October 4, 2016

Changing habits is hard. If you’ve ever tried to stop smoking or lose weight, you know how hard it is. But as hard as it is to change habits of the body, it’s even harder to change habits of the mind. Habits of the mind, though, are perhaps even more important than the habits of the body. Negative mental habits can degrade the quality of your relationships, and they can undermine your goals and ambitions. Also, they are often at… Read more

September 22, 2016

As people get older, they often become concerned about the health of their brains, even if they did not think much about the topic when they were young. We all hear stories of elders succumbing to the ravages of dementia, no longer able to recognize their loved ones or even to go about normal daily tasks. Losing our brain function seems like losing our independence and sense of self. Fortunately, such a fate is not a foregone conclusion. Brain scientists… Read more

September 1, 2016

Spiritual writers and teachers often use the word enlightenment. But what does this word really mean? The word enlightenment seems to mean different things to different people. In eighteenth century Europe, it meant a philosophy based on reason, not on tradition or superstition. In Eastern spiritual paths, it usually means transcending the physical plane to find a state of bliss beyond the sufferings of this world. In casual conversation, people will even speak of others with open-minded, progressive opinions as… Read more

August 18, 2016

Despite all the many differences between the world’s various spiritual paths, almost all contain some concept of oneness. Among the ancient Greeks, Plato taught his students to seek henosis, oneness with the ultimate truth of the cosmos. Similarly, Christian mystics and Islamic Sufis search for oneness with God and with all of creation. Buddhists seek samadhi, a meditative state in which the individual mind is silenced sufficiently to merge with all that is. These are only a few among many… Read more

August 11, 2016

“Just calm down and take a deep breath.” If you are upset or stressed out about anything, this simple advice is probably the best you’ll ever get. Breathing is a very valuable key to stress relief—and to emotional and physical health, too. Vitamin O The oxygen that we take in through the air that we breathe is absolutely essential to health, so it is sometimes called “Vitamin O” by nutritionists. But, actually, it is even more important than the other… Read more

July 29, 2016

  When you think of your brain, what skills would you most like to gain to become smarter than you are today? A lot of people might wish for a photographic memory or the ability to calculate long lists of numbers in their head. These types of cognitive skills, the kind that win us awards in school and impress our friends, may not be the most important, however. In 1995, author Daniel Goldman wrote a book called Emotional Intelligence in… Read more

July 13, 2016

You have probably heard the spiritual parable of the two builders—one builds his house upon the rock and the other builds his house upon the sand. The house on the rock withstands the storm that passes through the land, while the house on the sand collapses and washes away. Of course, this story is referring to the need to base your life on truthful spiritual principles, but did you know the same is true for your body? Yes, like a… Read more

June 28, 2016

Many spiritual seekers today are looking to put the “law of attraction” into effect in their lives – to improve their finances, to attract romantic partners, or to create a more abundant and satisfying life in general. According to this principle, “like attracts like,” so one must cultivate a positive mind in order to manifest a positive life. Korean Sundo practice contains a similar concept, but it’s a little more focused on how energy works. In English, it could be… Read more

June 21, 2016

Holistic is a popular fitness buzzword these days. It represents a positive trend that considers the health of the whole person, not just physical health. Since every part of the person influences all other aspects of health, this is a wise consideration. An important element, however, is often left out of the discussion of holistic health – energy. This is unfortunate since ultimately we are energetic beings; Asian systems of health and healing rely on that notion, and science has confirmed… Read more

June 6, 2016

  In the past few years, much has been made of the importance of nature for our mental and physical health. People who spend time in nature on a regular basis have lower stress levels, are generally more fit, and report lower levels of anxiety and depression. It’s so important that some are now calling nature “vitamin N.” If you view our lives energetically, as I do, this should be no surprise. We are part of the energetic systems of… Read more

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