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Mindfulness Meditation

Does Meditation Equal An Empty Mind?

Christy Matta, M.A. | Posted 04.19.2013 | Healthy Living
Christy Matta, M.A.

Have you ever been told you need to "clear your head" or "get rid of all the clutter"? For many, including myself, the idea of sitting quietly with an empty mind seems impossible. If fact, this idea is often a barrier to any attempts to meditate or try mindfulness exercises.

The Top 5 Resistances to Change (And Their Remedies)

Ronald Alexander, Ph.D. | Posted 04.19.2013 | Healthy Living
Ronald Alexander, Ph.D.

I often see patients in my psychotherapy practice who are unable to make changes in their life and do not understand why they keep sabotaging their efforts. Usually this is due to a hidden resistance or unwholesome belief associated with the desired change.

How Mindfulness Meditation Works In The Brain

Posted 02.19.2013 | Healthy Living

Mindfulness may be so successful in helping with a range of conditions, from depression to pain, by working as a sort of "volume knob" for sensations,...

Psychologist Tara Brach on True Refuge From Body Dissatisfaction

Jean Fain, L.I.C.S.W., M.S.W. | Posted 04.16.2013 | Healthy Living
Jean Fain, L.I.C.S.W., M.S.W.

"The intention is to feel compassion toward yourself so there's less identification with the self that is disgusted with looking bad and more of an inhabiting of the awareness that is observing with kindness."

Meditation For People Who Hate 'Om'

Posted 05.19.2014 | OWN

By Jena Pincott If the thought of yoga makes you antsy, try these ways to calm down, clear your chattering mind and possibly even transcend. @m...

The Dos And Don'ts Of A Mindfulness Practice

Deborah Schoeberlein | Posted 04.13.2013 | Healthy Living
Deborah Schoeberlein

Mindfulness is a training process that moves inside your consciousness and only by your choice. Mindfulness develops over time; be humble about the process and enjoy the ride.

Why Meditation Doesn't Belong To Anyone

Ed and Deb Shapiro | Posted 04.13.2013 | Healthy Living
Ed and Deb Shapiro

We're all ordinary, and meditation is no big deal. It is more of an undoing than a doing. It enables us to witness how our mind jumps from one drama to another, it dissolves mental clutter, frees us of habitual patterns, helps release stress, and feels wonderfully peaceful.

Does the Mind Stop Thinking?

Mack Paul | Posted 04.08.2013 | Healthy Living
Mack Paul

I used to be ambitious about meditation -- disciplining myself to sit longer than I felt comfortable. I didn't find that helpful and found useless distractions that were most certainly not helpful.

WATCH: A Mindfulness Meditation To Relieve Stress

Posted 02.06.2013 | GPS for the Soul

In the video below, Dr. Joe Parisi leads a six-minute mindfulness meditation that will help you de-stress and unwind. In the meditation you will be pr...

Why Mindfulness Should Be Part Of Your Everyday Life

Michael Stanclift, N.D. | Posted 04.07.2013 | Healthy Living
Michael Stanclift, N.D.

The areas that are exercised when we practice mindfulness have to do with what we call ''direct experience.'' When we're experiencing something directly, we're fully enveloped by whatever we're doing. We are not thinking about the past, the future, or even about ourselves.

WATCH: Deepak Chopra: 'Meditation Has Nothing To Do With Religion'

OWN | Posted 02.05.2013 | OWN

Oprah says that when she had meditation taught to students at the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls--South Africa, she received pushback from...

Meditation, Demystified

Dawn Gluskin | Posted 03.17.2013 | Healthy Living
Dawn Gluskin

Meditation is a mystery to many in the Western world. Sure, we've all heard of it, but most say they "don't have time" to slow down for it and others say they simply don't know how or they've tried it and couldn't do it "right."

Changing The World From The Inside Out

Ed and Deb Shapiro | Posted 03.17.2013 | Healthy Living
Ed and Deb Shapiro

If we genuinely want to end war, inequality, and abuse, then we need to end the war within ourselves and cultivate kindness toward all, equally. The enemy within ourselves can become our friend by transforming it into our ally.

7 Ways To Practice Mindfulness In The Age Of Technology

Sura | Posted 03.15.2013 | Healthy Living
Sura

Technology is here to stay. Why not embrace it and use it to raise our levels of presence? We can do this by tuning into our breath, our feelings and bodily sensations. This lets us know how we are relating to technology in the moment.

Meditation Tips: Pause A Busy Mind To Find An Inner Calm

Bruce Davis, Ph.D. | Posted 03.10.2013 | GPS for the Soul
Bruce Davis, Ph.D.

Meditation does not have to be difficult. We are changing the habit of constantly thinking. We are changing our pattern of carrying the details and challenges of daily life all the time within us. Meditation can teach us to let go of our busy mind and be in our heart.

Choosing Peace: On Being Mindful, Willing And Forgiving

Tara Brach | Posted 03.09.2013 | Healthy Living
Tara Brach

It's easy to feed the fearful, angry wolf. Especially if we've experienced great wounding, the anger pathway can become deeply ingrained in our system. Yet, we do have a choice.

Zen Secret Number 1, From Seinfeld

Melanie Harth, Ph.D., LMHC | Posted 03.09.2013 | Healthy Living
Melanie Harth, Ph.D., LMHC

Meditation doesn't have to be stuffy and/or elitist. We get to be who we are -- that's the whole (terrifying) point. We are so richly overflowing with treasure, each of us. Once we get up offa' our things and begin experiencing that, we begin reclaiming our treasure.

Video: Start Your Meditation Practice With 60 Seconds

Sura | Posted 03.06.2013 | Healthy Living
Sura

Learning how to center yourself and slow down the mind is an invaluable aspect of health. Meditation is an excellent tool for learning how to be present.

Meditation: The End of Suffering

Sadhguru | Posted 03.05.2013 | Healthy Living
Sadhguru

Meditation is the first and the last freedom, because it gives you a gallery view of your own body and your own mind. There can be no suffering once this distance is established.

The 10 Secrets To Making Lasting Change

Dr. Randy Kamen | Posted 03.03.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Randy Kamen

Learning a sound strategy about how to strengthen the behaviors that support and nourish our wishes to be healthier, happier, and more connected puts us in a position of greater personal power.

5 Achievable Resolutions For A Longer, Happier Life

Lisa Firestone | Posted 02.27.2013 | Healthy Living
Lisa Firestone

Taking a positive and proactive approach to our goals gives us the best chance of achieving lasting change. As we take on resolutions that will help us to become our best selves, we must treat ourselves with compassion, sensitivity, and respect.

Feasting as Families Age... Mindfully!

Connie Corley | Posted 02.16.2013 | Healthy Living
Connie Corley

In anticipation of holiday gatherings with family, frequently gift yourself with the mindful practice of sitting with the breath, appreciating the air, sipping seasonal drinks and really tasting each drop. Feast on feelings, honor each morsel of the moment.

How Mindfulness Can Improve Your Work

Deborah Schoeberlein | Posted 02.14.2013 | Healthy Living
Deborah Schoeberlein

Pausing is an introductory mindfulness practice, but it offers a feasible and practical technique with which to start. Over time, training attention and awareness enhance cognitive functioning and contribute to emotional balance.

Watch What You Eat (With Your Mind): Buddhist Meditation

Anushka Fernandopulle | Posted 02.13.2013 | Religion
Anushka Fernandopulle

Sitting silently, simply breathing, then becoming aware of what is arising in the mind and in the body. What thoughts and mind states are occurring? Are they wholesome or unwholesome? Edible or inedible?

The Brilliance of Meditation

Dr. Debbie Magids | Posted 02.12.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Debbie Magids

Even though meditation is something that's in my wheelhouse, I've already begun to feel profound changes. The most immediate change is that I've started meditating twice a day -- something I've wanted to try for a while but have never gotten around to doing.