Think about how much of our lives are spent worrying about the future and regretting the past – we almost never are  fully present in the moment.
Focused exercise, especially that combined with beautiful music and welcoming friends, brings us to that place of peace and calm. WelcomeWelcome to the Revocycle blog, a place to discuss and explore the mind and body benefits of exercise. Stay In TouchSubscribe to our email newsletter to stay up-to-date with the latest news and deals at Revocycle. Research for this post contributed by Justin Norris, Vida Norris, Jordan Resnick, and Jenny Resnick. For the soul to behold the soul is just unfathomable by my mind, but what a wonderful thing to be able to experience that very eternal moment. Lucia Macedonia's Kokino Megalithic Observatory & Sacred Site Interesting observation Jenny. About This SiteThis website explores the ancient religion of the sun, which was practiced throughout the ancient world. Meditation and relaxation is not something that strikes a chord when you are pondering working out however meditation can supplement a workout well. When you are in a state of relaxation, utilize your brain to imagine your body and how it will look in light of the fact that you are working out. There are even a few experts of meditation who have deductively demonstrated their capacity to control pulse with meditation!
One type of meditation that is particularly critical in the event that you need to deal with the exercise perspectives too is the body check. Healthy Juice For 3 Days?Simply enter your email address to get INSTANT access to my FREE video presentation and learn how you can lose weight quickly with just 3 days of juicing.
The author is a fitness enthusiast with a passion to help people achieve productive living through a fit life. I have been attending a deep stretch yoga class, in which each pose is a mini-meditation, after an intense Sculpt class. It seems like a lot of people take for granted the benefits that meditation can have on both physical and mental health and well being.
Meditation after working out is also always great to help de-stress and relax the body and the mind. Ancient Hellenistic philosophers had introduced a very interesting theory about nature inner levels (scala naturae in latin) and divided the universe into four levels: hexis (stones), phusis (flowers, plants trees), psuche (animals) and finally nous (a characteristic belonging only to human beings).
As individuals immerged day after days in contemporary buzzing industrial societies, we have often lost contact with the nature’s natural elements, which go together to form our microcosm. First of all, consider the idea that there are three things of which you are composed: body – that is hexis and phusis – breath and mind. The ?rst counsel to give anyone who wants to meditate is not on the spiritual level, but on the physical.
At another level, this meditation is also adopting a proper frame of mind, to orientate yourself toward the good (to kalon). You are noticing the close affinity in stoic philosophy between your thoughts and your breathing. This observation will teach you that the taking care of yourself is also achieved through the vigilance of the senses, using breathing.
To find your own point, take a deep quick breath and notice where the sensation is located.
Inhale…exhale …inhale…exhale…inhale…exhale during a few minutes until you think that you have succeeded in maintaining a certain concentration during a few minutes. The impact of the deep concentration is to slow down the mental process, thus making your mind like a vessel filled with still water and strengthening your observing consciousness. In the silent observation of breathing, there are two things to avoid: thinking and drowsiness. The normal conscious thought is of a much heavier texture: it aspires you and takes control of your consciousness.
You will soon realise that your mind will constantly try to escape, to go in every directions.
The essence of this askesis is learning to “put away from yourself” these always and extremely agitated ordinary thoughts and be able to remain in a state of listening, of openness in every circumstances. After a Law degree in France and in Scotland as an Erasmus student, Elen Buzare has been working in the insurance broking field for over 10 years now. I am not a great fan of translation of ancien greek technical terms into contemporary languages because I think that we should very often use periphrasis to explain in French or in English what the ancient greek is conveying.
For ancien stoics, as Pierre Hadot demonstrated in the Inner Citadel: nous= hegemonikon = dianoia= daimon. One last thing is that it is important to know that although technical terms were common to all schools of philosophies in Greece, each of them may use them in a very specific way. That may not mean a core disagreement though but maybe the stoics would have expressed it another way. One thing to keep in mind is that we only have fragments of ancient stoicism with which the scholars reconstructed the core doctrines.
One thing sure is that the perception process plays an important role in the stoic theory of knowledge and there is probably much to do with it. The Shape of Ancient Thought: Comparative Studies in Greek and Indian Philosophies Hardcover.
Firstly, I am convinced that the first step in philosophical progress is to reduce mind activity and develop attention to be able to focus on what’s going on in our mind and body and managing our emotional responses. Secondly, one thing important is to put ourselves in condition to train ourselves, otherwise our mind is clearly at risks of wandering. The most important training is to learn not to attached yourself to any thoughts or exeriences that arises.
The original title of the article has been slightly modified before publishing without warning. Because of the influence of buddhism today, people tend to think that exercices that uses attention to breathing exists only in India and Asia.

The study, published in Translational Psychiatry this month, found that the mind and body combination – done twice a week for only two months – reduced the symptoms for a group of students by 40 percent. Alderman, assistant professor in the Department of Exercise Science and Sports Studies, and Tracey Shors, professor in the Department of Psychology and Center for Collaborative Neuroscience, both in the School of Arts and Sciences, discovered that a combination of mental and physical training (MAP) enabled students with major depressive disorder not to let problems or negative thoughts overwhelm them.
The men and women in the Rutgers study who completed the eight-week program – 22 suffering with depression and 30 mentally healthy students  –  reported fewer depressive symptoms and said they did not spend as much time worrying about negative situations taking place in their lives as they did before the study began.
This group also provided MAP training to young mothers who had been homeless but were living at a residential treatment facility when they began the study.
Depression – a debilitating disorder that affects nearly one in five Americans sometime in their life – often occurs in adolescence or young adulthood. Rutgers researchers say those who participated in the study began with 30 minutes of focused attention meditation followed by 30 minutes of aerobic exercise. Shors, who studies the production of new brain cells in the hippocampus – the portion of the brain known to be necessary for some types of new learning – says even though neurogenesis cannot be monitored in humans, scientists have shown in animal models that aerobic exercise increases the number of new neurons and effortful learning keeps a significant number of those cells alive. The idea for the human intervention came from her laboratory studies, she says, with the main goal of helping individuals acquire new skills so that they can learn to recover from stressful life events.
Researchers at Harvard found recently that fully half of the time our minds are not focused on what we doing or where we are. Buddhist teachers talk about this in a way that makes sense- when we are truly in the moment we free ourselves of the habitual patterns of the mind that cause us to constantly worry about the future and regret the past.
Rests in a calm spot with your arms relaxed at your sides and your palms confronting upwards. It is so basic and will just take you 5 – 10 minutes relying upon how profoundly relaxed you get to be. Numerous individuals revel in a relaxing stretch and delicate meditation after a hard workout. In spite of the fact that you would need to dedicate your life to accomplishing this, as a novice you can at present impact your wellbeing when thinking.
In this manifestation of meditation, you first concentrate on breathing, and after that focusing on the very tips of your toes, envisioning your breath and blood streaming to them.
When I first started to work out years ago I had a job with so much stress,afterwards at the end of work, I would go to the gym and I always started the workouts walking on the treadmill. My mind is always running and I find meditating to really help quiet it down.I think I will try meditating throughout the day in an attempt to de-stress.
However, human beings, the most complex creation of nature, are composed of all these four levels.
Of these, the first two are your own in so far it is your duty to take care of them; but only the third is your own in the full sense. Meditation is finding out your earth, your roots, being here with all your weight, immobile. That is why you will find useful to use a round, thick enough, firm but not flabby cushion.
You may find useful to test traditional oriental positions such as the lotus or the semi-lotus ones.
No rigidity: there must not be muscular tensions originating from the fact of keeping a straight back.
Generally, our body is full of tensions and defensive postures when we walk or speak or find itself in indolent postures when we relax. The observation of plants, flowers and trees teaches us that they are all fragile, they blossom then fade. The term aisthesis describe the intelligent breathes which carry information from your senses to your hegemonikon but in a more general way also mean “apperception by mean of the senses”. Thus at this stage, you will learn to listen to be in tune with the subtle sensation of breathing, yet distinctive. You are searching for the physical tactile sensation of the air going back and forth through your nostrils. Your breathing must remain spontaneous and natural, not amplified or adjusted: let the process ‘be’ according to its own rhythm.
You will soon realise that a phantasia may it be a thought, a physical sensation or an outside noise, rises then disappears and that you have no need to get involved into it.
Understanding what the Sphairos is will require from you to get rid of your natural tendency to geometric and spatial vision. This askesis is about listening and contemplation, which implies the absence of direction, thus abandoning your ‘human all too human’ self-centred point of view.
Genuine eternity is not a determination of time but mindfulness, the nous realising by itself the perfection of sphairos. She first encountered Stoicism when she read Marcus Aurelius’ Meditations at the age of 20 and since then, dedicated herself to the comprehension of the Stoic teaching, mostly as self learner.
So I tend to keep the greek rather than translating although this is not always possible to avoid it of course.
On a philosophical level, do you have any thoughts on the integration of anatta into Stoicism?
We may have a totally different vision if the totality of Chrysippus books would have been preserved for exemple. It is advised, for instance, not to have listened to TV or heard music before starting an exercise.
The women involved in the research exhibited severe depressive symptoms and elevated anxiety levels at the beginning. Until recently, Rutgers scientists say, the most common treatment for depression has been psychotropic medications that influence brain chemicals and regulate emotions and thought patterns along with talk therapy that can work but takes considerable time and commitment on the part of the patient.
They were told that if their thoughts drifted to the past or the future they should refocus on their breathing – enabling those with depression to accept moment-to-moment changes in attention. Those times we are truly present, in the moment, are astonishing to us because they are so rare. And most importantly, when we are in the moment, our natural state of joy and wonder and connection naturally wells up and envelopes us.
Runners, cyclists, swimmers, rock climbers – anybody that engages in repetitive, rythmic movement, already knows how calming this can be.

Comprehend this a piece of your body, and feel any progressions or incitement happening there.
Joggers might likewise discover this conceivable, and as you contemplate and walk or run, you can additionally decide to focus on your breathing, helping you attain more prominent workouts.
By focusing on my breathing and posture, I’m able to let my mind view things from a different perspective. A special place in your home or flat, specially dedicated to this exercice, somber, with one single burning candle is usually considered as a useful help.
This cushion will enable you, with crossed legs, to find a stable and firm base during long period (a Buddhist zafu cushion will do well).
Your spine must be straight, with vertebras positioned as a pile of coins, one above the other.
This place will become you focus point in observing the inspiration and expirations natural waves.
If the water is disturbed, the ray will seem to be disturbed likewise, though in reality it is not. When this happens, simply note that you were thinking or dreaming and go back to the observation of your breathing with the help of your focus point, without judging yourself. If you are able of maintaining this observing consciousness for a while, you may succeed in making yourself ‘a well rounded sphere rejoicing in the solitude around it’ that is the very famous Empedocles’ Sphairos.
Roundness is a metaphor for perfection: for ancient Greeks, the sphere is an expression of the divine for it has neither beginning nor end and can be travelled infinitively in both directions. You are then able to pass at least the time that is left to you until you die in calm and kindliness, and as one who is at peace with the daimon that dwells within you. This led her a few years later to publish a little essay on Stoic spiritual exercises, a little book very much inspired by Stoic (in the light of the regretted Pierre Hadot’s work), Christian orthodox and Buddhist spiritualities. These are two-way dynamics and ceaselessly movements between those breaths and the ruling part. Furthermore, the master-disciple chain is broken in stoicism since many centuries, which add and extra difficulty. When I do the guided meditation, VIEW FROM ABOVE, by Donald Robertson, as soon as I close my eyes, this mind drifts away. Otherwise, you mind will be full of images and sounds and it will be more difficult for us to focus. This is very helpful, but somewhat like a zen koan because mind knows me better than I know myself. But at the end of the eight weeks, they too, reported that their depression and anxiety had eased, they felt more motivated, and they were able to focus more positively on their lives. We vividly remember a sunrise from a camping trip 10 years ago, the feeling of peace and calm during a sunset drive along the coast last summer but forget what we were thinking 30 seconds ago.
But no need to be an accomplished athlete to access this feeling – for anybody it can be a primary method of being present, and every second we are doing that, we are not worrying about the future or regretting the past. In the event that you have a tendency to breath shallowly from the midsection put your hand on your midsection at first to guarantee it is not climbing. I frequently do a yoga class with a short resting meditation just before a dynamic exercise class. Focus on them for a moment and gradually work your path up the body, focusing on your feet, all parts of the legs, hips, arms, middle, neck, and head. Your mind goes into a meditative state where you start to think about all those things that trouble you. I have never thought to meditate before working out but I will try it before my next workout! I have heard of this being done in yoga training, but it could work in other types of exercises also.
That is why this askesis, according to the ancients, has as its first task, entering into contemplation and praise the entire universe. Your spine should be like a poppy with a straight stem and the rest of your body is simply hanged to your spine. There is a feeling of distance between this thought and the consciousness which perceive it.
This askesis is here to help you to develop a strong and energetic concentration, a clear and distinct vigilance, focused on one single point. It expresses the most beautiful, the most sublime, the most accomplished and this accomplishment is the kosmos itself, everlasting and flourishing. An oriented listening, to the contrary, is a listening of the known, of the ordinary though, of memory, of habit, of all of our packet of memories or scar tissues. She is convinced that practising a form of mindfulness is central to Stoic practice in the sense that it develops  an acute awareness of phantasiai and hence the ability to suspend judgement to question them. She would also be happy to explore further the Stoic physics as she feels that ethics has no real sense without its foundations.
So naturally, stoics and ancient greeks in general I think assimilated the life process to subbtle breaths.
The concluding paragraphs can be seen as covering the Buddhist concepts of dukkha and anicca. Your final sentence is brilliant: Everyone needs a frequent reminder not to attach to thoughts or experiences. Push your tummy outward as you take in, use it to push the air into your lungs with your stomach, overstate this development at first until it turns into a propensity. If you realise that you are drowsy, simply note it and go back to the observation of your breathing.
In the perfection of the sphere, there is neither love nor hatred, neither attachment nor detachment, neither knowledge nor ignorance, neither vertu nor vice, neither a word nor silence: all of our categories scatter. There is much in common between the two philosophies but the idea of the self seems to be a main point of disagreement in my understanding. The solitude reflects the unicity of the kosmos: there is only one universe, and this universe is the whole (to pan).

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