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Meditation is about paying attention

15th November 2018, Author: Nic Higham

Our brain’s capacity to direct, allocate, and prolong our attention is quite remarkable. Attention is important because it regulates and directs our mindfulness, which itself can move us to an expansive Awareness, and therefore to our fullness. Selective in nature, attention is constantly shifting; our curiosity and interest attract and reallocate it. Think of attention […]

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Non-dual mindfulnes

8th November 2018, Author: Nic Higham

As we release our stories of aversion and attraction, we meet the present moment with a lucid and gentle responsiveness. If we dare to look and surrender, or rather realize that we are already surrendered, we rise above the fictions we have created for ourselves. Then, we start to effortlessly love what is without expectation […]

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The goal of yoga and Jnana yoga practice

31st October 2018, Author: Nic Higham

The Sanskrit word yoga (or “connection,” “union”) refers to a range of meditative practices intended to provide the means for rigorous attention and discrimination. Far from merely being a set of physical postures, yoga is the slowing down and eventual cessation of the activities or permutations (what I call restless inadvertence) of the body-mind. These […]

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The open secret to peace

14th October 2018, Author: Nic Higham

We yearn to stop our loneliness and our overwhelming sense of incompleteness. We organize our lives around back-to-back blocks of interaction, stimulation, and distraction. We’ll even tolerate acquaintances we don’t particularly like, feeling that it’s better to be distracted in company than to face the abyss. Living our life in this way is often chronic […]

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What is existential angst?

12th October 2018, Author: Nic Higham

While we fear specific things and experiences in the world (such as a fear of heights or public speaking), our anxiety is bewilderingly unspecific. Instead, anxiety, or more specifically, existential angst or dread, is the primary mood that shapes our relationship with existence. In terms of existential angst, generalized anxiety is a reaction to freedom […]

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Darkness Can Lead to Light

4th October 2018, Author: Nic Higham

Being willing to no longer fight nor anesthetize ourselves, being brave enough to bring mindfulness to our existential angst, is a sign that our mindfulness is deepening. Whenever we are in touch with our Aliveness, angst is present. Our Consciousness comes to our attention, we notice that we exist and are unbound, and it makes […]

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The Dream of Karma

21st August 2018, Author: Nic Higham

The individual can’t let go; letting go is already happening. Surrendering is not a choice or practice; you are surrendered. Rather than continuing to replenish our storehouse of karma (conditioned patterns of energy, thought, and behavior, along with associated unfulfilled desires and elusive fears) through restless inadvertence and indifference, we live meditatively and inquiringly with […]

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The loneliness epidemic

12th August 2018, Author: Nic Higham

We yearn to stop our loneliness and our overwhelming sense of incompleteness We organize our lives around back-to-back blocks of interaction, stimulation, and distraction. We’ll even tolerate acquaintances we don’t particularly like, feeling that it’s better to be distracted in company than to face the abyss. Living our life in this way is often chronic […]

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Non-duality explained

11th August 2018, Author: Nic Higham

Non-duality definition  I’ve realized that loneliness, isolation, and anxiety are not as clear-cut as they first seem. Their roots go far deeper than merely having too much stress or not enough social contact. Alternatively, realizing our aloneness (oneness) can be a catalyst to reflect, to meet and understand ourselves, not just as people, but as […]

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Are we born into isolation

9th August 2018, Author: Nic Higham

“When you’re reading any book about non-duality, the key is not to read in order to gain mental understanding, but rather to notice the tone, feel, and spaciousness of the presentation of the words. Anyone can write a book about being present. But it takes the direct experience of presence to actually express words that […]