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Meditation Retreat

What You Learn From 1,000 Days of Meditation

James Connor | Posted 05.26.2015 | Healthy Living
James Connor

In 2009, I made the unusual decision to sell a company I had built for 14 years, donate nearly all the money and give away my possessions to undertake a three-year meditation retreat.

What I Learned From Spending 5 Days In Total Silence

Sasha Bronner | Posted 03.31.2014 | Los Angeles
Sasha Bronner

Revealing to people that I was going to be silent for five days inspired all sorts of responses. They were even more baffled when I clarified that I would do so alone, over New Year's Eve and my birthday.

WATCH: A Month-Long Meditation Retreat Changed My Life

Posted 01.28.2014 | HuffPost Live 321

Could you drop out of your everyday life for an entire month to become more mindful? That's exactly what Marie Claire senior editor Whitney Joiner...

Going Home: Mother and Daughter on Retreat

Anne Biging | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Anne Biging

Here I was, on a retreat with my daughter, trying to grasp what just happened. I had lost my mother. Although it was expected for a long time, it is quite a big thing when it really happens. In that moment the world changes and things will never be the same.

Meditation Retreat Confessions: One Mother's Suffering

Michelle Gale | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Michelle Gale

So here I am. Six years later and getting ready for five days in silence. I'm finally going to join that elusive club of individuals who have taken the time and made space in their lives for deeper practice.

Monastery Without Walls

Bruce Davis, Ph.D. | Posted 08.24.2013 | Healthy Living
Bruce Davis, Ph.D.

After being away from America for so many years, living another pace of life in the center of Italy, we forgot the speed, busyness, and intensely mental nature of our culture.

Shut Up for One Tiny Second

Mark Morford | Posted 04.29.2013 | Healthy Living
Mark Morford

She didn't really know a thing about vipassana (or any form of meditation, for that matter), except the little I'd told her. She had no spiritual practice or exposure of any kind, no idea what she was in for. But it felt right, she said, something she had to do.

Silent Retreat: Discovering the Heart Inside Our Heart

Bruce Davis, Ph.D. | Posted 04.17.2013 | Healthy Living
Bruce Davis, Ph.D.

Beginning our retreat, there may be anxiousness or restlessness separating from our habits, the routine we think we are dependent upon. Soon, there is a lightness of being, freedom, and joy in our surrender. Simple peace is present.

‘Meditation Will Change Your Life’

Michael Morgenstern | Posted 03.19.2013 | Healthy Living
Michael Morgenstern

Meditation will change your life -- drastically, and there's a very good chance it is the answer you are looking for. In the short term, it provides more focused attention, ability to deal with emotions, and fulfilling relationships.

Why You Should Go On A 'Silence Retreat'

Bruce Davis, Ph.D. | Posted 03.15.2013 | Healthy Living
Bruce Davis, Ph.D.

Coming into silence with a busy mind is like leaving the fast, crowded highway, pulling into a small fishing village with one dock, one store, and the water slowly lapping at the sea shore. We jump out of the car excited to find such a place, and then what?

Letting Life Live Through Us

Tara Brach | Posted 03.12.2013 | Healthy Living
Tara Brach

Everything is alive; the whole world lives inside us. As we let life live through us, we experience the boundless openness of our true nature.

New Year, Old Problem: How to Deal With Life's Disappointments

Claudia Ricci | Posted 03.02.2013 | Healthy Living
Claudia Ricci

I'm ready to make a few New Year's resolutions: I vow to try out Waldman's notion of "shouldlessness," that is, to live without tight hold of a map about how life should proceed. I vow to try to embrace life exactly the way it is, in all of its imperfections. I also vow to try to learn to live with the discomfort of disappointment.

Findhorn's Nature Sanctuary and a Circle of Songs

Meg Pier | Posted 02.02.2013 | Healthy Living
Meg Pier

As the first song came to a conclusion, I absorbed the smells of patchouli oil and pine and felt the warmth of the humidity created by our collective breath and body heat in the small contained space.

The Hardest Thing I've Ever Done

Erin Joy Henry | Posted 01.15.2013 | Healthy Living
Erin Joy Henry

I have always justified all this thinking and planning and creating of future fantasies by telling myself that I just had a lot of ambition to live life to the fullest. The problem was that the present me, just as she was, was being neglected.

Unplug And Recharge: My Week Without Internet

Ellie Knaus | Posted 11.30.2012 | Healthy Living
Ellie Knaus

While I can't claim that one unplugged week has cured me of the compulsion to check for Facebook likes, I'm going to make a conscious effort to spend less time in the virtual world and more time tuned in to my experience in the present moment.

7 Days Of Silence: How To 'Win' At Meditation

Ellie Knaus | Posted 11.11.2012 | Healthy Living
Ellie Knaus

My first days of meditation sitting were glorified naptimes. When my thoughts quieted, I fell asleep. But after a couple days of practice, I was able to stay awake during these periods of respite. I like to think my center of consciousness migrated back to my heart.

What Happens To An Irritable Person On A Meditation Retreat?

Anna David | Posted 10.22.2012 | Travel
Anna David

The Pranayam consisted of plugging one nostril and breathing in, then switching to plug the other nostril and breathing out -- for five minutes.

10 Ways Meditation Can Change Your Life

MeiMei Fox | Posted 07.05.2012 | Healthy Living
MeiMei Fox

I'm just an ordinary person who couldn't sit still for an hour when she first signed up for a Vipassana retreat yet has benefitted tremendously from the simple and challenging practice.

Want A Paradigm Shift? Meditate

Sharon Salzberg | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Sharon Salzberg

The meditation traditions I started and have continued practicing have all emphasized inclusivity: anyone can do this who is interested. You don't have to believe anything, adopt a dogma in order to learn how to meditate.

Astrology: Slowing Down With the Stars: Mercury Retrograde as a Contemplative Practice

Pythia Peay | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Pythia Peay

I think it's hardly an accident that Mercury retrograde has become part of the zeitgeist: it's exactly the antidote we need for our time-impoverished, speed-addicted society.

How Doing Nothing Can Help You Truly Live

Sharon Salzberg | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Sharon Salzberg

We come to meditation to learn how not to act out the habitual tendencies we generally live by, those actions that create suffering for ourselves and others, and get us into so much trouble.