all about meditation
For over two years I spent one out of every four weeks in silence. At the time I was living at a Zen Monastery and every month we would have a week-long silent retreat. During this retreat we sat meditation in silence, ate in silence, worked in silence, and only communicated through hand gestures and written notes. At first living like this was hard, but over time I learned to grow to appreciate silence. By the time I left I learned that silence was my friend and teacher. What did silence teach me?
When you’re happy and feeling good about yourself, this is reflected in all of your being. You smile and laugh at the smallest of things. Your steps become light and carefree. And on a more physiological level, your mood influences the ebbs and flows of your brain waves.
Because when you’re deeply relaxed and content, your brain enters a frequency where it has a chance to rest, recharge and stir the embers of inspiration and creativity. But when you’re tired, stressed and sad – your brain becomes frazzled, strained and stagnant.
“A new type of thinking is essential if mankind is to survive and move toward higher levels.” – Albert Einstein As children, we intrinsically know the joy and value of going beyond ourselves, every time we get the chance to play. When children play, there’s an implicit understanding that all is happening in a spirit of […]
Some people might make meditation sound like rocket science. Or like something that is wildly unattainable unless you spend hours each day working at it. The truth is, it’s really not that hard and the biggest step to it is getting that out of your mind. Here’s a guide to meditation for those who haven’t jumped in and tried meditation yet but want to.
In this enlightening meditation with James Van Praagh, learn to create a sanctuary for your soul to experience peace, happiness and love. Remember some of your happiest memories to help decorate your inner meditation space and find the grace and warmth in significant life events. Reflect on your soul’s lessons and find peace on your spiritual journey.
As humans we are all looking to find inner peace in this often stressful world. Inner peace is the key to happiness and to a life free from stress. While there are many ways of finding inner peace—ranging from exercise to positive thinking and even to hypnosis—meditation is the number one way to achieve inner peace. With this guide to how to find inner peace through meditation you’ll open yourself up to a new level of relaxation and contentment, truly discovering a peaceful existence.
Maybe it’s the world economy and the tension and wars everywhere, or maybe I’m just getting more sensitive. In any case, there is still energy to be healed around this date, so in that way, 9/11 offers us all a gift; an opportunity to face our fears and to grow beyond them.
There is a saying I’ve often heard in martial arts classes that, “If you’re putting lots of muscle into a certain escape or technique, you’re doing it wrong.” While this may at first seem counter-intuitive, since one might assume that greater forcefulness is always good in self defense, ancient wisdom teaches that minimal effort is required […]
One of the most overlooked tools used in traditional jungle medicine is full immersion in nature. I’m talking about isolation in the middle of the woods, surrounded by nothing but trees, grass, rocks, and the occasional furry passerby.
Dan Harris explains the neuroscience behind meditation, but reminds us that the ancient practice isn’t magic and likely won’t send one floating into the cosmic ooze. He predicts that the exercise will soon become regularly scheduled maintenance, as commonplace as brushing your teeth or eating your veggies. Harris, an ABC News correspondent, was turned on to mediation after a live, on-air panic attack. His latest book is “10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works–A True Story.”
Learning to develop and trust our intuitive intelligence is more important now than it ever has been before. The reality is that the only guidance system we need to assist us in living our best life is the wisdom held within our natural intuitive intelligence. When properly developed it can and will lead us to the choices, ideas and innovations that will guide us towards what is truly in our best interest and help us create the highest good in our lives.
The word meditation may be used interchangeably in such a way that some of us probably do it every day, it may simply mean daydreaming, listening to music or lying comfortably and pondering a topic . But the meditation you are probably here to read about and I am going to be talking about involves, much more (or less) depending on how you look at it. Basically it is made up of two processes; making the mind concentrated or single-pointed, and achieving the cessation or at least slowing down of thoughts.
A sacred space is no place for the power mad petty tyrant, the enlightened guru status, the bully, the narcissist, the egocentric know all who wishes to control. There is only a place for those who love and do not judge, those who can put aside their thoughts and feelings of the every day walk of life and can focus as a group with one heart, one mind and one prayer for the uplifting of all life.