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Master the inner changes that create the outer results at Voice Your Life

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HELLO and thank you for reading my page!

I am Teresa Durga Schoendorf, Mastery Higher Brain Living® Facilitator. I provide tools for transformation to individuals and groups who want to access the power of each moment in order to burst through blocks, achieve clarity, find a sustainable joy in living and create a better life and a better world.

THE BENEFITS YOU CAN EXPECT FROM HIGHER BRAIN LIVING®

  • Reduction of stress and increased energy
  • Increased clarity in decision making
  • Increased capacity toward healthy mind, body, relationships and environment
  • Increased effectiveness and productivity
  • Access the point of power by being fully, joyfully embodied in your life

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ABOUT ME, HIGHER BRAIN LIVING® AND NEUROSCIENCE

About my journey

Prior to Higher Brain Living®, as a high achiever with a successful life in New York City, I was overcome with habituated worry and negative thinking. I began to explore many different practices and modalities and meditation techniques. A great yoga practice or a meditation session, a study-vacation by the ocean or a powerful workshop or performance experience would reduce stress and even activate peace and joy, but these effects were always short lived. The states were temporary and not sustainable throughout every day life. Sound familiar? Eventually, even with my best efforts to do “all the right things” to be healthy mentally and physically, I found myself with a debilitating depression.

When I started Higher Brain Living® I was in a deep depression. After I began my sessions the clinical depression I was experiencing went away–completely. And after completing the Higher Brain Living® Program, all of the life-enhancing modalities and practices I already knew to do worked better than ever as I was able to increase my ability to be in the present moment, not matter what I was doing. So I became a Mastery level Higher Brain Living® facilitator and want to help you find your point of power in the present moment.

Where does Higher Brain Living® come from? 

Higher Brain Living® draws from — and expands upon — familiar holistic energetic practices like therapeutic massage, acupuncture, meditation, and yoga. Higher Brain Living® has been verified by EEG in neuroscience studies to increase energy into the newest part of your brain, the prefrontal cortex or higher brain. An electroencephalogram (EEG) is a test that measures and records the electrical activity of your brain.

What is the prefrontal cortex?

The prefrontal cortex controls executive functions of the brain. It is the part of the brain responsible for calmly assessing situations, making clear decisions, appropriately managing primal fear responses, and stimulating positive emotional experiences around purpose, meaning, gratitude, and joy.

With more energy in the prefrontal cortex, everything else you do to create a healthy, happy, productive and successful life is optimized.

Some key aspects to Higher Brain Living® are:

  • A neuroscience verified technique that brings a physiological state change in the brain which reduces stress, enhances executive functioning and increases states of joy, purpose and passion;
  • A personal growth program that guides you in all dimensions of life (Mind, Body, Relationships and Environment);
  • Rerouting energy from the lower brain to the higher brain, maximizes all other personal growth modalities you may use to create the new neural pathways and habits that enable you to live a joyous life now.

What do I need to do to sustain the positive changes I make with Higher Brain Living®?

To ensure that these new pathways–and new habits–created by an increase of energy into the higher brain are optimized for each of my clients, I offer meditation and mindfulness techniques. The modalities include:

  • Energy psychology practices to tune your mind 
  • Breath-guided movement to open the body and the mind 
  • Sound frequency sessions and guided meditation practices to shift your state of being

Vocal Meditation™ and Higher Brain Living® techniques expertly guide you to acquire the tools you need to live your best, most joyous life now.

I have over 25 years of experience in the field of human potential and growth. I work with individuals and groups and have facilitated large and small groups around the globe for a variety of institutions including Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York City.

For more information about Miracle Mind meditation practices go to:

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Contact: 305.423.9359 or samadhilivingnow@gmail.com

Testimonials by Higher Brain Living® clients:

I’ve experienced more clarity, less stress, improved awareness and higher energy levels. The dramas in life have become non-issues. I am elated and highly recommend Higher Brain Living®! Robert Lawn, President & CEO of RML Corporation

Since beginning Higher Brain Living® sessions I am exercising more, feel healthier, have increased my income five-fold and have expanded my circle of friends. I continue to journey into a deeper experience of life, beauty, balance and love. Betsy Odya, Real Estate Broker

I’ve experienced the release of deep-seated sadness and now feel sheer exhilaration. I feel calmer, healthier and more at ‘home within’.  Patricia Lawn, Hypnotherapist

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Contact: 305.423.9359 or samadhilivingnow@gmail.com

 

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Every day it seems more and more research appears indicating how much yoga helps people in their every day lives. Not just with reducing stress and bringing a calm state of mind but also with enhancing the ability to think and focus. Below is a graphic that tells some of the story.

Voice Your Life™ tools focus on using sound as well as gentle movement to integrate life changes with Higher Brain Living® sessions . A yoga posture may be as simple as raising your arms as high as your shoulders or bowing your head slightly while being aware of the flow of your breath.

Every “body” is unique. Even if you can’t ever put yourself into one of the shapes you see below, you can still use your breath,  sound and movement to receive the benefits!

 

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During a time of great transition how do you preserve your peace of mind?

This period in my life seems to be asking me this question. Here is my answer.

I have meditated every morning since I have been back in Brooklyn. Most days I have practiced pranayama and asana. I practice a variety of techniques to uplift and focus my thoughts and emotions. I have stayed connected and have reconnected with people and groups of people who feel supportive to me and who focus on the positive and finding solutions. To overcome both joint and emotional pain I have been taking supplements and eating foods that I find balance my body and brain chemistry.

I spend a lot of time researching various subjects on the computer and keep myself entertained nightly on a budget with Netflix streaming.

I continue to read to acquire the knowledge needed to make changes in my life in the arenas of spirit and matter, and in matters financial. I ask for help from those who have more experience than me.

I surrender to the “What Is” of my life on a daily basis, offering gratitude in thought and feeling for all that is there to support me.

How is it working?

Emotions are settling down and thoughts arrive more slowly which allows time for processing.

This is the time of the Turtle in my life: slow, un-rushed with a lot of pauses and very little looking backwards, lest I lose my way forward.

For more about the qualities and virtues of the Turtle and times of transition go to:

http://morningstar.netfirms.com/turtle.html

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cXvzoH3aYZs

Peace

Today I rode my new-used bike in Prospect Park to go to the bank. As of June 12, 2012 I am officially car-free! The other day to get my feline Bebe’s records, I rode to the Vet in a neighborhood that I would always drive to and suffer looking for parking. Riding on one of the many bike paths to get there was a joy! Bikes create sukha (good space) in Brooklyn!

Getting around on a bike is soooooo much more enjoyable than driving a car. On a late Spring, June day like today, it is positively heaven. There are the smells of fresh mown grass in the park and the sweet scent of trees in blossom all around.

Right now I am sitting at my favorite spot near some water falls right off the path near Long Meadow in the park. There is a new bench (dedicated to Sara E. Campbell, 1975-2010) in the perfect spot to hear the water falling and the birds singing. I am watching a small red cardinal and a red breasted robin forage for food.

At the ashram I felt very connected to the many birds that lived there including two chickens. Crazy Henrietta and baby Chick Chick must have escaped from their coop on the property next door. They must have figured out they were safe at an ashram where all be meals are vegetarian. Safe and well-fed! Besides lots of left over homemade bread crumbs, we gave Chick Chick grain from the kitchen.

There are other ways i have become more green since the return to Brooklyn. I have not bought any paper towels. In the kitchen at the ashram we used cloths for clean up. Throwing a few cloths into the laundry I would already be washing seems much more Earth-friendly. Not to mention more cost effective.

There is still a lot more I can do. One of the biggest personal consumptions I became aware of while living in a tent was electricity. I used very little there: a lamp, a fan, a laptop. Back at home as I was clearing out “stuff” I found a large assortment of no longer used electrical devices and a box of orphaned adapters. I notice how many electrical outlets there are in my home. And how many things are plugged into them. And where does the power come from? Basically oil.

So though riding a bike instead of driving a car is one giant step for the return of green on the planet, I have many miles to go to becoming the deep shade of green that I like.

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Teresa Durga Divadas Schoendorf

Since I have been back in my Brooklyn apartment I have meditated and chanted and done pranayama and asana as a first priority, daily. The responsibility of owning an apartment in a coop in New York City and being on the coop Board can feel very heavy. Before I left Brooklyn last January to live in the ashram I wanted to meditate and chant and do pranayama and asana daily, but I could not. I was not connected. I did not have the inner strength. I did not have the support. I did not feel any power.

In my mind the choice to live in the Bahamas for an extended time was financial and spiritual. I wanted to lower my cost of living–thereby lightening the load in order to be able to deepen my yoga practice. I also wanted to learn how to do service, to understand what it means to do service.

While living in the ashram doing Karma Yoga I realized just how hard it is to do service. I found out in my first Karma Yoga position that doing service can mean giving up control–to someone else who has the power (and the right) to tell you what to do.Yikes! And just how did this person get the power and the right? Because she had given up control to be of service on a larger scale in service of the ashram. No one who lives in the ashram gets paid any money. Everyone from the top down is doing service to keep the ashram running. That means offering satsanga twice daily, offering programs with international lectures and performers year-round, offering accommodations that include two vegetarian meals daily. An ashram is run by people who are doing service as spiritual practice.

I began to understand that doing service meant acting from a place without any thought of personal gain. To “do” not in order to get something like approval or money or favors or goodies. Just to “do” because someone has asked you to “do”. Doing service is about letting go of your own sense of “doership.” It is about “doing” as a part of a spiritual practice, i.e. doing for the the greater good of all. To serve you must rid yourself of all personal preference. It is not about you. It is about what is needed. And when you do this, it is easy. When you stop trying to control and just be with whatever is happening each moment, to the best of your ability, a certain weight falls away. There are no decisions to be made beyond each moment so a lot of thinking subsides. The mind gets quieter. The breath calms. The body becomes more at ease.

Each time I meditate I honor the spiritual initiation I accepted at the ashram. Meditation is in itself an act of surrender. I surrender to each moment to be with whatever is in my own mind,  with loving kindness in every breath–even when the vrittis (thoughts) are running wild!

Power, I am discovering, comes from letting go, from surrendering to what is happening in my life–in each moment. And to having an attitude to be of service to the duties that are being presented. We think we have chosen. Actually, it has all been chosen for us in order to help us awaken to who we really are: eternal existence, knowledge and bliss.

PS The first coop Board meeting of the 2012-13 term went very well. I followed my own directive as the new President and presiding chair to begin with a moment of silence (my heart was pounding in this moment and I had to gather all of my strength to focus on the Om Tryambakam mantra). I facilitated by keeping order and listening to the other members of the Board, only speaking at the end of discussion on each issue. We accomplished what we needed to and ended only 10 minutes over the hour time frame we had established. Jaya! (Victory)

Peace

As the last days are passing here at Sivananda Ashram the satsang lectures continue. There have been some interesting points of view for me to evaluate and to see what comes up. And what comes up are the still unresolved feelings and beliefs around the car crash. Not surprising! There  is quite a bit of work to be done to clean up the mess, and I find myself more than slightly annoyed and distracted. Though I decided not to pursue any legal recourse over the harm done to my property for reasons I explained earlier, my mind, heart and pocketbook still feel the pain. (See https://soundyogatherapy.com/2012/05/13/life-lessonsquestions-the-car-crash-and-yoga-ethics/The honest truth is that I have been feeling a large resentment toward a whole community of people who I feel have let me down.

Along comes Kathy White, long time student of Byron Katie. Katie is a non-dual (Advaita), consciousness guru. Her story in becoming who she is now is extreme. The result of her “awakening” is her ability to accept what is happening exactly as it is and remain completely peaceful. Her students attest to this fact. Now doesn’t that sound nice?

At the end of last night’s satsang Kathy gave us a page titled: Judge-Your-Neighbor Workshop. She had already explained that in The Work (as it is called by Byron Katie) there are four essential, starting questions related to each and every belief around any stressful situation in life. For example, in regards to feelings around the car crash I write:

I am angry at (name of person) for breaking his agreement to take care of my car.

Next I ask myself these questions:

1. Is it true? Yes. He did not take care of the car. He crashed the car due to his own negligence and then he refused to make any reparations. Only a yes or no answer is allowed here which keeps you from falling back into the details and complexities of the story in your mind–but of course more beliefs arise as you can see in what I just wrote. Each of these beliefs may need to be dealt with separately, eg, I am angry at _______ for being negligent. Or: I am angry at _____ for refusing to take responsibility for his actions, etc.

2. Is it absolutely true? Only to be answered if you answered Yes in No. 1. Doubt about having absolute knowledge and wisdom may start in No. 1 or it may not.

3. How do you react, what happens, when you believe that thought? You list all your feelings and attitudes, eg I blame, get angry, feel disgusted and judgmental, am deaf to any excuses or explanations, only want reparations paid NOW!

4. How would I be if I did not have this belief? Eg. I would be open, supportive, able to hear and to listen to his story, generous about finding a solution together.

Doing The Work with the worksheet has helped me get clear about my feelings and beliefs. I actually emailed the person asking him if he would speak with me to share his thoughts and feelings and to hear mine. Whether or not he responds is not the point–and I really doubt that he will respond. Writing the email asking only for dialogue without any agenda, allowed an opening of the tight space in my heart. With this opening I began to look at promises I have made to myself or need to make. And how I may be being negligent in life by taking obvious risks and not taking care of myself responsibly. And how I might take better care with myself.

I may not be taking good care by putting trust where it does not belong. Or by having unfounded expectations. Or by not asking directly for clarification. This is hard stuff. Most people –myself included–do not like to be held perfectly accountable or to think things through. Most people do not care to strive for such clarity. It takes time and effort between people. It is rare in life to find people who are willing to take the time and spend the effort for such honest, clean and clear communication.

As I grow in my ability to care for myself by keeping promises to myself, by being responsible to myself for my well-being and by paying the dues I owe to myself when I make a mistake, I will be more able to see in others the level and quality of care a person is able to enact in a relationship with me. Those who have learned that self care is an essential part of loving others begin to offer freely, and more selflessly, yet with boundaries that are appropriate for themselves. I know as I grow in my own self care I will be able make better choices about with whom and in what way I entrust my life (and my “stuff” such as a car) to others.

Life is a process we are all learning.

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When I left Brooklyn last January 11th I knew I was taking an incredible journey just by the act of committing to being at Sivananda Yoga Retreat Center for over three months. It turned out to be over four months and now the journey is winding back toward life in Brooklyn.

I say “winding” because the path as I have experienced it in these past months has not exactly followed the original, outward intention I set, to do Karma Yoga for three months. It has followed the intention I held within myself to “re-group and see what appears”. There have been some remarkable appearances.

The Sivananda Yoga Teacher Training Course was and continues to be life altering on a daily basis for me. Just the aspect of 28 days of such a rigorous discipline of schedule and activity opened the mind to let go of much of the unnecessary. To further connect through the lineage of Swami Sivananda by mantra initiation has brought wisdom and knowledge of the master into my work in Sound Yoga. The openness to the receipt of a new name for myself has given me a support and inner strength through the Hindu Mother Goddess Durga beyond what I could imagine possible.

The Path took me to these places. The Path or Self does that, I am beginning to understand, when the mind  begins to let go of all of the thoughts, beliefs and patterns that we believe to be our life and our self.

The greatest teaching I have received is that I am and my life is, so much more than I imagined. We all are so much more than we imagine. And by surrendering to and embracing a lineage and tradition of gurus and teachers, there is the possibility to be supported and to discover our True Nature within the form of our limited self.

There is no greater gift than such a recognition that we are all on the Path, winding as it is, forever connecting the True Self Home.

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