Category: Beginner Meditation

A Meditation Primer: Tranquility and Insight.

  By Daniel Scharpenburg   Meditation is a general term that’s used for several different spiritual practices. The goal of these practices is to bring the meditator to a state of heightened awareness and/or to bring a state of awakening or enlightenment. If we practice with determination we can come to non-dualistic states of mind. This can lead to enlightenment. Most types of meditation that are taught in Buddhism fall into one of two categories. They are Concentration and Insight. Concentration This is sometimes called calm abiding or tranquility. This type of meditation can be done in several different ways....

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Getting Back on the Horse: My First Experience with Meditation

By Dejah Beauchamp I have always had the impression that meditating was kind of like wrestling your brain into submission. I was, however, willing to discover that I might be wrong. So, it was with an open mind that I attended a day long meditation retreat with my husband. I’ve never really meditated, not in a Buddhist/mindful way at least. I do yoga, and I count that as my meditative practice. The retreat was held at a Buddhist temple in Connecticut. The tranquil grounds, surrounded by trees, contained large statues of the Buddha. There were about 15 or so of...

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A Lesson in Meditation.

    By Jason Garner   A few months ago my youngest nephew visited me with my sister and brother-in-law. I spent some time alone talking with Aidan, who told me about the fears he was experiencing, especially at bedtime. His stories of lying in bed afraid before falling asleep, or waking up trembling in the middle of the night amidst the imaginary sounds and shadow intruders, touched my heart and brought back memories of my own childhood. I remembered feeling alone, ashamed, and misunderstood as grown-ups gave me such adult-like advice as “count sheep” or “just go back...

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Meditation: What It Is…and Isn’t.

  By Sharon Salzberg When I first returned in 1974 from studying in India, I’d commonly find myself at a party or social situation where someone would ask me, “What do you do?” When I replied, “I teach meditation,” I’d more often than not hear them say “Oh,” as they sidled away. The implication of their reaction was very clear; “That’s weird!” Nowadays, largely because of scientific research into meditation’s affect on the brain and immune system, and the pioneering efforts of clinicians to study the effects of meditation on all areas of life where the quality of our attention...

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At the End of Your Rope? Meditation for Parents.

By Dana Gornall Some people search far and wide for a spiritual teacher or journey. They feel like they need to travel to another country or don special robes to become spitiual. Maybe they seek out a teacher and study sacred texts. This is one way to learn about yourself as a person and test patience, practice mindfulness and find ways to be broken open. Another way is to be a parent. Nothing shines a light up to our weakness and shortcomings more than being sleep deprived, having your body become a human milk machine, training a toddler to...

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