Category: Beginner Meditation

Zen is Hard

  By Tyson Davis   “One day, someone asked Layman Pang, ‘Is Zen difficult or easy?’ “He replied, ‘It’s like trying to hit the moon with a stick. Very difficult!’ “Then this man thought, ‘Oh, Zen is very difficult.’ So he asked Layman Pang’s wife, ‘Your husband said Zen is difficult. I ask you, then, is Zen difficult or easy?’ “She said, ‘Oh, Zen is very easy! It’s like touching your nose when you wash your face in the morning!’ “The man could not understand. He thought to himself, ‘Hmmm … Layman Pang says Zen is difficult; his wife...

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How I Put My Money Where My Mouth is & Started Meditating During Nap Time

  By Reanna Spain   There are never enough hours in the day. I repeat: there are never enough hours in the day, especially as a work-from-home mom. The harsh realization of this sunk in when I got the bright idea to be an all-star mom, wife and business owner, all while maintaining a steady stream of clean clothes for everyone to wear. I found myself attempting to do everything, simultaneously. But each thing was only getting a fragment of my divided attention, meaning it was all sub par and my nerves were getting frayed. Here I was rushing...

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Buddhist Meditation: A Crude Overview

  By J. Martin Let’s talk meditation. Some folks are rocking some serious misconceptions about it. There are many types and styles with endless variations in between whether you count breaths while passing beads through your fingers, imagine yourself in a serene place, or focus on each moment of experience to it’s very edges; just know there is no right or wrong, the goal is a healthy, introspective view. Rather than break down all the individual styles that there are in the world, which would most likely occupy the rest of this current lifetime, we will discuss the two...

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How to Avoid Having Your Buttons Pressed

  By Kim Stevens-Redstone We all have buttons. Those buttons that get pushed on a regular basis. What pushes yours? Traffic? Weather? Injustice? Noises? Rudeness? Smells? Whose behavior pushes your buttons? Your coworkers’? Kids’? Parents’? Newscasters’? Random strangers’? Whose mere presence pushes your buttons? The guy eating egg salad on the bus? The slowly ambling pedestrian in the middle of the road? The person hovering over you in the grocery line with no sense of personal space? What things set you off? The rain? The lingering smell of fried food on your clothes after leaving a restaurant? A messy...

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The Practice of Tonglen: Sending & Receiving with the Breath {Lojong Teaching}

  By Daniel Scharpenburg The first time I heard about tonglen practice I thought it sounded really weird. I don’t connect with visualization type practices very well a lot of the time, so when I read that this was (sort of) a visualization practice I assumed it wouldn’t mean much to me. I was wrong. Tonglen is called the practice of sending and taking. It’s a sitting meditation practice. You sit and visualize inhaling the suffering as a black smoke and exhaling a clear blue light. We are imagining that we are taking suffering into ourselves and transforming it...

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