Category: The Faces of Meditation

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  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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The Faces of Meditation: Marcee Murray King

  By Marcee Murray King   I call this my “sit spot.” When I moved here almost 20 years ago, I placed the triangle rock I had carried in my move to Wisconsin here to sit upon. This nook at the base of the cottonwood in the tree line by my house was perfect for it. This spot grew. Fallen branches became gentle walls around the perimeter. Crystals mark the four quarters. Bloodroot, trillium, blue cohosh, dandelion. A few short steps from my home, and I am surrounded by nature. Here, I practice my quiet listening, cradled by my...

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The Faces of Meditation: Oona

  My name is Oona. I am 7 years old. I will be in 2nd grade at my school in Knoxville, TN this fall. I like to meditate. I have been meditating for one year. I learned how to meditate in a temple with my friends from Burma. I like to meditate because it calms me down. Meditation is also yoga. Meditation could be anything, like gardening, as long as you concentrate. I can meditate for five minutes.   Photo: Oona Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)Click to...

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