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Meditation: What Can and Can't Be Taught

Steven Schwartzberg | Posted 02.01.2017 | Religion
Steven Schwartzberg

The path may be easier for devotees who align themselves narrowly with a specific teacher or theory, and stick with it no matter what. I can't know this for sure: It has never been my way. I have tried to impose a narrow allegiance on my practice but it doesn't last long.

Does Meditation Work? Part I: Defining the Practice

Ted Cadsby | Posted 12.08.2016 | Healthy Living
Ted Cadsby

So do any of these forms of meditation achieve their putative benefits? There are two ways to answer this question. The first is to examine the scientific evidence and the second is to consider subjective accounts from the many practitioners. Each perspective points in a slightly different direction; they are both explored in Part II: The Evidence.

China at a Tipping Point: Ecological and Spiritual Awakening

Zilong Wang | Posted 11.21.2016 | Impact
Zilong Wang

There is the China we hear about in the news: largest economy in the world; lifting hundreds of millions out of poverty and into urban areas; largest CO2 emitter; entrenched corruption; toxic air; poisoned food and water; growing disparity; political uncertainties; global expansion and entanglement...

What I Discovered After Leaving Civilization

AJ Mihrzad | Posted 11.22.2016 | GPS for the Soul
AJ Mihrzad

Going away on a silent retreat was one of the most challenging experiences of my life... I came to realize how interconnected we are, and how much we...

7 Things I Learned From a 10-day Meditation Retreat

Hugo Amsellem | Posted 11.05.2016 | Religion
Hugo Amsellem

Last month I did a Vipassana meditation retreat. The pitch is fairly simple: No talking, no writing, no reading for 10 days, meditating 10 hours a day. Here's what I learned during this retreat!

What Works to Free the Mind -- the Power of Inquiry!

Chris Mayya | Posted 10.14.2016 | Religion
Chris Mayya

In his book "One Dharma," Joseph writes about how he used holding to the questions as a means to finding freedom from the conflict in his mind about the path. He explains how we can hold the questions without seeking a response.

On Mindfulness

Harpreet Kaur | Posted 08.17.2016 | 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...

Take Really Good Care of Your Self

Josh Korda | Posted 08.11.2016 | Religion
Josh Korda

If we understand that we are capable of change, we feel empowered to practice developing patience, tolerance, kindness to self and others.

Three Meditation Techniques for College Life

Alexander J. Barron | Posted 06.30.2016 | College
Alexander J. Barron

Meditation is the practice of relaxing the body and elevating the mind. During the school year, mediation is a great way to decompress between classes and extracurricular activities.

Reclaiming Buddha's Meditation, Modified for the Modern Indian

Swati Desai, Ph.D., LCSW | Posted 05.16.2016 | Home
Swati Desai, Ph.D., LCSW

"The house of miseries is built with bricks of attachment. Take away the bricks and the house will crumble." After his long meditation under the banyan tree in Gaya, Siddhartha Gautama opened his eyes and spoke these words with a joyful smile.

Meditation Myth Number 3: 'I Need a Mantra'

Dean Sluyter | Posted 06.22.2015 | Healthy Living
Dean Sluyter

Mantras are one such vehicle -- but only one. They're soothing sounds that are psycho-acoustically suited to this settling process.

I Lived in Silence for 10 Days

Daksha Patel | Posted 05.30.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Daksha Patel

From the day we are born to the day we die, we will never experience complete silence. For 10 days, I did, in my practice of silent mediation. I arr...

After Vipassana, Heartfulness Meditation

Bruce Davis, Ph.D. | Posted 01.10.2015 | Healthy Living
Bruce Davis, Ph.D.

Heartfulness meditation restores, uncovers, realizes our Heaven self. Inside simple inner peace there are worlds for us to discover. We don't have to take the word of others what the other side is like. We find the love of the other side on this side, in our hearts, in a life of greater heartfulness.

3 Ways to Master the Art of Happiness in 90 Seconds or Less

Ritu Riyat | Posted 11.15.2014 | Healthy Living
Ritu Riyat

Change can be evaluated in many ways, and depending on your opinion, the experienced change can lead to happiness or misery. After three days of silence and 30 hours of meditation I discovered that the key to happiness is accepting change.

The Easiest Way to Meditate

Jon Wortmann | Posted 04.29.2014 | Healthy Living
Jon Wortmann

The purpose of this kind of meditation is simply to enjoy your mind. You are smart, capable, and the more you recognize how your brain works, the more you can value your brain and your life as it is.

Why the Spiritual Path Is More Than a Consolation Prize

MeiMei Fox | Posted 03.19.2014 | Healthy Living
MeiMei Fox

The long fingers of anxiety gripped me and shook me to my core. In many ways, it sucked. But overall, the experience offered me access to a new place deep within myself: a place of peace.

Was Goenka a Guru?

Jay Michaelson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Jay Michaelson

How much authority do we surrender to another person? How much do we adjust what we have to say, based on the capacity of the listener to hear it?

Vipassana: Makes Life Practically So Much Easier

Narkis Alon | Posted 11.30.2013 | Healthy Living
Narkis Alon

Once you become established in the technique, you can practice being the master of your own life -- you get to choose how to react to your body sensations. And this has a benefit not only when you are sitting calmly on the beach, but also when you are in a stressful situation.

S.N. Goenka: The Man Who Taught The World To Meditate

Jay Michaelson | Posted 11.30.2013 | Religion
Jay Michaelson

You may not know the name of S.N. Goenka, who died Saturday at the age of 90. But if you've counted your breaths to relax in a hospital, or if you've ever tried to eat, walk, or speak "mindfully," you've felt his influence.

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.

In Praise of an Extra 20 Pounds

Heather Donahue | Posted 09.11.2013 | Good News
Heather Donahue

I carry an extra 20 pounds, which I prefer to the extra 40 that I used to have. I've come to think them as individuals, these 20 hangers-on, but when considered together they constitute my powerful Corps de Chub.

An Open, Spacious Awareness For An Open, Spacious Life

Larry Yang | Posted 06.11.2013 | Religion
Larry Yang

Whether it is the internal or external sense of being "maxed out," what is often helpful is to seek a larger landscape in which to hold one's experience. This is not only a skillful means of coping with difficulty, but it is also an aspect of mindfulness and awareness.

A Meditation Vacation

Carolyn O'Donnell | Posted 03.12.2013 | Travel
Carolyn O'Donnell

A Vipassana course is travel of a very personal kind, as it is above all a journey with the self, which may or may not involve conventional travel. If you love travel of all types, you can, as I did, combine both.

‘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.

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?