Category: The Faces of Meditation

The Faces of Meditation: Jeff Eisenberg

  By Jeff Eisenberg I was first exposed to meditation as part of my martial arts training. I started martial arts as a child, and my beginning experience with meditation was simply as a means used by the instructor to teach us to develop the ability of self restraint through the mandate of forcing us to simply sit still. Which, for a bunch of hyper kids, this idea transferred to our understanding the practice as one of forcing ourselves to not move. Since we were not given any further instructions on how not to move, I accomplished this miraculous...

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The Faces of Meditation: Dawai Gocha

  By Dawai Gocha I grew up Buddhist. My mom raised me in the Nyingma Buddhist lineage. For me, meditation is learning to play your own music. Our emotions and mental tendencies get strummed like guitar strings. I even started calling emotions the “E String” and cognitive activity the “C String.” But the problem for me was that I had no control over the music I was playing. So meditation became about settling into the “body of the guitar,” coming out of the dense dimension of preoccupation with the “strings” and settling into a more natural state. From there I...

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All Coming Together as One: Join us on August 5

  By Alex Chong Do Thompson A few months ago, I was meditating at my local Zen center, and I did something that I almost never do during practice. I opened my eyes, and I looked around at my fellow practitioners. What I saw shocked me. The guy sitting directly across from me was wearing black from head to toe. The sides of his head were shaved, which helped to accentuate his eyeliner. To my right, there was a young woman sitting in the lotus-position. Her brown hair fell to just below her shoulders, and her tattoo-covered hands rested...

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The Faces of Meditation: Carol Reedy Rogero

  By Carol Reedy Rogero If it’s pre-sunrise on Sunday morning or any summer/vacation morning you’ll likely find me headed to meditate at my church/pharmacy, the beach. I live about 13 miles away from the Atlantic Ocean, yet when I close my eyes I clearly hear its call from across the causeway—the rhythmic crashing of the waves in concert with the sun and moon slows my breath and soothes my frayed synapses. I am home. I seat myself on a circular beach blanket and begin sun salutations. As my breathing syncs, I try to imagine actually breathing out the swarm...

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The Faces of Meditation: Heather Bauer

  By Heather Bauer   This was taken by a friend recently at Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs. I started practicing yoga regularly two years ago, when my daughter left home as a way to get to know and ground myself. I felt really lost at the time. My practice has also become a way for me to challenge myself to get out of my comfort zone and gives me the opportunity to practice self love. Tree pose is my favorite yoga pose as it is both grounding and empowering. It connects me to what is both...

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