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Meditation Retreats

No Talking, No Reading, No Writing, No Media: How 7 Days of Silence Can Change Everything

Donna Rockwell, PsyD | Posted 11.20.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Donna Rockwell, PsyD

I just finished my first seven-day silent retreat. That means I didn't speak for seven days. Can you imagine? Not a word. It was difficult, for sure, but I was not alone. There were over 40 other people there, too, spending the week in complete silence.

How 11 Days in India Taught Me About Magic, Meditation, and Mortality

Reena Nagrani | Posted 10.28.2015 | Travel
Reena Nagrani

In January of this year, as a gift to myself, I attended a spiritual adventure throughout North India with my beloved friend and mentor. Having traveled to this spectacular land before, I knew the experience was going to be extraordinary, but I was quite unprepared for the depth of my inner journey.

3 Ways a Yoga Retreat Will Deepen Your Purpose

Mark W. Guay | Posted 10.19.2015 | Healthy Living
Mark W. Guay

How I found myself on this endless summer retreat is a random set of coincidences. Coincidences that led me to believe our purpose in life is less often found by completing a life plan, but more so about being open to discovery.

I Spent the Day at a Buddhist Monastery and Nothing Happened

Craig E. Sherman | Posted 10.19.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Craig E. Sherman

After having returned home from an overnight stay at a Buddhist monastery my wife asked me what I did there. Using the same refrain my teenage son o...

Lumeria Maui: An Unforgettable Portal in the Pacific

Greg Archer | Posted 08.18.2015 | Travel
Greg Archer

Maui. Sunshine. Adventure. What's not to like? After all, the beaches and sites on the Hawaiian Islands' next-to-youngest entity (The Big Island) are a plenty that many writers have been spotlighting them in books and magazines for quite some time.

On Mindfulness

Harpreet Kaur | Posted 08.17.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Harpreet Kaur

During my last trip to India I lost count how many people I met that had either been on a vipassana 10-day course, or were about to go on one, suggest...

Would You Like Fries With That Breath?

Brandon Nappi | Posted 08.06.2015 | Healthy Living
Brandon Nappi

McMindfulness Over the past few years, we have witnessed the explosion of mindfulness and meditation in popular culture. Physicians are referring th...

Why Meditation Is My Personal Hell

Katie Tandy | Posted 05.27.2015 | Comedy
Katie Tandy

I try to be deeply thankful to not be disfigured, lost, or forlorn. To be sitting on a hill in California eating organic chocolate and laughing with friends. But mostly I just feel guilty for being such a spoiled neurotic shithead that a day of contemplation is a kind of torture.

What You Gain By Ditching Your Smartphone

High50 | Posted 12.07.2014 | Fifty

I've always been an early adopter of technology and hadn't realised the insidious changes that the best, fun technology had wrought. I now know that I am so assaulted with attention-grabbing gadgets and the ever-increasing demands of instant communications that I need to make time to disengage.

An Interview With Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

Bruce Davis, Ph.D. | Posted 09.13.2014 | Religion
Bruce Davis, Ph.D.

Recently I had the honor to talk to one of India's most respected teachers Sri Sri Ravi Shankar while he was visiting the Art of Living Retreat Center...

Pope Francis: The Bridge Between God and Therapy, Sin and Forgiveness

Bruce Davis, Ph.D. | Posted 04.02.2014 | Religion
Bruce Davis, Ph.D.

Pope Francis is standing on the bridge between religion and psychology. The worlds of religion and psychology both have their self righteousness and certainty in their position. Can he illuminate the truth in both?

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Why India Is The World's Fastest-Growing Wellness Tourism Destination | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 11.11.2013 | Travel

Even before the Beatles went on their famous pilgrimage to Rishikesh with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi in 1969, India has been a popular travel destination f...

Falling Into the Silence of Fall

Bruce Davis, Ph.D. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Bruce Davis, Ph.D.

As I watch the leaves fall, each drifting in their special silence, I am touched. I am glad I am witnessing their final flight as if each is taking a final bow. I admire their skill of letting go.

A Not-So-Mindful Retreat

Kevin Griffin | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Kevin Griffin

On my first Buddhist meditation retreat over Thanksgiving weekend, 1980, the teacher, a Buddhist monk, took away our car keys, watches, and jewelry at the beginning of the retreat. The idea was to keep us from running away, stop us from thinking about time, and make us let go of physical adornment.

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.

Meditation Can Be a Near-Death Experience (With Less Drama)

Bruce Davis, Ph.D. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Bruce Davis, Ph.D.

All of life is interwoven and interconnected. There is no separation, no judgment, nor possible failing. In meditation we enjoy a natural innocence, trust, and completeness.

Sabbaticals for Nonprofit Leaders Benefit the Executive, the Organization and the Communities It Serves

Beth Sirull | Posted 11.27.2013 | Impact
Beth Sirull

Burnout is indeed the, 'disease of our civilization,' as Arianna Huffington aptly put it in her August 2013 post. And nowhere is there more risk of the disease, at greater cost to organizations and collective society, than in the nonprofit sector.

Let's Turn Down the Noise and Turn Up Peace and Quiet

Bruce Davis, Ph.D. | Posted 11.12.2013 | Healthy Living
Bruce Davis, Ph.D.

The lack of peace and quiet affects all that we do, our relationships, and most important our ability to listen and know our own heart and soul. It is our potential for introspection that makes us unique as a species.

A City Girl Goes Zen at Tassajara in California | Posted 10.25.2013 | Travel

Truth: I am not a "Kumbaya" sort of person. As a writer and traveler, I come naturally by a streak of the dreamer, but campfire chants (or any chant...

Are People Who Meditate More Likely to Believe in an Afterlife?

Bruce Davis, Ph.D. | Posted 10.15.2013 | Healthy Living
Bruce Davis, Ph.D.

Everyone who meditates is opening the same door to appreciating life more and living beyond the boundaries, the hesitation and fears which use to hold us back.

On a Budget in Thailand? Consider a Meditation Retreat

Daniel Kronovet | Posted 09.28.2013 | Travel
Daniel Kronovet

In Thailand, on a budget, and looking to explore your spiritual side? It's time to consider signing up for one of the ubiquitous seven-to-ten-day (generally silent) meditation retreats held all across the country.

Heartfulness Meditation: The Seven Steps

Bruce Davis, Ph.D. | Posted 09.25.2013 | Healthy Living
Bruce Davis, Ph.D.

Joy is in the little things. The simple joys make for a life strong in heartfulness where everyday stress doesn't pierce the sunshine of who we really are.

The Silence Inside the Silence

Bruce Davis, Ph.D. | Posted 09.16.2013 | Healthy Living
Bruce Davis, Ph.D.

The full dimensions of love are experienced directly in silence. The silence inside the silence is a force beyond any worldly power.

What a Few Deep Breaths Can Teach You

Rabbi Joseph Meszler | Posted 09.07.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Joseph Meszler

The ability to stop and breathe is one of the most important -- and neglected -- skills we have. We often don't take a moment and just breathe into a situation, and too often we panic and forget ourselves.