Why Henry David Thoreau was drawn to yoga

The famed author headed to the pond thanks to Indian philosophy. by Derek Beres The famed author was heavily influenced by Indian literature, informing his decision to self-exile on Walden Pond. He was introduced to these texts by his good friend’s father, William Emerson. Yoga philosophy was in American a century before any physical practices were introduced. Though yoga today is associated with expensive leggings and an infestation of Instagram selfies, the philosophical underpinnings have long predated the physical asana practice. In fact, the first century of yoga in America had little to do with postures, but the cognitive and emotional flexibility … Continue reading Why Henry David Thoreau was drawn to yoga

Mind Nature: Red Pill or Blue Pill?

Screenshot from The Matrix A breakthrough experience in meditation can start a profound journey into the unknown or inflate one’s sense of self and reinforce delusion. By Ken McLeod The experience of mind nature is, for almost everyone, a turning point in their practice. The utter groundlessness of experience, when you know it directly, not conceptually, is profoundly meaningful, and it affects people in different ways. For most people, there is a feeling of deep joy and extraordinary freedom, and a humble appreciation that that experience or shift is only the start of a journey. In that groundlessness, you know that it … Continue reading Mind Nature: Red Pill or Blue Pill?

HYPERREALITY (OR WHAT NOT THERE ISN’T TO BELIEVE?)

Kingsley L. Dennis, Contributor Waking Times ‘The attraction of the void is irresistible.’ ~Jean Baudrillard If you feel like you are unsure of what is real and what is unreal then you are not alone. Our materialistic mode of life is accelerating and expanding so rapidly that it is saturating our modern cultures to the point of abstraction. Life in materially-privileged societies is increasingly shifting into a world of image and show. Many people today are living within their bubbles that are customized by all the digital conveniences tailored to individual needs. By being surrounded by conveniences that satisfy all our needs … Continue reading HYPERREALITY (OR WHAT NOT THERE ISN’T TO BELIEVE?)