How Silence Benefits You in a Vipassana Meditation Course?

By Dr. Rohi Shetty

“Silence is not merely an absence of noise. Real silence begins when a reasonable being withdraws from the noise in order to find peace and order in his inner sanctuary.” ~Peter Minard

Meditation courses have become increasingly popular throughout the world. Among them are the ten-day residential Vipassana meditation retreats that originated in Myanmar (Burma).

One of the unique features of this course is the rule to observe “noble silence” for the first nine days of the course. Noble silence means that we do not communicate with fellow meditators for the first nine days of the course, neither verbally nor by gestures.

The format of the Vipassana course is designed to deliver maximum benefits in exchange for our investment of ten days. As with all the other course-rules, the rule of noble silence is flexible. Though we cannot communicate with our fellow students, we are free to communicate

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Premita: Thyroid Disorder

Knowledge of Life: Tales of an Ayurvedic Practitioner in Malaysia
Having a systemic auto-immune disease is like riding a wave of pain, nausea, emotion and physical limitations. It drains you entirely. You’re instantly being pushed to your breaking point and it never ends.”

Stacey Rudisill

Hormonal changes in the body happen all the time. For a healthy person, the most intense times these changes happen is during puberty and when a woman is menopausal. In some people these changes can occur at other times in their lives because of their lifestyle choices or because of the unhealthy stress levels. In cases involving the thyroid gland, the two main disorders are hypothyroidism (due to a poorly functioning thyroid gland) and hyperthyroidism (caused by an overactive thyroid gland). I am about to introduce you to Premita, who, through no fault of

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Seven Benefits of a Vipassana Meditation Course

By Dr. Rohi Shetty

Modern life can be extremely stressful. The strain of dealing with multiple conflicting demands at work and home can be overwhelming. Each person copes with this stress differently. Some choose distractions such as TV and video games or self-destructive ways such as tobacco, alcohol, and drugs. Others may need counseling or psychiatric therapy. However, more and more people are turning to meditation as an effective way of dealing with stress.

In response to this growing demand, a wide range of meditation courses are being offered worldwide. However, many people still feel uneasy about meditation and associate it with mysticism and esoteric cults. Among the various meditation techniques, Vipassana meditation is relatively unknown because it is taught in ten-day residential courses and is not actively publicized.

Vipassana is an ancient meditation technique of India, which was discovered and taught by the Buddha. Its present teacher,

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Lost and Found – A Spiritual Retreat

On 17 October last year, my father passed away. Prior to this, Swamiji and his team were kindness personified and His words gave me courage to make some of the hardest decisions ever. Because these were the right decisions, I couldn’t cry after Daddy’s death. Instead, I wrote a story which was published in the New Straits Times. Here’s the link to that story:
http://www.nst.com.my/news/2016/11/190075/perfection-my-fathers-passing

The pertinent paragraph is this:

At one stage, I whispered into his ears: “Daddy, if you can see, look around you. I’m here. Mummy is here,” … I imagined that, like in the movies, Daddy’s astral being would rise up and see us all.
“Daddy, pray to Amma,” I urged him. This word “Amma” had a double meaning. For one, Amma was his ishtadevam…. It was also what we called my grandmother. He opened

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Are You a Writer Without a Morning Ritual?

By Dr. Rohi Shetty

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” ~Aristotle

Hal Elrod was pronounced dead after a car accident. He made an amazing recovery but then he became bankrupt. Depressed and desperate, he listened to a podcast during a morning run. The following words by Jim Rohn electrified him: “Your level of success will rarely exceed your level of personal development because success is something you attract by the person you become.”

The next morning, Elrod spent 60 minutes in silence, reading, reciting affirmations, visualizing, journaling and exercising. These six simple activities changed Elrod’s morning and his life. He shared the “miracle morning” that had turned his life around with friends who immediately felt the benefits. The Miracle Morning movement was born…

Elrod discovered that your morning routine dramatically affects your levels of success in every area of your life. Focused and productive

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Thomas: Obesity

Knowledge of Life: Tales of an Ayurvedic Practitioner in Malaysia
“If you keep on eating unhealthy food, then no matter how many weight loss tips you follow, you are likely to retain weight and become obese. If only you start eating healthy food, you will be pleasantly surprised how easy it is to lose weight.”

Subodh Gupta

In Ayurveda, a person is considered overweight or obese when there is an abnormal or excessive accumulation of fat in his body. In most cases, there is an imbalance of the Kapha and Pitha doshas. We also believe that obesity is not dependent on how much or how little food you eat. In fact, it is the result of improper digestion or problems with your metabolism, lack of exercise and lifestyle choices.

The following case history is that of Thomas Morgan who first

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Two Awesome Online Tools to Improve Your Writing (For Free)

By Dr. Rohi Shetty

“For a long time now I have tried simply to write the best I can.
Sometimes I have good luck and write better than I can.”
~Ernest Hemingway

Which among the three stages of writing do you find the most daunting—prewriting, writing, or rewriting? Most writers would probably say it’s revising and editing their work. For example, Oscar Wilde is reported to have said, “I have been correcting the proofs of my poems. In the morning, after hard work, I took a comma out of one sentence…. In the afternoon I put it back again.”

However, revising and editing your work is crucial to your success. If your article is sloppily edited, it is unlikely to be published. One of the enduring principles of good writing is to write fast and to revise slowly. As Justice Brandeis said, “There is no great writing, only great rewriting.”

Unfortunately, the eye

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