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Mindfulness Meditation

6 Steps to Mindfully Tune the Instrument of Self

Ronald Alexander, Ph.D. | Posted 09.10.2014 | Healthy Living
Ronald Alexander, Ph.D.

Mindfulness improves your capacity to be reflective and receptive. Being reflective gives you access to information in your unconscious that's hidden from your conscious mind. It lets you receive subtle communications to help you live with more happiness, energy and grace.

Why There's More To Taking A Break Than Just Sitting There

Fast Company | Dov Seidman | Posted 07.10.2014 | World

Meditation rooms, unplugging, digital Sabbaths, reflection retreats, mindfulness classes--it seems like everyone is clamoring to find a pause button i...

This Video About Worry Will Really Make You Think

The Huffington Post | William Goodman | Posted 07.08.2014 | Healthy Living

"Can you allow your mind to be quiet?" British philosopher Alan Watts poses the question in his speech on worry, which he describes as "a mind in ...

The Power of Meditative Thinking Versus Positive Thinking

Eden Kozlowski | Posted 09.06.2014 | Healthy Living
Eden Kozlowski

With meditation one can learn to be in any scenario and access it from an optimistic stance. When we work together, we focus on seeing the truth of our situations.

This Table For Two Forces You To Be Mindful

Fast Company | Adele Peters | Posted 07.07.2014 | World

If you have trouble resisting the impulse to check your smartphone while you’re out with friends or having dinner on a date, this table might help: ...

5 Steps To An Instant Mental Break

Yoga Journal | Posted 08.31.2014 | Healthy Living
Yoga Journal

Got a much-needed vacation coming up? Maybe a long July 4th weekend? Your meditation practice is one of the easiest things to take with you! When your schedule doesn't allow for a full-blown mat practice, you can still quiet your mind.

The Mindfulness Backlash

The New York Times | Anna North | Posted 07.02.2014 | World

Mindfulness has reached such a level of hipness that it is now suggested as a cure for essentially every ailment. Anxious? Broke? Sneezing? Definitely...

A Dose of Meditation for My Self-Hatred

Monique Ruffin | Posted 08.24.2014 | GPS for the Soul
Monique Ruffin

A while back it dawned on me. Well, it actually fell on me like a ton of bricks--my faithful companion was a nice dose of self-loathing. This wasn't t...

How to Bring New Calm to Your Bedtime Routine

Kellie Edwards | Posted 08.21.2014 | Healthy Living
Kellie Edwards

I have a new favorite bedtime practice with my children. It works as well for me as it does for them and I couldn't be more surprised just how much ...

6 Meditation Problems That Aren't Really Problems: But Here's How to Fix Them, Anyway!

Sarah Rudell Beach | Posted 08.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Sarah Rudell Beach

It's a terrible misconception that mindfulness meditation is about emptying the mind, or getting rid of thoughts entirely. You will have thoughts while you are meditating! Stopping your thoughts in meditation is about as likely as stopping your breath.

10 Things You Should Know Before Your First Ayahuasca Ceremony

Ira Israel | Posted 08.17.2014 | Healthy Living
Ira Israel

Hats off to Bob Morris for his ruthlessly whitebread, antiseptic article in the Sunday Styles section of the New York Times! Glamorizing ayahuasca with celebrity quotes and citing the LA Weekly in calling it "exceedingly trendy" is irresponsible on so many levels!

Why You Should Meditate Your Way to Better Decisions

| Will Yakowicz | Posted 06.12.2014 | Small Business

Imagine you could make a great decision just by closing your eyes, clearing your head, and focusing on your breathing. If the notion sounds appeali...

Don't Stop Thinking (A Mindfulness Meditation Tip)

Jennifer Howd | Posted 08.09.2014 | Healthy Living
Jennifer Howd

When thoughts arise during meditation, it's completely normal. Minds think. That's what they do. Thinking is part of the mindfulness meditation process.

How to Find the Right Mindfulness Teacher for You

Ira Israel | Posted 08.09.2014 | Healthy Living
Ira Israel

When I meet fellow mindfulness teachers I sometimes ask, "What do you think the difference is between mindfulness and Buddhism? If the teacher starts prattling on about brain states and alpha waves and prefrontal cortexs and amygdalas, I will wish him or her the best and quietly excuse myself.

Cultivating Equanimity -- How to Remain Calm, Composed and Present

Chris LuVogt | Posted 07.29.2014 | Healthy Living
Chris LuVogt

Mindfulness is so closely linked with equanimity because it directly teaches you to take the middle path -- to not resist or cling to things, and to not just let things happen to you willy-nilly.

The Power of Stillness

Anfernee Chansamooth | Posted 07.26.2014 | Healthy Living
Anfernee Chansamooth

When you lose touch with inner stillness, you lose touch with yourself. When you lose touch with yourself, you lose yourself in the world. -- Eckhart ...

Postcard From London: 'Thrive,' With A Distinctly British Accent

Arianna Huffington | Posted 07.26.2014 | Healthy Living
Arianna Huffington

"The English are not very spiritual people," goes the quote, often attributed to George Bernard Shaw, "so they invented cricket to give them some idea of eternity." Having arrived in London for the UK publication of Thrive, I can happily say that, when it comes to matters of the soul, the British have evolved quite a bit since Shaw's quip.

Why Learning How To Meditate Changes Everything

Greg Murphy | Posted 07.22.2014 | Healthy Living
Greg Murphy

Meditation and I first met each other almost four years ago during a period in my life when the challenges on the path before me were great -- the launching of a startup, the healing of a broken heart and acclimating to a city where I at first knew no one.

Mindfulness at Work: An Upgrade in Professional Consciousness

Neil Seligman | Posted 07.17.2014 | Business
Neil Seligman

Imagine for a moment that you were a computer. What sort of error messages would you have seen already today?

What To Know Before Taking A Meditation Retreat

Jennifer Howd | Posted 07.17.2014 | Healthy Living
Jennifer Howd

Deciding to attend your first silent meditation retreat is a big deal. But the good news is, it's totally doable! Even if the thought of unplugging from modern life seems downright daunting -- chances are, it'll prove more than worth it.

The Brain Exercise That Boosts Creativity

| Debra Kaye | Posted 05.09.2014 | Small Business

Many corporations use meditation to help employees bring new ideas to the table -- Shell Oil, Google, General Mills to name a few. I think it's also i...

How CrossFit Saved This Doctor's Health

Eva M. Selhub, M.D. | Posted 07.05.2014 | Healthy Living
Eva M. Selhub, M.D.

I practiced what I preached for the most part. The part that I didn't practice was regular physical activity. I lacked motivation to go to the gym. But I had to do something.

Carolyn Gregoire

13 Things Mindful People Do Differently Every Day | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 05.01.2014 | Healthy Living

It may have started as a trend among Silicon Valley tech companies, but mindfulness seems to be here to stay for all of us. 2014 has been called t...

4 Ways To Stay Mindful All Day

Chris LuVogt | Posted 06.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Chris LuVogt

Daily mindfulness meditation is the key practice that makes all of this possible, helping you develop the ability to be resilient, centered, and present. However, it's not until you take the sense of presence cultivated through meditation with you into your daily life that you are able to fully reap the benefits.

The One Thing You're Doing Wrong in Meditation

Michael Taft | Posted 06.21.2014 | Healthy Living
Michael Taft

Do not pay attention to the content of the thought. Instead, regard verbal thoughts as nothing more than a mental sound. Your job is just to stay open and uninvolved with the thought, listening to it (or not) as you might to birdsong or the sound of a stream.