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Meditation Retreats

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.

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.

Ringing in the New Year in Silence, Simplicity and Joy

Bruce Davis, Ph.D. | Posted 03.03.2013 | Healthy Living
Bruce Davis, Ph.D.

Instead of celebrating and partying with the usual aches and discomfort the next day, why not be in the perfect stillness and let the peace and quiet bring its special presence into our lives?

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.

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.

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.

Be Inspired: Live Your Life With Awareness

Larry Yang | Posted 06.12.2012 | Religion
Larry Yang

Mindfulness and meditation are about deeply changing ourselves so that we can be the change that we see needed for the world.

Longing For Silence And Solitude

Elizabeth Cunningham | Posted 01.11.2012 | Home
Elizabeth Cunningham

In most places in our industrialized world it is impossible to be out of range of machine noise. I am homesick for a place that may not exist any longer.

7 Vacation Retreats To Rejuvenate Body and Mind

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Dolan | Posted 01.03.2013 | Travel

With the surging popularity of glamping, and the smooth pop melodies of luxe all-inclusives haunting our dreams, getting away these days seems to be a...

Making Love Not War

Ed and Deb Shapiro | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Ed and Deb Shapiro

Learning to open the heart, to listen to, respect and trust what we feel, is one of life's most powerful teachings.

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.

Refuel With A (Cheap) Meditation Getaway

The Huffington Post | Grace Green | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

Long work hours, holiday stress, excess eating and generally "over doing it" can leave you feeling completely fried by the New Year. Practice being...

8 Survival Tips for Your First Meditation Retreat

Marguerite Manteau-Rao | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Marguerite Manteau-Rao

I just came back from my first mindfulness meditation retreat in years. While I am very glad for the experience, and would repeat it in a heartbeat, I...

Will Spirituality Ever Be Serious?

Jay Michaelson | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Jay Michaelson

All too often, however, spirituality reinforces rather than transcends conventional limits, boundaries, and notions of the ego. Sandwiched in between manicures and lunch dates, the quickie yoga class becomes just another way to augment and reinforce the self.

Tranquility Through Anger

Michael Sigman | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Michael Sigman

The agitated mind, if allowed to fully run its course without suppression of any thought or emotion, may simply exhaust itself and give up, revealing an underlying, more equanimous state.

Why You Should Be Outraged About AIG's Bailout-Funded Spa Retreat

Brett Ashley McKenzie | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Brett Ashley McKenzie

How about an all expenses paid retreat for you and your colleagues to a ritzy southern California spa? After all, you're not paying for it; taxpayers are!

Searching For Silence: America's Best Meditation Retreats

ForbesTraveler.com | Lynn Parramore | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

Face it. Your brain is dirtied with deadlines, sullied with schedules and clogged with responsibilities. You need a psychic bath. It's time to manage ...