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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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How to Establish a Daily Practice of Almost Anything, in Six Steps – Meditation Article

Illustrations by Tomi Um. Whether it’s meditation, yoga, or your favorite creative activity, you’ll get so much more from doing it every day. Follow these six steps, says Anne Cushman, to enjoy all the benefits of daily practice. Going to a retreat or program is a wonderful way to deepen our meditation practice. But how do we stay connected with these waking-up practices when we go home to the myriad projects, emails, responsibilities, and distractions waiting for us? This is…

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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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Why does my breathing feel uncomfortable in meditation? – Meditation Article

Illustration by Nolan Pelletier.You can’t breathe wrong. Generally, Buddhist meditation is not a yogic practice in which you’re supposed to breathe in a particular way (although this can be the case in certain advanced meditations). In mindfulness practice, the breath is often used as the focal point or object of concentration. Because it’s a practice of nonjudgmental awareness, you’re simply aware of the breath as it is, without trying to change it. In fact, trying to control your breath in…

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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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How to Sit – Lion’s Roar – Meditation Article

Needle-felted wool Buddha by Gwyneth Jones; Photo by Marvin Moore.Adapted from How to Sitby Thich Nhat Hanh © 2014 The Unified Buddhist Church. Reprinted with permission of Parallax Press, the publisher.Thank you for reading Lion’s Roar. Now can we ask for your help? Lion’s Roar is a nonprofit. Our mission is to share the wisdom of the Buddha’s teachings—to inspire, comfort, support, and enlighten readers around the world. Our aspiration is to keep LionsRoar.com available to everyone, providing a supportive, inspiring Buddhist…

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Thich Nhat Hanh on The Practice of Mindfulness – Meditation Article

The great meditation master Thich Nhat Hanh teaches five mindfulness exercises to help you live with happiness and joy. Calligraphy by Thich Nhat Hanh. Purchas a print in the Lion’s Roar store. Our true home is not in the past. Our true home is not in the future. Our true home is in the here and the now. Life is available only in the here and the now, and it is our true home. Mindfulness is the energy that helps us…

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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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Oh, Hello There, Body – Lion’s Roar – Meditation Article

Photo by Zack Jarosz. From your facial muscles down to your toes, tuning into how each part of your body feels can help you discover what your body really needs. In a body scan, we systematically focus our attention on different parts of our body, from our feet to the muscles in our face. This creates a rare opportunity for us to experience our body as it is, without judging or trying to change it. This exercise is designed to help us…

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How to Invoke the Medicine Buddha – Meditation Article

David Michie teaches us a healing meditation to purify karma and cultivate well-being. Artwork courtesy of livingbuddhistart.com It is no coincidence that the words “medication” and “meditation” are only one letter different. They both come from the same Latin root word, medeor, meaning “to heal or to make whole.” In the West, our medical focus is on the external—on the curing of physical symptoms—while Eastern traditions focus more on the internal, that is, addressing the mental causes of illness. It is…

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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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A Practice for Developing Kindness Toward Yourself – Meditation Article

Valerie Mason-John, author of Detox Your Heart: Meditations for Emotional Healing, shares a meditation for cultivating a positive relationship with yourself, and, by extension, the world. Photo by Anh Phan. When we take positive action and respond creatively to our anger, we are taking good care of ourselves. Taking care of our hearts, minds, and bodies is taking positive action. Learning to be kind and loving toward ourselves is a challenge. It is also part of the lifelong practice of…

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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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How Maitri Opens Your Heart – Meditation Article

Maitri means loving-kindness or unconditional friendliness. David Nichtern shows you how to do this heart-opening Buddhist practice, and Cyndi Lee explains how to incorporate it in your yoga practice. Photo by Xevi Casanovas. Our hearts are always fundamentally open. They’re just covered up sometimes by doubt, hesitation, fear, anxiety, and all kinds of self-protective habitual patterns. The practice of opening the heart is based on exploring and reversing some of these patterns. We cultivate openness while noting and dissolving the…

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How to Practice Tonglen – Lion’s Roar – Meditation Article

Pema Chödrön teaches us “sending and taking,” an ancient Buddhist practice to awaken compassion. With each in-breath, we take in others’ pain. With each out-breath, we send them relief. Illustration by Carole Henaff. Tonglen practice, also known as “taking and sending,” reverses our usual logic of avoiding suffering and seeking pleasure. In tonglen practice, we visualize taking in the pain of others with every in-breath and sending out whatever will benefit them on the out-breath. In the process, we become liberated…

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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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6 Steps to Starting Your Meditation Practice — Purpose Fairy – Self Improvement Article

“Meditation is a process of lightening up, of trusting the basic goodness of what we have and who we are, and of realizing that any wisdom that exists, exists in what we already have. We can lead our life so as to become more awake to who we are and what we’re doing rather than trying to improve or change or get rid of who we are or what we’re doing. The key is to wake up, to become more…

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Spotlight: Phil Jackson – Mindfulness in Basketball – Meditation Article

September 10, 2019 In early 2018, the NBA had a problem: DeMar DeRozan tweeted late at night “This depression get the best of me.” DeMar DeRozan, star of the Toronto Raptors, franchise leader in regular season games played, wins, total minutes, field goals, and free throws – a titan of sports performance – was losing sleep not over how to be better at basketball, but over stress.    This depression get the best of me… — DeMar DeRozan (@DeMar_DeRozan) February…

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Sleepy Mind, Monkey Mind – Lion’s Roar – Meditation Article

Anita Feng shares how to stop going back and forth between drowsiness and “monkey mind.” Photo by Andre Mouton. Question: When I’m meditating, I mostly flip-flop between trying not to fall asleep and getting lost in my thoughts and fantasies. How do I stop going back and forth between drowsiness and monkey mind? Anita Feng: Whenever you wander into the stupor of sleepiness or the labyrinth fantasies of the monkey mind, just note this occurrence. There is no need to…

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How to Practice Loving-Kindness – Lion’s Roar – Meditation Article

JoAnna Hardy teaches us the famed Buddhist practice of metta – offering love to ourselves and others. Illustrations by Tomi Um. When I was introduced to the practice of metta—most often translated as lovingkindness practice—I definitely knew it wasn’t for me. It was too mushy and sentimental for my pragmatic mind. It was reminiscent of the wishful praying that I thought was reserved for the type of faith I had left behind. I didn’t really believe that I—or maybe any living…

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May Meditation Challenge – Meditation Article

April 29, 2019 For a mindful month of May, we’ve decided to host a 3-week meditation challenge where all participants will have free access to our full collection of 100+ Guided Meditations! What’s in it for YOU: Enjoy $50 off a Muse device for joining Build your meditation practice with free access to our 100+ Guided Meditations for 1 month Weekly motivational and educational mindful tips from leading experts For every friend you invite that completes the challenge, you’ll receive…

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How Do I Work with My Fear of Other People’s Anger? – Meditation Article

You can’t stop people from being angry at you, advises Insight Meditation teacher Gina Sharpe, but you can change how it makes you feel. Photo by Jonathan Emmanuel Flores Tarello. Question: Buddhists talk a lot about working with your own anger, but what about other people’s anger? One of my main problems in life is that I’m afraid people will get angry at me. That makes me vulnerable, lack strength, and fear conflict. I am easily hurt by anger, and…

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How to Look at a Wall – Meditation Article

Zen teacher Karen Maezen Miller explain’s Bodhidharma’s famous practice of wall gazing. Photo by David Gabriel Fischer. “Would you like to learn to meditate now?” I asked this of a student as we neared the end of the meditation class. I was losing my patience. All morning long, she had raised philosophical questions and objections. She wanted to debate Buddhism and not practice it. Time was running out, and we’d barely begun. I kept trying to get back to the point,…

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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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Elisha Goldstein on Focusing Your Energy – Meditation Article

May 24, 2019 Guest writer, Elisha Goldstein, is a leading teacher for Muse, the creator of the six-month online coaching program – A Course in Mindful Living – and author of many best selling books. The most invaluable resource we have in life is our attention. Consider for a moment, what we pay attention to and how we pay attention determines where our energy goes and what we bring into our life. If you put your attention on your worries…

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Meditation is the Key to Knowing Yourself — Pema Chödrön – Lion’s Roar – Meditation Article

Photo by Eniko Kis. Meditation practice awakens our trust that the wisdom and compassion that we need are already within us. It helps, says Pema Chödrön, to know ourselves: our rough parts and our smooth parts, our passion, aggression, ignorance and wisdom. Meditation practice awakens our trust that the wisdom and compassion that we need are already within us. It helps us to know ourselves: our rough parts and our smooth parts, our passion, aggression, ignorance and wisdom. The reason that…

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Meditation and Confidence: From Inner Noise To Inner Knowing – Meditation Article

  Self-confidence is indicated by how strongly we believe in ourselves and in our ability to complete a task or speak up what we’re thinking and feeling. It is an assuredness in ourselves for who we are. A confident person means what they say, and says what they mean. A confident person is not someone who has mastered all things, but rather, someone who is comfortable with failure, with process, with figuring things out on the fly as they go.…

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