Category: Beginner Meditation

The Basics of Mindfulness & Meditation

  By Robin Langston-Saylor I’m no expert on mindfulness or meditation, so I won’t claim to have all the answers. Nor will I regurgitate what books and practitioners have taught me over the years. I won’t try to teach you how to become more mindful or how to meditate. What I will do is try to explain how it benefits me in terms that I feel anyone can understand. Then, if you feel it is something from which you could benefit, you can research and find what works best for you. First, I want to be clear on a...

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Meditation Isn’t Working for Me

  By J.G. Lewis Meditation, the art or the practice, is simply not working for me. I have tried; damn I’ve tried, but as I sit, as I try to silence the mind and find this eternally elusive stillness, I often end up thinking my time spent meditating is unproductive if not counterproductive. I try. I turn on the salt lamp, light a candle (sometimes), burn incense (more than a lot) turn off the music or the radio, and try to tune out all that surrounds me. Sometimes on the floor, other times in a chair or bench, I...

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Why Can’t I Meditate?

  By John Pendall Meditation is a safe space to get all the crazy out in the open. A lot of people are surprised by how un-meditative meditation can be. We’re used to seeing all these images of smiling Buddhas and tranquil Yogis; it’s easy to get discouraged. It’s easy to criticize ourselves and, in some cases, wind up more unstable and unhappy than we were before. All these images of peaceful meditators only show a tiny moment of that person’s practice. They don’t show all the screw ups, setbacks and sidetracks; they don’t reveal all the struggles had...

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The Benefits of Walking Barefoot

  By Michael Grey   “Touch, sweet touch, you’ve given me too much to feel. Sweet Touch, you’ve almost convinced me I’m real” – Daft Punk. I know from cycling and yoga how dedicated structured movement can free the mind of thinking, as one attends to the task. The path is one of the mind and body joining, attending to it’s wholeness. The first time I witnessed my mind really quiet and felt a state of solid emotional calmness was via guided yoga asanas with meditation. I am reminded of the quote by Pema Chodron, “It’s also helpful to...

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Sit Down, Be Still, Shut Up: A Basic Meditation Guide

  By Sherrin Fitzer I first became interested in meditation when I was in high school, but cannot remember how or why. I bought the book called, How to Meditate  by Lawrence LaShan. The rest of my memories are hazy. I do remember thinking that I could not meditate because I could not banish all thoughts from my mind. Unfortunately, I did not have a teacher or anyone to correct this misunderstanding. It was over 20 years later that I revisited meditation, after a retreat at The Human Kindness Foundation. And I have been meditating ever since. Sit Down. Posture...

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