Category: Beginner Meditation

How Do You Find Time to Meditate When You are Too Busy to Meditate?

  By Daniel Scharpenburg There are a few things people often say in casual conversation when they find out that I meditate. I want to be very clear, this is what gets said in general conversation, not in a teaching context. “That’s so cool. I wish I could calm my mind down, but I can’t,” or some other version of wishing they could do it (because they think it’s easy for me, of course). I find that question very weird, but there’s one I find weirder, and that one is some version of, “I wish I had the time. I’m...

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In Meditation

  By Debbie Lynn Today I was cut in half. The line was precise—vivid—and in my mind’s eye I could witness this thin separation of dark to light, completely surreal. There was a cool shadow to the right of my body that took on the black, and a warm white light to the left that felt really good and I smiled. Back to the breath. The sounds around me—water kissing the hull, the roar of a floatplane, and muffled voices. I had music in my head that was trying to catch up with the music playing on my iPod,...

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15 Ways to Make Friends with Your Mind.

  By Tammy T. Stone You know them when you see them: people who radiate joy, don’t sweat the small stuff, naturally attract people to them and who seem to be in a pretty constant state of peace. What do these people have in common? Well, they’ve all worked hard to tame the beast within and turn their minds into their greatest allies. For the rest of us, life might look a little bit like this: worrying, regretting past actions, stressing out about potential future events, spinning out of control, retreating to worlds of fantasy and distraction. Sound familiar?...

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Meditating with Your Child

  By Shirley Wilson Imitation is the highest form of flattery, and that’s while children do it. Children imitate their parents because they want to be like them, act like them, and be included in their activities—even the quiet ones. You want to start the meditation process by making an area where you and your child can relax and be stress-free. Pick a quiet area where there are no distractions, and the area should be well lit, preferably with natural lighting. Meditating with Your Child Meditating is an excellent way to calm your mind and ease your tensions and...

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The Guided Meditation that Opened My Heart {Video}

  By Daniel Scharpenburg   When I reflect on my practice, I realize that I’ve been on at least a dozen retreats with Vajrayana Buddhist teachers, but there are really three that stand out in my memory. Not to say that the others were bad, but a lot of the teachings I’ve received didn’t do much for me. There were a few times when I was told that an amazing teacher was coming and then when they came I just didn’t get what the big deal was. Some of  my favorite retreats have been with Zen teachers like Karen Maezen Miller and Theravada teachers...

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