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There’s nothing more uplifting and healing than being in the presence of a newborn baby. They’re so full of life, joy, and wonder.

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While infants can serve as a bundle of love to brighten your day, there is actually much we can learn by observing these little ones.

Infants are the purest expression of human life. They are the closest example we have to a life driven solely by nature. In the beginning, there is no sense of self, no “I.” As we grow up we develop this ego, attach to it, and create a lot of unnecessary psychological suffering for ourselves.

Babies however fully accept their world, unaffected by the opinions of others. All they know is simply how to live. Just as animals are born with a wiring to act a certain way from birth (such as baby turtles knowing how to find the ocean from the beach and start swimming), all babies live from their innate human wiring.

Over time we learn to suppress our nature through social conditioning.

Babies give us the chance to remember what it means to act human. There are certain universal behaviors all infants share.

Take breathing for example. Read the rest of this entry »

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Anapana is a simple meditation technique. All you have to do is stay focused on your breath. Sounds simple enough, right?

Getting started:

  1. Find a quiet space and sit in a comfortable, upright position. No need to be in Lotus position; a chair is just fine.
  2. Close your eyes.
  3. Begin breathing through your nose.
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Vader is Zen.

How to meditate: 

  • Breathe normally without trying to regulate it in anyway.
  • Put all of your attention on the sensations of inhalation and exhalation through your nostrils.

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