benefits of meditation

Celebrate National Meditation Month – About Meditation – Meditation Article

May marks the start of National Meditation Month 2018. Every day I hear someone say, “I should meditate.” Usually followed by a but (insert your but here). The buts are basically the same. I should meditate, but: It’s too difficult. I don’t have time. I can’t stop my thoughts. As a mentor and meditation teacher, I listen and usually share insights as to why these particular buts aren’t true. For example: Meditation is easy and effortless. The less you do…

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Yes, Fulfillment Is a Path but It’s Also the Goal – Meditation Article

Achievement versus fulfillment? The tension between these two is a contemplation my spiritual activist friend Gibrán Rivera has been exploring, and it got my wheels turning: The drive to grow and to achieve needs to be tempered. It is a good thing. But it comes with a trap. It can lead us to postpone fulfillment. It can lead us to believe that we will only be fulfilled when we achieve the goals we are seeking. This is a dangerous mind trick. This resonated with me. In…

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When People Say “We Are One”, What Are They Talking About? – Meditation Article

  I entered onto the spiritual path in earnest at a time when the profound esoteric wisdom of the East was being pursued earnestly in many circles. Some of us decided to pursue awakening and enlightenment with single pointed dedication. We lived in communities, did extreme amounts of practices, traveled to India, spent time with teachers and read sacred texts. Revisiting the Roots of Awakening Lately I feel myself called back to these roots and the radical spirit of discovery…

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Living In The Grey – About Meditation – Meditation Article

Scrolling through an online feed, I came across this inspirational quote, “Be kind to others, even when others can’t be kind to you.” It was complete with a clean font and a scenic background. On immediate reflection, that’s a nice piece of advice. However, I have more than one client who is working on setting better boundaries because they are too nice to others at the expense of themselves. They care for others in a way that is depleting and…

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With Meditation We Can Remain Steady Through Any Storm – Meditation Article

  When we meditate it is good to remain as still as we possibly can and here’s why. Our physical stillness in meditation is a metaphor for not moving inwardly. In deep meditation we discover an inner stillness that is not an act of being still as much as it is a discovery of an aspect of ourselves that is always already still. In deep meditation, we find a place in ourselves that has never moved, is not moving now,…

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5-step Formula to (Finally) Creating a Regular Meditation Habit – Meditation Article

Meditation is a desirable habit to cultivate. There are hundreds of scientific benefits associated with regular meditation, and it is a key life habit that also sparks a chain reaction for other good habits to take hold, such as: Quality sleep Enhanced mood Better relationships Increased self-awareness If you’ve been wanting to start a regular meditation practice that will create very visible, real and positive changes in your life, follow this 5-step formula. 5-Step Formula 1) Identify The best way to…

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Finding the Faith to Let Go – Meditation Article

When the great mystic poet Rumi was asked, “How should one meditate?” his reply was simply, “Close your eyes and surrender.” Entering the unknown Meditation is a conscious practice of letting go of the mind. That means consciously entering into a space in which we authentically and literally know nothing. This is a very practical way of understanding what might otherwise be spoken about as entering into the divine mystery, or as it has been referred to in classic literature,…

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5 Steps (Plus 1 Meditation) to Forgiveness – Meditation Article

Do you know how I know meditation is working in my life? For starters, I don’t shame myself or beat myself up about something I’ve done, or failed to do. I show myself the same kindness and compassion that I’d give to my best friend. For example, last week I spontaneously decided to drop in to a community meditation. (I love the collective energy of group meditation. Sharing silence is decadent and the ripple effect is powerful.) I stroll in…

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Meditation is an Embrace of the Way Things are – Meditation Article

The profound opportunity that meditation gives you is the chance to completely free you from any adherence you have to your current interpretive framework. That means letting go of all of the ways that you make sense of your experience so that you can feel the ecstasy of non-conceptual pure awareness. If this doesn’t necessarily sound good to you, read on. Not Really Experiencing Reality You see, all the experiences we have, which means every sensation that runs through us,…

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How To Mindfully Read The News – Meditation Article

  Regardless of your political affiliation or philosophical bent, it has undoubtedly been a very intense, very combative time lately in American politics and discourse. It is hard to turn on the TV or pick up a paper or open a website without a strong tone of conflict and strife in most headlines and articles, whether the author’s intent is to stoke existing flames or simply to report on what’s going on. How can the tools of meditation and mindfulness…

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Rewilding Ourselves Back into Our True Nature – Meditation Article

What is Rewilding? There is a term called “rewilding” often utilized within the frameworks of certain spiritual philosophies and areas of psychological study. To “re-wild” something means to restore it to its natural state or form. To reclaim and align with the truth of who we are, we are often asked to “re-wild” ourselves. The process of rewilding can be tremendously painful and uncomfortable. We are creatures of habit. Most of us don’t volunteer to drastically change our lives unless…

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How to Do Less and Achieve Success – Meditation Article

“Nothing in the world is worth having or worth doing unless it means effort, pain, difficulty…” – Theodore Roosevelt That’s one way of looking at things. The less popular theory, especially in the U.S., is do less to achieve more. Neither is 100% right or wrong. Strike a balance. Be effortless in meditation and swiftly move toward greater success. Studies show that work productivity dramatically drops after 50 hours of work each week, yet half of Americans admit to working…

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[New Audio Meditation] Infuse Your Life with Gratitude – Meditation Article

“Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues but the parent of all others.” – Marcus Tullius Cicero The power of gratitude is no secret. When practiced regularly and paired with meditation, it can have tremendous physical and emotional benefits. Gratitude has several meanings and connotations. In particular, there are three core elements: Grace, Graciousness, and gratefulness. Nurturing gratitude, and all three senses of that word, as a daily, hourly, moment-to-moment habit can be transformative. “Gratitude unlocks the fullness of…

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Meditation and Anxiety – About Meditation – Meditation Article

It is becoming more widely known that a meditation practice can be helpful in curbing anxiety. Anxiety generally comes in two forms – a fear-based resistance to some deeper feelings that are arising, and projecting past pain onto the unknown of the future. With practice, meditation can be a powerful practice to help inhibit the life and growth of both these forms of anxiety. Mindfulness One popular approach to meditation is about being fully present with whatever arises, moving with…

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When It All Feels Like Too Much: Embracing Our Highly Sensitive Nature in an Age of Overwhelm – Meditation Article

  I believe that all humans are sensitive and intuitive. However, in our modern world, our culture tends to see sensitivity as a weakness while intuition is not something to be trusted. When I was growing up in the 90’s, highly-sensitive people were often diagnosed under the umbrella of disorders such as ADD/ADHD, Autism Spectrum, ODD, Bipolar and Sensory Integration Disorder to name a few. I know of this first hand because I was one of the children given several…

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4 New Year Tips for a Fresh Start and Infinite Possibilities – Meditation Article

  The beginning of the year is a special time that is worthy of your attention. It is one of the best times to connect with yourself and evaluate the different areas of your life. Ask yourself, “What do I really, really want?” Be open and listen to your heart’s deepest desires. The truth is that in any given moment you have the ability to blink your eyes open and step into the life of your dreams. You can choose to see life through the lens of love rather than fear. Feel peaceful…

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Be Open to Something New – Meditation Article

  When we’re young, everything is new. Everything is exciting. What joy a toddler has learning about gravity, experiencing the sheer amazement of mailboxes, or to work their fingers. They soak up life like a sponge. Yet at some point in the child’s development, the rate at which he is experiencing and learning new things starts to slow down. What once induced awe now is taken for granted and has become an ingrained understanding of the world. As this rate…

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How Meditation Will Shape Your New Year – Meditation Article

I love this powerful time when we transition from one year into the next. In my country, whether or not you celebrate the end-of-year holidays, the unmistakable essence of a kind of finality fills the air. And in a similar way, whatever your beliefs or background, experiencing some sense of uncharted possibility at the New Year seems unavoidable. For a mundane but ubiquitous example, it’s when gyms always experience their biggest bump in new memberships! I want to share with you how I’ve been engaging the momentum of this period…

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The Alchemy of Transformation: Navigating Right Alignment Amongst Transitional Thresholds – Meditation Article

  As spiritual seekers and trailblazers with an insatiable craving for truth, many of us are always leaning into an inquiry of how to discover and maintain balance and alignment in our lives. As beings who are in a continuous process of evolution, our relationship with balance and alignment can look vastly different at every growth stage. As we grow and change, our needs, values, and boundaries also evolve along with us. We feel the pain and discomfort most intensely…

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5 Steps to Let Love Flow – Meditation Article

  Even though we are wired for love, being in love may be the scariest thing one can experience. We desperately want that one fulfilling relationship, yet we go to great lengths to avoid rejection and heartbreak. Love and fear don’t mix. Reflecting on my own life, I noticed how often I closed in an attempt to protect myself. I shut people out. I isolated under stress. I didn’t want people to see I was having a hard time. Or worse, try to fix it. Deep below the surface, I felt unworthy. I thought I had to…

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A Meditation to Tap into Your Creative Side – Meditation Article

Creativity 101: The act of living is an art, according to Ayurveda, and the art of life is in the practices that cultivate wellness. It just so happens that the best practices for this are linked to greater creativity, which, in itself, contributes to greater happiness. Studies show one must be creative, generative, positive, engaged, present, and mindful to optimize overall health, good immune function and more. Doing creative things is also a proven mood enhancer, however, what this looks…

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A Return to Innocence – About Meditation – Meditation Article

  I teach a form of meditation that can act as a leverage point to catapult you into a different reality. In order to open ourselves up to the profound spiritual transformation that meditation makes possible we must begin to realize that our perception of reality is made up of a hopeless tangle of sensation and interpretation. In other words, what we assume to be reality as we look out at the world is not objectively real in the way…

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3 Daily Practices to Keep You Energized – Meditation Article

One of the greatest tricks that has really helped me live a happier, healthier life is establishing a rhythm to the day. This allows me to sustain just the right amount of energy needed to get me through my daily tasks without feeling depleted. Staying evenly energized isn’t just good for your productivity, but also your health: Ayurveda teaches that if you overheat or have too little energy, you are prone to a host of systemic problems including attention and…

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Self-Regulation for the Modern Day Mystic – Meditation Article

In our modern era, it appears that stress and overwhelm have become a normalized baseline for most people. When we were younger, the majority of us probably received a particular roadmap for success. If you worked really hard, got into a good college, and found a good job that paid you well with benefits, you would win the metaphorical game of life. Why is it that so many of us that have followed this particular roadmap don’t feel like winners?…

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A Meditation to Enjoy the Great Outdoors – Meditation Article

Going green is so good for you, and we’re not just talking about spinach smoothies. Studies show that being in nature can improve memory, promote sharper thinking, enhance the ability to focus, and improve mood as well as immune function. Living in a city is no excuse. You can find patches anywhere and everywhere. Make it a habit to get fresh air at least twice a day to soothe your mind and restore mental energy. Listen to this guided meditation…

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Letting Go In Meditation Isn’t As easy As It Sounds – Meditation Article

The profound opportunity of meditation is to completely let go of any adherence to your current interpretive framework. All of the experience we have, every sensation that runs through us passes through an elaborate and largely unconscious interpretive mechanism. Our experience doesn’t just show up. It shows up as something. It shows up predefined, but of course it’s not really predefined. It is interpreted. It only feels predefined because we’re not aware of the interpretation. We don’t see the interpretive processing…

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4 Mindfulness Tips To Reclaim Your Center & Ground Your Being – Meditation Article

“Your own mind is a sacred enclosure into which nothing harmful can enter except by your permission.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson Do you have days when you feel a little out of control? Maybe even a little crazy? I sure do. Sometimes events spiral out of my control (surprise surprise!), my emotional center veers off balance, and it’s like someone turned the world upside down. I actually think that’s pretty common for a lot of us. Not everyone has the inner tools to…

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A Guided Meditation for Times of Transition and Change – Meditation Article

You got married. You got fired. You graduated. You had a baby. You moved. You survived an illness. We’re all dealing with some form of change all of the time. And while a greeting card may exist for the particular type of transition you’re currently experiencing, one thing Hallmark never covers is exactly what you’re supposed to do with the cascade of emotions that accompany any major change, positive or negative, in life. The good news is, when we wake…

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How to Meditate Anywhere (Even While Waiting in Line) – Meditation Article

At this point, with everything that we know about the benefits of meditation, most people would probably agree that picking up this daily habit is a good idea. A clearer mind, more emotional stability, and a better attention span are all things that everyone can benefit from. So why isn’t every single person who knows about these benefits actually meditating? The answer, in a majority of cases, is simple: Time. Finding Time to Meditate In today’s world, we are all…

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Meditation as a Journey to the Unknowable – Meditation Article

Meditation is a journey into the unknowable. The practice of sitting and being perfectly free, unattached and nonreactive allows all of the concepts of our mind to fall away. You see, we live in a largely conceptual reality. What is Conceptual Reality? The vast majority of what we experience are concepts – ideas that take on perceptual form through habit and familiarity. And the conceptual reality we live in is constantly reinforced through our use of language. I am looking…

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