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Vipassana

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?

How Acknowledging Pain Can Help You Get Through It

Tara Brach | Posted 01.16.2013 | Healthy Living
Tara Brach

We bring alive the spirit of Radical Acceptance when, instead of resisting emotional pain, we are able to say "yes" to our experience. The instant we agree to feel fear or vulnerability, greed or agitation, we are holding our life with an unconditionally friendly heart.

Buddhist Meditation: Catching The Right Thought Train

Anushka Fernandopulle | Posted 12.20.2012 | Religion
Anushka Fernandopulle

Consider your mind being like the platform of a train station where different trains of thought pull through the station in each moment, heading to various destinations. The untrained mind gets on every single train that pulls through the station.

We All Have Buddha Nature: Uncover Yours

Tara Brach | Posted 12.14.2012 | Healthy Living
Tara Brach

While all humans feel ashamed of weakness and afraid of rejection, our Western culture is a breeding ground for the kind of shame and self-hatred the Dalai Lama couldn't comprehend.

InsightLA: 10 Years of Good Dharma

Michael Sigman | Posted 12.05.2012 | Healthy Living
Michael Sigman

This fall, InsightLA celebrates its 10th anniversary -- a decade during which Trudy and an ever-growing band of colleagues have helped change the lives of thousands of Angelenos.

Dharma Is Culture

Larry Yang | Posted 08.27.2012 | Religion
Larry Yang

The Dharma continues to be about Culture -- whether we are aware of that or not is a factor which will either lead us to create more freedom or less freedom for all of us.

Buddha Is Culture

Larry Yang | Posted 08.19.2012 | Religion
Larry Yang

And why is the Buddha all about culture? Because the Buddha recognized the importance of culture as a path to freedom.

How to Get Inside My Mind

Mina Samuels | Posted 07.09.2012 | Healthy Living
Mina Samuels

I agree with the general theory that it is a good thing for us to face our fears in some fashion, and that in so doing we strengthen our spirit (and possibly our bodies).

10 Ways Meditation Can Change Your Life

MeiMei Fox | Posted 07.05.2012 | Healthy Living
MeiMei Fox

I'm just an ordinary person who couldn't sit still for an hour when she first signed up for a Vipassana retreat yet has benefitted tremendously from the simple and challenging practice.

Be Inspired: Live Your Life With Awareness

Larry Yang | Posted 06.12.2012 | Religion
Larry Yang

Mindfulness and meditation are about deeply changing ourselves so that we can be the change that we see needed for the world.

What Are You Afraid Of?

Rev. Zesho Susan O'Connell | Posted 01.08.2012 | Religion
Rev. Zesho Susan O'Connell

None of us are immune to fear. Indeed, the Buddha taught that, at the base, all beings experience a state of anxiety, fed by our habit of resisting the impermanence of our existence.

The Life Out Loud: 'America The Angry'

MeiMei Fox | Posted 08.17.2011 | Healthy Living
MeiMei Fox

As unemployment, gas and grocery prices are on the rise, so are people's levels of anger, anxiety and frustration.

The Life Out Loud: Sometimes You Need To Shut Up

MeiMei Fox | Posted 08.03.2011 | Healthy Living
MeiMei Fox

Think meditation is only for those "spiritual types"? The kind of people who chant "Hare Krishna" as they dance about in their orange robes? So did I. Until I really tried it, that is.

Meditation or Medication? Or Both?

Michael Sigman | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Michael Sigman

A decade ago, having recently begun Buddhist meditation practice, I attended a lecture/Q&A with a Tibetan master at a Buddhist center in Hollywood. Th...

Meditation and Addiction: A Two-Way Street?

Michael Sigman | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Michael Sigman

Not too long ago, I had dinner with a neuroscientist who in addition to being a genius is a dedicated meditator. The way he explained the wonders of n...