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Mindful Parenting: The Most Important Thing

Shauna Shapiro | Posted 07.16.2014 | Parents
Shauna Shapiro

Mindfulness has been my saving grace as a parent, holding me in its loving arms, helping me find my way back to my heart over and over again. It reminds me moment by moment that the greatest gift I have to offer is my presence.

The Gift of Monastic Life for Non-Monastics

Bruce Davis, Ph.D. | Posted 06.29.2014 | Healthy Living
Bruce Davis, Ph.D.

A sweet stillness begins upon wakening and continues all day and night until going to sleep. The first sounds this morning are the Canadian geese making their morning honks as they fly by. Today song birds join in, lifting the air, incredible. Then quiet again.

Meditation: Our Quest for Love

Bruce Davis, Ph.D. | Posted 06.02.2014 | Healthy Living
Bruce Davis, Ph.D.

As we take time for meditation, our awareness learns to rest in our heart. We are thinking less and being heartfully more present. In the silence of meditation, our noisy thoughts dissolve in an inner quiet. So much thinking welcomes peace and quiet.

Meditation: Ending the Tug of War Between Mind and Heart

Bruce Davis, Ph.D. | Posted 04.30.2014 | Healthy Living
Bruce Davis, Ph.D.

In meditation, we watch our thoughts. We notice body sensations. We find the space of no thought, no sensation. In the space between thoughts we fi...

The Mind Can Be a Lonely Place​

Bruce Davis, Ph.D. | Posted 04.21.2014 | Healthy Living
Bruce Davis, Ph.D.

The mind can be a lonely place. Feeling isolated in our own thoughts, we are depressed, anxious, stressed. We think the cause is too much work or a ...

When It Is Time to Reinvent Ourselves

Bruce Davis, Ph.D. | Posted 03.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Bruce Davis, Ph.D.

Reinventing ourselves is absorbing life's heart essence. It is heart essence which frees our awareness from disappointment, giving real freedom. It is our source of inspiration. The presence within us is giving the true joy which makes life worth living.

Meditation Is a Place of Refuge

Bruce Davis, Ph.D. | Posted 01.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Bruce Davis, Ph.D.

Meditation takes us underneath the stream of me. Below our strong ego is an even stronger presence. Meditation discovered by seekers in all the great traditions brings us to the heart of the mind. And this heart is a universal place of refuge.

Five Keys to Having a Near Death Experience (Without the Near Death Part)

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

There are five common keys found by many who have these other worldly experiences. These keys have value beyond measure as we take them, open, and make the pilgrimage to the heart of the sacred within us.

Meditation: So Much More Than Watching and Letting Go

Bruce Davis, Ph.D. | Posted 11.27.2013 | Healthy Living
Bruce Davis, Ph.D.

Sitting and waiting for glimpses of clear viewing in the midst of a busy mental stream is not the same as clear being, experiencing awareness as a great body of peaceful presence.

The Gift of Emptiness

Bruce Davis, Ph.D. | Posted 10.12.2013 | Healthy Living
Bruce Davis, Ph.D.

When we receive the vastness within, emptiness is found to be full of heart essence. Joy is more joyful, beauty more beautiful, life more simple, precious.

Unplug, Retreat, And Enjoy A New Personal Story

Bruce Davis, Ph.D. | Posted 10.02.2013 | Healthy Living
Bruce Davis, Ph.D.

Retreat is time for no self, no story. We are receiving our heart essence. Judgments and neediness dissolve in our inner expansiveness. Here is understanding. If we are to have a story may it be of great heart.

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.

Meditation: Finding The Pearl In the Hay Stack

Bruce Davis, Ph.D. | Posted 09.07.2013 | Healthy Living
Bruce Davis, Ph.D.

Under our pile of mental details, all the thought and feelings, memory is a pearl of innocence -- a brilliant light, the reality of our soul. How to f...

Awakening in Silence

Bruce Davis, Ph.D. | Posted 08.05.2013 | Healthy Living
Bruce Davis, Ph.D.

In silence we can concentrate, spend time in the availability of our heart, and be in reservoirs of light. Even our dreams at night can point to this light.

The Heart of Awareness

Bruce Davis, Ph.D. | Posted 07.15.2013 | Healthy Living
Bruce Davis, Ph.D.

Silence, retreat, and meditation are the main ingredients many are discovering to find and live in the heart of awareness. Silence naturally washes the noise within us. We find inner stillness that is at the center of our heart.

The Silence of Summer

Bruce Davis, Ph.D. | Posted 07.10.2013 | Healthy Living
Bruce Davis, Ph.D.

Summer silence stops many who never stop. The silence this time of year is just too powerful. Even those who think this is no time to slow down do find time to go slower. The silence, afternoon clouds, and evening sunset are just too spectacular for almost everyone to ignore.

Runaway, Busy Mind? There Is a Way Home

Bruce Davis, Ph.D. | Posted 07.06.2013 | Healthy Living
Bruce Davis, Ph.D.

Constantly thinking is like having a constant filter between us and the sunshine of life. We experience life through, in between, and over our thoughts. This shuts out the true light. We miss the direct experience.

A Different Kind of Pilgrimage That Can Change Your Life

Bruce Davis, Ph.D. | Posted 06.19.2013 | Healthy Living
Bruce Davis, Ph.D.

Instead of traveling to some remote part of the world, we seek a remote part of the self. We seek a quiet mind, inner peace. People of all religions and no religion are making a pilgrimage into silence. They are making a silent retreat.

LOOK: Yet Another Reason Why 'Fat' Isn't A Bad Word

The Huffington Post | Christina Huffington | Posted 04.11.2013 | Healthy Living

We're bombarded every day with the idea that fat is bad -- weight loss commercials, magazine covers, those annoying little pop-up spam ads that tell m...

Taking the Steps From Mindfulness to Heartfulness and Our True Ground of Being!

Bruce Davis, Ph.D. | Posted 06.08.2013 | Healthy Living
Bruce Davis, Ph.D.

To empty the room of our old life, to find the empty page to begin again, we find silence. We make a retreat. In peace and quiet, we find inner stillness. In this inner stillness is the ground that can become an anchor to our awareness.

Silent Retreat: More Than Broccoli for the Soul -- It's Chocolate!

Bruce Davis, Ph.D. | Posted 06.01.2013 | Healthy Living
Bruce Davis, Ph.D.

In normal life we are trapped, watching our mind racing around the track of our non-stop thoughts going around and around and around. Love is a silent retreat, enjoying no mind, no thought. The stillness all around touches the quiet inside.

Could Mindfulness Start In The Heart?

HeartMath LLC | Posted 06.01.2013 | GPS for the Soul
HeartMath LLC

How does the heart relate to mindfulness? Mindfulness is about being present to what you're feeling, thinking and sensing. Connecting to our hearts enables us to be in "the heart of the moment," and if you don't want to get hooked into those thoughts and feelings, you let them pass through.

Heartfulness: Restoring Mindfulness of the Heart

Bruce Davis, Ph.D. | Posted 05.04.2013 | Healthy Living
Bruce Davis, Ph.D.

As heart awareness grows, practicing compassion and forgiveness for ourselves and others comes more easily. A practice of gratitude or devotion to the people in our life can each be practices of heartfulness.