Centered in Being

Centered in Being


June 22. 2017 | by Devi Archer | A-Ha! Moments, Featured Articles

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What does is mean to be “ Centered in Being ”? Many times we hear or use familiar expressions like “centered” “losing your center”, or “left of center”...

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Mindful Resistance - Overcoming Conflict

Mindful Resistance – Overcoming Conflict


January 26. 2017 | by Devi Archer | A-Ha! Moments, Featured Articles

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Is mindful resistance possible? Let’s begin by exploring the characteristics of these two seemingly disparate states of being. Mindfulness is focusing our...

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Stillness

Stillness


May 12. 2016 | by Kjirsten Sigmund | A-Ha! Moments, Featured Articles

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  I find that people are beginning to understand the importance of creating deeper levels of stillness within their being however, I also notice it is often fleeting.  If we truly want to achieve greater levels of happiness and peace within our lives, stillness needs to be embraced as an absolute necessity and made a priority.   For me, stillness becomes the gentle space where life slows down.  It is a quiet peacefulness and a sweet awareness of all that is going on around me.  In looking at stillness as a collective consciousness experience it is often neglected for the busyness of existing.  We are not supposed to miss this life.  We are not supposed to miss this moment.  Stillness is about noticing with pristine presence your journey on every level, from the beautiful little birds joyfully dancing in the wind, to the falling of the leaves from the trees as the seasons go by.  It is fully engaging with the feeling and sensation that comes with each breath and each heartbeat.  Stillness gives us our life back and it...

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The Three Gunas of Ayurveda

The Three Gunas of Ayurveda


April 14. 2016 | by Devi Archer | A-Ha! Moments, Featured Articles

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  According to Sankhya philosophy and the cosmology of Ayurveda, all of creation is a complex interplay of consciousness and nature-matter.  Arising from the foundation of primordial nature are three interdependent attributes known as the three Gunas.  The word “Guna” is translated as “string”, “thread” or “strand”, which implies that they are fundamental forces interwoven throughout all things and all beings in the natural world.  The three Gunas are referred to as Sattva (the essence of balance and absence from craving), Rajas (energy and desire), and Tamas (substance and inertia).  The expressions of these three Gunas manifest in various proportions and are always in flux.  Sattva is considered to be predominant when the qualities of Rajas and Tamas are balanced or in harmony. The Three Gunas: Essence of Sattva: adaptable, awakening, beingness, brightness, calm, clarity, compassion, complete, constructive, creative, equanimity, fulfillment, happiness, harmony, holistic, illumination, intelligence, joy, knowledge, light, luminosity, peace, preservation, purity, positive, tranquility, transcendence, truth, unifying, and virtuous. Tendencies of Rajas: activity, agitation, anxiety, approval-seeking, argumentative, attachment to material objects, pleasure and stimulation of the senses, competition, control,...

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Conscious Leadership

Conscious Leadership


March 31. 2016 | by Kjirsten Sigmund | A-Ha! Moments, Featured Articles

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How many times in your life have you had a moment where someone did or said something so simple, so small, and yet you feel that it profoundly made your life better?  For many of us, it can be uncomfortable to think of ourselves as powerful enough to have influence over someone else or we may doubt our ability asking “How can one little act of service, performed with intention and mindfulness, really change someone's life?”  Sometimes it can feel overwhelming that who we are and how we choose to be in the world can matter that much to other people.  I believe that as long as we make leadership something larger than us, as long as we choose to keep leadership something that is outside of our reach, and as long as we make it about changing the entire world and everything in it, we, unfortunately, give ourselves an excuse and permission not to demand it every day from ourselves and from each other, because it feels too big. What if we play with this concept and look at...

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What To Think During Meditation – Do We Need To Master Our Mental Chatter?


March 10. 2016 | by Brook Still | A-Ha! Moments, Featured Articles

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Mental chatter in meditation is something most people feel they have to stop, however, there is an easy way to master this with remarkable results.  Let’s look at this from a different point of view.  Many often wonder what to think during meditation to stop the chatter.  It's not about stopping the mental chatter, it’s about moving outside of your thoughts going through their motions.  It’s like noticing what your brain is thinking and not being personally involved in it.  The quality of your thoughts are important for inner happiness, but to think you cannot meditate with any thoughts is a set up for failure.  It’s like saying you can’t meditate unless it is completely quiet around you.  Yet can you not hear yourself breathing or the pulsation of your blood being pumped through your ears?  If this were the case, only the deaf could meditate.  Your brain is a gift, it's doing its job coming up with new wonderful ways of playing and experiencing life.  Where it can cause a disturbance in your meditation is when you are not...

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Unlearning – The Way to Dig Out a Lifetime of Opposing Beliefs


February 11. 2016 | by Brook Still | A-Ha! Moments, Featured Articles

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People will sum you up in a heartbeat.  They will look at your physical appearance and make judgments.  They’ll ask what your value is by questioning, “So, what do you do for a living?” They’ll check out what car you drive or the house you live in.  From our current social training and conditioning this all makes a big impression on who you are and what you’re worth. For some reason (probably because my Mom was a hippie, thank you Mom!), I didn’t fully get the depth of this social conditioning until my husband and I did a massive remodel of our home and we started having our daughter’s friends come over.  Seeing how they and their parents would react to the girls and I before they saw our home, compared to afterwards, was eye opening and made me feel really uncomfortable.  I am a very down to earth type of person and our home basically became a mini-mansion, by far the largest house in our lovely middle class neighborhood.  My husband relished in it.  You could see he loved...

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How Can Two Minutes of Focus Change Your Life?

How Can Two Minutes of Focus Change Your Life?


February 4. 2016 | by Kjirsten Sigmund | A-Ha! Moments, Featured Articles

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Time is the most valuable resource that we all have on this planet.  There are those who never seem to have enough of it, many who don't make the most of it, and yet each day we all have the same amount of it. So why is time so significant?  Well, it's very clear, because once it's used, it's the one commodity that we can never get back. So, when a close friend of mine looked me straight in the eyes and said “Two minutes Kjirsten”, I paused and took a moment to think about what she said before she followed up with this confident and bold statement, “I have convinced myself that I can do ANYTHING for two minutes.”  Later that day I was in the gym happily spinning my legs off, grateful that I have legs to spin in the first place, when I caught myself repeating the same mantra without realizing it, “come on Kjirst, just two more minutes, you've got this.”  I usually finish the gym with sitting in an extra hot steam room and today,...

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Creating the Healing Gift of Full Presence through Deep Listening


January 20. 2016 | by Brook Still | A-Ha! Moments, Featured Articles

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People have always had challenges, pains, and sufferings. The most powerful way to heal that trauma is by coming together with one another and being fully present with each other through listening deeply. Deep listening is a practice that has been the cornerstone of indigenous healers for centuries, myself included. It is not only practiced when we work with those who have come for healing, but also when we move in nature. This is where it shifts from having a conversation heart to heart with another, to heart to nature, where the trees, plants and deva’s speak with us from that state of open awareness, the depth of deep listening. My best reference; a deep contemplation in a relaxed state. This space of being in nature creates deep peace. This sacred way of being is taught to us when we are young. This is not the way most Westerners have been trained. Because of this when we start to process our pain we stop it mid-track. We feel unsafe, judged, or not heard, and because of this we shut down,...

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