Healing: Returning to a State of Wholeness

Healing: Returning to a State of Wholeness

Whatever culture we are born into, we are conditioned by that culture to perceive and relate to reality in a particular way. In our modern society, most are ignorant to many of Nature’s laws, and due to this ignorance we act in ways that often harm Nature, and consequently harm ourselves as well. Generation after generation, these ignorant beliefs and behaviors are inherited, and the consequences of this deluded way of living are becoming more and more apparent. Read More

Permaculture: Designing Sustainable Human Habitats

Permaculture: Designing Sustainable Human Habitats

Originally, the word “Permaculture” was the combination of the two words “permanent” and “agriculture”.  Two Australian men named Bill Mollison and David Holmgren coined the term in the 1970’s.  It is an agricultural philosophy that allows us to use the resources that we have around us to their fullest potential.  By observing and learning from our environment, such as how does nature replenish its soil, how does nature protect and conserve its water resources, how has nature adapted to the specific climate of an area, etc…we can learn how to imitate these natural processes in our daily living.  The more closely that we can work with nature, the more likely we are to establish a balance which will provide us with the things that we need without hurting the environment. Read More

Conscious Consumerism

Conscious Consumerism

One of the most effective and practical things that any single one of us can do to make a difference, is to be wise with the way that we spend our money. Every purchase we make supports the producer of that product or service, and also affects the markets of the related industry. In a capitalist society, money is the name of the game. If we, as conscious human beings and citizens of this society choose to use our money to support businesses that are devoted to serving the planet, we can make a dramatic difference in the current environmental crisis. Read More

What Is Consciousness?

What Is Consciousness?

Consciousness is you—it is the Being that is aware of these words. Beyond the field of body and mind, beyond the conditioned beliefs from culture, beyond the ego personality and all of its activity, there is pure, ever-present awareness; pure consciousness; pure Being. This is our true nature, yet because of cultural conditioning, most people are unaware of the truth of who they are. We mistakenly identify ourselves with the body and mind, and often suffer greatly because of this. Read More

A Complete Guide to Shamatha Meditation

A Complete Guide to Shamatha Meditation

Shamatha (a Sanskrit word that means “peaceful abiding” or “tranquility”) meditation is the foundation of Buddhist practice, however, similar practices can be found in traditions around the world, and you don’t have to have any religious or philosophical beliefs to practice it. The purpose of shamatha meditation is simply to stabilize the mind by cultivating a steady awareness of the object of meditation. It is also commonly referred to as mindfulness or concentration meditation.

The purpose of shamatha meditation is simply to stabilize the mind by cultivating a steady awareness of the object of meditation. The traditional practice of shamatha uses different objects as the focus of practice, and eventually, continued practice leads to practicing without an object of support, which allows one to meditate on emptiness itself in a relaxed and open awareness. Read More