• 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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  • 8 Practical Meditation Exercises

    Silent sitting is always a wonderful way to meditate (and we do it every morning at IMU), but it’s not the only way. At IMU we hope to provide you with a variety of meditation techniques to match your needs and lifestyle to make your meditation practice a regular habit.

    The eight meditation exercises below were all developed by spiritual teacher Bhashkar Perinchery (the initiator of our meditation center), and are practical and easy to fit into a modern lifestyle.

     

    Unfurl like a Flower
    A gre

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  • IMU Meditation News: First Edition

    In our inaugural edition of IMU Meditation News, we’re sharing a round-up of great news articles on meditation, inspirational videos, and resources we think you’ll find useful that we’ve found around the web. So grab a cup of tea, settle in, and enjoy!

    Try Harder?
    When challenges or struggles in life arise, our cultural conditioning tells us that we’re just not working hard enough or long enough; that it’s just a matter of putting in more effort, or more time. But maybe the answer lies in slowin

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  • 7 Steps to Better Meditation

    By IMU Co-Founder, Coordinator and Meditation & Feldenkrais Instructor, Amona Buechler

    1. Everything starts with acceptance.
    Learning to accept ourselves right now, in this moment, with all the apparent imperfections and flaws is the basis to keep reminding ourselves of.

    2. Be a witness onto yourself.
    The capacity to witness ourselves needs to be developed. It is there as a human potential but does not come into our lives automatically. It is the capacity to look at ourselves as we would look at a

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  • The 3 C’s

    by Bhashkar Perinchery

    We perceive the world around us (what we normally call ‘reality’) through ourselves. But, as we bring our attention inward, to what is taking place within us, our perception of our outer reality deepens. Then it can become more transparent to us what is possible, what is not possible, what our misunderstandings are, and what the nature of our reality actually is!

    Reality in itself is very deeply beautiful, very deeply significant, is sacred and wondrous beyond words. Becaus

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  • Connecting from the Heart: A Mini-Meditation for June

    The month of June brings with it the start of summer, when the weather draws the city outdoors. Runners and walkers vie with bikers on bike paths, shady spots in the grass become prime real estate in the parks, and crowds are the norm at the assortment of events and neighborhood festivals taking place throughout our fair city. With all these opportunities to interact with others, you’ll have ample occasions to put this month’s mini-meditation from Bhashkar Perinchery into practice “off the cushi

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