Category: Beginner Meditation

Starting a Mindful Meditation Practice the Easy Way.

  By Ruth Lera   We all know telling ourselves we should do something is useless. It doesn’t make us feel motivated. It doesn’t make us feel self-loving and or make us want to improve our quality of life. Telling ourselves we should do something makes us feel like we aren’t enough the way we are now and suggests that if we just did a little more or became a little of something else we might be better. But we don’t need to get better. We are perfect just as we are. Constantly giving energy to the “I should...

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From Walking To Writing: Meditation in Every Action.

  By Melody Lima We live in an over-scheduled, extra busy, stressed out world. Everyone wants and needs to relax, calm down and find some peace. For some it is a life-style choice and for others it is a health issue. We, working adults, school age children, professional athletes, parents and business tycoons, are multitasking beyond our limits. We cannot focus on a conversation, we cannot vacation with checking our smartphones and we continue to acquire more devices with screens. We are hitting the wall and it is starting to hurt. We are seeking something new, something different or maybe something old. Meditation could be...

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Meditation For Before Meals.

  By Tammy T. Stone   Sitting on the cushion, we use various techniques and methods to quiet our minds, clear our heads, become observant of our breath and sensations of the body, and learn to overcome many of the obstacles to peace of mind. But no matter how we practice, the end goal is the same—we want to be able to carry this feeling of peace with us throughout the day. We want to be mindful, present and follow a middle way that steers clear of the extremes of attachment and aversion in our everyday lives; extending our...

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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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