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6 Awesome Zen Stories That Will Teach You Important Life Lessons

9 Tips For When you Think you can’t Meditate.

Routine: It’s a good idea to set aside the same time for meditation each day. Make a sincere effort to meditate every day at your chosen time. This …

SHERPA Mediation

As the days, months and years unfold in NYC, since I returned from Mt Everest Base Camp two and half years ago, it's hard to recall the magic of the experience. The daily struggles that had to be overcome. The exchange with Sherpas. The majestic mountains. One way to tap into the feelings, which …

Meditation

Meditation and My New Normal

I first heard the word "new normal" when I was completing my chemotherapy treatments for breast cancer. It was used to describe the "survivorship" period of post-cancer life once the treatments are complete and we enter life with this surreal experience of cancer as something that we endured.<p>It was …

Meditation

The Art of Mindfully Letting Go With Buddha's Four Noble Truths

Twenty-five hundred years ago, the Buddha was like the first psychologist, teaching his followers about the power of changing their mental processes in order to alleviate emotional discomfort and embrace change. One of his insights were the four noble truths that helped people free themselves from …

Meditation

Want to Be Happy? 5 Powerful Ways Meditation Can Make It Happen

The power of the quiet mind, and how to get it.What if you could enhance and improve your life not by another new technique or tips you get from the …

Meditation

12 Dalai Lama Quotes That Will Change The Way You Think About Happiness

He fled his home during the Chinese occupation of Tibet and soon set up a government in exile in India.<p>The monk has been the spiritual leader of his people and his religion since he was 15 years old. He's also one of the foremost authors and philosophers within Tibetan Buddhism, having authored …

Spirituality

The Blessings of a Patient Heart

By | Aug 31 2010<p>by Tara Brach<p><i>(Editor's note: This article was originally published in the Awakening Mind, v.5.2, Spring 2004.)</i><p>My friend was late for …

How to Self-Publish a Book

Twenty years ago, if you were a new author interested in getting your book published, you had to shop it around with publishers and hope that …

Writing

Forget Setting Goals. Focus on This Instead.

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>We all have things that we want to achieve in our lives -- getting into the better shape, building a successful business, raising a wonderful family, writing a best-selling book, winning a championship, and so on.<p>And for most of us, the …

Marathons

30 Life Changing Lessons to Learn from Thích Nhất Hạnh

Luminita Saviuc, <i>Purpose Fairy</i> <b><br>Waking Times</b><p>When I think of Thích Nhất Hạnh, words like – stillness, love, compassion, peace and oneness, come to mind. …

How to Meditate: The complete guide to meditation

In this complete guide to you will learn everything you need to know about meditation including: what meditation is, where it came from, benefits to …

Curried Quinoa Salad with Nectarines and Sugar Snap Peas

1. Cook sugar snap peas in large saucepan of boiling salted water 1 1/2 to 2 minutes, or until crisp-tender. Transfer to paper-towel-lined plate with …

Food Preservation

Shore up the Core

Core strength supports the body in myriad ways. But, as Sage Rountree explains, it's not all about the abs. Here she explains why it's important to …

Healthy Eating, Yoga May Reverse Aging

1<p>SHARES<p>A recent study at University of California San Francisco’s Preventative Medicine Research Institute found that healthy lifestyle changes, …

Quinoa-Rice Granola

340<p>SHARES<p>Use this recipe as a model for other granola combinations with different dried fruits, nuts, and spices. It should stay crisp for a week …

Yoga Poses, Classes, Meditation, and Life - On and Off the Mat - Namaste

If you want to reach your full potential, Baron Baptiste suggests starting with self-inquiry.<p>Do you feel stuck? In part 4 of this kriya yoga series, …

The Meaning of Om

<i>By Valerie Reiss</i><p>Ommm. It's often the first and last sound in your ears in a yoga class. But what does it mean? Perhaps you've heard it defined as "the sound of the universe" -- but what does that really mean?<p>Turns out, a lot -- and yet, like many spiritual (and especially yogic) things, it's not so …

Spirituality

This Is Your Brain on Meditation

Rebecca Gladding, M.D., <i>Guest</i> <b><br>Waking Times</b><p>I realized today that in all my posts regarding the brain and how to sculpt it with mindfulness, I’ve never …

A Tale of Two Birds and Tantric Meditation

I’ve just returned from my biannual meditation retreat focused on <em>Phowa</em>, a Tibetan Buddhist practice that prepares you to consciously transfer your mind stream from the body at the moment of death.<p>Photos by Zeena Schreck<p>I’ve just returned from my biannual meditation retreat focused on …

Meditation

Mindfulness Meditation Benefits: 20 Reasons Why It's Good For Your Mental And Physical Health

Oh mindfulness meditation, how do we love thee? Let us count the ways.<p>Even though the academic research on mindfulness meditation isn't as robust as, say, nutrition or exercise, there <i>is</i> a reason why it's been around for literally thousands of years. And we're starting to get a better understanding …

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What Happens to the Brain When You Meditate

Ever since my dad tried to convince me to meditate when I was about 12, I’ve been fairly skeptical of this practice. It always seemed so vague and …

7 Concepts That Shape Who You Are, How You Think About Yourself and Others

Josh Richardson, <i>Prevent Disease</i> <b><br>Waking Times</b><p>Our world of duality is slowly changing. More of us are seeing each other for who we are and why we’re …

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Karen Armstrong On Letting Go Of The Desire To Know It All

<i>So many of us are terrified of what will happen if we don't have all the answers. Find out how to surrender to faith -- and happiness -- from the author of The Spiral Staircase.</i><p>By Karen Armstrong<p>I never intended to be a historian of religion or a freelance writer. I dreamed of being a university …

How To Experience True Quiet (And Why You'll Want To)

<i>By Joel Davis</i><p>We live in a noisy world. The manmade environment that surrounds us, the devices we carry with us, the never ending to do list: all of it clamors for our attention, all of the time. It’s no wonder that “noise-cancelling” headphones are hot products, or that “acoustic ecology” is an …

4 Steps to Mindfully Ride the Ebb of Life

As a therapist working with people in creative industries, I've seen how the idea that "you're only as good as your last project" creates an unwholesome dissatisfaction and constant striving to do better, a perfectionism that leads to a lack of appreciation for the great triumphs of life. As the …

Mindfulness

What Buddhism Says About Success

The first thing Buddhism would say about success is that it is fleeting, like everything in this world. Impermanence was the Buddha's first great insight into the nature of reality. He also understood that as a consequence, loss and its consequent suffering are written into the fabric of human …

Spirituality

Yoga: Preparing for a Different Kind of Marathon

What would happen if you decided to run a marathon without doing any sort of preparation? By not spending hour after hour running, never regulating your diet, and not even trimming your long toenails the night before the race, you wouldn't perform at an optimum level. There's a really good chance …

Yoga