July 2016: Be Present (Read the Full Issue)

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Welcome to the July 2016 edition of Parvati Magazine.

The meditation practice known as witnessing provides powerful insights into the ways in which we are attached to our perceptions. It has shown me the parameters of my active ego with
extraordinary clarity. Witnessing has provided lasting shifts in the way I think and perceive. It has helped me move from being attached to painful thoughts, to living with greater freedom and joy.

When we witness, we are fully present. Life turns from monochrome to technicolour. We feel more connected, alive and engaged with life, because we are no longer bound by our limited perceptions, that are coloured by our ego. Even situations that once were painful become light and effervescent. Like a new consciousness
muscle, the more we practice witnessing, the more freedom we experience.

In this issue of Parvati Magazine, on the theme β€œBe Present”, you will find articles to help you
cultivate presence and freedom.

Being able to be present for the fullness of life is one of the blessings gained through witnessing. The skill grows through practice. I like to this of it as going to the daily meditation gym. The more time you put into the practice, the more benefit, joy and freedom you gain.

The practice remains the same, whether you welcome tense shoulders or painful thoughts. Make room for it all, without getting entangled in any of it. Rest in your breathing and allow yourself to expand into the now. Practice this as often as you can.

Love yourself.
Love others.
Love our world.
We are one Earth family.