Category: Beginner Meditation

Your Practice, Your Choice

By Jennifer Mazzoni Since meditation is a personal experience, each of us will have a position we prefer. Below are three popular meditation positions that I will describe to help you find your preference: sitting, kneeling, and lying down. We can also walk while meditating, which will be addressed in a future series on the various types of meditation. Sitting Traditionally, meditation is practiced while sitting on the floor. This position can help us feel grounded and centered, because our bodies are directly connected to the floor. However, this can be a very uncomfortable position for those who experience chronic...

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When I Stopped Just Reading about Zen & Actually Started Practicing It

  By Tyson Davis Sentient Beings are numberless, I vow to save them. ~ First of the Four Bodhisattva Vows Our editor, Buddha bless her soul, sent out a request asking us to talk about how our meditation practice has helped us in our daily lives. This is something that I’ve been thinking about quite a bit lately. And I’ve come to a strange conclusion; my meditation practice has helped you—just as much, if not more—than it’s helped me. Yes, you read that correctly. I have been reading about Buddhism, and particularly Zen Buddhism for about 25 years, give...

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Making Time to Meditate: A Guide for the Busy Mama (and Dad)

  By Jennifer Mazzoni   Daily life is quite busy for moms. Balancing home life, work life, time with your spouse or partner, and time with your children can be a challenging task. There is little free time left for Mom when you look at the day as a whole. And many of you moms may argue, if I have so little free time on a daily basis, why should I take up some of that time to meditate? We all have daily rituals we enjoy, such as that delicious cup of coffee that welcomes us with its warmth...

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An Exercise in Being Intentionally Human

  By Devon Battaglia One of the most great and terrible things about human life is its variety. It’s great because we can make of it just about anything we can imagine. It’s terrible because nobody can tell us just how to do it; we’ve got to figure it out for ourselves. What we want to do is totally up to us, but there is an infinite spectrum of ways to screw something up, and plenty of ways to do something that’s just okay. There are typically only a few ways of doing something right, and the one element...

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My Friends with Benefits Relationship with Meditation

  By Dana Gornall I want to meditate. Actually, it goes beyond wanting and has reached a level of needing to meditate. I’m stressed, I’m cranky, and I feel like I have gone past overwhelmed. Driving to work the other morning, the radio was off; I drove in silence with my fingers curled around the steering wheel. I prefer keeping the radio off on my commute. The music played is just the same old replays and filled with commercials and talk shows. I used to try listening to podcasts on the drive, but lately I like the silence. Snow...

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