when are in nature and contrast this with how we feel when we are enmeshed in digital technology and sensory bombardment. We need to fnd that balance within ourselves and work to maintain it. Tere is a need to do our utmost for children in this feld. We have created something which is both attractive and useful to them but it has a deadly sting in its tail. ANNA ChriSTiNA PeAr Se Bristol UK 15 April 2018 e veryday perspectives

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In the era of constant technology MeghANA ANAND calls for some digital detox and shares her ideas on how we can remember to experience the old- fashioned human forms of communication in our disconnected-connected world. It’s Time Unplug to 16

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Unplug T he other day I was out dining with my mom at a restaurant when I suddenly noticed the look of amusement on her face as she stared at the table across from ours. A young couple was waiting for their dinner and both of them were engrossed in their mobile phones completely oblivious to the world around them and even to each other. I was more amused with the look of amusement on my mother’s face than with the couple as to me they represented the mass of the population these days. Tis episode left an impression in my mind. After reaching home I made a mental list of my own routine and I wasn’t too happy to realize that I did feel a constant urge to reach out for my mobile and social apps at frequent intervals whether it was necessary or not. While more and more researchers these days are coming up with their fndings about the hazards of electromagnetic frequency EMF what is a matter of great concern is the efect these gadgets may have on the future generation our children. Dr Natwar Sharma a pediatric intensivist shares his experience : “Today we don’t realize how much impact gadgets are producing on kids’ minds. I find them getting very angry with their parents when they don’t give them the iPad or mobile phone or let them sit at the desktop and things like that. It’s very scary. I call it ‘gadgetomania’ because these kids are going crazy behind gadgets. And it is we who give these gadgets to our children because we don’t have time for them we’re so busy. In the process we don’t realize what we are doing to our child’s brain which is still growing.” I have seen changes in my son’s behavior when he is exposed to a cell phone or a computer for a long time. He becomes aggressive and inattentive afterwards and it takes a while for him to come back to his usually calm and responsive countenance. I have noticed distortions in my own thinking process and disturbance in my sleep pattern on the days when I cross my usual time limit on electronic gadgets. Why do you think this happens Dr Elizabeth Denley writes:“Te subtle body also known as the mind is our energetic body and here we have an electromagnetic feld created by the negative and positive polarity of charge. … Te negative and positive charges in this energy feld also correspond with yin and yang electron and proton female and male and the positive and negative poles of an electric charge etc. Tis is how matter is constructed – as a result of the positive and negative charges in atoms. … Te fow of energy in our body in the earth in any being creates a feld. “What happens when we add manmade EMFs into our environment Tey interact with our natural EMFs. Te stronger the wireless technologies we add to our city environments the more they will interact with our own energy felds. Some people are very sensitive to the efects getting headaches rashes nausea and nervous complaints. Te science is still out on whether EMFs cause these symptoms the evidence inconclusive but while scientists do their research on the physical body they are unlikely to measure the real efects which are happening at the level of the subtle body the energy feld. Eventually this can flter down to 17 April 2018 digital detox

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have a physical efect. Most diseases start in the subtle body as an imbalance or disturbance. … “A few years back a group of fve girls from year 9 in a school in North Jutland Denmark did an experiment because they were having difculty concentrating. … Tey took 400 watercress seeds and placed them in 12 trays. 6 trays were put in a room without radiation and 6 in the next room with two Wif routers. All the seeds were watered regularly and given the same conditions of light. After 12 days the results were clear : the cress seeds next to the router did not grow as well and some of them mutated or died. Te girls were shocked by the fndings. … “One of the Danish students who did the original experiment with cress seeds said afterwards ‘None of us sleep with the mobile next to the bed anymore. Either the phone is put far away or it is put in another room. And the computer is always of.” Today multinational organizations are waking up to the adverse efects that an overexposure to digital technology has on the productivity and health of their employees. Many of them are coming up with retreats and other innovative methods to rehabilitate their employees from this overwhelming addiction. “It is no secret that our devices can be taxing on our physical and emotional well-being. … While hotel packages ofer a short breather from digital communication other programs have a more immersive method of reconnecting people with IRL in real life activities. Retreats such as Digital Detox which works with diferent US campgrounds takes a Wet Hot American Summer approach to helping people recover from technology. It replaces Instagram email and Facebook with yoga meditation typewriters and arts and crafts.” Tere are even laws being passed by the governments of some countries banning emails to employees when they are outside their ofcial work hours as a step to curtail the high rate of stress and burnout in today’s corporate world. In some very interesting research conducted recently neuroscientists studied the behavioral pattern of 35 CEOs and entrepreneurs who were on a trip to the Moroccan desert as part of a digital detox. While on the frst day they were put up in a posh hotel with plenty of access to their smartphones the next four days were spent purely in each other’s company without any electronic devices. In the absence of their smartphones the participants of the program developed better communicating postures made deeper connections with each other slept more soundly exhibited improved memory and became more open to change and new perspectives. At the end many of the guests expressed their wish to bring digital detox into their daily lives. While organizations and corporates become sensitive to this glaring issue of the right use of technology and carry out necessary innovations in that direction here are a few steps that I have consciously started incorporating in my own routine and which may be of help to you as well : • Switch on the router only when you need to access the Internet. Keep it switched of at all other times especially while sleeping at night. • Keep your smartphones in a diferent room from where you sleep. We have an in-built biological clock to wake us up. If necessary get a clockwork alarm instead of depending on the mobile phone. digital detox 18 Heartfulness

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What happens when we add manmade EMFs into our environment They interact with our natural EMFs. The stronger the wireless technologies we add to our city environments the more they will interact with our own energy fields. • Te best way to overcome a habit is to develop a counter-habit. If you are addicted to social apps one way to get over it is to fx 2 or 3 time slots in a day when you check your messages and avoid them totally at all other times. Tis method really works for it’s just a matter of getting into a rhythm and then it becomes automatic. • While working on the computer turn on the Wif connection in the device only when you need to access the Internet or send emails. Similarly with the Wif in cell phones switch it on only when you need it. Tis actually helps to disconnect from unsolicited network connections that are constantly active especially if you are living in a community or apartment. • If you need to work on your computers for long hours at a stretch break for water at regular intervals and see how refreshed you feel. • Avoid using mobile phones in the presence of children except for making and attending to calls. Children constantly ape their parents and surroundings. • While driving or walking keep smart- phones in external bags or covers instead of in the pockets of your clothing. References https:/ /www.fastcompany.com/3049138/what-really- happens-to-your-brain-and-body-during-a-digital-detox http:/ /digitaldetox.org/retreats/ http:/ /www.heartfulnessmagazine.com/what-we- cannot-see https:/ /www.highsnobiety.com/2017 /11/13/digital-detox- tech-addiction-millennials/ • If you are on a leisure trip or vacation don’t carry your phones with you. Leave them behind and feel the diference. • Turn of Bluetooth at all times except when in use. A year ago I was quite closed to the idea of WhatsApp Facebook and other public forums because I felt they were an intrusion into my privacy and a sheer waste of time. But that is one extreme while addiction to these gadgets and social apps is another. Te drawback of technology lies in its misuse. Kate Unsworth the CEO of Kovert Designs who initiated the research on the team of entrepreneurs in Morocco puts it so well : “It will take more than just individuals unplugging periodically. It will take a change in social values and etiquette.” digital detox 19 April 2018

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in action tHOUGHt

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Te man of meditation is the man who wastes no time scatters no energy misses no opportunity. Annie Besant

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In the previous 2 articles of the series RAVI VenKA te SAn set a framework forhow prior disposition ideas thoughts emotions and feelings all play a huge part in negotiation. He also took a deeper look at what constitutes prior disposition as we walk into a negotiation. In this article he’ll take a look at real life negotiation scenarios and explore the role that some of these feelings and emotions play. Hell also review some tips and tricks on how to manage feelings and emotions. 22 Heartfulness heartful f eelings and emotions in the h eart Nego TiAT or PAr T 3 the Love vs Anger greed vs Contentment Worries and Concerns Desires Likes and Dislike g uilt f ear vs Courage Peace vs r estlessness Clarity vs Doubt e go perception - Me vs We intellect- Logic and reason Mind - Ad hoc ideas and wandering feeLiNgS eMo TioNS Prior DiSPo SiTioN ThoughTS iDeAS Feelings and emotions in the heart always come in dualities. Broadly these can be categorized into 5 main sets of opposites.

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greed versus Contentment Tis opposite forms the basis for most feelings and emotions and so it is most important. Let’s take a scenario where Sam and Janet a young couple are trying to decide on where to go for their next vacation. Tey have both been saving up for this vacation for a couple of years and want to go someplace really nice. In many ways Sam and Janet are a great example of ‘opposites attract’. Sam is always looking for more. He wants to get the best deal and squeeze out the best advantage. Janet tends to be content with whatever she gets and is careful to not over reach. Let’s pause and ponder over this simple negotiation. Many of us have gone through similar experiences. Sam negotiated efectively making a case for why they should go to Paris. Janet was reluctant but agreed. However Sam got greedy and this took the whole negotiation of the rails. Many times when we let greed creep in it triggers an angry response from the other side and then we have to make more concessions to get back to the same place. Tis is exactly why we should carefully avoid greed in a negotiation. Sam: Let’s go to Paris this time. It is great in the summer and such a romantic destination. Janet: All right. I do want you to be happy. Let’s do Paris then. Janet: I thought we could go to Laguna Beach. Te tickets would be cheaper and we could save some money for another trip during Christmas. Sam: We’ve worked so hard for this. I really want to make this a big one. Why not go all out Sam: Let’s go all out and fy frst class. I can get a personal loan from work. Janet: I don’t think that is a good idea. We are already going to spend all our savings on this. What if either of us loses our jobs Sam: Now why would you think of a thing like that If you don’t want to go then let’s just not go. 23 April 2018 Business relationships

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Peace versus r estlessness Let’s take a scenario where John and Tim who are students want to rent Mary’s apartment. Mary really needs to rent her apartment out but she has been very restless about what it would be like to have students living there. Mary: I am glad you guys are interested in renting this apartment. Are you sure you can aford the rent John: Te rent is high but Tim and I can manage it by working part time. We like the place and are looking forward to spending time in it. Mary: Great there are some rules though. You cannot have a lot of people over. Parties are not allowed. Tim: Tat would not work for us. What if we promise to keep the place clean and safe and Tips to manage greed versus contentment: • Whenever you articulate your position ask yourself the question“Do I really need this or am I trying to get more just to get more” Note many times we will express a position that is more than we need just so that we can leave some room to negotiate. Tis is fne as long as we are sensitive to how the other person will perceive our position. • Feel free to call out greed politely and respectfully. For example you can say “Tat is a stretch. Do you really need that or would it be nice if you could get that” Or you could say “Is that a nice to have or a must have” Tese types of questions can help rope in greed in the other person. assume responsibility for repairs if any damage occurs Mary: Why should any damage occur in the frst place I really need to rent the place but I feel very disturbed at the prospect of it getting trashed. John: We are never going to trash the place but we do want to have friends over. We will make sure nothing happens. Mary: I am not sure this is the best ft. Heartfulness 24 Heartfulness Business relationships

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Tis negotiation is a great example of restlessness or disturbance that spirals in one person and clouds her judgment. Mary could have potentially ofered a discount on the rent in exchange for Tim and John doing maintenance on the apartment. She could have suggested limitations on the hours up to which they could have friends over and so forth. However she was so restless and disturbed that it impaired her ability to generate creative options. Tips to manage peace versus restlessness: • Relax yourself prior to negotiations. Identify anything that is making you restless and write down your concerns. Tis will prevent the restlessness from spiraling out of control. A great way to relax can be found at https://www.youtube.com/ watchvHuiV395xI4I • If you spot restlessness in the other person then politely suggest negotiating at a diferent time. • Ask the other person to look at it from your perspective. Tis generally calms them down and gets them to a more peaceful state. In the next article we’ll look at other feelings and emotions with additional scenarios. We will also understand how these opposite emotions are interrelated and create virtuous or vicious cycles that impact our negotiations. Te frst step to improvement is awareness. In your next negotiation try becoming more aware of these two opposites – greed versus contentment and peace versus restlessness – in yourself and the other person. 25 Hear tfulne ss April 2018 Business relationships Business relationships

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O ur physical life is held together by four necessities: eating drinking breathing and sleeping. Sleep serves as critical a role in our health and well-being as the other three. Why do we sleep Scientists have explored this question from diferent perspectives: Evolutionary theory suggests that sleep has an adaptive purpose and sleeping patterns have evolved naturally to promote survival by dormancy during vulnerable periods. Hibernation theory proposes that the primary function of sleep is to conserve the energy of organisms and the amount of time they sleep fts their ecological needs or serves their ecological niche. Restorative theory puts forward the long-held belief that sleep restores and revitalizes the physiological processes in the body. Sleep provides an opportunity for the body to repair and rejuvenate itself. Scientifc research reveals that many of the major restorative functions in the body like muscle growth tissue repair protein synthesis and growth hormone release occur mostly during sleep. a deeply Refreshing Sleep Dr r AJA AMArNATh and ChiTr A r AJAN explore the importance of sleep in our daily lives and how meditation helps us to create that stillness in the mind and relaxation in the body that allow us to get a good night’s sleep. 26 Heartfulness

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Sleep Patterns Te time we spend sleeping and waking is governed by our internal circadian biological clock. Circadian rhythms or the 24-hour sleep-wake cycle occur in almost all species and control vital aspects of our physiology and disruption of the circadian cycle is strongly connected with metabolic imbalance. Yet the fexibility to work eat sleep socialize and exercise around the clock is ingrained in our modern lifestyle. Urban populations in particular take sleep deprivation in their stride without realizing the impact. Cycles of Sleep Sleep progresses in a series of cycles of rapid eye movement REM and slow wave sleep or non-rapid eye movement NREM stages through the night. We frst experience NREM sleep followed by a shorter period of REM sleep and then the cycle starts over again. Dreams typically happen during REM sleep. Tere are 3 stages of slow wave or NREM sleep: Stage 1 : Your eyes are closed but it’s easy to wake you up. Tis phase may last for 5 to 10 minutes. Stage 2 : You are in light sleep. Your heart rate slows down and your body temperature drops. Your body is getting ready for deep sleep. Daily healthy sleep is important especially when we consider the long hours that we put in at work during the week causing anxiety impatience and stress. Sleep needs also vary according to age for example children sleep for 12 hours a day while adults need around 8 hours of sleep. Te National Institutes of Health have estimated that the most common sleep disorder in the world insomnia afects a sizeable 6 of the world’s population across all age groups. Stress depression injury illness long working hours excessive consumption of cafeine or alcohol overstimulation by technology irregular sleep hours – the causes are multiple and often inexplicable. Stage 3 : Tis is the deep sleep stage. It’s harder to rouse you during this stage and if someone wakes you up you will feel disoriented for a few minutes. 27 April 2018 Health

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During the deep stages of NREM sleep the body repairs and regrows tissues builds bone and muscle detoxifes the central nervous system and strengthens the immune system. Sleep Deprivation Sleep deprivation may result from both a shorter duration of sleep as well as a reduced depth of sleep. Repeated interruptions result in incomplete NREM and longer REM phases. As a result the depth of NREM phase to achieve quality sleep is not touched. It is not only a question of how long we sleep the depth matters to a great extent. Without depth you may end up feeling sleep-starved. Chronic sleep deprivation carries with it a host of health problems such as stress and anxiety depression obesity diabetes cancer cardiovascular disease impaired immune system loss of productivity early aging and premature death. Another area that researchers study is the impact on learning and memory. When we are sleep deprived our focus attention and vigilance drift making it more difcult to receive information. Lack of adequate sleep afects mood motivation judgment and our perception of events. A good night’s sleep brings emotional stability helping with anxiety and moodiness. Meditative practices help to integrate brain functions infuencing cognitive behavior and emotional aspects in patients. Removal of tangled thoughts in meditation brings about a stillness which produces a calming efect. Health 28 Heartfulness

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Better sleep Trough Meditation It is believed that our minds generate 50000 thoughts per day. Most of these thoughts are repetitive and limiting consisting of a spiral of anxieties and worries about the past and future. Tis is the fundamental cause of stress leading to sleep problems. Training our minds to meditate by ignoring thoughts brings us to the awareness of the present and creates a balanced state within and in doing so removes stress. As a result healthy sleep can be instantaneous deep and undisturbed for a balanced mind trained through regular meditation especially with Transmission. Te practice of retaining the meditative state throughout the day as we go about with our activities further inhibits the development of stress. Sleep is induced when the conscious mind is relaxed and when we dive into the unconscious mind. It goes without saying that meditation induces the same response as the Sleep Relaxation Response where our breathing and heart rate are likely to become balanced as our brainwaves alter and we begin to feel peaceful and blissful. Melatonin a hormone produced by the brain also known as ‘the miracle drug from within’ regulates the circadian rhythms and is believed to be essential to feelings of happiness and well- being. Insomniacs have a problem getting enough of this highly vital chemical which is responsible for a normalized sleep cycle. And guess what Meditation augments the synthesis of melatonin. Diseases that cause sleep disturbances are treated through meditation the list includes prevention treatment and rehabilitation in the case of heart disease bronchial asthma and anxiety neurosis COPD depression cancer and certain degenerative diseases and chronic pain conditions. Meditative practices help to integrate brain functions infuencing cognitive behavior and emotional aspects in patients. Removal of tangled thoughts in meditation brings about a stillness which produces a calming efect. After regular practice of Heartfulness meditation people have reported a better quality of sleep as well as needing less sleep. 99 of people sufering from insomnia make some efort to sleep. Efort makes us alert and tense while sleep is a no-efort phenomenon.When we have to make an efort sleep will be disturbed. Patanjali author of the Yoga Sutras said that sleep and Samadhi have something in common: sleep comes and Samadhi also comes whereas when we try hard we miss it. Meditation produces the energy of awareness. Practice the ‘art of being’ or efortless awareness through meditation during the day. Tis is a sure guarantee to healthy sound sleep. Reference: Amarnath R. et al. 2017. Improving Sleep Quality Through Heartfulness Meditation — T echnical Aspects and Benefts. IJHSR75:368–381. Useful links: http:/ /www.heartfulnessmagazine.com/sleep-well-to- meditate-well/ Health 29 April 2018

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t he soul is the instrument of joy. n ay It is joy itself and it cannot exist without bliss and happiness. Ram Chandra of Fatehgarh i nterview

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32 Heartfulness An exclusive interview with pierre rabhi Part 2 Love t ranscendent Read Part 1

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In part 2 of this interview with P ierre r ABhi he speaks about Colibris and some of the other projects he has taken up to bring awareness and change in society. In particular he speaks about the pressing need for moderation and reduction in human consumption and the importance of transcendent love and joy. in the first part of this interview you said that your approach and action developed in 3 ways: through philosophical reflections about society a spiritual quest and a practical approach. Does the creation of Colibris in 2007 fit into this scheme h ow did this movement start and how do you explain its incredible development In 2007 along with several friends including Cyril Dion and Isabelle Desplats we decided to create a grass roots movement for active refection and practical ways to build a greener and more humane society. Today Colibris has grown enormously It has three main objectives : to inspire to connect and to support citizens engaged in individual and collective transition processes. Tese days Colibris implements so many projects that I would have a hard time presenting them all to you. To highlight just a few we have the series Domaine du Possible published by Actes Sud some of which is co-published by Colibris many local action groups the University of Colibris which ofers free online training on eco-construction permaculture agro-ecology and education and fnally Fabrique which is a platform for everyone to do their bit by ofering time talent material resources and donations in the service of inspiring projects. In short there are so many things and I am very happy today about the work accomplished and the number of projects that have been implemented. Tis growth has accelerated because now libraries and bookshops are full of books that take note of our human excesses but now people want to act to fnd solutions and this is what Colibris ofers in recent years you have also supported other projects that spread the same values as yours especially in Crete and Morocco. Can you tell us about them Indeed we are doing a lot. An endowment fund was created in 2013 with the aim of raising funds so Agro-ecolog y 33 April 2018

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that we could help. Tis is a small fund associated with the economic model proposed by Schumaker in his book Small Is Beautiful. To the extent that our meagre fnances allow we support initiatives that share our values of humanism and respect for living things and biodiversity. In Morocco the NGO called Terre Humanisme Maroc has created a training center for agro-ecology not far from Marrakech. In collaboration with Kaligraines and Melitakes the Endowment Fund has helped to build an eco-hut to house their volunteers in Crete. Te Pierre Rabhi Endowment Fund has also supported projects led by NGOs in Africa one in the Navajo Reservation in the southern United States and the actions of Navdanya the women’s seed movement. Y our life’s journey your reflections your meetings and your readings have led you to place human beings and Nature at the heart of your thought and action. Can you share some of your thoughts and ideas I told you earlier what I think about our model of a ‘slave’ society the kind of barter where people give their life for a salary. Tey give their life to a system that is not fair because there is a hierarchy of powerful owners and poor people. In human evolution the concern for distribution and equity has not been very evident. Society has been based on a hierarchy of ‘having’ to the detriment of ‘being’. In the acquisition of money there are very rich people very poor people and those in between. All this establishes a hierarchy of destinies that I cannot bear because the fact that money can determine our social structure is ofensive to me. Money should be at the service of something else. We have just launched a collection of books called Carnets dAlerte to try to help people understand these issues by providing an integrated approach. For example in the book on fnance Les Excès de la Finance ou l’Art de la Prédation Légalisée we have highlighted the way society has legalized and standardized predation or ‘grabbing’ : the moment I pay I acquire something legally. Tis form of legal acquisition may satisfy society but not morality. 34 Heartfulness Agro-ecolog y

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Agro-ecolog y Is it right that because an individual has money he can buy the Amazon rainforest or that the big cartels can ‘grab’ and confscate the property owned by the whole of humanity that they did not even create If human beings were intelligent we would recognize what Nature or the Divine has given us totally free of charge as a common good to all people and all creatures. Unfortunately we are not intelligent. Instead we have proclaimed human beings as the best and from there we have defned a set of rules in our own interest in a totally arbitrary way. In addition the male world has completely dismissed the feminine dimension. For millennia our societies have been based on the subordination of women. Even the Bible promotes and supports this subjugation of women. I read the Old Testament and it is difcult to fnd a woman who ‘stands up’. And its to Eve that we owe all these troubles : what an idea to eat the apple So we start from this idea which has then become ingrained then fossilized and fnally an accepted fact. In the frst place God is masculine. I do not see why he would not be both masculine and feminine. From there an entire civilization has been infuenced by precepts principles and arbitrarily established creeds. Tis asymmetry or imbalance between the feminine and masculine principles creates chaos and destruction. Te woman as creative energy as childbearer and mother of humanity is naturally inclined to protect life and we must pay tribute to the guardians of life and listen to the feminine in each of us. Without her there is no change. All these arbitrary rules have built a society where fear dominates and where we think we are intelligent because we make weapons the apotheosis being the atomic bomb. When we see all this it is not easy to say that humanity is intelligent. In fact we have confused our abilities with intelligence. We have skills but not intelligence. If our wonderful abilities were governed by intelligence everything would be in an intelligent order. Today we are so very far from an intelligent order: slaughter and violence are defended better than life. Violence is encouraged with the advent of more and more new killing machines and Nature is destroyed. What this means is that the human phenomenon – just a short minute and a half or two minutes in the equivalent of a 24-hour history of the Earth – has been a real catastrophe. Te human being is the ecological catastrophe number 1. We wrote a book with Jean-Marie Pelt in which he made a retrospective of the way life has evolved on Earth through cooperation and association a principle that governs nature. He showed that life owes more to alliance than to rivalry. I often tell people that a lion eats an antelope but does not have a bank of antelopes. He must survive but he does not survive by accumulation or by speculation but only by the necessity to which he is subjected as is the case with all of us. Tis Society has been based on a hierarchy of ‘having’ to the detriment of ‘being’. 35 April 2018

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is the big diference with the indefnite hoarding of a few human beings who confscate legitimate property from the rest of humanity. Y ou speak about the urgent need to reduce our needs and the responsibility to leave a better world for future generations. What is your vision of what tomorrows society could be I have indeed said a lot about degrowth or the reduction of wants because in France I was pushed to run for the 2002 presidential elections. After much hesitation asking myself “What am I going to to do in this gallery ” I eventually proposed myself. Te only thing that motivated me was that this candidacy could create a dynamic a pretext for dialogue between people. Today citizens need to talk to each other and not just listen to politicians. So I thought it was an opportunity. Our campaign was more of a manifesto: “What planet will we leave our children but also which children will we leave to the planet ” It was a call to elevate consciousness: to go beyond all the divisions all the tendencies that bury us in incurable diferences and try unity. Our campaign was therefore based on anything that could contribute to unity and contribute to a diferent world a paradigm shift. Among our proposals was the famous idea of degrowth. I tried to explain this concept of negative growth but it was not always well understood. When we launched our campaign a number of politicians heard us joined us and signed up to our program which was a great encouragement to us. Our whole process was centered on public debate and people talked discussed and exchanged in a multitude of places. And then time passed and the idea of degrowth was misunderstood. Maybe we did not know how to explain it. But what is certain is that a fundamental thing was said: we cannot humanity cannot have unlimited aspirations and unlimited appetites in a system that is limited. Te planet cannot reproduce a forest as it is cut cannot replenish the seas with fsh as they are fshed and so on. Some people have accepted and adhered to the idea others not. We have no statistics on the impact of the proposal but we have had a lot of positive feedback. I have never been aggrieved by this idea that we need to reduce our footprint as for me simplicity and moderation are the true power. It is a conscious choice that everyone can make for the Earth and for equity. Ten I wrote a book entitled Vers la Sobriété Heureuse. My publisher told me that it would be miraculous if it sold more than 4000 copies and today it has sold 350000. It has nothing to do with me personally it’s just that today people do understand that wanting a complex society to which one gives ones whole existence and being happy at the same time does 36 Heartfulness Agro-ecology

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interview by Sylvie Berti rossi not work. On the contrary People living in the developed world have never consumed so many anxiolytics and watched so much entertainment of all kinds. Tey are escaping from reality. Why Maybe because this reality scares them. We try to escape by all means. Of course escape is easier than tackling the issues and dealing with them with the rationality and determination that would be required. Today the situation is difcult for everyone at least in France because nobody is guaranteed of having a job in 5 years. We see a general disintegration of the social system which is not likely to stop. We can try everything we want but it will not change because it is the logic itself that ensures that it cannot stop. What is needed now is to praise the power of moderation and to consider moderation and simplicity as the keys to our survival. To aspire to simplicity is to make a fair moral and structurally just choice. Tats why there’s a growing craze for simplicity. Simplicity rather than complexity can lead us to joy. Can you explain this idea further Joy is free. It is something that comes from elsewhere of a transcendent essence. As we no longer have access to joy in our society we fll our lives with pleasure. I have nothing against pleasure but when it becomes industrial and ephemeral it is consumed like the rest. I know people who should be happy and fulflled because they have everything but are they joyful Tat is another question. I sometimes fnd joy in people who have almost nothing but every hour that passes is an hour of happiness for them. Tey do not have a moment of despondency It shows us that reaching something transcendent through the material way is simply not possible. But when we have nothing we are also not happy. So having just what is necessary brings us inner contentment and predisposes us to joy. o ur campaign was more of a manifesto: “What planet will we leave our children but also which children will we leave to the planet” it was a call to elevate consciousness: to go beyond all the divisions all the tendencies that bury us in incurable differences and try unity. Part 1 of interview: http:/ /www.heartfulnessmagazine.com/agro-ecology- love-socrates-part-1/ 37 April 2018 Agro-ecolog y

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Our highest endeavor must be to develop free human beings who are able of themselves to impart purpose and direction to their lives. t he need for imagination a sense of truth and a feeling of responsibility – these three forces are the very nerve of education. Rudolf Steiner changes

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Tere are many toxic chemicals around there’re all over the place. Tey are in consumer products in the foods we eat in the water we drink in our bodies and in our homes. Today we’re going to be talking about toys and not just about fnding non-toxic toys we are going to be talking about a diferent way to play altogether. Te sun is shining here in Clearwater Florida and my guest today is Sarah Baldwin. She is the owner of Bella Luna Toys. Hi Sarah Hi Debra thanks for having me. Tank you for being here. Well at Bella Luna Toys you sell natural wooden and eco- A Different Way to Play Have you ever been to the world of imagination Children explore it always. On her radio channel toxic Free talk Radio the internationally recognized consumer advocate DeBr A L YNN DADD engages in an interesting conversation with SAr Ah BALDWiN who has been inspiring parents and children alike to trigger their imagination and creativity through her website www. bellalunatoys.com. She ofers families natural wooden and eco-friendly toys. Part 1 40 Heartfulness

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friendly toys inspired by Waldorf education. So frst what is Waldorf education Well Waldorf is an educational movement that actually started in the 1920s in Germany. It has been in the USA for many years but in the last 10 to 20 years it has exploded in popularity around the world. Tere are now over a 100 Waldorf schools in the USA it’s growing in China and it’s really exploding around the world. Waldorf has always encouraged natural childhood natural play the importance of play and the importance of imagination for young children. I think the reason it’s exploding in popularity is because neuroscientifc research on the brain and studies on child development are showing how important imaginative play is in early childhood. We believe the key to creative thinking later in life is imaginative free play in the early years. Imagine the future and future creators not just consumers. Imagination is so important and healthy toys are so important. Before we talk more about that tell me your story. How did you become interested and why is this important to you I discovered Waldorf education soon after my frst child was born over 20 years ago. Prior to that I had been an actress but always interested in education and always thought about teaching. After I became a mother my priorities in life really began to change and I became more and more interested in children and education. When my son was a baby I learned about Waldorf education and visited a Waldorf school. I stepped into a kindergarten and there was a moment where I saw this beautiful environment wooden toys and silk curtains and it seemed so calm and nurturing. Te children had been baking bread and there was the smell of that bread. Outside there was a garden. Te children seemed so healthy and imaginative in their play. Tere were little slippers all lined up in the room. In that moment I felt so excited. I thought “Tis is the right environment for children” and at that point thinking about 41 April 2018 Childrens toys and play

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my son I thought “I want to come here every day too” So before my kids ever got to a Waldorf school I had enrolled in the teacher training and it really changed my life and my family’s life in profound ways. I completed the training and then taught everything from parent/child classes to children as young as two years old and later nursery and kindergarten classes for four five and six year olds. About five years ago after teaching for quite a number of years I was feeling ready for another change but I wasn’t sure what I would do next. When my children were teenagers our school enrolment dropped and they needed to let go of one teacher. I volunteered to step back. Almost as soon as I made that decision I found out that Bella Luna Toys was for sale. It is a web-based company selling the kinds of toys we use in Waldorf education. Even though I had no experience at the time in business or retail it really appealed to me because I knew these toys and I loved them. I was really excited about introducing them to a whole new generation of young parents and to share my knowledge my love of these toys to promote the importance of play and imagination for young children and to support parents. So I took a plunge and bought the online business. We are in the midst of our fifth holiday season. It’s grown considerably and I now have a blog and a video series where I share my passion not only for the toys but also for Waldorf education. When I was a child I don’t think we even had Waldorf schools here or at least my parents didn’t know anything about them or they probably would have sent me to a Waldorf school. I think it is a very wonderful thing and I am very happy that people like you are doing it. Could you describe the diference between Waldorf play and children playing with regular toys that you would buy in a toy store For one thing Waldorf toys are almost always made out of natural materials like wood cotton wool and silk. Not only are these healthy and safe materials for children but they also nourish a child’s senses. Rudolf Steiner the founder of 43 April 2018 Childrens toys and play

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Waldorf education talked about the importance of young children learning all about the world through the senses and so we nurture those senses with things that feel good. ... and feel natural to their bodies and connect them with the natural world. Yes. And another thing that diferentiates Waldorf toys from mainstream toys is that they are unformed. For instance a great toy is a set of natural blocks made out of tree branches that have just been sawed. Tey’re organic forms. Tey’re not fxed and hard they’re not rigid shapes so it really allows a child’s imagination to go all kinds of places. For example little discs of sawed wood could be plates or they could be money or they could be any number of things. Great toys in my classroom were made of things that we found in nature – a basket of pine cones or a basket of smooth river stones. And the kinds of toys that we introduce now are handmade dolls made from natural fbers so they have cotton skin silk stufed with wool yarn for hair mohair etc. Tese dolls have very simple faces as that is one of the hallmarks of a Waldorf doll. Sometimes there is no face at all but most dolls will have two dots for eyes and a little dot for a mouth so that a child can really use her imagination. She can imagine this doll is happy or sad crying or sleeping unlike a hard rigid molded plastic doll with a fxed smile that’s always wide awake and happy. So we’re looking for unformed toys that are open ended that can be played with in any number of ways not just one way and can become any number of things to really enliven a child’s imagination. Edited and reprinted with permission from http:/ /www. debralynndadd.com/toxicfreetalkradio/a-diferent-way- to-playnatural-toys-inspired-by-waldorf-education To be continued. I think that’s so beautiful. As you said earlier it encourages children to use their imagination which then becomes an excellent tool later in life. To be able to imagine what they want to create in the world and then create it because they are already accustomed to doing that is just so great. Exactly. I’m looking at your website right now and I really appreciate that you have described them so well because we need to have the information about what all these products toys or whatever are made from in order to make these decisions. Yes yes absolutely. And also for example some non-toxic stains have almond oil in them so if your child has an allergy to it it’s especially important to know the ingredients. In the case of children with sensitivities or allergies parents need to be really vigilant about what fnishes have been used on the toys. For that reason we also sell quite a large number of unfnished raw wooden toys. I like the unfnished ones because they are even a little more abstract. Yes yes indeed. 44 Heartfulness Childrens toys and play

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ChiAr A To WNLe Y describes four human qualities that have helped to remain open and keep her sense of wonder alive. In the frst years of life we are eager to learn how to walk and speak. Ten we go to school and study a variety of subjects – our minds are open to receive like sponges. When we become adults we spend more time reinforcing our existing beliefs and creating separation between us and ‘the other’ instead of learning from our diferences. Self-development is not possible if we close ourselves into our cocoon but if we keep our sense of wonder alive we will discover a lot about ourselves and the world. Tese four pillars can help us in our growth regardless of our background and beliefs: 4 Pillars of Self-Development

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CUriOSiTY We were born with curiosity but some of us lose it when we become adults. We don’t have to go back to school to learn new things: self-teaching through books and videos is a great way to nurture any interest we have and go deeper. I read a lot and take every conversation with people I love or strangers as a way to learn something new. Everyone else has something to teach us and we have something to teach them. AWArENESS Being able to observe what is going on around us and inside us and being in touch with our emotions are essential traits to nurture. Awareness and self-awareness are crucial to create a healthy relationship with the world and ourselves. When we approach life only in a very rational way it can be hard to connect with our feelings. Disciplines like meditation can help. It’s essential to take a moment to breathe and investigate what is going on inside us. COMPASSiON As we become aware of the world around us and get in touch with our feelings we create a space to hold our emotions and the emotions of others. We feel them accept them and learn how to deal with them. We start to look at the sufering of other people with diferent eyes – the eyes of compassion. We stop judging ourselves and others and extend the love to all creatures around us. Being very emotional sometimes I sufer because of the pain other people feel. If you are like me you may want to use meditation to fnd detachment. Eastern philosophies teach us that compassion and non-attachment go hand in hand. SEr ViCE Te next stage is the will to contribute to making the world a better place. Nobody can save the world alone but every little action counts. Not all of us can aford to give to charities or do a job we love but what matters is the way we do what we do. If we clean the streets with dignity and the desire to help our community we are doing a service. When I was younger I wanted to be a psychologist but I abandoned the idea because I knew I wouldn’t be able to detach myself from the life of my patients. My service is to write to inspire other people without risking my emotional balance. Service is the fnal stage of self-development because it includes all the lessons previously learned and keeps them alive. 47 April 2018 Human qualities.

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r ead PAr T 1 The Sacred dance of h ealing In part 2 of this exclusive interview with dR CRYS t AL JOne S she explores the notion of being here in the present moment. dr Jones is fluent in many languages of healing including medicine alternative healing yoga and meditation. She acts as a guide for women who are ready to dive within and heal themselves. - PAr T 2 - April 2018

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We’re undergoing a collective evolution. Y ou have a number of clients you’ve seen over time. Do you see any patterns that are common in those things that come up for them or ways they move through challenges Te pattern I see the most is when we have not understood our own value system and our own truth. I can speak on this in many diferent cases but let’s take fertility. I see people who tell me they can’t get pregnant. Tis may happen when they’ve seen a lot of people in their life having issues or a doctor has told them that they are infertile. Tere may have been times during their lives when they told their bodies not to procreate. So a lot of things have been ‘voiced’ to their body. Tey have created a truth that they now believe. So I can’t do anything to help them until that narrative has changed. And it’s because of what someone has told them. It’s the price of giving power to an outside source. What did somebody tell you What did that book tell you What did the doctor tell you Tose are some of the biggest blocks I see. Another block I see especially with women is in people who have no idea who they are except in relation to others. When they don’t know who they are or what their higher Self is then when they are asked to move into their higher Self they can’t do it because it’s dependent on other people. Then when the relationship changes – whether child or mother or daughter 50 Heartfulness Healing

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When you sit in that silence you experience yourself and you really get to feel what comes up for you. or wife – they feel like they don’t have any identity anymore. So at a core level identity is also a major milestone for people. When they tell me who they are at a fundamental level without titles and roles it blows their minds that they’re actually somebody other than a savior for someone else. And when people let go of those identities what are they left with What do they discover Tey begin discovering that their life is an experience. Tey get to the point where they can say “I am” without needing an adjective qualifying it. When they get to that point there is no need to be strong or weak good or bad. At the “I am” junction they are able to be in the present moment and to adapt to things that come things that go because they are not having to be strong or weak they’re not having to make a good decision or a bad decision. “I am” is based on my truths my beliefs and my values and if I want that to change I will. Y ou move past the duality. Yes you realize that your shadows and your light and your gray scale are not outside of you. You really understand oneness. What practices do you recommend to help integrate that oneness Well obviously I recommend meditation. I know that’s something that a lot of people are doing today but really sit in silence before you start your day before you ask everybody else what you’re supposed to be doing today before you ask your phone what you’re supposed to be doing today just sit in that silence. When you sit in that silence you experience yourself and you really get to feel what comes up for you. If you’re feeling something that you can’t ignore like anger or jealousy or “I’m not worthy enough” sit with that feeling in meditation and see what comes up for you. “Why do I feel like I’m not worthy Why was I told I wasn’t worthy Am I worthy” Just sit and ask yourself those questions not necessarily needing an answer but experiencing what comes up. 51 April 2018 Healing

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Te more you experience what comes up the more you’re telling yourself “I really want to know who I am. I really want to come into wholeness.” A lot of the time we write down answers and when we look at them we think “Tat doesn’t look good” or “I didn’t want that to come up.” So instead just sit with the feeling and see what comes up. Tat’s how you go into certain experiences and formulate your own truth. You spoke before about truth evolving. Can you speak a little bit about how we start off with those impressions that we create as truth and then have to examine them to see how that truth evolves I believe truth is evolutionary because of a story I read about some blind people around an elephant. One person was touching the tail another one was touching the trunk etc. and they were all saying what the elephant felt like but they all had diferent stories. As they walked around the elephant their truth began to evolve because it was dependent on where they were based on their experience and what they felt. Tat’s what I mean by evolutionary truth. Tere is a point in life where we build a foundation and this foundation determines our morals our ethics and other things and then life hits us. We want to explore something else but we’ve been told that it is wrong. So evolutionary truth really allows us to explore things that we wouldn’t have done most of the time out of fear. We start to explore new things and choose: “I like this” or “I don’t like this” “I’m going to integrate this” or “I’m not going to integrate this.” As we get older our truth evolves from being a sperm and an egg. We’re always evolving. Do we want to get to a point of false self-mastery where we have a set of guidelines we’re going to live by and we’re never going to allow anything to dictate or change our belief system I think that’s where we begin to feel numb and we start to hide things and think of things that aren’t … Sometimes situations or people come to open us up to new perspectives but we look at them as invaders. Well they’re not necessarily invaders. When we have a space of evolutionary truth we’re really opening ourselves up to a lot of things whereas when we’re in the pattern of “It has to be like this” we don’t even know that things can resonate well with us because we have automatically defned them as wrong. A lot of what I’ve been saying is about staying in the present moment. Because evolutionary truth means “I am here right now.” What is working What is not working What feels right What We can ask our higher power: “What does ‘yes’ feel like What does ‘no’ feel like Am I going with that feeling” That’s evolutionary truth. 52 Heartfulness Healing

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doesn’t feel right It’s based on awareness of our intuition. We can ask our higher power: “What does ‘yes’ feel like What does ‘no’ feel like Am I going with that feeling” Tat’s evolutionary truth. And sharing that with people also allows us to be less judgmental of other people’s truth because we understand that theirs is an evolutionary process too. Ours isn’t more right than theirs. Y es blockages to healing often seem to come from judgment and holding on to a perception that we have of ourselves or of another person. Absolutely. Tat is also what generally happens during healing phases. Say you are seeing a professional who has a specifc generic truth that doesn’t necessarily go with your body but their truth is so solid that they are not able to really integrate with you because they think “Tis is what I’m supposed to be” instead of “Okay let’s just be here. Let’s be together and let’s do this sacred dance together.” i think that brings us full circle. Absolutely. It’s really about being in the present moment. interviewed by eMMA iVATuri 53 April 2018 Healing

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Ashtanga yoga Y AMA g ood Conduct ASANA Posture NiY AMA r egularity observation Pr ANA Y AMA Breath r egulation Pr A TY AHAr A inner Withdrawal DHAr ANA Mental f ocus DHY ANA Meditation SAMADHi o riginal Condition Balance What if someone told you there was a simple set of practices that could help you manage every aspect of your daily life and at the same time take you to a level of human potential beyond your wildest imagination Would you be interested Most people would at least be curious. t hat is in fact an accurate explanation of the practices of Y oga but most people don’t realize it. Y oga includes a holistic set of practices for overall self-development and the well-being of the body mind and soul. A few thousand years back the great sage Patanjali compiled the current yogic practices of that time into a simple framework consisting of eight parts or limbs and that framework is still used today. It is known as Ashtanga Y oga. But the practices of Y oga have evolved since Patanjali was alive in response to the needs of the time and especially during the last 150 years. So in this series d AAJI explores each limb of Y oga in the light of the modern day yogic practices of Heartfulness. He shows us how to integrate inner spiritual practices with living in the world and refning our personality so as to create that true state of Y oga – skill in action and integration of the spiritual and worldly aspects of life.

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F or thousands of years people have worshipped and prayed to idols and statues including images of gods saints and symbols like the cross. Often these images have very profound symbolism and have also been charged with Prana or spiritual essence by great saints or prophets from the past. Tis process of charging an idol is known as Prana pratishtha. Now here is a question: if a saint or yogi can infuse an inanimate statue cross or stone with spiritual essence can that same saint not also infuse the heart of a human being with the same essence A human being who can feel the divine essence and respond directly rather than having to go through the medium of an idol Te answer will become clear later in the article. Swami Vivekananda once said that “Prana stands in metaphysics for the sum total of the energy that is in the universe. Tis universe according to the theory of the philosophers proceeds in the form of waves it rises and again it subsides melts away as it were then again it proceeds out in all this variety then again it slowly returns. So it goes on like a pulsation. Te whole of this universe is composed of matter and force and according to Sanskrit philosophers everything that we call matter solid and liquid is the outcome of one primal matter which they call Akasha or ether and the primordial force of which all the forces that we see in nature are manifestations they call Prana. It is this Prana acting upon Akasha which creates this universe and after the end of a period called a cycle there is a period of rest. One period of activity is followed by a period of rest this is the nature of everything.” Tis is also the nature of our breath. What is the frst thing we hope for when a baby is born Tat the baby is breathing normally. And at the end of life we also check for breathing because without it we are dead. Breathing is a sign of life and in that sense Pranayama is all about breath. Pranayama is the fourth of Patanjali’s eight limbs of yogic practice. Here d AAJI explains the purpose of the practices of Pranayama and some key dos and don’ts. He also introduces Prana as the base of all these practices as well as touching upon Prana pratishtha in traditional worship and Pranahuti in the Heartfulness way of meditation describing how the regulation and stabilization of our energy field helps us to dive deep in meditation to the center of our being. 1.Pranayama Prana • Pranayama • PranaPratishtha • Pranahuti 57 April 2018

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But there is much more to it than that. It is Prana by which we breathe by which our blood circulates our nerves and muscles work and by which we think. All forms of energy are manifestations of Prana. Pranayama is a combination of two words Prana and Ayama. Te word Prana is derived from the Sanskrit An which means ‘to move’ or ‘to breathe’ with the prefx Pra which generally is used to intensify the meaning of the root with which it is associated. Te word Ayama means ‘expanding extending stretching’ so Pranayama means to extend or expand the life force or breath. Ayama also sometimes means ‘restraint or control’ in which case it can also mean controlling or restraining the breath. So both expansion and contraction are there in the process as in the process of breathing itself. 58 Heartfulness

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PATANJALi’S De SCriPTioN In his Yoga Sutras Patanjali tells us the following about Pranayama: 2.49: T asmin sati shvasa prashvsayoh gati vichchhedah pranayamah. Once perfection in the meditation posture has been achieved then we can practice regulation of the incoming and outgoing fow of the breath and expansion of the vital energy or Prana. Tis is known as Pranayama. 2.50: Bahya abhyantara sthambha vrittih desha kala sankhyabhih paridrishtah dirgha sukshmah. Pranayama has three aspects: outward fow or exhalation inward fow or inhalation and the absence of both during the stationary transition between them which is known as retention or suspension. Tese three states are regulated by place time and number and the breathing becomes slow and subtle. 2.51: Bahya abhyantara vishaya akshepi chaturthah. Tere is a fourth type of Pranayama which transcends the inward and outward Pranayamas. It appears efortless and occurs during concentration. 2.52: T atah kshiyate prakasha avaranam. As a result the veil covering the inner light diminishes. 2.53: Dharanasu cha yogyata manasah. Te mind now becomes ft for concentration or dharana. In summary once you have perfected your meditation posture you can practice regulating the infow and outfow of your breath and expansion of your vital energy. Tere are three aspects to your breathing – exhalation inhalation and the stationary transition between them. Tese three states are regulated by place time and number and eventually the breathing will become slow and subtle. As a result of these practices the veil covering the inner light diminishes and the mind becomes ft for concentration. Te fourth type of Pranayama transcends these inward and outward movements appearing efortlessly and occurring during concentration. By now we can really start to see the fow that Patanjali envisioned in his Ashtanga Yoga. First came Yama and Niyama because without refnement of character what good is spirituality Tere would be no balance between the inner and outer states. Ten when starting a spiritual practice the frst step was to establish the right posture to create the feld for an inner approach – that is the third limb Asana. Perfection in posture was a prerequisite for the later steps. Pranayama then followed directly on from Asana and it also created the right feld of energy for both Pratyahara and Dharana the ffth and sixth limbs of Ashtanga Yoga. 59 April 2018 Science of spirituality

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The iNfL o W AND ouTfL o W of eNerg Y So the original purpose of Pranayama was to regulate the breath to become slow and subtle in order to allow the attention to turn inwards calming the mind and dissolving scattered thinking patterns. After all what are thoughts but energy Tis inward turning of the energetic feld would then strengthen the link of the Pranamaya kosha the energy sheath of the human being with the more subtle planes of existence – the mind and soul – rather than always directing energy outwards into the physical plane. Te yogic practices of Pranayama work on the energetic feld of the human being known as the subtle body and the associated Pranamaya kosha. When done well they bring mental balance and well-being resulting in good health because our energetic system is then resonating in tune and We can think of Pranayama as the expansion of vitality breathing with the infow and outfow of the whole. We expand into the infnite breath of the Eternal. When we do breathing exercises with this in mind then we will see their efect. If the goal is just to breathe in and out breathe in and out in a particular rhythm then we won’t enjoy it but once we do it with the awareness that it is meant for this higher purpose then it is diferent. We can easily observe what happens when we change the way we breathe our whole energetic field changes. For example try to observe how your breathing differs when you are angry versus calm when you are asleep versus awake and when you are loving versus selfish. And different patterns of breathing are also an indication of a deeper energy pattern – that of inflow and outflow. We can compare it to Newton’s second law of thermodynamics about entropy: he says that in unregulated systems entropy or disorder increases. When we get angry with another person for example our energetic field is destabilized because our attention is drawn outwards to the periphery of our being. Our system remains unstable. In contrast when energy flows inwards towards the center of our being we feel refreshed and rejuvenated and our breathing becomes rhythmic subtler and more relaxed. At the center of our being we are one with everything – in fact there is only oneness – so when our energy moves inwards we are moving towards harmony. Te yogic practices of Pranayama work on the energetic feld of the body known as the subtle body and the associated Pranamaya kosha. When done well they bring mental balance and well-being resulting in good health because our energetic system is then resonating in tune and in harmony with the universal energy. Science of spirituality 60 Heartfulness

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CAre iS NeeDeD So the practices of Pranayama are very useful in regulating our energy system as they provide the inputs to bring stability and reverse the increase in entropy or disorder in our system. But they can be misused so that instead of refning our energy feld they create disturbance. Tis happens when there is not proper guidance so it is always better to learn the practices of Pranayama from an expert. Tere are also many nuances to the science of Pranayama and here are some that Ram Chandra of Fatehgarh advised to his followers: • While engaging in Pranayama avoid cold and sour foods. Also avoid very hot foods as they may also cause some harm. • In the beginning there may be bleeding through the nose the ears or in the stool which will disappear with time. • It is not a good idea to immediately start devoting a lot of time to Pranayama. Instead go on gradually increasing the number of breaths. • Exhale slowly and through the nostrils rather than through the mouth as exhaling through the mouth may harm the teeth. • Pranayama should not be done on an empty stomach or immediately after food. Te stomach should neither be totally empty nor totally full but in between. Tese restrictions are for beginners. Adepts can do Pranayama as they like but it is always better to avoid excessive practice as it creates too much disturbance. Over the years I have seen that whenever there is a lot of physical disturbance during meditation like unconscious shaking or oscillations it is because the person has been doing too much Pranayama. The Pr ANAMAYA Ko ShA Te Pranamaya kosha is the sheath in which we experience the fow of energy which is described according to fve energetic processes karmendriyas and fve energy fows pranas.Te fve energetic processes are elimination reproduction movement grasping with our hands and speaking. Te fve fows of energy within the human body are known as the vayus or winds. Tey are: • Te inward fow that governs respiration and the receiving of everything from air and food to ideas and impressions When energy fows inwards towards the center of our being we feel refreshed and rejuvenated and our breathing becomes rhythmic subtler and more relaxed. At the center of our being we are one with everything – in fact there is only oneness. 61 April 2018 Science of spirituality

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Science of spirituality • Te downward and outward fow of elimination – excretion urination and menstruation on the physical level and anything that needs to be removed mentally • Te balancing and integrating fow at the meeting point between the inward and outward fows associated with assimilation and digestion • Te ascending fow that directs energy towards higher levels of consciousness and governs self-expression through communication and • Te fow through the nadis the circulatory system the nervous system the lymphatic system the movement of muscles and joints and thoughts and emotions. Even though the Pranamaya kosha can be regulated by breathing exercises it is subtle and not glued to the physical system. It permeates all throughout and envelops us like an energy bubble creating the feld of the aura. Te chakras of the subtle body are also associated with this kosha so meditation and cleaning of the subtle body are also needed to refne the Pranamaya kosha. Whenever an imbalance or illness happens the frst kosha to be compromised is usually the Pranamaya kosha. Tat is why acupuncture and acupressure treatments work on our energy meridians. In fact our energy feld is disturbed before any physical ailment appears. Sometimes we can predict the health of a person just by looking at the aura around their face. We feel the diference if someone is angry in love or it is a gentle mother with her baby for example. Tis is because our attitude afects our Pranamaya kosha to a large extent. When this kosha is shining our overall health is benefted. We radiate the state we have in our energy sheath including joy and love love is very palpable. As I mentioned earlier when we are stressed angry or reactive we need more energy and it is generally directed in an outward fow. So we activate the Pranamaya kosha by activating the sympathetic nervous system. Our heart rate goes up our breathing becomes more variable and our body goes into its stress response. Tis is actually one of the reasons why Pranayama came into being – to balance the sympathetic and parasympathetic systems. When our sympathetic nervous system is activated by stress we can calm ourselves by activating the parasympathetic system for example through the Chandra nadi. And when we need to be more active and engaged we can activate the When our sympathetic nervous system is activated by stress we can calm ourselves by activating the parasympathetic system for example through the Chandra nadi. And when we need to be more active and engaged we can activate the sympathetic system in a similar way through the Surya nadi. We are able to bring about balance. 62 Heartfulness

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sympathetic system in a similar way through the Surya nadi. We are able to bring about balance. Tis energy kosha is quite forbidding to refne because here consciousness mixes with ego and that can be like sodium metal exposed to moisture in the air – explosive. All our energetic processes and cognitive senses derive their energy from this sheath our waking consciousness is regulated by this sheath and the natural emotions of passion and anger are nourished by this sheath. Fights and conficts at work and at home with dear ones are due to imbalances here when it is spoilt we can be terribly egotistical whereas when it is rightly used it supports Self-Realization. Always running after pleasure and an excess of materialism can also distort the fner balance of this energy sheath. In contrast moderation in emotions andother faculties harmonizes the Pranamaya kosha and this in turn helps to harmonize the physical body also. Te Heartfulness practices of Science of spirituality meditation on point A and cleaning of point B 1 are very helpful in refning this sheath. Te play of opposites is very strong here. Attitudes of likes and dislikes attraction and repulsion make this sheath even more formidable. Moderation is not so easy when these things are at play. It is important to remain vigilant in the way we speak our body language and our inner attitude. It means being humble and respectful towards everyone including young ones and elders. Constantly nurturing a state of insignifcance and curbing the ego are the surest ways to refne this sheath. It fnds its true natural luster only when the ego is totally refned to its original purity. Pr ANAhuTi Reaching that state of insignifcance is already a high achievement however as the true refnement of the ego comes only with the journey of the 1 Ram Chandra 2014. Efcacy of Raja Yoga in the Light of Sahaj Marg. Shri Ram Chandra Mission India. 63 April 2018

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higher regions of the mind and beyond. Until that work has been done Pranayama can always potentially infame the ego. So in Heartfulness we instead use something so superfne to direct the energetic fow inwards in a highly potentized way and that is Pranahuti or Transmission. Transmission is an ofering of Prana directly from the Source which is directed by a Guide of calibre into the heart of a seeker – ahuti means ofering. While Prana is all around us everywhere just like air the Guide acts like a fan directing the essence of Prana into the heart of the seeker. When we meditate with Transmission our attention naturally fows inwards and so does our breath so our system becomes highly stable leading to lower and lower entropy. Our breathing is regulated naturally as a result of the inward fow of Pranahuti. Tis also leads naturally to Pratyahara and Dharana and in fact helps us dive deeper into Dhyana so that we often attain the state of Samadhi during the frst meditation sessions. Te practices of Yoga have evolved considerably during the last century thanks to the subtlest fow of Pranahuti that is the specialty of Heartfulness. Pr ACTiCe S of Pr ANAYAMA As with Asana the science of Pranayama has evolved a lot since the time of Patanjali when the purpose was simply to gather the life force inwards and expand it to merge with the infnite whole. Nowadays there are practices of Pranayama for many purposes to balance the energetic systems. Simple breathing practices are very benefcial for overall health and well-being and some of these exercises are available.For more information please contact us at wellnessheartfulness.org. I fnd this advice given by Swami Vivekananda to be very benefcial: frst hold yourself straight then think of your body as sound and perfect and healthy and strong then throw a current of love all around thinking that the whole universe is happy then pray if you believe in God and then breathe. Also it helps to include the idea of Yam a and Niyama when you are breathing. With every breath you take in think that you are drawing goodness and nobility from the existence all around you Niyama and with every breath you breathe out think that you are expelling unnecessary complexities from your system Yama. Known to many as Daaji Kamlesh Patel is the fourth guide in the Heartfulness tradition of meditation. Embracing the many roles of a modern-day teacher he has that rare capacity to dive deep into the center of his existence in the heart and simultaneously have a scientifc approach to original research in the feld of meditation spirituality and human evolution. He is a prolifc speaker and writer and you can read his latest book Te Heartfulness Way . To learn more about Daaji go to www. daaji.org. Science of spirituality 64 Heartfulness

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How to know of your Being The NATure PARt 2 Author of t he Untethered Soul – the Journey Beyond Yourself MICHAeL A. SInGeR shares his thoughts on the nature of the world the mind and the heart. In part 2 he dives deeper into the nature of the mind and the heart and how to handle the human heart – how to be at peace with the tremendous range of the heart. Read PARt 1

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Heart and mind I f you want to know why your heart is attracted to some things and repulsed by others it’s pretty simple. For the most part your heart is programmed by your past experiences – just like your mind. In yogic philosophy this programming is called samskaras. Samskaras are past impressions that have created habitual energy patterns in your heart. When stimulated by an object the heart will tend to fow in these learned directions. Note that it is not just objects in the outside world that stimulate the heart thoughts can also stimulate the heart. Te heart afects the mind and the mind afects the heart. But you already know this. When your heart gets attracted to something your mind wants to think about it all the time. Your thoughts didn’t used to fxate on that person place or thing but now they do. Likewise when you get really scared by something suddenly that’s all you can think about. Now I want to discuss your heart in a way that you may not like. Your heart is a very active feld of energy with underlying vector fows and none of it has anything to do with you. It is just one of the things you are aware of. One moment you notice you are attracted to something and fve minutes later you’re repulsed by it. It happens all the time.You can feel completely attracted to someone until they say or do something you don’t like then suddenly you’re turned of by them. Tis is what we call the personal heart because its energy fows are formed by an individual’s personal experiences. At any given moment almost everybody is following either the personal heart or the personal mind. And in most cases the mind wins.Te mind simply applies its logic based on its past experiences and then tells you “I know how to make you happy.” But the mind cannot make you happy. It will never make you happy. Te mind only knows about thinking. In the end real happiness must come from the heart. Te very fact that you are in your mind thinking about how to be happy means you cannot be happy. All the mind can do is try to calculate what will make you happy based on your past experiences. One minute it likes something and the next minute it doesn’t. You’ve had billions of experiences and your thoughts about a current experience simply depend upon which of these Te best way to come to peace with the mind is to come to peace with the heart. 67 April 2018

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68 Heartfulness past experiences is being stimulated the most. Eventually you come to realize that you’re so busy dealing with your mind’s likes and dislikes that you can’t feel the true happiness that springs spontaneously from your heart. So are you better off following your heart than your mind Truth is neither will take you where you want to go. This is because neither is who you are. You are the one who experiences the heart and you are the one who experiences the mind. If you can objectively watch something then it is not who you are – you are the one who is watching. What do you see when you watch your heart One thing you see is that it can open and close. You experience this as attractions and repulsions loves and fears. You feel great inner strength when the heart is open to an experience then if something closes your heart all that energy drops out or becomes turbulent. That’s how you know you’re not your heart: you were there when the inspiration started and you were there when it stopped. You’re the one who’s in there watching all these changes take place inside. Over time you will come to realize that there is only one you in there. You who sees the world you who witnesses the mind and you who experiences the heart is the same you. Tere is only one conscious being in there aware of all these experiences. And none of what you see has anything to do with you. Only you the awareness of being has anything to do with you. When you reach this state of awareness you are awake. But you will not be able to truly explore the nature of your being until you come to peace with the world the mind and the heart. Tis is your spiritual work. By honoring the nature of the world you can come to peace with it. Your work with the world becomes to appreciate it honor it kiss it hello when it comes and kiss it goodbye when it leaves. Because in truth that is all it’s ever doing – coming and going. God is trying to teach you something: every day a new day comes

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Heart and mind 69 April 2018 and every night it goes never to return again. Now you see it now you don’t – like a magic trick. It has nothing to do with you you are just experiencing it as it flows by. But the incessant activity of the mind will not allow you to honor the world. Based on its past experiences the mind has its own idea of what should be going on and it believes it’s right. A truly wise person understands this as part of the mind’s nature and does not struggle with it. The wise one simply looks at the personal mind with compassion realizing that all it is doing is trying to solve the problems of the heart. Therefore the best way to come to peace with the mind is to come to peace with the heart. Te underlying problem is that the heart is not flled with love and contentment so the mind keeps trying to rearrange the world to make up for that. But this will never work you must be able to deal directly with your own heart. Your heart is capable of going from the deepest lows to the highest highs. It can be flled with love beauty and song or it can feel empty painful and drained. Tat is part of the nature of the human heart. Like an amazing musical instrument the heart has great range. But if you can’t handle your heart you’re going to be drawn into your mind to Learn to handle your heart. Your most important work as a spiritual being is to learn to come to peace with the tremendous range of your heart. try to fgure out what to do about it. You’re going to use your mind to create an alternate reality of how everything needs to be so that your heart can be okay. Ten you’re going to go out into the world to try to control and manipulate things to get them that way. If left to its own that is the interplay you will see between the world the mind and the heart. Te alternative to all of this is to learn to handle your heart. Your most important work as a spiritual being is to learn to come to peace with the tremendous range of your heart. You have to wake up every morning and say: my heart is very interesting and I’m going to handle wherever it goes today. You may feel tremendous love or you may feel tremendous pain. You may go to the heights of your being and think this is the meaning of your life or you may visit the pit of your being and think that your life has no meaning. But neither is true. Tese are just places your heart can go. From the seat of witness consciousness just marvel at the tremendous range of the human heart. Love disdain joy sorrow pride and shame are all simply places the heart can go depending upon whether it is open or closed to what’s coming in through the senses or passing through the mind.

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Heart and mind 70 Heartfulness Te bottom line is that your inability to handle your heart is running your entire life. But it doesn’t have to be this way. You can celebrate the nature of the human heart and take great joy in experiencing its entire range. People misunderstand the path of unconditional happiness. It doesn’t mean that your heart is always feeling happiness it means that you are always at peace with whatever your heart is feeling. Do you see the diference Tere is a deep joy in your awareness of being for the honor of experiencing what you are experiencing. Tears are pouring from your eyes but they are not tears of sorrow and they are not tears of joy. Tey are tears caused by the sheer depth of experiencing what that heart has to say. Te heart is a great gift that the Universe has given you. It adds tremendous richness to your life. But because you can’t handle your heart you are not free to explore the true nature of your being. If you want that freedom you must learn to honor the world observe the transient nature of the personal mind and be able to handle the human heart. Only then can you sit comfortably in the Self only then are you free to naturally merge into the true nature of your being. What is the nature of your being Christ said: “My father and I are one.” Genesis says: “God created man in his own image.” Tat is the true nature of Self and you are capable of experiencing this directly. Just remember every time the heart goes someplace you think you can’t handle you can choose to just breathe and relax back into the seat of Self instead of getting involved in the heart or the mind. Tis is the highest yoga. Te highest spiritual practice every single moment of every single day is to set the world free set the mind free and set the heart free. When those three are free to be true to their nature then you will be free to be true to your nature – your true Self. Tis is the journey back to the nature of your being. © 2012 by Michael A. Singer. t his article is an edited transcript excerpted from his audio Cd t he Clarity of Witness Consciousness Lecture Series: t he World the Mind the Heart and Y ou published by Shanti Publications © 2009 Michael A. Singer www.store.untetheredsoul.com or www.untetheredsoul.com. Te highest spiritual practice every single moment of every single day is to set the world free set the mind free and set the heart free. When those three are free to be true to their nature then you will be free to be true to your nature – your true Self. Tis is the journey back to the nature of your being.

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t he magic begins in you. Feel your own energy and realize similar energy exists within the e arth stones plants water wind fire colors and animals. —Scott Cunningham taste of l if E

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I n the busy-ness of our contemporary life we are drawn into ceaseless activity that often separates us from the deeper dimension of ourselves. With our smartphones and computer screens we often remain caught on the surface of our lives amidst the noise and chatter that continually distract us that stops us from being rooted in our true nature. Unaware we are drowned deeper and deeper in a culture of soulless materialism. At this time I fnd it more and more important to have outer activities that can connect us to what is more natural and help us live in relationship to the deep root of our being and in an awareness of the moment which alone can give real meaning to our everyday existence. Over the years I have developed a number of simple practices that bring together action and a quality of heart-centered attention or deepening awareness that can nourish our lives in hidden ways. Tese activities like walking cooking with love and attention can reconnect us with the web of life our natural interconnection with life in its beauty and wonder. Tey can help us ‘declutter’ our outer life and instead become rooted in what is simple and real. One of these practices which combines action with awareness is walking. walking Llewellyn V aughan-Lee and hilary h art 74 Heartfulness Heartfulness

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Walk as if you are kissing the Earth with your feet. —Tich Nhat Hanh I have always loved to walk early in the morning to sense the Earth at the beginning of a day to feel Her pulse Her beauty and magic before thoughts and demands clutter my day. Waking early I have a hot cup of tea meditate in silence and then as soon as the frst light comes I walk down the hill to the road beside the wetlands where I live. Sometimes the frost is sparkling around me sometimes the water is clouded with fog an egret appearing white against the reeds. Tis is another time of silent meditation walking breathing feeling the Earth. I try to be as empty as possible just to be present in the half-light aware of what is around me. Prayer meditation presence awareness – these are just words for a practice that immerses me in a mystery we call nature. Here the sacred speaks to me in its own language and I try to listen. Now I live beside the wetlands and the tidal water is part of this meeting this communion. Other times in other landscapes it has been rivers and streams the sounds of waterfowls’ wings the dawn rising across meadows. Or in forests a diferent bird chorus animals skittering across the path a deer and her young. Always it is a listening awareness a deep receptivity to what is around me an honoring of a world other than people. It is a remembrance of what is essential elemental and its nourishment carries me through the day. It is a return to the sacred sensed and felt without words or thoughts – a primal consciousness as if of the frst day. Tis is a practice that has been with me since my teens – when I frst started to meditate I also needed to walk. It was not taught or learned but came as a need a way to be an antidote to much of the world around me – a world of people and problems demands and desires. When one foot follows the other and the day has hardly begun it seems these demands cannot touch me as if I am immersed in something simpler more essential. Placing each foot on the earth is a practice but a practice that comes from my own roots not a book or a teacher. Later I came to hear it called “walking in a sacred manner” and it is sacred a return to what is sacred. But it also is deeper or more primal than any purpose. Nature speaks to me and I listen. Nature calls and something deep within me responds and I just need to give it space. I am part of a life far greater than any ‘me’. Te Earth gives us sustenance: the air we breathe the food we eat. She is generous in so many ways even as we forget Her and abuse Her. But there is also this deeper nourishment this invisible intangible giving. My early morning walk is a communion – if I am receptive it is a wine drunk deeply. It comes through Her landscape moss dripping from the trees white and pink blossoms welcoming spring the cry of a sea bird. Tose frst rays of sunrise are always a blessing. I do not understand this with my mind but my soul feels it needs it. Once again we are back at the beginning in that elemental world we never truly leave. Our present culture may have forgotten it 75 April 2018

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so often I have to remember to reconnect to empty the clutter of the coming day from my mind my everyday thoughts. I have to stay in a place of awareness sense my feet feel the air listen. I have to remember that I am not separate but part of everything around me. disowned it covered it over may pretend we no longer need this communion but my soul and my feet know otherwise. Tis is the landscape of the soul as much as it is the wetlands stretching towards the ocean. But it is also any landscape we walk. A walk on city streets is made of the same elements: feet touching ground the rhythm of walking breathing the same sky overhead the wind touching the face. I would like to say it is easy but so often I have to remember to reconnect to empty the clutter of the coming day from my mind my everyday thoughts. I have to stay in a place of awareness sense my feet feel the air listen. I have to remember that I am not separate but part of everything around me. I have to push aside this great myth of separation the great untruth. We are the air we breathe the earth we touch the same one life alive in so many ways. We are the Earth awakening in the early morning just as we are the buds breaking into color in the spring. To be fully alive is to feel how we are part of this embracing mystery. My morning walk is a remembrance a reconnection experienced in the body and felt in the soul. Spiritual ecolog y 76 Heartfulness

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W alking practice is perhaps best begun alone when the intimacy of nature’s communication can be sensed without distraction. Just as when we meet a lover in the early part of a relationship we do not want to share that meeting with others. Choose a time when you can be alone when listening hearing and sensing can take place. Perhaps the start or the end of the day before life’s clamoring takes hold or after it lets go. Lunchtime or an afternoon break from work might be more difcult but if that is the time available then make sure the walk is long enough for you to let go of work thoughts or tensions of the day. Turn of the cell phone or better yet leave it at home or the ofce. Tere is a way that the vulnerabilities that come with being alive have been squelched by our daily-life safety tools like cell phones. If you can be without the protection and constant access they provide try it. Social media will not miss documentation from your walk. Find a park or a path through quiet woods if you can. Let the rhythm of your steps soothe your mind and create a space for listening. Feel how your feet connect with the earth how the air moves through your lungs. Follow your attention as it is drawn inward and outward both – to the inner movements of your body and to the feeling of warmth or cold the sight of birds the sound of a distant plane. Let your thoughts and impressions move through and out as part of the natural rhythm of walking. Just as we come back to the breath in silent meditation return your attention to your feet and their meeting and letting go of the ground. Commit to walking every day if you can. Walk without expectation with an attitude of openness and gratitude. If you feel a longing inside you – a need to connect a desire to be closer to nature – let it motivate and guide you. Walking Practice Walking reinforces our connection to the Earth one step at a time. Attuning to the rhythms of one’s feet the swaying of one’s arms the in and out of breath the ways walking moves us through time and space helps develop this relationship reminding us consciously and unconsciously just how much a part of nature we are. Nature is cyclic and rhythmic and walking – when we are not focused on where we are going – attunes us to this non-linear reality. Te nineteenth-century existential philosopher Søren Kierkegaard once wrote in a letter to his niece “Every day I walk myself into a state of well-being and walk away from every illness. I have walked myself into my best thoughts and I know of no thought so burdensome that one cannot walk away from it.” This is the first of the practices from Llewellyn V aughan-Lee h ilary h art’s Spiritual ecology: 10 Practices to reawaken the Sacred in everyday Life 2017. it is reprinted with written permission from the authors. 77 April 2018

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i Lo Ve T o See TheM On the night of the Super Moon BRend A netH celebrates n ature and the intelligence of crows as she learns from them how to approach her own inner journey. fill the skies

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H ow much I love to see them fll the skies their black wings futtering their voices communicating with the thousands of others who fy with them. It is New Year’s Day 2018 and I am standing on the campus of UW Bothell in Washington State. Tey have returned as they always do every night 16000 crows landing on the feld in the trees on the roofs. We stand to watch them bring forth the melon-colored moon known as the Super Moon because of its large size. No one knows why 16000 crows gather every night here lining up on the soccer feld before rising into their nightly roost of trees on the edge of the marshland near the college. My friend Jill an artist stands beside me with binoculars as we stare glassy-eyed into the moon seeing them all fying toward us. We were afraid they weren’t coming. Tey seemed to be fying away from us but that was just an illusion Tey were only escorting the large moon into the horizon fying back to their roosts on the campus of the college. Te moon rises as their individual sounds all become one. It is an unbelievable sight to see them swarming and cawing as they fy toward us. Tere is no fear in me because of the nature of these pure creatures. Only love. Tey come to rest not to eat corn destroy or agitate anyone. Tey are not a curse to the environment although many call them scavengers. I call them Beloved because they have survived evolution and have been here long before me. Tey are a symbol of courage to me because I see them everywhere on the streets and trees in my hometown of Seattle Washington. Whenever I am afraid I see them masters of the skies landing and strutting about to fnd their daily food. Cared for and loved by Nature as we all are. I feed them sunfower seeds and rather than fght like seagulls each crow diligently pecks until it receives the prize of its own individual seed. Tat sound of cracking seeds is a metaphor to me of my spiritual journey. I must focus on my own spiritual hunger not fght with others so as I can be the frst to reach the goal. By paying attention to what I am doing I fnd the treasure that I could have lost if I had not persisted beyond the shells of my own individual resistance. Tose crows know something that we also know deep within our hearts. Tere cannot be any competition in spirituality. Tere can only be meeting a hungry need within the heart. How much I love to watch them throughout my meanderings around town. How much my heart is in fight with them. Are we like those crows evolving beyond superstition and perhaps the judgment of others and ourselves To some crows are a sign of evil death or craftiness but crows are gaining ground in scientifc circles as being perhaps smarter than chimpanzees our immediate brethren in intelligence. In their book Te Gift of the Crow Dr John Martzluf and Tony Angell share stories and research about the rich abundance of cognitive and emotional intelligence seen in these amazing birds. As part of the Corvid family ravens crows magpies and jays all have the ability to remember create assist play and socialize. Tey also have partners for life and their young continue to stay with the parents helping them with new fedglings. Tey are not without compassion helping their disabled and not without fury sometimes killing their own. Tey even hold funerals for their dead. Te amazing stories in Te Gift of the Crow carry the theme of how much like humans they really are. So it was on that twilight eve of the frst day of the year that my 16000 beloveds came home to roost reminding me to have faith in the journey. If there is room in one night for 16000 crows to land there is room in my heart for all. One seed at a time. Lesson from nature 79 April 2018

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PAdMASAnA Fold the right leg by holding the right ankle with the right hand and the right foot with the left hand. Place the right foot frmly at the root of the left upper thigh sole of the foot turned upwards and heel lightly presing the left side of the lower abdomen. Likewise fold the left leg plce the foot frmly at the root of the right upper thigh sole turned upwards and heel lightly pressing the rightside of the lower abdomen. Come to Dandasana Rest both knees comfortably on the foor. With both legs interlocked keep the spine neck and head erect. Place both palms on the knees in chin mudra. Gently close the eyes maintain the posture with gentle long and deep breaths - in and out six times. Release the mudra. Stage 1 Heartfulnes Yogasanas 80 Heartfulness

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Breathe in stretch both arms up over the head. Breathe out retaining the stretch slowly bend forward from the hips. Try to touch the forehead on the ground with arms stretched and palms on the foor completely. Feel the stretch at the spine. Keep the eyes closed breathe deeply. Hold and stay with gentle long and deep breaths - in and out six times. Breathe in slowly raise the hands up along with the head while giving a backward stretch spread the hands to the sides take them back and interlock the fngers. Breathe out bend forward and simultaneously stretch the hands backwards to the vertical level. Try to touch the forehead on the ground. Keep the eyes closed hold the position and stay with gentle long and deep breaths - in and out six times. Breathe in come up release the posture and relax in Sithila Dandasana. Stage 2 Stage 3 Padmasana induces mental calmness increases awareness and attentiveness. Te position of les and pressure of the feet against the thighs reduces blood fow to the legs - this supply of blood is redirected towards the lumbar region of the spine abdomen and pelvic organs thereby toning up these organs muscles and nerves in this region. Sitting in Padmasana will strenghten the thighs and calf muscles and help to reduce excess fat in the abdomen buttocks and thighs. Te practice give a good stretch to the spine thighs ankles knees joints and calf muscles. Opens up the hips and makes ligament fexible. Padmasana is the destroyer of all disease. BeneFIt S: Try to touch the forehead on the ground. Keep the eyes closed hold the position and stay with gentle long and deep breaths - in and out for six times. Breathe in come up release the posture and relax in Sithila Dandasana. http://heartfulness.org /education/yoga-trainers/ 81 April 2018

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I n our daily life we naturally meditate to perform our worldly duties. For instance if an artist is creating a painting his mind will be continuously thinking about the work in progress while choosing the object the theme the best material the technical solutions and so on. It’s seems quite easy and natural to meditate on a worldly activity. On the other hand when it comes to accessing higher states of consciousness in the spiritual realm it’s seem quite difcult as we don’t have an object or external reference point to start with. So here I will look into the artistic process of creativity to see how a worldly activity may culminate in a spiritual experience. Before even starting any creative process it is important to prepare some ideal circumstances. First of all time is needed to make room for creativity. A person whose plate is full is often not able to feel or receive inspiration. Te second requirement is a clean pure heart. Tird it is helpful to create a space – an environment dedicated exclusively to artistic creation. art meditation an art essay on creativity by Fabio Kohler 83 April 2018

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In that frst moment the artist is inspired by something that touches him or her from inside that develops into a feeling of enchantment. We train the eye to be like a newborn baby observing the entire world with a sense of wonder. Ten we give enough time to observe the subject slowly and with patience. It’s like reading a 300-page novel and telling the entire story later on. If we don’t take the proper time to read the novel fully we will not get the whole picture. Later on we start drafting lightly on the paper or canvas. At this step we are repeating what the eyes have seen and what we have felt with the hands. When we observe something continuously the eyes travel around the object. In the same way the hand repeats this eye movement. Initially the whole picture is drafted on the paper defning the page setting. Later on we get into the details. It’s very important not to be lost in details at this initial stage. Like the old Chinese saying: “If you are seeing the leaf you are not seeing the tree. If you are seeing the tree you are not seeing the forest.” After a while when there is enough visual information on the paper or canvas we can start analyzing proportion identifying geometrical abstractions in fgures and making necessary corrections. Here enters the analytical mind but even still it has to be balanced and integrated with the natural fow of the fgure. Later on we observe Heartfulness

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light and dark adding deep and intermediate grades of shadow leaving blank spaces in those spots where the light is hitting most. If it is a painting the next step would then be to add colors observing the nuances. At a certain point the external object is not required anymore. Now we explore in depth the graphic or pictorial universe which turns out to be a new reality. At this stage we express our innermost feelings enjoying the total liberty of contemplating the inner world. Tis stage may take hours days weeks months or even years. And even when an artwork is fnished we can easily keep on ‘cooking on a low fre’ making continuous small perfections and refnements. Tere is a saying that an artwork is never fnished it’s only an abandoned process that others perceive as fnished. A famous example is the unfnished painting the Mona Lisa by Leonardo Da Vinci which he painted over 3 years and continued refning for another 11 years until he separated himself from the work. I fnd that it’s preferable to spend more time on one or just a few drawings going deep into each one rather than working on many at once and fnishing them too fast. Tere is an importance to the depth we achieve in each work. Tis depth continues to deepen and each previous work leads to greater depth in the next one. It’s a vertical journey. 85 April 2018

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At the end stepping out of the artistic process and contemplating the work all sorts of feelings arise like “How was this done” and “Who did this” At the same time all the efort and feeling of doing the work is still very much alive and leads to future work. We have no choice but to keep on excelling because the previous artwork yesterday’s efort no longer satisfes the soul. Tis will continue until our fnal breath on Earth marks the end of this process. So the ultimate beauty of artistic creation is to refne the tool to such an extent that we become a channel of creation coming from the deepest inspirations of the heart. Ten we are able to completely integrate the artistic process with spirituality. https:/ /www.patreon.com/fabiokohler Heartfulness April 2018

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