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Anxiety disorders and depression run hand in hand. Nearly one-half of those diagnosed with depression are also diagnosed with an anxiety disorder according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America.Here’s the good news: “No mud. No Lotus”. Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh culled this metaphor from yogic texts. The lotus flower grows only in muddy, murky water. When it transcends these bleak and ugly conditions, it blossoms into one of the most beautiful flowers in the world. The opportunity is to embrace our moments of darkness as a gift and transform ourself with the right tools. Our darkest moments also help us find deeper sensitivity and compassion. Life throws in wrinkles but what challenges us more is our own mind.The “winter of despair” as coined by Shakespeare surely brings the hopeful blooms of spring.

Depression and young adults: According to world renowned spiritual leader, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, “Lack of idealism is the main cause of depression among young people today. Life appears to be so meaningless to these children, who are either too scared of the competitive world or bogged down by too much stimulation. They need inspiration, and spirituality is that inspiration.

Depression sets in if there is a lack of zeal to fight. Aggression is the antidote to depression. Depression is lack of energy; anger and aggression are bolts of energy.” Increasing violence in our society is also a sign of increasing depression.

Depression amongst the Elderly: Sickness or a traumatic life event may just be a smaller cause, but lack of community and close connections is more widespread. Poor health and lack of vitality and health leads the cause for depression amongst seniors.

Depression in the workplace: A stressful work environment, constant deadlines and high pressure functioning can also cause anxiety and depression.

Magical C’s of Meditation -- enhances your Creativity, Compassion, Connectedness, Commitment, Centeredness and Clarity

In common parlance when we talk about someone’s ‘vibe’ -- we refer to their vibrations, their field of energy or the vibrations they emit. These vibrations are what is alluded to when the energy body of a meditator is measured and compared with non-meditators. These vibrations can be measured and Mantra meditation specifically harnesses this aspect of the vibrational field of energy that chanting taps into. This leads us to the creative aspect of the black hole — most often misunderstood — in fact the most brilliant stars are the product of light streamed out at millions of miles at the speed of light from the unknown depths of the black hole. The vibrations of the meditating mind have been measured and have been found to approximate the field of energy when innovation and creativity come together in ‘the flow.’

From the unknown recesses of our being comes the opportunity to know the most profound truths. For in that state of Nothingness, Everything emerges.

Embracing Uncertainty – Teaches you to live with freedom

The nature of reality, the Universe as we know, it are ideas that are limited by time and space. The profound truth about the transcendence of time space and events is experienced my meditators everyday. Transcending these limitations is the universal goal of meditators that takes them from a limited consciousness to the larger universal consciousness. The dance of the universe happens within and the external universe can also be understood as ‘Maya’ - or the illusion of reality - this understanding of reality, or lack thereof, illuminates and transforms the individual in Meditation. Einstein insisted that, “Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.”

Moving from these known metrics to the unknown is meditation.

Deepens your Intelligence Intuition Innovation Inspiration

The philosophy of Yoga as the umbrella for meditation

"The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali also refer to the subtle states where the eight limbs of yoga unfold harmoniously, whether it is the practice of ahimsa, nonviolence, simply inculcated with a smile, or pratyahara, withdrawal of the senses, engaged by the simple act of keeping our eyes closed during our practice and drawing the attention inward like a turtle withdrawing into its shell. The spontaneous expression of the essential philosophy of yoga is a miraculous manifestation that unfolds with a practice that cultivates the soft and subtle."