Archive For: Mindfulness/Meditation

6 Stages of Change: Taking Control of Your Life One Step at a Time

Carlos Durana Ph.D., M.Ac. practices acupuncture in Reston, Virginia, Bethesda, Maryland and in Washington D.C. Making important changes in our lives can sometimes be more difficult than we think. To make lasting changes occur, we need to see the steps it takes to get to the goal, not just the single decision to act. Making ... Read More
 

The Dalai Lama’s Practice of Compassion

Carlos Durana Ph.D., M.Ac. practices acupuncture in Reston, Virginia, Bethesda, Maryland and in Washington D.C. We heard recently from someone who returned from India.  Her group met with the Dalai Lama for several days. The meetings focused on dialoguing what they believed were the five most important questions to be considered moving into the new ... Read More
 

Breathing Techniques

Carlos Durana Ph.D., M.Ac. practices acupuncture in Reston, Virginia, Bethesda, Maryland and in Washington D.C. Deep slow breathing: Back straight and relaxed.  One hand inside the other (right over left), palms facing up and thumbs touching.  Long, slow and deep inhalation expanding first the lower abdomen and then the chest, allowing the maximum amount of air ... Read More
 

Basic Grounding and Relaxation Technique

Carlos Durana Ph.D., M.Ac. practices acupuncture in Reston, Virginia, Bethesda, Maryland and in Washington D.C. Begin with the AHHH breath. Relax. Check your head, neck and shoulders; let them relax, let the tension drain down and out your feet, let the exhalation carry it.  Enjoy.  What is that like?  How is your back, your chest ... Read More
 

Qualities of Being: Reflections

Carlos Durana Ph.D., M.Ac. practices acupuncture in Reston, Virginia, Bethesda, Maryland and in Washington D.C. What brings joy, happiness and fulfillment are universal qualities inherent in our core consciousness or deeper self, qualities such as compassion, equanimity, generosity, presence, fairness, wisdom, courage, steadfastness, sympathy, integrity and valuing of life. The balanced flow of the five ... Read More
 

Meditation Exercises

Carlos Durana Ph.D., M.Ac. practices acupuncture in Reston, Virginia, Bethesda, Maryland and in Washington D.C. These exercises may be performed one at a time or a number of them in   sequence.  These practices develop our ability to witness our inner life with compassion. 1.  Be fully present to your breath as it moves in and ... Read More
 

Sound

Carlos Durana Ph.D., M.Ac. practices acupuncture in Reston, Virginia, Bethesda, Maryland and in Washington D.C. Many spiritual traditions view sound as the origin of all manifestations.  In the Bible, there is first the Word of God, as divine speech, and then here are light and manifestation.  Similar descriptions can be seen in ancient Hindu scriptures.  In ... Read More
 

Ritual Imagery in Healing and Inner Work

Carlos Durana Ph.D., M.Ac. practices acupuncture in Reston, Virginia, Bethesda, Maryland and in Washington D.C. Rituals are stereotyped symbolic acts or interactions which allow for the expression and/or alteration of values, meaning, feelings, relationships and events.  Images and symbols as well as symbolic acts are the building blocks of rituals. As a basis for spiritual ... Read More