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HEADSPACE: MEDITATING 10 MINUTES AT A TIME

A few months after Peter died, I attended an open meditation class in a large auditorium which proved to be a complete disaster. I wrote about it in a blog which described my abysmal foray into the world of meditation, complete with sobbing, used wet tissues, puffy red eyes, and a firm resolve that …

10 Simple Tips For Beginning Meditators

I've been meditating and practicing mindfulness for eight years now. Both practices have given me so many positive benefits--reduced anxiety, stress relief, control over my emotions--that I never want to stop. But, I can still remember eight years ago being a bit intimidated by the word meditation. …

Your Happiness Is His Right Work!!

ARE YOU HAPPY?<p>IS YOUR HAPPINESS "CONDITIONED" BY EXTERNAL EVENTS?<p>MEET A MAN WHOSE RIGHT WORK IS TEACHING "UNCONDITIONAL" HAPPINESS!<p>MEET ORGYEN CHOWANG<p>Author of "Our Pristine Mind: A Practical Guide to Unconditional Happiness"<br>• Accomplished Buddhist Meditation Master<br>• Teacher of Pristine Mind …

Release Your Stress Through Meditation

<b>Meditation can help us embrace our worries, our fear, our anger; and that is very healing. We let our own natural capacity of healing do the work. -- Thich Nhat Hanh</b><p><b>Whether you are looking for more peace or less stress in your life, meditation could be exactly what you need</b>. A common misconception …

A(nother) Voice on Meditation

It seems we can't go a day without hearing something new about the health benefits of meditation. Earlier last week, researchers from the Department of Defense and Georgia Regents University found that Transcendental Meditation could be used to treat veterans suffering from PTSD, suggesting further …

Can't Sleep? Try Meditation

Throughout my years as a meditation teacher, I've encountered many students who come to meditation from a place of acute anxiety. Meditation, and mindfulness practices in general, are scientifically proven antidotes to anxiety and stress, as they are about focusing the mind on what is rather than …

Mindfulness Health Insurance: How We Heal the System (And Ourselves)

<b>Mindfulness can unleash the most potent force for wellness the United States has ever known.</b><p>Millions of Americans feel disenfranchised by our health system. We're starving for something that costs less and works better.<p>Mindfulness meditation can be learned in weeks and practiced without cost by …

The Simplest Tool to Stop Sweating the Small Stuff

We know that our attitude is something that can be developed like the muscles of your body, so how do we do it?<p>How do we go about developing a specific mindset toward life that will increase our happiness and success?<p><b>Mental strength is the ability to think and feel how you choose to in any given</b> …

How Mindfulness Meditation Can Improve Your Health

What is it you do when you first wake up? Do you greet your day with a stretch and a cup of coffee or tea? Do you exercise or do yoga? Whatever it is that you are doing to create your day, if you haven't opened your day through deep breathing via meditation then you are going to be lost to …

What Meditation Technique Is Right for Me?

<i>by Susi Amendola</i><p>We all have our unique differences, and it's important to celebrate those even when choosing a meditation technique. What works for one person may not work for another. We each have predispositions and lifestyle habits that make choosing a meditation technique an important process.<p>A …

Daily Meditation: May You Be Peaceful

We all need help maintaining our personal spiritual practice. We hope that these Daily Meditations, prayers and mindful awareness exercises can be part of bringing spirituality alive in your life.<p>Today's meditation features a guided meditation by Buddhist teacher Sharon Salzberg. As you rush …

20 Meditation Tips for Beginners

If you're new to meditation, then you might feel overwhelmed when trying to keep so many instructions in your head: <i>watch your breathing, calm your mind, keep your back straight...</i><p>To take the pressure off and allow your practice to unfold more naturally, here are 20 priceless tips to help you get …

10 Surprising Secrets No One Told You Yet About Meditation

For thousands of years and across countless cultures, humans around the world have been meditating. Whether you're new to meditation, or you've been practicing it for a while, there are always new and fascinating things to discover about this age-old practice.<p>To the uninitiated, meditation appears …

Distracted When You Meditate? Here's Why You Should Do a Happy Dance

Lately, in my morning meditation sessions, I've been doing a mental happy dance every time I notice myself absorbed in and distracted by thought.<p>Huh? Isn't the goal to focus on my breath and <i>not</i> let my mind run and wander?<p>No, in fact the goal is <i>mindfulness</i>, and guess what: when I notice that I'm …

The Power of Presence: 3 Simple Ways to Harness Mindfulness

We hear a lot about being mindful - not just within spiritual circles - but more and more in the work place.<p>What exactly is mindfulness?<p>Simply, mindfulness is awareness of the present or the ability to be present in all aspects of our lives. It's a honing of the mind to focus on what is happening …

Reclaiming Buddha's Meditation, Modified for the Modern Indian

"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. They contained the gist of his philosophical and …

Anxiety Ruled This Lawyer's Life. Until He Tried Meditation.

A 500-square-foot Midtown studio in New York City is quietly becoming a temple for the anxious, the overworked and the curious. There are 26 seats.<p>From inside the studio windows, you peer over taxi cabs crowding 5th Avenue below and if you put your nose right up to the glass, you can see the needle …

Practice Mindfulness for Living Mindfully

Living mindfully is what really matters, and the point of practicing mindfulness is just what the words imply: <i>It's about training specific skills so we can apply them in real life</i>.<p>Mindfulness, by itself, is not the be-all end-all. Mindfulness means paying attention -- accurately and openly -- to …

What Is a Loving-Kindness Meditation?

This morning I was doing a "Loving-Kindness Meditation"where you picture in your mind a person you love. Visualizing every detail about them -- how they look and act, the sound of their voice, their unique qualities; using all my senses to capture the deep, rich, loving facts about a specific …

Mallika Chopra Says Throw Out the Meditation Rule Book

Mallika Chopra's last name is synonymous with well-being, but she wasn't born into it.<p>Her father is spiritual guru Deepak Chopra, who discovered meditation after years of trying to cope with his stress through smoking and drinking. "When my dad discovered meditation, our whole life changed," she …

Thich Nhat Hanh Shows Us How Eating Mindfully Can Nourish More Than Just Your Body

When we're busy at work, it's easy to quickly scarf down a meal at your desk or skip a healthy lunch altogether. But what does this kind of eating do to our souls and the environment?<p>In his short book <i>How To Eat</i>, Buddhist spiritual leader Thich Nhat Hanh argues that it's important to eat mindfully …

Caring Mindfulness

The practice of mindfulness, based in particular on the method of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), was developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn and has become immensely successful.<p>Over the last 30 years, it has gained worldwide recognition and interest, not only in the clinical world where it was …

Why Bother Meditating When There's So Much to Do?

I've been meditating for many years, but there are still days when I feel like it's something I need to tick of the to do list. On some days, particularly when I'm in the middle of a big project, it can feel hard to put even 10 minutes aside for meditation practice. The driven voice in my head …

The Results of a Mindfulness Meditation Practice

Mindfulness meditation is a funny thing. If you don't have a practice and don't know very much about it, you are hesitant. Leery. A little... concerned. Will this change me? Will this change my relationships? Am I going to turn into someone or something that I'm not?<p>But, if you do have a practice, …

When Meditation Is Not Good for You

As I travel from city to city offering Awakening Coaching Intensives, I hear statements from so many people like "I'm not very good at meditation,'" or "my meditation does not go very deep," or "I just sit and there is an endless buzzing of thoughts."<p>In my opinion, and experience, sitting quietly …

A Tip for Staying Grounded From Meditation Teacher Sharon Salzberg

I recently had the pleasure of attending a half-day retreat in my hometown of Los Angeles with renown meditation teacher Sharon Salzberg. Sharon is one of the foremothers of mindfulness meditation in the west (and I encourage you to explore her many books and offerings on mindfulness if positively …

Deepak Chopra Has A Very Simple Way Of Knowing If You're Meditating Correctly

Deepak Chopra's meditation litmus test is simple: “If you’re doing it, you’re doing it right.”<p>The meditation and mindfulness guru spoke to The Huffington Post at a recent event in Los Angeles to celebrate his daughter, Mallika Chopra, who had just published the new book, "Living with Intent: My …

I Remember My First Time

I remember my first time...<p>I was standing in the parking lot. Not that many cars or people here at this hour.<p>I had driven up here, instead of taking my bike, probably because it was so much easier to quickly be in and out. If it didn't feel right, not safe, I could just get back in my car and drive …

Why 'Calm Is The New Strong'

It goes without saying that the hardest part of meditation is letting your circling thoughts come and go -- especially the worrisome ones. But it's well worth enduring that challenge, according to Pamela Peeke, M.D., author of <i>Body for Life for Women</i>.<p>Peeke joined HuffPost Live host Caroline …

3 Steps to Mindfully Shift Negative Thoughts and Feelings

The belief "You can't teach an old dog new tricks" is false, at least as far as brain science is concerned. It has proven that the brain is far more malleable than we ever thought. We can develop new relationship, communication, and money-management skills at any age, especially with mindfulness …