• Change: A Mini-Meditation for September

    "When you have an intense dream, sometimes what you dream and what you experience in a dream looks more realistic than what you live in day-to-day life. It looked so true, so real, that one can almost wonder: “What is reality?” And in another way, that what we call reality is also in a certain sense a dream. Because we cannot hold to it, we cannot repeat it, every moment is new, in every moment everything is changing. The body is changing, the mind is changing, the surroundings are changing, the

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  • A Disciplined Mind

    By Bhashkar Perinchery

    The word discipline is very much misinterpreted in the common usage and for many it has become associated with control and power, and so it has lost the significance and value of its original meaning. Discipline and the word disciple come from the same root. Discipline is necessary in order to learn, in order to understand. It is not imposing something out of a power approach and going in a fighting way with it; rather it is learning to use the mind, learning to go with t

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  • About Meditation: An Interview with Bhashkar Perinchery

    As initiator of IMU, Bhashkar Perinchery’s wisdom, philosophy and spiritual guidance have played an important role in the approach to meditation we share. In this interview, Bhashkar provides insight into his perspective on meditation and the role it can play in leading us to a life of greater compassion, joy, and fulfillment.

    What is the heart of meditation?
    The very word ‘meditation’ simply means ‘attentiveness.’ Attentiveness is one of the most simple and mysterious phenomena of our human na

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  • IMU Meditation News: The Food Issue

    Welcome to another edition of IMU Meditation News, filled with great articles and videos we’ve found around the web to inspire a conscious lifestyle. In celebration of the bounty of fresh and local foods now available at farmer’s markets, we devote this issue to a critical component of our survival, and a source of great joy: food!

    Tomato, Tomatoe, Delicious!
    No matter how you pronounce it, one of the great joys of summer is the availability of plump and juicy heirloom tomatoes either direct from

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  • More Meditation Myths

    Recently, we debunked 5 common meditation myths in an effort to help alleviate potential barriers to starting a meditation practice. In this follow up, we tackle five more myths to clarify concerns so you can keep your practice going strong:

    Myth: In order to meditate properly I need to stop my thoughts
    Meditation is not about trying to stop thoughts, feelings and emotions from arising (you really couldn't even if you tried!). It’s being able to simply be an observer to whatever is happening in

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  • Surrounded by Gifts: A Mini-Meditation for August

    "It is good to remember that the many things that we often take for granted in life are not really to be taken for granted. They are in fact very unique, significant blessings from life." ~Bhashkar Perinchery

    In this month’s mini-meditation by Bhashkar Perinchery, we are reminded to appreciate the little things in life. Those elements that in fact make life possible; yet are so often taken for granted because they are so basic:

    Let me remember all that I usually take for granted—the air I brea

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  • 5 Common Meditation Myths

    Mediation may be simple, but because it’s not necessarily easy, many myths abound. To encourage you to start or restart your own practice, we’ve debunked five of the more common myths below:

    Myth #1: I’m too busy to meditate!
    "Some people think that meditation takes time away from physical accomplishment. Taken to extremes, of course, that’s true. Most people, however, find that meditation creates more time than it takes." ~Peter McWilliams

    Are you really too busy to meditate? How much time did

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  • IMU Meditation News: Issue #2

    Welcome to our second edition of IMU Meditation News! We scour the web so you don’t have to, and share great articles and videos we’ve found about meditation and conscious living. So get comfy, get reading, and get inspired!

    There’s an App for That
    Our busy schedules and family obligations can make it challenging to get to a meditation class or group practice where we can benefit from the wise tutelage of an instructor and learn from the experience of others. And some days personal discipline ju

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  • Words to Inspire

    Every week for the past year on Facebook and Twitter [and now on Google+ too!] we design and share quotes related to meditation and living a more conscious life that have inspired us. We compiled a few of our favorites here to share with you and hope you find these words as meaningful as we do!

    “Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.”
    ~The 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso


    “The flowering of love is meditation.”
    ~Jiddu Krishnamurti


    “Everybody needs to have some form of inner practice to d

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  • Releasing Our Internal Judge: A Mini-Meditation for July

    "Only through us becoming conscious and realizing that we are not just this conditioned idea of ourselves are we able to allow the capacity of our deeper intelligence, love, imagination and fantasy to enter our life in such a way that our life becomes a playful, celebrative and wondrous development. This is valuable for oneself and for everyone else too!" ~Bhashkar Perinchery

    Each month we share a mini-meditation from IMU Initiator Bhashkar Perinchery that supports the inner growth and flowerin

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