6 Questions: Commitment & Discipline

Who is who

Dr. Martijn Groenink Sammels: 54, former life science researcher (PhD), currently a dentist 

Pascalle Paerel: 29, former Dutch National Ballet dancer, currently a model agency owner (The Fashion Composers) 

Tristan P. Rose: 35, former Australian soldier (Afghanistan veteran), currently a deep sea commercial diver and yoga & meditation facilitator for Australian veterans and first responders 

Anna Dukhanina: 35, currently a yoga studio owner & teacher

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Stick To It: The Importance of Commitment and Discipline

“Nothing beautiful comes without some suffering” 

The Dalai Lama

There is no way around it: to make anything worthwhile happen, including all the great intentions we have set for the new year – some degree of effort will be necessary. When I say effort, I actually mean the two words that tend to make so many of us cringe “discipline” and “commitment”.

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Meditation 101: Tips and Tricks

As Anat pointed out in Stillness and Meditation: the Most Important Work, it’s not easy to start a meditation practice. You have your mind set that you are going to start, and then after a few times (or sometimes a few minutes) you can’t do it anymore. You are bored, its’ taking too long, your body hurts or you have 101 other things to do that are more important.

This is why we have written a follow up article to give you some tips and tricks that might help you to set up a steady meditation practice. Spoiler alert – it takes work! 

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The Science of Meditation: How to Change Your Brain, Mind and Body – Book Review

These days meditation can refer to a wide variety of practices and techniques, ranging from mindfulness to vipassana to chakra meditation. The benefits of these practices are becoming more evident as more and more research is being done in this field. The roots of meditation are in ancient spiritual practices, but some modern varieties (such as mindfulness) have been ‘secularized’ to make them accessible to a wider (western) public and are even being used in healthcare and the business world.

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TFY Book Review: “A Yogi’s Guide to Chakra meditation” by Paul Grilley

For the long time of its existence Chakra meditation was a secret practice of the tantric tradition. Speculations of how old this particular tradition varies between 1500 and 3000 years. As a time bar: Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras were written approximately 2000 years ago.

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