HEARTFULNESS MAGAZINE- APRIL ISSUE

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1 April 2017 FASHIONING POSSIBILITIES EVERY EDUCATED CHILD IS ANOTHER POSSIBILITY TO CHANGE THE WORLD Arvind Limited a part of the Lalbhai Group was incorporated in 1931 and today operates in diversified businesses like Fabrics, Garments, Advanced Materials, E-commerce, Brands & Retail, Engineering, Real Estate, Sustainable Agriculture and Telecom. At Arvind, we live our core philosophy of ‘Enriching Lifestyles’ by defining and setting trends across the fashion capitals of the world. We constantly strive to positively impact, the quality of life of people, through initiatives of social, economic, educational, infrastructural, environmental, health and cultural advancement. For the last 8 decades, Arvind’s CSR is guided by the conviction that industry has an important role in improving society. 2 Heartfulness FASHIONING POSSIBILITIES EVERY EDUCATED CHILD IS ANOTHER POSSIBILITY TO CHANGE THE WORLD Arvind Limited a part of the Lalbhai Group was incorporated in 1931 and today operates in diversified businesses like Fabrics, Garments, Advanced Materials, E-commerce, Brands & Retail, Engineering, Real Estate, Sustainable Agriculture and Telecom. At Arvind, we live our core philosophy of ‘Enriching Lifestyles’ by defining and setting trends across the fashion capitals of the world. We constantly strive to positively impact, the quality of life of people, through initiatives of social, economic, educational, infrastructural, environmental, health and cultural advancement. For the last 8 decades, Arvind’s CSR is guided by the conviction that industry has an important role in improving society. 3 April 2017 4 Heartfulness Printed copies will be available at selected stores, airports and newsstands, and at Heartfulness Centers and Ashrams. To order copies online - single, 12 months subscription and 24 months subscription - please go to: http://www.heartfulnessmagazine.com/subscriptions Email: subscriptions@heartfulnessmagazine.com Subscribe to HEARTFULNESS MAGAZINE/practiceheartfulness /heartful_ness /practiceheartfulness /+Heartfulness Download Free Digital version for 12 months value $29.90 The Science of Stillness Heartfulness meditation masterclasses with Daaji The Science of Stillness Learn how our happiness is in our own hands Online and free: Sat 29 April | Sun 30 April | Mon 1 May 2017 Register: heartfulness.org/masterclass Masterclass 1 Saturday, 29 April Relax. Expand consciousness. Masterclass 2 Sunday, 30 April Rejuvenate. Simplify. Masterclass 3 Monday, 1 May Connect. With your inner self. Join over 1 million people from 160 countries for The Science of Stillness online meditation masterclasses. You’ll learn both the practical techniques and empirical benefits of daily meditation – directly from the global guide of Heartfulness, Kamlesh D. Patel, affectionately known as Daaji. You can register for free at heartfulness.org/masterclass or if you’d like, on Facebook (Heartfulness masterclass). Let’s meditate! Heartfulness Through meditation, transformation heartfulness.org/masterclass 6 Heartfulness 14 Rejuvenation 17 The science of awe and compassion 22 Matter, energy and the absolute state 28 On happiness 30 The power of simplicity 34 Rejuvenate at work 36 Standing on a whale, fishing for minnows 41 Living with the new children 48 The energy challenge: how to use energy wisely 55 Alkaline smoothies 60 Tranquility: a photo essay 67 Life as a wave 70 Lessons from the garden: winter garden FOR CHILDREN 74 The three brothers - part 2 82 Decorative Leaves INSIDE 22 36 55 60 74 48 67 7 April 2017 The Equinox AND OTHER NATURAL CYCLES Whether it is now spring or autumn where you live, it is a time of change. The equinox has not long passed, that time when day and night are of almost equal duration all over the planet, when the sun crosses the celestial equator. When everything stands upon the point of balance. And then the new cycle starts in a different direction. Traditionally, it has been an important time spiritually in all cultures. For example, the spring equinox was the time when the Egyptians celebrated the resurrection of their god Osiris, the Thracians celebrated the resurrection of the god Orpheus, the Greeks celebrated the resurrection of the god Dionysus, and the Maya celebrated the resurrection of the maize god Hun Hunahpu. Jesus the Christ was also crucified and resurrected around the time of the equinox. The temple of Angkor Wat in Cambodia aligns to the spring equinox, as does the Great Sphinx of Giza in Egypt. The cycles of Nature, including the seasons, provide the template upon which we live our lives. In the northern hemisphere April is the time for rejuvenation and resurrection after the darker, colder winter months, and generally this means a general spring clean, including detox diets, spa treatments, herbal teas, and new exercise plans. What about rejuvenating the mind? Should we also rejuvenate our minds seasonally, or can it be done on a more regular basis? In this issue we explore the topic of mental rejuvenation and the role of yogic cleaning to do this. We also explore how to use our energy wisely, happiness, simplicity, we continue with our series on the new children, the science of awe and compassion, and lessons from the garden, and go into new territory in Daaji’s evolution of consciousness series with an exploration of matter, energy and the absolute state. Enjoy! The Editors Heartfulness CONTRIBUTORS EDITORIAL TEAM Meghana Anand, Elizabeth Denley, Emma Ivaturi, Veronique Nicolai DESIGN TEAM Shivam Bajaj, Emma Ivaturi, Uma Maheswari, Nehal Singh PHOTOGRAPHY Paolo Costa, Sachi Kato, Mona Mishra, Elena Ray WRITERS Ichak Adizes, Terran Daily, Elizabeth Denley, Alanda Greene, Simonne Holm, Swati Kannan, Guenevere Neufeld, Papiguy, Kamlesh D Patel, Krishna Sai, Sanjeev Sharma Volume 2 Issue 4, April 2017 Embracing the many roles of a modern-day spiritual Guide, you will find Kamlesh Patel equally at home meditating with a group of followers in the sublime stillness of a Himalayan ashram, teaching thousands of people to meditate at an international conference in Lyon France or Los Angeles California, addressing recruits in a police academy in Delhi and sharing tips on life skills with students at a high school campus in Mumbai. Known to many as Daaji, he has that rare and beautiful blend of eastern heart and western mind that allows him to dive deep into the centre of his existence in the heart, and simultaneously have a scientific approach to original research in the field of meditation, spirituality and human evolution. As the world teacher of Heartfulness and the fourth spiritual Guide in the Sahaj Marg system of Raja Yoga, Daaji oversees Heartfulness centers and ashrams in over 130 countries, and guides the 8,000+ certified trainers who are permitted to impart Yogic Transmission under his care. Emma Ivaturi Kamlesh Patel Emma has been thrilled to be a part of the editorial and design teams for the Heartfulness Magazine since its inception. She finds great joy in teaching meditation as a Heartfulness trainer. She has also recently been sharing Heartfulness with hundreds of school children in her area and is looking forward to being a new mom this summer. April 2017 Sanjeev is a consultant psychiatrist who lives in Perth, Australia. He has integrated a holistic approach to his medical practice in the last few years, and is a passionate advocate of combining meditation and nutritional medicine with more traditional approaches to psychiatry. He has been a Heartfulness practitioner for twenty years. CONTRIBUTIONS letters to the editors and guidelines contributions@heartfulnessmagazine.com ADVERTISING advertising@heartfulnessmagazine.com SUBSCRIPTIONS subscriptions@heartfulnessmagazine.com http://www.heartfulnessmagazine.com/ subscriptions ISSN 2455-7684 PRINTED BY: Sunil Kumar Kala Jyothi Process Pvt. 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The views expressed in the contributions in this publication do not always reflect those of the editors, the Heartfulness Institute, or the Sahaj Marg Spirituality Foundation. Dacher is a professor in UC Berkeley’s Psychology Department and faculty director of the Greater Good Science Center. His research focuses on the biological and evolutionary origins of compassion, awe, love, beauty, and power, social class and inequality. He is the author of the best-selling Born to Be Good: The Science of a Meaningful Life, The Compassionate Instinct, and most recently The Power Paradox: How We Gain and Lose Influence. He has written for The New York Times, The London Times, The Wall Street Journal, SLATE, and Utne Reader, and received numerous national prizes and grants for his research. He was a consultant on Pixar’s film Inside Out, has worked with Facebook to make the site more kind, and on projects at Google on altruism and emotion. He collaborates with the Sierra Club to help veterans and inner city kids outdoors. He is married with two teenage daughters, and loves camping, backpacking, Mexican food, Iggy Pop, African Music, Art Museums, Yoga and friends. Dr Sanjeev Sharma Dacher Keltner 10 Heartfulness To experience Heartfulness, please contact one of our trainers at heartspots.heartfulness.org or via the website at www.heartfulness.org Toll free numbers: North America 1 844 879 4327 | India 1 800 103 7726 Heartfulness Through meditation, rejuvenation Sit in a comfortable position, close your eyes and feel relaxed. Have the intention that all complexities and impurities you have accumulated during the day are leaving your entire system. They are going out your back, from the top of your head to your tailbone. Imagine that they are leaving your system as smoke. Remain alert during the entire process, like a witness to the clouds passing in the sky. Gently accelerate this process with confidence and determination, applying your will as needed. If your attention drifts and other thoughts come to mind, gently bring your focus back to the cleaning. As the impressions leave from your back you will start to feel light in your heart. Continue this process for twenty minutes. … You will feel lightness, so now connect with the Source. Feel the current descending from the Source and entering your system from the front. It is flowing throughout your system, carrying away any remaining complexities and impurities. You have now returned to a simpler, purer and more balanced state. Every cell of your body is emanating simplicity, lightness and purity. Cleaning to Rejuvenate Yourself Heartfulness Speaker Webinar Series presents YOUTH: C O U R A G E TO FOLLOW YOUR HEART SATURDAY, APRIL 8TH 2017 7:30 PM IST (India), 10:00 AM EDT (USA), 3:00 PM CET (Europe) Register at http://webinar.heartfulness.org/registration/ This month, join our panel of young speakers who are passionate about empowering youth, and planting seeds of love, courage, fulfillment and spiritual purpose in a challenging world. JOIN THIS WEBINAR TO DISCOVER: The secret of becoming the person you want to be. How to overcome any blocks within you. Heartfulness Meditation Webinar The mission of the Heartfulness Institute’s research department is to support and facilitate a scientific approach toward contemplative practices and advance our understanding of meditation and consciousness. The Institute invites grant applications for meditation research from individuals who will conduct independent, empirical, rigorous research. Grant applications will range from $5,000 up to a maximum of $100,000 on a non-renewable basis. OBJECTIVE OF THE HEARTFULNESS RESEARCH GRANTS Heartfulness Institute teaches meditation and contemplative practices. Heartfulness Research funding is intended to provide resources to support foundational experiments on Heartfulness practices. These include, but are not limited to, studies investigating behavioral, physiological, metabolic, epigenetic and neurobiological responses to the practice of Heartfulness meditation, through cross-sectional and longitudinal studies on Heartfulness practitioners compared with appropriate control subjects. We encourage applications from researchers in other contemplative practices who are interested in applying their expertise to study Heartfulness meditation. CALL FOR GRANT APPLICATIONS 12 Heartfulness ELIGIBILITY Applicants must hold a PhD, MD or equivalent degree and have an official affiliation with a college, university, institute, medical school or other research facility. APPLICATIONS The application should include: ● Biosketches/CVs of the principal investigator and collaborators, ● Research project description, including specific aims and hypotheses to be tested, experimental design, method of analysis of the data, and the significance and potential impact of the study, Preliminary data may be included if available, including data related to other meditation practices. [< 3 pages] ● Resources available, budget and justification. [1 page] REVIEW PROCESS We will accept applications for 2017-2018 on a rolling basis. Criteria for evaluation include significance, relevance and impact of the proposed study, applicant’s research experience, and appropriateness of budget. WHAT IS HEARTFULNESS? It is a modern-day system of Raja Yoga, using meditation to regulate and balance the mind. Heartfulness is a heart-based meditation practice. To learn more, please visit www. heartfulness.org. The basic practices are Heartfulness relaxation, meditation, cleaning and connection with the Source. Weekly individual and group meditation sessions with a trainer (either in person or via the LetsMeditate App) are recommended in order to bring about effective results. Heartfulness Institute is a non-profit organization founded in 2016 in USA, India, France and Denmark. They are the sister organizations of Shri Ram Chandra Mission (SRCM), founded in 1945, and Sahaj Marg Spirituality Foundation, together present in 130 countries, with 8,000+ certified trainers, serving more than a million meditators. SRCM is formally associated as a non- governmental organization with the United Nations Department of Public Information and works globally to advance the goals of peace, harmony and sustainability through yoga and meditation. Heartfulness Institute Research Department Please direct all enquiries to research@heartfulness.org. 13 April 2017 14 Heartfulness What does it mean – to rejuvenate? The word itself means to ‘again become young’. To turn back the clock, to revitalize, regenerate, regain the vitality we once had. It means that we have lost something that we want to regain. Generally we want to rejuvenate our health and well-being, whether it be physical or mental. This is almost an epidemic in today’s developed world, because these days many of us have succumbed to chronic 21st century lifestyle dis-eases. They include diabetes, coronary artery disease, adrenal burnout, irritable bowel syndrome, thyroid imbalances, autoimmune diseases like celiac disease and rheumatoid arthritis, etc. The equivalent mental conditions include various forms of depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, post-traumatic stress, chronic stress, anxiety and anger disorders. In children, others labels are given, such as ADHD and autism, as well as many types of learning disabilities, because children’s imbalances are largely seen through the lens of how well they function at school. Rejuvenation Imagine being in a constant state of mental rejuvenation and youthful lightness. ELIZABETH DENLEY describes how this is easily done in the midst of the daily activities of a city lifestyle. These are different manifestations of energy blockages or imbalances in the human organism. If we are not in tune with natural cycles, then we will create imbalances in our utilization of energy, leading to dis-ease. Natural cycles occur on many scales – for example, the seasons, daily cycles, breathing cycles, and the cycles that happen within microseconds in our cells, just to name a few. In all of these, energy is moving in our bodies in a cyclical way, and our finely tuned and very sensitive hormones try to adjust our bodies to the rhythms of life. In earlier times, rejuvenation was something that happened according to these cycles. For example, rejuvenation was done seasonally, often during the spring, after the heavy winter months had taken their toll on the body. The wise women of all cultures knew which spring herbs, vegetables and fruits would give a boost to the body’s immune system and be a tonic for the blood. They would cook and prepare tonics for their families accordingly. For example, still today Europeans make nettle soup in the spring to rejuvenate their systems. In India, Ayurveda uses Ashwaganda root as a common tonic, and asparagus root is used in Traditional Chinese Medicine. All cultures have such rejuvenating tonics that revive and refresh the human physiology. And what about the mind? How do we rejuvenate our mental well-being? And what is mental rejuvenation? Given the meaning of the word, it is the state we have when the mind has returned to its youthful, innocent, purified state – when the slate is wiped clean and there is lightness. It is when all the heaviness, the complexities and impurities are removed. How do we rejuvenate the mind? The easiest way I know is to practice some form of mental cleaning every evening, after the day’s activities. The best one I have discovered is the yogic cleaning of Heartfulness, which is simple, practical, and removes the impressions that form in the heart and mind during the day, just like you take a bath to remove dirt from your body. When you practice cleaning every evening, you remove the day’s impressions and sometimes more. When you have a meditation session with a Heartfulness trainer, deeper layers from the past are also cleaned away. When you attend large group meditation sessions, and also when you do all these three things regularly, over time the cleaning can be so effective that your whole system is purified. Your mental body is then fully rejuvenated to its youthful, innocent state. You have a clean slate, an open mind and a pure heart. You are able to listen to your heart’s wisdom and feel clear about the decisions that you make. There is no room for guilt, anxiety or prejudices in such a state. But an even better approach is to learn how to avoid forming impressions in the first place so that less and less cleaning is required. Then your system will be in a constant state of rejuvenation. For this, a much higher order of living is required, and this is another aspect of Heartfulness that is offered after you have mastered the initial practices. The lightness you feel as a result of rejuvenative cleaning, the youthful happiness and joy, is something that is reminiscent of childhood – playing on a summer’s evening, flying kites or splashing in the ocean waves 15 April 2017 Science is not only compatible with spirituality; it is a profound source of spirituality. CARL SAGAN PHOTOGRAPHY: PAOLO COSTA CANAIMA NATIONAL PARK, VENEZUELA 17 April 2017 Q I come from the tradition of Yoga and the Heartfulness heart-mind approach to meditation, whereas the Western Mindfulness movement has been much more focused on perception and being in the present. I think we are all realizing that we have to marry the two, because there are good things in both, and they have a lot to offer each other. You are working with this connection, because you are Mindfulness guys working with compassion and the heart qualities. So I was really interested when you were talking about awe. How do you study the science of awe? DK With all of our work, I take an evolutionary perspective that really began with Charles Darwin, who said that emotions – rooted in the heart – are our basic patterns of social living. Awe is this feeling of reverence for things that are bigger than the self, whether it be a vast nature scene or a beautiful building or being lost in reverie when you watch your child learn how to walk. So the first step in our awe research is to figure out what produces it. It is actually pretty interesting – religion is less important than I thought. More important is nature and the magnanimity of other people. People are blown away with awe at how generous, kind and virtuous other people can be. And then we have this working idea that awe helps us fold into strong social communities, helps us be humble, helps us sacrifice for others, helps us not think so much about the self and think about other people, helps us consider other perspective to our own. Q & A }} IN CONVERSATION WITH DACHER KELTNER The Science of Awe & Compassion – Part 2 – PROFESSOR DACHER KELTNER is passionate about social justice and just as passionate about the experience of awe and wonder in daily life. In part 2 of his interview he shares more about the research being done at the Greater Good Science Center on awe and compassion and where he sees humanity heading. 18 Heartfulness So we have done dozens of studies where we literally study people in awe-inspiring situations, out among redwood trees, looking at vistas, at musical concerts, in museums, and we have also figured out lab techniques where people watch BBC Planet Earth, and are struck by the wonder of the world, to document how awe makes us humble and sacrifice, and less ideologically stubborn, and creative and scientific. So a lot of good things are coming out of that work. We also study the physiology as well, like why we have goose bumps. Q That is fascinating, because the whole of Yogic science is based on wonder and awe. So to have some scientific studies on wonder is very interesting for me. DK I practice Yoga, not in any disciplined way, but I do know that state of wonder you feel from Yoga, which is really what got me interested in awe in the first place. I remember doing Yoga when I was 17, when it was really not that popular in the United States, and I would come out of class just wonderstruck by things around me, and that is what we have been trying to figure out. Q You also spoke about compassion. Tell us about the compassion movement in Mindfulness. DK I think it traces back to the work of his Holiness the Dalai Lama and Tibetan Buddhism, where there are a lot of compassion exercises, and loving kindness exercises. Jack Kornfield does such a good job with these. We really think about the humanity of others, how they suffer, how they are trying to do well. I do know that state of wonder you feel from Yoga, which is really what got me interested in awe in the first place … I would come out of class just wonderstruck by things around me, and that is what we have been trying to figure out. 19 April 2017 And the scientific work of Jon Kabat-Zinn, Richard Davison, Barbara Frederickson and others is showing that when we dwell in compassion as a contemplative exercise, our immune system does better, our brain chemistry shifts to positive emotions, we get happier, and the vagus nerve increases its baseline firing. The vagus nerve is this large bundle of nerves that helps us connect to other people and breathe and so on. And it gets even more interesting in our work on the rawest form of compassion over the last 10 years. People come to the lab and they see images that are full of harm and suffering, literally tear-provoking stuff. And what we find is: even when seeing real harm and suffering, people feel more connected to humanity, the stereotypes they have towards each other fade away, the vagus nerves start firing, and they feel happier and stronger. We have to embrace the suffering of other people. It is fundamental. Q We are all connected. DK Yes. Q Finally, what is your vision of how things are going to change, because the world is going through a fair amount of turmoil, transition and change at the moment? Where do you see us going? Ho do we bring this compassion, this goodness, this wonder, etc. to a state where we bring the whole collective consciousness up to some level? DK It was interesting writing this book on the power paradox, spending two years thinking about inequality and hierarchy and dominance, and I will tell you what I believe is the direction we are going. 12,000 to 15,000 years ago, in hunter-gatherer societies, we were pretty egalitarian, with gender balance, lots of sharing, with pretty healthy, robust societies in which we evolved for 200,000 years. Archaeologists are suggesting that then as our settlements expanded we see the emergence of social trouble in the form of inequality, poverty, misogyny and polygamy, and slavery, where people start to believe they own other people. I believe we have had this multi-pronged compassion revolution in the past three or four hundred years, which has slowly been emerging out of the hierarchical, domineering social structure. You see it in things like women rising in power and a better treatment of young children, and an attempt for society to abolish slavery. And also awareness of poverty: even though it is rampant in the United States, compared to where we were 300 years ago we are better off. So I feel like there is a slow-moving shift towards compassion. It is a war with many fronts and you have to pick your fronts and keep fighting. For me personally it is about getting poor kids outdoors, and it is about our criminal justice system. For other people it is about helping young girls to feel confident so that they can lead in the world, and using compassion to fight injustice. And there are many ways in which we can do it. Q Thank you so much Dacher for sharing your thoughts and your story. DK Thank you Elizabeth, and thanks for being part of the movement 20 Heartfulness Real religion is never in the scriptures. And a real religious seeker does not go in search of scriptures, he goes in search of a Master – a living Master. That is one of the basic tenets of Kabir’s understanding: SATGURU – the living Master. Go and search for a living Master! If you can come in contact with a living Master then dead scriptures will become alive again. They become alive only VIA the living Master – there is no other way, because the living Master is the only scripture. 21 April 2017 When the living Master touches the Bhagavad Gita it will become alive; when he touches the gospel, the gospel will become alive. When he recites the Koran, the Koran will again become alive. He will give his own life to these words, they will start throbbing. But directly you cannot find religion in the scriptures. OSHO - DIVINE MELODY, CHAPTER 1 PHOTOGRAPHY BY ELENA RAY MOVEMENT AND STILLNESS It is worthwhile here to revisit our understanding of the three bodies: M A T T E R , E N E R G Y AND THE Absolute State KAMLESH D. PATEL explores the various states of existence in the universe and in the make up of the human body. What is the role of consciousness in all this? Evolution of Consciousness Series the science of spirituality Ego (Ahankar): Evolves to humility and love SUBTLE BODY Sookshma Sharir PHYSICAL BODY Sthoola Sharir CAUSAL BODY Soul Atman Karan Sharir Consciousness (Chit): Evolves from wherever we are to Divine Consciousness Mind (Manas): Thinking evolves to feeling, to being to non-being Intellect (Buddhi): Evolves from intellect to intuition to wisdom` 22 Heartfulness April 2017 The causal body is the centre of our being, around which we have the subtle body or mind. Within this subtle body the main canvas is our consciousness upon which the other three functions play out: the ego, then the intellect, and then the thinking mind, from the centre outwards to the surface level of conscious thinking. Beyond the subtle body, the physical body is then outermost, the most solid, material aspect of the layers that make up our being. We can understand the physical body with reference to the senses: it is through our senses that our physical being relates to the world around us. We can understand the mind with respect to its faculty of thinking, as thought is the energetic expression of the subtle body. As we go deeper into the levels of the mind, we discover feeling, intuition, inspiration, and eventually the pure identity associated with the most refined ego. We can understand the soul, the causal body, through its quality of inactivity. This also means it resists movement, and yet the nature of the soul is movement. This appears to be a paradox: movement and inactivity both define the soul. What is the meaning of this paradox? Let’s look at it from a few perspectives. First consider the movement of the earth on its axis. If you are sitting at the equator, the surface of the earth moves at a speed of roughly 1,000 miles per hour, so you are moving very fast as the earth spins. But if you are sitting at the North Pole, you will be very steady. Another example is a spinning top – when it is moving fastest it appears to be standing still. The soul, though its nature is movement, behaves as if it is still. Like the top that is spinning very rapidly, consciousness can also move very rapidly. Or take another example: when you move from one room to another, if you go at a normal walking speed it appears as if you are moving, whereas if you go at the speed of light you appear to be in all the rooms at the same time. Faster than the speed of light is thought. It can take light years for light to reach another galaxy, but the mind can reach there in no time at all. And consciousness is different again: consciousness is always there. There is no effort involved. Consciousness is not limited by space and time. The stillness paradox can be understood in this way. When we go from the physical body to the subtle body to the causal body, we go from physical to subtler to the subtlest, in layers. The physical is here and now, as the body cannot travel into the past or the future, but the mind and consciousness can. When we think about things from the past or imagine them in the future, consciousness and the mind experience time travel. The mind goes there and consciousness registers the whole thing. Now, the nature of the soul is steadiness, the stillness of the Absolute, which we gradually expose through a spiritual practice. When we want to dive deep into that stillness in meditation, to expose the inner soul, and externalise it through the mind, we have to be still. We cannot have a monkey mind jumping from idea to idea, and object to object. Only when there is stillness will the mind find resonance with the inner soul. Then we can say, “What was hidden is now exposed.” 23 MATTER, ENERGY AND NO ENERGY Let’s explore this from another perspective. Consider the element sodium. Alone it is explosive. Combined with chlorine, which on its own is very toxic, it becomes the common salt we eat every day! Sodium is known as the terrorist element in the Periodic Table, because it is so highly reactive with the moisture present in air, but when it combines with chlorine it forms salt, without which there is no existence possible. So two opposites come together to create a compound that is very stable. Two frequencies coming together in the same direction, with the same amplitude, are able to potentiate each other, whereas, a wave coming in the opposite direction nullifies or neutralises the first one. Now, in order to expose the soul in our existence, our lifestyle should reflect and amplify the divinity in our being by resonating in the same direction. And how can we do that in daily life? With what should we be resonating to take us in the direction we want to go? We have to tune our thoughts, ideas and actions to the frequency of another person who has already reached the destination. This is one role of the Guide: we tune to the Guide’s frequency like the instruments of an orchestra tune to the first violinist before playing a symphony. If we go in the same direction as the Guide’s frequency, then the amplitude grows. If we go in the opposite direction, we nullify the effect, just like waves are neutralized. It is simply a matter of being in tune. Resonate to potentiate. There is another interesting concept with the elements of the Periodic Table. How many elements are there? There are 118 currently, of which 94 occur naturally, whereas in the Vedas our ancients said that we are made up of only five ‘elements’ – the pancha bhutas. Obviously these five elements are not the elements of the Periodic Table; they are more like states of matter. For example one of the five bhutas is water, and pure water is itself made up of two elements, hydrogen and oxygen, as H2O. These days, science is more refined than it was thousands of years ago; as you would hope, scientific knowledge has evolved. It may look as if science is refuting the Vedas, but it is not so. Science continues to give us more and more refined knowledge. Do you disprove particle theory once you introduce wave theory in physics? No, you have added something more, built upon what was previously understood. Faster than the speed of light is thought. It can take light years for light to reach another galaxy, but the mind can reach there in no time at all. And consciousness is different again: consciousness is always there. There is no effort involved. Consciousness is not limited by space and time. 24 Heartfulness Now, let’s look more deeply into matter by studying the bhutas and their components – the elements, then the atoms, and then the subatomic particles, etc. The five bhutas are earth, water, fire, air and akasha or ether. Water is a compound made up of hydrogen and oxygen. Air is made up of so many gases, such as oxygen, hydrogen, nitrogen, carbon dioxide, helium, argon, etc., which are made up further of elements, atoms and subatomic particles. Then there is earth, containing even more elements. The word ‘earth’ is primarily used to help us understand and describe the solidity of that bhuta. Then comes akasha. What is it made of? Nothingness. It is like consciousness, upon which everything is based. In the same way, akasha is the substratum, the fundamental base. It was never created as it was always there. The soul is also like that. No one can create it. The soul partakes of the nature of akasha. Now, what happens when we try to dissect these bhutas? When we break water into hydrogen and oxygen, for example, and then we break the hydrogen atom itself, what happens? So much energy is generated that hundreds of thousands of people can be killed. Now where does that energy come from? It comes from splitting the nucleus of an atom, which contains protons and neutrons. And what is a proton? It is a positive charge. What is an electron? It is a negative charge. They say there is no weight in an electron, and yet it has a charge, whereas a proton has both weight and charge. What is it that gives weight to the proton as well as the charge? It is the way it spins; the way the vibrations are made. It spins so fast that weight is created. The movement of neutrons is also so fast that weight is created. But within the neutron the movements are of an opposing nature, so the charge is neutralised. Thus there is only weight. When we go further into this, we see that the cause of the charge and weight in these subatomic particles is vibration. In a proton, vibrations are positive, in a neutron they are positive and negative, and in an electron they are negative. So energy is behind the formation of atoms, and thus the formation of matter. Behind matter there is nothing but positive and negative charge – what the Vedas called Purusha and Prakriti. Prakriti is the dazzling part, the luminous part, the negative charge of the electrons. And this positive and negative polarity is necessary in this world. Everything in Nature partakes of these opposing characteristics for it to exist, move and expand. Take for example a current of electricity: it requires a positive and negative charge for it to flow. Without the opposites playing their part there is no movement, and there is no expansion. Can we call this level of subatomic vibration consciousness? Not yet, although consciousness also has a vibrational frequency of some order. Hydrogen is the simplest element of all: in hydrogen we find only one proton and one electron. In helium there is more complexity – there are two electrons, two protons and one or two neutrons, depending upon which helium isotope we are talking about. Sodium has still more complexity, and the elements go on becoming more and more complex. In a thousand years perhaps we will see even more complex elements than we have now, and in fact they may already exist somewhere, waiting to be discovered. And there was something there before hydrogen came into being, and that something goes on supporting everything. And perhaps behind all this is consciousness. And consciousness is supported by the fundamental substratum, akasha, the Absolute. 25 April 2017 EFFORTLESS EFFORTS Now, let’s come back to this idea of the soul with its absolute steadiness. When we are so busy with the material world, fulfilling desires one after the other, the mind is active. Even the idea that “I want to reach the pinnacle of the spiritual journey” creates disturbance inside. Why would we be disturbed by this thought when it is our goal? It is because we make so much effort, like using a crane to lift up a tiny needle! That is why Patanjali told us to relax all our efforts, because when we make efforts we get too ‘involved’ and that creates deviation, keeping us restricted to the process. Heisenberg’s Uncertainty Principle says the same thing – if we make an effort to determine the speed of a particle, we will not find the position of the particle, and if we find the position we will not be able to determine the speed. It is in the nature of things. Why is it so? In order to measure something, it has to be done by something subtler than the thing being measured, so as not to disturb it. Grosser cannot measure the subtler, so what can measure the position of an electron? Only something subtler and thus more potent than an electron! But who can say that efforts are not needed? Only a person who has reached the pinnacle. We do need to make efforts until we reach that point, but in such a way that our balance is not tilted. Because when it is tilted, the play of desires will dominate. The more desires we have, the more disturbances there will be in the mind and the mind will play havoc. A better way is like the element sodium: if you leave it alone in the air it will explode, it is a terrorist, but when it joins with chlorine it is stabilized. And so it is with the mind; so it is with the soul. Until the union of Yoga happens, there is no stability, there is incompleteness, whereas the completeness that arises from the union of Yoga brings stability and balance. Until the union of Yoga happens, there is no stability, there is incompleteness, whereas the completeness that arises from the union of Yoga brings stability and balance. 26 Heartfulness THE EFFECT OF ‘NO ENERGY’ ON THE FIELD OF CONSCIOUSNESS Yogic transmission has no energy in it. As described above, the elements are made up of pockets of energies, and within each element there are so many pockets of positive and negative energies moving in many complex directions at various levels of frequency. When we are trying to remove the impressions at a certain chakra or plexus in the human system, certain molecules or compounds in the cells are affected, and the vibratory levels of the subatomic particles within the molecules are also affected in some way. And this transmission, in which no energy is transmitted, works its magic and removes things. So, to summarize, we understand that the physical body is supported by the subtle bodies. Within the subtle bodies, the thinking mind is supported by a subtler body, which is called the intellect, and the intellect is further supported by an even subtler body called the ego. All these are supported by the soul, which is even subtler. All these levels of subtlety are there; the chakras or plexuses are formed, multiple compounds are there, which are supported by vibrations of a complex nature. Transmission has no energy, it is a forceless force, which is subtler than consciousness. It is this transmission that can alter consciousness. So we can say that there are three states: Also there is subtle, subtler and subtlest. In the universe we can say that matter is manifested, and it is supported from behind by energy, which is supported from behind by the Absolute state, which has no energy. The ultimate state of the Absolute cannot be described by giving worldly examples. In this world there is nothing comparable and as perfect as the Absolute. So how can it be described? Hence the ancient sages said, “Neti! Neti! Neti!” – not this, not this, not this. Nothingness. This is the realm of God MATTER ENERGY NO ENERGY (ABSOLUTE) 27 April 2017 The pursuit of happiness is a right given to us by the US Constitution. Is there any sane human being who does not yearn to be happy? But be careful. Not all roads to happiness are functional. There is evidence that seeking pleasure as a way to be happy could actually be the wrong focus in life. A new book by Emily Esfahani Smith presents the research that inspired this articles. It is called The Power of Meaning: Crafting a Life That Matters1. ¹ Published by Crown Publishing in January 2017. DR ICHAK ADIZES explores the topic of a meaningful life and what really brings us happiness in the material world. It is not what you may think: the evidence is mounting that it surely is not in fulfilling desires and pleasures. Read on … On Happine ssSeeking and living a life of pleasure might make you happy in the short run, but without deeper meaning it could make you miserable over time. Like sugar, it is sweet and gratifying while consumed, but has undesirable side effects in the long run. Drugs, sex without love, and rich food all provide short-term gratification; they might make you happy for a while only to be followed by a feeling of emptiness over time. 28 Heartfulness Why? People who pursue happiness are takers. They take from life as much as possible, in any way that will gratify them, and as soon as possible. When a person who is dependent on instant gratification is not given the pleasure they insist on having, they feel like a baby who is pulled away from their mother’s breast. They cry with or without tears. Depending on the age. So, what does make people happy in the long run? A meaningful life, the author says. People who have a meaningful life are givers and not takers. At times they may be miserable. Giving and sacrificing are hard work, but in the long run they fulfill. Take parenting as an example. It does not make you happy to have a rebellious teenager, but over time there will be moments of absolute happiness, like when grandchildren arrive. You know the joke: grandchildren are the reward you get for not killing your children. So, pursuing happiness by seeking immediate rewards is instantly gratifying, but can make you miserable in the long run. Pursuing a meaningful life can be difficult and full of sacrifice at times, but can be extremely gratifying in the long run. This insight helps explain to me why people who had an active and productive work life often die soon after retiring. They feel useless. Meanwhile, people who continue to contribute to society have a sense of purpose and something to live for. Have you noticed older retired people volunteering to be receptionists at hospitals or to direct people to the right elevator? There appears to be a need to be needed. The longer you feel needed the longer you live. People who have a purpose in life, beyond their immediate happiness, behave as if possessed. And they are, by the purpose of their life. They do not get annoyed by the little things that drive those seeking instant gratification up the wall. They have deeper meaning to their life; they have a sense of purpose. Their eyes are focused on the horizon and not on the pebbles at their feet. To live a meaningful life, do not ask yourself why you exist. You won’t find the answer. Ask yourself what for you exist. There must be a purpose. To what will you dedicate your life? Be a giver. Give as a parent, a worker, a lover, or as a son or a daughter. Give to the community. Give to the weak and needy. Give to art. Give to anything that inspires you. Fill your life with a purpose beyond your own needs. Have gratitude that life enables you to make others happy. In the happiness of others you can find your own. Just thinking Published with permission from www.ichakadizes. com. Learn more about Dr Adizes at http://adizes. com/dr-ichak-adizes/ April 2017 29 30 Heartfulness The Power of Simplicity SWATI KANNAN explores the nature of simplicity and how we can cultivate it in our lives. As Leonardo da Vinci once said, “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” 31 April 2017 The irony of our current time is that we live in a complex world, replete with computers, phones and machines, which are all supposed to simplify our lives. But our lives are not simpler because of them. For example, 20 years ago when I traveled, I carried a book, headphones and a small music player. Now I carry my iPhone, a small iPad with an assortment of e-books, a MacBook, and two sets of headphones – both cord and Bluetooth. I truly believe I need all these items to travel. Of course, this just reflects an inability to simplify my life, despite technology’s attempt to do so. As humans, we gravitate towards complexity. The sunset sky with multiple colors appears more stunning than a simpler, monochromatic blue sky. A laptop with multiple features seems more attractive than a mere typewriter. We hear that beauty is found in simplicity, but what does it mean to be simple? Simplicity is not the opposite of complexity. Many things in nature are complex. The human machinery is complex in design, yet all the parts are necessary for its function. So when we describe the opposite of simplicity, we mean anything that is unnecessary or additional, created by human desire. Simplicity can characterize a personality – a person’s desires and behaviors, thoughts and mindset. A simple-minded person is not a simpleton; in fact, he performs tasks using only the necessary parts, and not one part more. I believe that simplicity characterizes an inner mental condition, wherein an individual engages in external activities without being attached and uses technology without needing any of it. As Gandhi stated so eloquently, “You may have occasion to possess or use material things, but the secret of life lies in never missing them.” Mahatma Gandhi, Mother Teresa and Buddha represent the quintessential personas of simplicity. They dressed simply, spoke simply, ate simply and lived simply. Living selflessly, they devoted their services to help others. When Gandhi passed away, he possessed fewer than ten objects, and he did not own a house. Gandhi grew up in a prosperous family but did not miss the material trappings, as he was a man of non-possession. Siddhartha Gautama, who later became the Buddha, also shunned the material trappings of a king to pursue a simple and spiritual life. But we do not need to live such a minimalist life to be simple. We also do not 32 Heartfulness need to be unambitious in a worldly sense to be simple. For example, Gandhi himself studied law in England and was an educated man, and Siddharta Gautama was a prince and quite protected within the confines of the palace and its comforts. Fundamentally, simplicity indicates a mental state, which is then projected onto the material aspects of life. Babuji of Shahjahanpur wrote, “Simplicity is the essence of nature. It is the reflection of that which originated at the very beginning of existence.”1 In other words, to be simple is to be in tune with nature. Both Babuji’s and Buddha’s lives exemplify this principle of simplicity. Babuji worked as a clerk in a courthouse without expecting any praise or monetary gains. He lived humbly and preached balance in both material and spiritual life. Similarly, Buddha, who lived an ascetic life after renouncing his kingdom, later encouraged disciples to live a balanced simple life, not one of extremes. To become simple is actually a difficult process, if forced. Various meditation practices discuss the need for simplicity but what are the tools to attain it? In Heartfulness, the evening cleaning is a practice to remove the complexities from our hearts, thus resulting in a simpler state of being. With consistent meditation and cleaning practice, these complexities will naturally subside. When complexities leave, what remains? Simplicity. The changes are then reflected in our simpler material tastes. Nothing should be forced. With regular practice, we will naturally become simpler. Once the inner state becomes simpler, sensitivity also develops within the heart. Developing sensitivity is often stressed in Heartfulness practice, for this quality enables seekers to discern their own spiritual conditions. After meditation, we experience a certain divine state, and if we become sensitive to this we can hope to retain and enliven it throughout the day. Spiritual sensitivity is paramount to self-awareness on this mystical journey of the soul. It is akin to traveling in a train through countryside with eyes wide open, observing the rustic landscape along the way. If your eyes are closed, you will miss the scenery. Similarly, sensitivity enables us to observe our spiritual landscape and to help maintain and even surpass an existing inner condition. Furthermore, heightened sensitivity results in empathy towards the plight of others and ensues compassion for fellow human beings. Mother Teresa embodied sensitivity, for her compassion towards others outshone her own desires. She dedicated her life to serving others above fulfilling her own needs, and her needs were very simple. Similarly, true spiritual gurus also live simply and devote themselves to serving humanity. Their lives illustrate that simplicity is one of the noblest of qualities if we want to serve any human cause. But we cannot develop spiritual or human sensitivity if complexities reside in the heart. Purity of heart, mental simplicity and inner sensitivity can become the ultimate tools on our journey. ¹ Ram Chandra of Shahjahanpur, 1989. Complete Works of Ram Chandra, Volume 1, Shri Ram Chandra Mission, India 33 April 2017 The simple and still nature of the soul has been lost amidst the intricacies imposed by the life we have created. Thus, if we can attempt to simplify outwardly and to remove complexities inwardly, then we can rediscover the purity of the soul. William Wordsworth summarizes this nicely: “Many undervalue the power of simplicity. But it is the real key to the heart.” At the end, what is the purpose of becoming simple? Spiritual leaders urge us to become simpler in our tastes, desires, likes, habits, speech, etc. The goal of a spiritual quest is to negate oneself over time, and simplifying ourselves facilitates this process towards negation. God is defined as many things, paradoxically making him indescribable. Thus, if we want to become God-like, we must also become indefinable. As Ram Chandra of Fatehgarh states, “When we hide ourselves, we expose God.” Both spiritual and material simplicity develop congruously, with meditation and self-awareness at the core. Simple living then becomes an expression of divinity. “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” Leonardo da Vinci uttered these words over 500 years ago, and today they still reverberate the truth, as the world continues to reform itself technologically and spiritually. Purity of heart, mental simplicity and inner sensitivity can become the ultimate tools on our journey towards negation and mergence Rejuvenate Remove the heaviness that is burdening your heart and mind. Take a few minutes to practice the Heartfulness rejuvenation technique, called Cleaning. You will feel light, uncomplicated and revitalized. When work becomes stressful, tiring, or simply boring, here are some ways to put the spring back in your step. What are the best moments you have had at work? What was special about them? Can you re-create a similar feeling and atmosphere today? Find 5 reasons why you like your job. 34 Heartfulness April 2017 35 @ W O R K How will you affect your workplace in a positive way today? Do 3 things that will make a positive difference. Let go of any grudges you hold about anyone at work. It is not worth investing your energy in negative thinking that will not go anywhere. You are the one who suffers from those negative thoughts, as they pull your inner state to a lower level. Do some random acts of kindness for your colleagues, e.g. buy someone a coffee without them knowing who it was, place chocolates on someone’s desk, or stack the printer with paper. Remember William Wordsworth’s poetry: “Those best parts of a good life: little, nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and love.” 36 Heartfulness KRISHNA SAI tries to understand the pinnacle of human achievement, and what that means for him. Standing on a Whale, Ever since I first ran into this Polynesian saying, it has conjured a powerful image that has stuck in my mind’s eye – challenging, prodding, encouraging, teasing me. Mythology and the science of the expanse seems to be filled with metaphors that are meant to evoke that very response within the conscious beings that we are supposed to be! This particular adage, while being a simple statement about realizing one’s full potential, poses some questions: Why are we filling our lives with seemingly external trivial, trite pursuits, while there is an infinite treasure that we carry within us all the time? And what can we do about it? ‘We’ here refers to us as individuals, to organizations, to countries and to economies, and what on earth is ‘full potential’? It reminds me of a funny but ironic incident when a teacher in my college said to me, “It’s only upwards for you in life.” While I was rejoicing in that moment, which I perceived to be praiseworthy, he added, “You have reached rock bottom!” Is there an equivalent opposite of ‘rock bottom’ that represents the pinnacle? F I S H I N G F O R M I N N O W S 37 April 2017 Our lives are mostly an expression of our impressions – almost like the continuum of the winding and unwinding of a mechanical toy. While some of this is an automatic phenomenon of our physiology, one can’t help but wonder if Nature expected more from us as conscious beings endowed with choice and will. We see examples of this throughout the course of history – Abraham Lincoln during emancipation, Gandhi organizing a mass non-violent freedom movement, Mother Teresa’s infinite compassion, the genius of Albert Einstein, the soul-stirring poetry of Subramania Bharati1, and the Buddha’s courage to get to the bottom of it all! Who amongst us has not longed for that pure, untainted wonder that we see in the eyes of a child? As we go through life, we form subtle impressions that harden and condition us, and as we get older they control our thoughts and actions and life itself. “You have to unlearn what you have learned,” says Yoda. “The human mind is a drunken monkey pricked by a needle,” mocks that giant of the human spirit, Swami Vivekananda. 1 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Subramania_Bharati 38 Heartfulness And we see this ourselves whenever we try to quieten our mind, only to feel that uncontrollable urge to pick up the phone and respond to the latest cat meme. There is a beautiful word in Sanskrit – sankalpa – that can be translated simplistically as ‘thought + will’. This is perhaps the definition of endeavoring to achieve. To get there however, requires practice and training, as Luke Skywalker realized. I wonder what we could achieve as individuals, as organizations, and as a human species, if there was a basis of purpose, the will to execute with clarity, humility and resolve? It requires the understanding that value creation needs to be holistic and inclusive – some of the same Level 5 Leadership qualities espoused by Jim Collins and the leaders that exemplify his concepts2. I was fortunate that I had some of these crazy thoughts early enough in my life, and that I did watch that Star Wars episode! As a result I found a daily discipline that trains the mind to regulate thinking, lets go of inbuilt tendencies, and connects with a state of inner awareness of one’s place in the universe. This practice is called Heartfulness. It helps me remember, every day, that while I may not quite yet visualize or realize what that pinnacle means to me, the search for it gives meaning and purpose to existence, and anchors a conscious life – one where there is harmony between the heart, mind and body. To this I salute 2 http://www.jimcollins.com/books.html As a result I found a daily discipline that trains the mind to regulate thinking, lets go of inbuilt tendencies, and connects with a state of inner awareness of one’s place in the universe. It helps me remember, every day, that while I may not quite yet visualize or realize what that pinnacle means to me, the search for it gives meaning and purpose to existence, and anchors a conscious life – one where there is harmony between the heart, mind and body. 39 April 2017 Work is love made visible. KAHLIL GIBRAN Heartfulness Let’s Meditate App Meditate with a Heartfulness trainer anywhere anytime. letsmeditate@heartfulness.org Download on Android or iOS 41 April 2017 TERRAN DAILY continues her series on the New Children, this time looking at how to create an environment that supports children’s sensitivity and need for calm. Creating a Soothing, Productive Environment: LIVING WITH THE New Children 42 Heartfulness It is so easy to want children to just do as we say. Many of us have busy, stressful lives, and it’s frustrating when children are resistant to our requests or cannot seem to manage themselves, their responsibilities and belongings. And yet, when we express our frustration, scold them or even try to explain why they should do what we want, things sometimes get worse. Let’s look at it from the child’s perspective for a moment. What is the world like for them? Many of the New Children have been born with very sensitive systems. Yet even before birth, many have also been met with a barrage of stimulation. Things beep, flash and make noise: TV, computers, cell phones, traffic, airplanes, air conditioners, microwaves, fluorescent lights, LED lights and light throughout the night. Add to this the many stressed families on tight schedules, long hours in school or daycare, a stream of frightening news and violence on the television, radio or computer games, and it’s no wonder children sometimes feel overwhelmed, frightened and confused. How do you respond when you feel overwhelmed, frightened and confused? I tend to become numb. The world seems to recede away from me, and I have trouble organizing myself. I become absent- minded. I know other people who become hyper- vigilant and try to control their environment, including the people around them. Other people take everything personally and are easily hurt or angered. They may lash out in ways that don’t seem warranted. Children respond in all these ways too. To us they look resistant or poorly behaved, but maybe they Children respond in all these ways too. To us they look resistant or poorly behaved, but maybe they are just trying to exist in a difficult and confusing world. When we get upset with them, their world gets worse, and their behavior spirals in the wrong direction. 43 April 2017 are just trying to exist in a difficult and confusing world. When we get upset with them, their world gets worse, and their behavior spirals in the wrong direction. So what can we do to help? What I’d like to focus on in this article is creating a soothing environment. Here are some ideas: ESTABLISH A DAILY ROUTINE Knowing what comes next helps a child to feel safe. When my granddaughter Zoe came to visit, we wrote out a schedule each morning. I was happy to see that she continued the practice when she went back home. I visited her home and found a schedule, all in her own handwriting, posted on the refrigerator. BE SURE YOUR CHILD GETS ENOUGH SLEEP No one can function well without enough sleep. The National Sleep Foundation recommends the following: Toddlers 1-3 years old need 11-14 hours within a 24 hour period, including naps. Preschoolers 3-5 years old need 11-13 hours, including a decreasing number of naps. School age children 6-13 need 9-11 hours per night. Teenagers need 8-10 hours. Many people do not know that teens experience a spurt in brain development and need extra sleep to learn at their best. Studying late into the night and not getting enough sleep may be counter-productive. 44 Heartfulness GO FOR HIGH QUALITY SLEEP The National Sleep Council recommends: Stick to a consistent sleep schedule at all ages. Develop a relaxing bedtime routine – quiet play, stories, songs, etc. – that ends in the room where the child will be sleeping. No TV or computers within an hour of bedtime. Sleep in the same environment every night. It should be cool, quiet and dark. The brain produces the sleep hormone melatonin only in complete darkness. Check for light from computers, clock radios or the next room, and eliminate it if possible. USE MUSIC AND SOUND Music can be a wonderful tool for creating a soothing, relaxing environment. Try entering ‘music for relaxation’ into your favorite search engine and you will find pages of options. The US- based company, Advanced Brain Technologies, offers the ‘Sound Health’ series of CDs with

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Heartfulness : Living by the HeartBy tuning in to our heart, we learn to be centered in our highest self. Strengthen that connection and cultivate an inner knowing that wisely directs and guides our lives. Grow to face the challenges of life with courage and acceptance. Live by the heart, and become what we’re meant to be.

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