how to meditate

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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Meditation Tips from a Sleep Doctor – Meditation Article

May 21, 2019 Dubbed “The Sleep Whisperer” by Arianna Huffington, Dr. W. Chris Winter, MD has been involved in the field of sleep medicine for twenty-five years. A fully board-certified neurologist and double board certified sleep specialist, Dr. Winter has been helping individuals sleep better through his private clinic, group consultations, and work with professional athletes. His first book, The Sleep Solution: Why Your Sleep Is Broken and How To Fix It has received praise internationally as a fresh approach…

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A Simple Guide To The Art Of Living (This Works Even If Your Life Is a Mess)Pick the Brain- Self Improvement Article

It’s no secret that everyone wants to “feel” better and improve their lives in some way while reducing the stress that comes along with it. There’s a multi-billion dollar “personal development” industry dedicated to helping people all over the world to live more fulfilled and meaningful life. Thing is, you can invest in all the courses, attend every seminar and read hundreds of books. But knowledge without action is useless. There’s a huge difference between intellectually knowing something and taking…

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