September 17, 2019

As we grow spiritually, our ability to maintain equanimity also grows. Slowly but surely, we learn how to control our ego, the part of us that wants everything to go our way. For the more trivial annoyances of life, such as getting cut off on the freeway or enduring an embarrassing moment, this is not too hard to accomplish. We can simply step outside the situation for a moment and realize that it is not really all that important. With… Read more

September 3, 2019

Psychologists tell us that a strong support system of family and friends is necessary for a happy, healthy life. In today’s world, that should be easier than ever since we can connect to each other so easily over the Internet. On social media, most people have hundreds of “friends,” often from all over the world. Yet, psychologists also tell us that more and more people, including an alarming number of very young adolescents, are suffering from a sense of social… Read more

August 20, 2019

Life is a journey with many milestones. As we grow and mature, there are many experiences, both negative and positive, that we think of as transformative: graduating from school, getting married, becoming a parent, losing a loved one, and so on. When we look back on these events, it is like we have become slightly different people at those times; we have reached a new stage in our development, and we can never go back to seeing the world in… Read more

August 6, 2019

Humans are interesting creatures who seem to possess conflicting characteristics. On the one hand, we are capable of horrific acts of violence more senseless and cruel than those of any animal on earth, and, on the other, we are able to be kind and compassionate in ways that are truly selfless and heroic. Sometimes it seems like there must be more than one type of human, but, no, we are all just people, whether we live the life of a… Read more

July 23, 2019

Do you ever feel like you’re not in charge of your own life, that you’re just a cog in the machine of life? Or, maybe you think there is nothing you can do to change the world; there are a lot of big problems, but there’s nothing you can do about that. If so, that’s probably because your brain is running on software uploaded by the world around you, not your own. It doesn’t have to be this way, though,… Read more

July 9, 2019

When I first started teaching, I gathered with my students in a small park in South Korea. Today, my students have much nicer facilities, practicing the exercises and principles I teach in centers around the world, now known in English-speaking countries as Body & Brain Yoga centers. I have struggled sometimes to know what to call the practice, however, because it is both old and new, in many ways like yoga and tai chi, yet in some ways different. It… Read more

June 24, 2019

You may think of the spiritual world as being completely beyond and outside of the body, but in fact spirituality is a built-in feature of the human brain. Just as we have ears to help us hear sound waves and eyes to help us see shapes and colors, we have a bodily organ to help us attune to the spiritual world. It is called the pineal gland. The pineal gland is a tiny organ, about the size of a grain… Read more

June 10, 2019

Do you remember what it was like being a small child, three or four years old? You may not have very clear memories of this time in your life, but perhaps you can at least recall the sense of carefree wonder you had as you went through your day. Everything was new and every moment was an opportunity for adventure, fun, and play. Time seemed to move much slower then because you were truly in every moment, experiencing everything in… Read more

December 26, 2018

As miraculous as the human brain is, it would be worthless without the senses that connect us to the outside word. Any time you use one of the five senses—touch, sight, hearing, smell, or taste—you are receiving messages directly from the world around you. Together, they give us our perception of the world and our personal conception of reality. The sum of the messages we receive through the senses and process through the brain are all we have to make… Read more

December 12, 2018

Everyone already knows that exercise is important for your body’s fitness. But did you know that it’s critical for your mental and spiritual health as well? One might even say that it is the foundation of wellness for the entire being—body, mind, and spirit. The Science Supporting Exercise Numerous scientific studies have confirmed the importance of exercise for health; our bodies are made for movement, and they suffer if we become too sedentary. In a study conducted by the National… Read more

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