Insights & Perspectives category

  • 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 i


  • 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


  • 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 pra


  • 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


  • Tai Chi: Grace in Motion

    Originating in China, the ancient martial art of Tai Chi is now most often practiced as a graceful form of exercise. It involves a series of flowing postures performed very slowly and deliberately accompanied by deep breathing. The controlled movements help to focus and calm the mind, strengthen the body, enliven the spirit and improve the flow of qi (or chi)—one’s natural life force energy.

    The gentle movements of Tai Chi make it an accessible form or exercise to nearly anyone, and regular


  • 5 Ways to Celebrate Earth Day

    At Inner Metamorphosis University, were about more than meditation; we believe helping you live life more consciously. And one important facet of that is awareness of our impact on the environment.  As our co-founder Amona Buechler says, "greening our lives is the best thing we can do to help life on our planet survive.”

    And we’re not just talk. IMU is 100% powered by renewable energy, half of which comes from the solar panels we've installed on our roof. We also have two compost bins—one


  • I WIN: Intense Wakefulness of our Inner Nature

    by Bhashkar Perinchery

    We are in a very decisive and intense period of the life process on the earth now. This is a period where we can move in both directions—to the most beautiful and harmonious, but also to the most painful and destructive! This is because life is not pre-determined and we have a responsibility to take in the evolutionary process.

    As individuals, we can develop the potential to see, to understand, and take responsibility. But it is recognizing the implication of this pote


  • Meditation: Question Everything (Part 2)

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

    Last week, I asked you to consider what it might be like to question if all the beliefs that create our experience of life are the truth. While they seem so real, what would shift if you began to recognize these as simply conditioned responses based on the values of the environment in which you live and grew up?

    Just picture learning to attain an inner freedom in which any action or non-action can be sponta


  • Meditation: Question Everything (Part 1)

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

    For some years I have been facilitating the free Thursday evening Meditation Introduction Class for Beginners.

    This weekly meditation always feels very special to me. Oftentimes people coming together who have either never meditated in their lives, or feel that they had not advanced the way they had hoped for while practicing by themselves. It always touches me when someone is entering something totally new


  • How to Meditate: Becoming an Observer of the Duality of the Mind

    By Bhashkar Perinchery

    Ordinarily, people try to find relaxation—or a quality of peace, tranquility, and silence—through friction. What does this mean? That they experience silence as simply a contrast to their habitually activity, their effortful life. When they finally have a little space of peace, rest, and silence—when they stop all their activity—this silence is simply the other side of the coin of being overly active, a reaction of exhaustion and fatigue. It is not wakeful or aliv