Reconciling Racism with the Vedic World View

The underlying premise of the Vedic world view, one which I espouse whole-heartedly, is that we are all one thing, which is pure consciousness. Love. We are all unique, individual expressions of the same ONE thing, just like my pinky looks different and has a different function from my ear, but they are absolutely both a part of me.

My struggle with this world view is that this oneness is not the day-to-day experience of everyone in the world. A lot of people have it really, really bad in this world, to a point where they can’t even conceive of ‘it’s all one thing’. In other words, I can afford to have this world view because I’m white, educated, and was raised in a healthy, well-to-do family. Yes, I’ve worked hard, but I’ve also been given unfathomable opportunities- large ones, and daily micro-opportunities- just by virtue of being born into this body.  

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How Meditation Helped Me Come Off Of Sleep Medications (Guest Blog by Sarah Kleiner)

I’ve experienced insomnia for much of my life, and can recall having difficulty sleeping for as far back as I can remember.  My mother will be the first to tell you that I was always the child that had a hard time falling asleep and staying asleep – even as a baby.

When I was 18, my father passed away and I experienced life changing depression and insomnia, unable to function in school or daily life.

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Resistance is Futile

One year ago, I had just opened a meditation studio in the commercial district of my neighborhood in Atlanta. I was living in my teeny sub-500ft ‘career transition’ apartment, and I needed a space to work with clients and teach my meditation course. I was so excited to finally have a place of my own to teach, host workshops, and hold weekly group meditations. I re-signed a lease at my teeny apartment, which was in an ideal location and also fit my budget, given the expenses of the commercial space.

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My New Secret Weapon

In August, 2017, I was invited to teach my 4-Part Course in Conscious Health Meditation at a conference for women physicians in Colorado. The chance to teach my course to physicians in the conference setting was a huge professional milestone for me. Little did I know how important that weekend in Colorado would be for me personally.

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Meditation For High Performance: Not Just For Stress

As a meditation teacher, I meet people every day who have pre-conceived notions about meditation. People assume that we have to sit in an uncomfortable position with our backs straight and legs crossed, that we have to clear our minds of thoughts, and maybe even that we need to be hippies with flowing hair, meditating in a grassy field with birds chirping and rainbows. Most people realize that meditation can help with stress management, and maybe even with anxiety and insomnia. But did you realize that meditation is also used as a high-performance tool?

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