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Introduction

Welcome to Transactional Analysis!
You have taken a momentous decision in your life by visiting this page and reading about TA. It is worth every minute you spend in learning about TA.
Just knowing about it empowers you and imagine what is possible when you use these concepts in your life. You are certainly one among the chosen few.

Ever wondered why you behave in a certain way, speak in a certain way in a crux situation? Or regretted saying something nasty to a colleague with whom you are usually friendly? Do you feel there is scope for improvement in your interpersonal relationships?

Evolving for better

Everyone wants to improve in theory but, they don’t do anything about it. Only the chosen few (like you) do something consciously to adapt to changes.
Remember, it is tough to change habits, but you can do it because you are one amongst the chosen few!

Transactional analysis-TA in short provides a framework for you to work on and analyze your social transactions in interpersonal as well as intrapersonal. Of course, whatever you do is strictly not a transaction. For example, all your Activities of Daily Living-ADLs are not transactions.

Breaking free

Primarily what you talk or do indicates the type of person you are. Whether you are talkative or taciturn, go-getter or reticent depends on your very being.
There are many proverbs like “Birds of the same feather flock together.” and “you are known by the company you keep.”

These proverbs are indicative of many traits that we all possess.  We inherit many of our characteristics or characters from our parents, siblings, and peers even. By studying the models or theories of TA, we will be in a position to understand the inherent reasons for our behaviors.

Awareness is the key

Once you become aware of the underlying process of transactions, you will be able to improve on them and develop a spontaneous approach to better ways of communication and relationships.

Transactional Analysis hands-on

The process of understanding the theories behind TA and its practices is fascinating and emotionally fulfilling. There are many ways to become familiar with the methods of transactional analysis-TA. Apart from reading books and doing research on the Internet, there is a practical way to learn by joining a one-day orientation program on TA frequently termed as TA101.

A beautiful sun set

The horizon of transactional analysis…


the flowering

Welcome to Yoga Dhyan Center

Yoga Dhyan Center is a place that shows you the method to take life in your hands. The path of the chosen few. Let us welcome 2019 by resolving to do better than 2018 not only in terms of income or health goals but a wholesome approach to life itself.

What is Yoga?

Yoga simply means union. A union of body, mind, and soul integrated and relaxed. The aim of yoga practice is to have a healthy mind, a supple body, and a joyful soul.  Let us see how to achieve this.

Regular yoga practice is the Key

Science has proved that Yoga practice if done regularly for a period of 3 weeks brings in tremendous changes in the  DNA and the way one thinks.  As a result of doing yoga, there is more focus in life, better sleep in the night and generally less anxiety in the day to day management of everyday activities.

Surprisingly, any physical activity such as gym, jogging and other cardio exercises brings about amazing results if done with enthusiasm and commitment.

Yoga

Young woman doing yoga

No amount of reading or watching TV programs or Apps on Yoga is going to help you as much as doing the yoga practice by yourself.  Even 5 minutes of doing something on your own for a few days is going to help you more than merely watching or listening to others perform or carry out the poses.

Yoga Dhyan Center

This is a place where you can learn to practice yoga.  Once you get the confidence of doing the poses, you can practice at home effortlessly.

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Learn the asanas

The asanas are of 3 kinds namely forward bending, backward bending and inverted. Normally we will start with Surya Namaskar or Sun Salutations as a preparation for doing the poses. Followed by pranayama or breathing exercises, and deep breathing techniques like Deerga Swasam and Meditations.

Yoga on the floor

Group of several people doing yoga exercise on the floor

Yoga is basically very simple and easy to practice.  Once you are aware of your limitations in flexibility, slowly you can improve in your yoga postures. As you go on practicing, your flexibility would improve and you will feel more energetic and focussed.

Why Meditation is a prerequisite for Yoga?

When you start the practice of yoga, your body must be relaxed and not tensed up. More often than not, the students are anxious and tensed up with the anticipation of what is to come next.

Because everyone has some idea of yoga, some vision and often a false notion of a difficult pose they think they have to perform to qualify in Yoga Class. This is just pure fallacy!

We start with simple meditation techniques that will relax your body before you start the asanas. Breathing and meditation training would enhance your relaxed appearance. Actually, the more relaxed you are, the better prepared you would be for learning.

The Basic Program

Every Monday, a new batch starts. The format of the class is 5 days a week starting every Monday. Once, the basic course is over, you can opt for the review class and finetune your techniques. Take life in your hands.

Act now!

Don’t procrastinate the decision. Intelligence means coming to the present moment and facing life headlong without taking recourse to anything else. Remember, your time is limited. Therefore, make a move for joining the class now!

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Meditation Retreat: SatDarshan, Anaikatty

The meditation retreat at Satdarshan is a picturesque place where the practice of mindfulness and introspection happens regularly. The feedback about the events conducted here earlier encouraged us to conduct regular programs every week.

We warmly invite you to our Meditation Centre SatDarshan. As a matter of fact, we purely run it for a noble cause for all the Seekers and contemplators.

The Venue & Location of the Meditation Retreat

SatDarshan is a tranquil resort for Meditation located in a calm and quiet atmosphere in Kottathara. Actually, the highlight of this retreat is private access to the perennial Siruvani River with crystal clear water. A real cool spot, indeed!

Facilities at the Resort
  1. Cleanly maintained room with attached bath.
  2. Three times vegetarian food with Tea/Snacks.
  3. Meditations at the sprawling Meditation Hall.

Apart from the above, there are 9 rooms with attached bath and toilet. Additionally, they can accommodate up to 9 persons.  On the other hand, in case of a group booking, sixteen to eighteen or more persons can stay.

The charges for Indian resident is Rs 600/- per person per day and for Foreigners Rs 700/- per person. (The rates may change. Kindly confirm the prevailing rate before booking)

  • Charges are Inclusive of accommodation, vegetarian food, Tea/Coffee and snacks.
  • Charges for the Events fixed according to the facilitator fee and other amenities.
  • Donations accepted gratefully with reverence, as it will aid the management to function better.
Non Profit motive

The objective of this fee is not for the purpose of revenue generation. Mainly to provide for the maintenance and salaries for the staff employed, we collect this fee.  In addition, we have to take care of unexpected damages due to floods and miscellaneous expenses.  Moreover, the amount we charge is a bare minimum taking into account the individual’s minimum expense for a day. Actually, those who are not able to afford this fee can stay free with food, based on the availability of rooms.

Daily Routine

Following is a general routine of SatDarshan.  There may be minor changes according to some situations and events.

5:30 am                     Wake up bell

6.00 -7.00 am            Meditation

8.00 – 8.45 am           Breakfast

9.00 – 10.30 am         Seva (Selfless work)

12.00 -12.30 pm        Meditation

12.30 – 1.15pm          Lunch

4.00 – 4.45 pm           Tea with Sharing

6.30 – 7.30 pm           Meditation

7.30 – 8.15 pm           Dinner

9.00- 10 pm               Last Event & Lights out/Silence

Points to Remember

  • To maintain the ethos and the atmosphere of the place, Alcoholic drinks, Smoking, Non-Vegetarian food items prohibited on the campus.
  • Children below 13 years are not admissible for the participation (Children events organized separately)
  • This is not an amusement resort.  Therefore, it is important to know loud, noisy and boisterous behaviors are best avoided here.
  • One and half hour’s Selfless Seva is Mandatory for this communal livelihood. Because we consider this as a working Meditation.

Website: www.satdarshan.org, www.yogadhyancenter.com

Address: SatDarshan, 7/634, Vada Kottathara,

Kottathara, Dist.: Palakkad. Pin: 678581

Easily accessible from Coimbatore City – 45 Kms.

Mobile: WhatsApp 9489663755, 9842231582, 9363222785

OCTOBER 13 to 15 OSHO CAMP

There were around 13 participants for this program. The camp concluded on Sunday at the Meditation Resort. We explored many meditations, silent sittings, swimming in the river and quietude.  Summing up, in the future, we are looking forward to seeing more people in these gatherings where silence happens.

Take a look at the Gallery for the pictures of the participants.

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Thank you for reading this post.

Dancing is the quickest way to Here and Now!

Have you noticed when you dance you cannot think?

Try it. Dance for a music track you like and observe what your mind is thinking. You will be surprised to find it can not think!

In fact, you would also find, your dancing has stopped when you started thinking about the thoughts in your head!

Dance and mind…it cannot co-exist!

Here and Now

We normally think time exists in 3 dimensions.  The present, past and future.  Right?

Wrong!

When I was a schoolboy, I thought of time as yesterday today and tomorrow. The exam comes in the future so it was necessary to study today for tomorrow.

In addition, yesterday is gone for good, never to come again. This paradigm continued. That time exists in 3 dimensions.

Meditation and Enlightened Masters

There have been many masters in the past. Many in the present and certainly many are going to arrive in the future. Without a doubt,

all the enlightened masters say one thing or say the same thing about time!

Do you know what it is?

The present is: Here and now!

Time exists only in the present!  The past or future is not time. It is only your mind projecting the concept of time!

Enter Osho the mystic!

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Dance now!

His message to you is very simple. Dance and enjoy this moment, for there is no other moment available to you. Here and now is infinite! The only space there is!

So dance and celebrate this moment is his message!

Mahashivrathri at Isha Center, Coimbatore

Every year I go to ISHA to celebrate. There is a platform available for anyone to dance! 

There is awesome music made available to you through their awe-inspiring arena. The Musicians from all over the World come by invitation. There is meditation, there is a dance, there is a

celebration. Don’t miss it for anything!

When the dancer disappears, the dance arrives!

When the dancer is dancing the ego is present. Therefore, drop your ego and become the dance!

Dance as if possessed, dance as if drunk….drunk with life, When you dance with total abandon, your mind ceases to function.

You move from mind to no-mind in a jiffy.

Staying in the present:

The moment you start dancing, you become one with the here and now! What the psychologists describe as a state of emotional clarity.

Shivratri in its full splendor:

When you do nothing else other than dancing the whole night…you acquire certain energy that permeates your whole being.

You become light, easy on the feet, and like a bird in flight….sheer ecstasy!

The dance of Shakthi

Here and now is the only moment there is. Dance is the shortest route to here and now because when you dance, your ego disappears, the chatter disappears…

Come and join the celebration every year! Why wait for Shivratri, when you can dance anytime!

If you liked this post, please comment and share your views. Take care and God bless you.

Meditation and its methods

Meditation and its methods is a vast subject. Meditation happens when you let go of doing. Doing takes one away from meditation.  In other words, meditation happens when you let go of doing. Therefore moving out of the mind is the beginning of meditation. It happens when you let go of doing.  So to be in a meditative state means you are in a state of ongoing stillness.

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Type of meditations

When you say meditation, it means different things to different people. A lot of people think sitting somewhere quietly contemplating something without stirring a bit- frozen, immobile and still. That is to say, sit quietly and you would soon become a Buddha!

Try it and you will find your mind wavering more, starts thinking about all kinds of ideas, people and generally becoming more restless than before.  Sitting quietly where the grass grows by itself is quite another thing. There the idea of letting go is there, where you remain a spectator or better still a witness, watching the thoughts come and go.

With a mind that is akin to the waves of the sea, you can never be in a meditative state. You have to drop your mind and all its ideas of “control.”  The mind wants to control everything including meditation. It says I am in control, I am the doer, I am in charge! This very idea prevents meditation from happening to you. Dhyan is moving out of mind.

Methodology

We talked about meditations and its definition or description.  There is a practical side to it, that is more important.  The ‘doing’ part! In fact, it is a lot like swimming.  The actual act of swimming is different from describing the pool, the temperature of the water, the costume to wear while swimming and so forth. 

Meditating for 15 to 20 minutes a day is more important than reading lots of books on yoga and dhyan.  The accent is on the practical side. The more time you spend in dhyan, the better.

Active Meditations

There are many meditations like Dynamic, Kundalini and many others like Nataraj Meditation that you could start doing to get a taste of it.  You could also visit many meditation centers across the length and breadth of the country you are living in.

Yoga Dhyan Center is one place where you could join and do these meditations regularly. It is recommended to do these meditations for a period of 21 days at a stretch so that you would get a basic idea of the beautiful journey called life!

Fasten your seat belt and Good luck!

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