A Place of Stillness Blog

 How do ideas come to be?

Posted by Jaya Bottaro on 18th Aug 2019

Do we make them up? Are they given to us?Have they always been there and are waiting to be discovered?“Ideas are universally rooted,” said Paramhansa Yogananda, and I like that, that makes sense! If i … read more

3 Secrets to Sustain a Daily Meditation Practice

10th Jul 2019

I learned to meditate as a child and my parents are lifelong meditators. I began to take my own practice more seriously when I was 20, but it wasn’t until nine years later that I was really meditating … read more

Relaxation is the Key!

Posted by Jaya Bottaro on 6th Jun 2019

The ability to relax the body is the vital first step for meditation.There is a feedback loop between the body and the mind. If the body is tense or restless, the mind will follow, and vice versa. Do … read more

Lessons on Two Wheels

Posted by Peter Kretzmann on 22nd Apr 2016

I was riding home from town one day on my motorcycle back to Ananda Village in the Sierra Foothills. Winding my way along the curvy canyon road, I found a tension slowly growing in my heart. I star … read more

Chakra Meditation

Posted by Meera Grace Hoon on 4th Sep 2015

The chakra system consists of seven energy centers running along our spine. Each chakra, or energy center, has qualities that are contractive and expansive. We can awaken our chakras and the exp … read more

What is Third Eye Meditation? Part 2

Posted by Meera Grace Hoon and Peter Kretzmann on 22nd Jul 2015

We’d like to share a technique and prayer for practicing third eye meditation as our Part 2 to our recent blog. To review, the third eye is our sixth of seven chakras or energy centers in our body whe … read more

What is Third Eye Meditation?

Posted by Meera Grace Hoon and Peter Kretzmann on 30th Jun 2015

In this first of two installments on third eye meditation, we’d like share with you what happens when you concentrate on the third eye during meditation. In the next installment, we’ll share specific … read more

What is Mantra Meditation?

Posted by Meera Grace Hoon and Peter Kretzmann on 26th May 2015

A mantra is a sacred sound or expression, often in the form of a word or phrase believed to have spiritual power. Mantras can bring about profound benefits when repeated, particularly in meditati … read more

What is Guided Meditation?

Posted by Meera Grace Hoon on 16th Apr 2015

Guided meditation is a form of meditation where someone else, whether in person or through an audio recording, is taking you through your meditation. The purpose of guided meditation is generally to c … read more

What Is the Origin of Meditation?

Posted by Meera Grace Hoon and Peter Kretzmann on 13th Mar 2015

There are many types of meditation and we are here to help you deepen your practice with whichever tradition speaks to you. In previous blog posts, we have explained the basics of meditation,&nbs … read more