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By Abbegail Eason | Slowing down the inner chatter, anxiety, irritability

Meditation: Be Kind to Yourself - Lion's Roar

Painting by Tony Matthews.<p>A three-step contemplation to give yourself the compassion you need (and deserve).<p>Put both hands on your heart, pause, and …

Mindfulness

What A Pagan Harvest Festival Can Mean In 2017

Giving thanks to the Earth is as important as ever.<p>Pagans and polytheists in the northern hemisphere are celebrating the ancient harvest festival of Lughnasadh, or Lammas, this week. But for those of us who maybe harvested the occasional blackberry as a kid and are more familiar with cars than …

Five Mindfulness Trainings - Lion's Roar

The five mindfulness trainings are an expression of the five precepts, the core of Buddhist ethics, and offer a down-to-earth method of practicing …

Meditation

Ancient Philosophers Reveal 4 Rituals That Will Make You Happier

Alright, you’ve probably read a zillion articles about happiness online and you’re not a zillion times happier. What gives?<p><i>Reading ain’t the same as</i> …

Four Signs We are Experiencing a Collective Awakening

In spiritual circles, it’s often suggested that the human race is in the process of a collective spiritual awakening. Is it really true that we’re in …

Spirituality

Mind-Body Connection During Meditation Can Now Be Measured, Thanks To Science

There are some “scientists” out there who believe that the mind-body connection is complete pseudoscience. This is very strange, especially given the …

5 Mantras to Help You Become Calm and Confident

Can one simple phrase actually make a difference in your life? According to Sherianna Boyle, the answer is most definitely yes. She is the author of</i> …

Metta for Refugees - Lion's Roar

Zen priest Liên Shutt teaches a short meditation to foster compassion beings in search of refuge.<p>►<p>An aerial view of Iridmi Camp in Chad, which houses …

Meditation

The story of an Ivy League MBA dealing with a failed business highlights 2 questions to ask when you're feeling down on your luck

Brach, a psychologist and Buddhist meditation teacher, went over to Carl's house one day to check on him; predictably, she found him looking dejected.<p>At some point she asked him: "Carl, what's happening right now?" "What inside you most needs attention?"<p>Brach writes:<p>"He glanced up at me, perhaps a …

This Zen story reveals an important truth about life that will help you get your shit together

No matter who you are or what your circumstances in life, we all encounter tough times.<p>Even the first noble truth of Buddhism says that suffering is …

The transformative power of doing absolutely nothing

On a recent Sunday, I found myself overwhelmed. It was my last free day between several consecutive weekends of travel, visitors, and weddings. The morning had ticked away, and my boyfriend and I had groceries to buy, paperwork to file, a house to tidy, and something to do at Home Depot. As I …

7 crucial lessons people often learn too late in life

However, the hardest part about that process is realizing that sometimes not every opportunity lasts forever. You finally "get it" long after the fact.<p>If possible, it's best to learn these things sooner rather than later.<p>1. If you want to 'do what you love,' you have to work three times as hard as …

What to know about ‘sound baths,’ an ancient wellness practice gaining steam in the West

Some people unwind with a nice, long bubble bath. Others prefer a sound bath.<p>Never heard of the ancient sound-healing practice? The relaxing musical presentations, which predate Christ and have been scientifically linked to reductions in stress and anxiety, are becoming more popular in the United …

Meditation

Stand Against Suffering: A Call to Action by Buddhist Teachers - Lion's Roar

Thirteen prominent teachers explain why Buddhists need to be be politically engaged at this crucial time in the country’s history, in this statement …

Meditation

Sway Is a Beautiful Meditation App That Doesn't Tell You What to Think

What if a meditation app didn’t ask you to focus on your breathing? What if you didn’t have to listen to someone’s voice telling you what to think …

Slow Down, Simplify, and Clear Your Mind and You’ll Get Better Results

<b>“The real you, the inner you, is pure, very pure. It understands. It has patience. It will wait forever while your ego trots all over everywhere</b> …

One Habit Multi-millionaires Have That You Need to Take Up

Here are a few ideas on why and how to start your own "gratitude practice" from some of today's most successful people.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>When I launched <i>The Pursuit</i> and began interviewing leading entrepreneurs, bestselling authors, multi-millionaires and …

What is sound therapy?

If music is a universal language, maybe it's a universal healer, too.<p>Handling stress is tough. With all the anxieties of modern life, we can turn to …

When you’re depressed, make something

Depression doesn’t discriminate. Everyone is a potential target for it, regardless of gender, age, ethnicity, geographical location, or income. We are all subject to its grasp, and remember, it’s not the same thing as sadness.<p>Sadness is when you feel down because things aren’t going your way. …

How to Be Present and Peaceful When You Can't Stop Thinking

<b>“Rather than being your thoughts and emotions, be the awareness behind them.” ~Eckhart Tolle</b><p>When I first started practicing Zen (or presence), I used …

Simple Practices For Managing Holiday Stress

The holiday season can sometimes invite unwanted guests—stress, anxiety and even depression. There’s an expectation that people should feel positive emotions, such as cheer and happiness. Feeling opposite of how you’re <i>supposed</i> to feel can add additional negativity to an already stress-filled time …

Why Keeping a Daily Journal Could Change Your Life

<i>“The life of every man is a diary in which he means to write one story, and writes another; and his humblest hour is when he compares the volume as</i> …

The Multifaceted Benefits of Keeping a Mindfulness Journal

A dysfunctional family is more than disagreement or constant arguments. Anything from plain neglect, to abuse and even verbal and physical violence …

Motivation

Rewire With Adult Colouring Books

Adult colouring books have taken off this past year, as people reflect on their childhood. Many are left wondering “why <i>are</i> adults colouring?”<p>The main …

7 Calming Quotes That Will Get You Through Even The Worst Of Times

When life begins to feel like just a <i>little</i> more than you can handle, mentally repeating a few short, relaxing words can work wonders on your stress levels.<p>This fact has been acknowledged by researchers for quite some time: In the early 1970s, Dr. Herbert Benson, the founder of the Mind/Body Medical …

How to Enjoy Clouds

They were moving so fast across the deep blue sky. The air currents up high were pushing the white fluffy clouds with the deliberation of a shepherd …

Finding The Meditation Practice That Is Right For You

rotate="90"><p>Image credit: PIlgrimage of the Heart Yoga<p>Each week at our yoga studios in San Diego over 150 people come and enjoy our meditation, mindfulness and pranayama classes. Many of these students are brand new to this type of practice. Two of the questions I get asked most often are: "How do …

The Power Of Laughter And Tapping Your Inner Chewbacca

When I first saw the video of Candace Payne donning a Chewbacca mask, I thought to myself, this is unreal.<p>80M views in one day.<p>136 Million views to date.<p>What was it that made everybody on the planet watch this woman, who just walked out of a Coles and put on a Chewbacca mask just to have fun?<p>Just a …