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Meditation Retreats

What You Gain By Ditching Your Smartphone

High50 | Posted 12.07.2014 | Fifty
High50

I've always been an early adopter of technology and hadn't realised the insidious changes that the best, fun technology had wrought. I now know that I am so assaulted with attention-grabbing gadgets and the ever-increasing demands of instant communications that I need to make time to disengage.

An Interview With Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

Bruce Davis, Ph.D. | Posted 09.13.2014 | Religion
Bruce Davis, Ph.D.

Recently I had the honor to talk to one of India's most respected teachers Sri Sri Ravi Shankar while he was visiting the Art of Living Retreat Center...

Pope Francis: The Bridge Between God and Therapy, Sin and Forgiveness

Bruce Davis, Ph.D. | Posted 04.02.2014 | Religion
Bruce Davis, Ph.D.

Pope Francis is standing on the bridge between religion and psychology. The worlds of religion and psychology both have their self righteousness and certainty in their position. Can he illuminate the truth in both?

Carolyn Gregoire

Why India Is The World's Fastest-Growing Wellness Tourism Destination

HuffingtonPost.com | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 11.11.2013 | Travel

Even before the Beatles went on their famous pilgrimage to Rishikesh with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi in 1969, India has been a popular travel destination f...

Falling Into the Silence of Fall

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

As I watch the leaves fall, each drifting in their special silence, I am touched. I am glad I am witnessing their final flight as if each is taking a final bow. I admire their skill of letting go.

A Not-So-Mindful Retreat

Kevin Griffin | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Kevin Griffin

On my first Buddhist meditation retreat over Thanksgiving weekend, 1980, the teacher, a Buddhist monk, took away our car keys, watches, and jewelry at the beginning of the retreat. The idea was to keep us from running away, stop us from thinking about time, and make us let go of physical adornment.

Going Home: Mother and Daughter on Retreat

Anne Biging | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Anne Biging

Here I was, on a retreat with my daughter, trying to grasp what just happened. I had lost my mother. Although it was expected for a long time, it is quite a big thing when it really happens. In that moment the world changes and things will never be the same.

Meditation Retreat Confessions: One Mother's Suffering

Michelle Gale | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Michelle Gale

So here I am. Six years later and getting ready for five days in silence. I'm finally going to join that elusive club of individuals who have taken the time and made space in their lives for deeper practice.

Meditation Can Be a Near-Death Experience (With Less Drama)

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

All of life is interwoven and interconnected. There is no separation, no judgment, nor possible failing. In meditation we enjoy a natural innocence, trust, and completeness.

Sabbaticals for Nonprofit Leaders Benefit the Executive, the Organization and the Communities It Serves

Beth Sirull | Posted 11.27.2013 | Impact
Beth Sirull

Burnout is indeed the, 'disease of our civilization,' as Arianna Huffington aptly put it in her August 2013 post. And nowhere is there more risk of the disease, at greater cost to organizations and collective society, than in the nonprofit sector.

Let's Turn Down the Noise and Turn Up Peace and Quiet

Bruce Davis, Ph.D. | Posted 11.12.2013 | Healthy Living
Bruce Davis, Ph.D.

The lack of peace and quiet affects all that we do, our relationships, and most important our ability to listen and know our own heart and soul. It is our potential for introspection that makes us unique as a species.

A City Girl Goes Zen at Tassajara in California

offMetro.com | Posted 10.25.2013 | Travel
offMetro.com

Truth: I am not a "Kumbaya" sort of person. As a writer and traveler, I come naturally by a streak of the dreamer, but campfire chants (or any chant...

Are People Who Meditate More Likely to Believe in an Afterlife?

Bruce Davis, Ph.D. | Posted 10.15.2013 | Healthy Living
Bruce Davis, Ph.D.

Everyone who meditates is opening the same door to appreciating life more and living beyond the boundaries, the hesitation and fears which use to hold us back.

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.

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.

What a Few Deep Breaths Can Teach You

Rabbi Joseph Meszler | Posted 09.07.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Joseph Meszler

The ability to stop and breathe is one of the most important -- and neglected -- skills we have. We often don't take a moment and just breathe into a situation, and too often we panic and forget ourselves.

The God of Summer

Mark Osler | Posted 08.21.2013 | Religion
Mark Osler

The Creator knows his creation. It should not surprise us that the ancient wisdom, embedded in our modern faith and too often ignored, tells us to do what is best for us, to give work a break and go to the lake.

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.

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.

10 Tranquil Yoga & Meditation Retreats In India

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 04.06.2013 | Travel

For years, travelers seeking serenity and spiritual renewal have made their way to India's ashrams and retreat centers to learn the wisdom of ancient ...

Silence: The Joy of No Self, the Joy of Being Our True Self in the World

Bruce Davis, Ph.D. | Posted 05.21.2013 | Healthy Living
Bruce Davis, Ph.D.

Stepping out of our worldly identity can lead us to the freedom of "no self." No self, no problems. Embrace this awareness, and we find the joy of being our true self in the world.

Silent Retreats: How to Choose?

Bruce Davis, Ph.D. | Posted 05.08.2013 | Healthy Living
Bruce Davis, Ph.D.

Silence is time away from time, where we discover the treasure of one's own company. This is the heart and essence of a silent retreat.

Shut Up for One Tiny Second

Mark Morford | Posted 04.29.2013 | Healthy Living
Mark Morford

She didn't really know a thing about vipassana (or any form of meditation, for that matter), except the little I'd told her. She had no spiritual practice or exposure of any kind, no idea what she was in for. But it felt right, she said, something she had to do.

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.