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If Your Life Is a Masterpiece, That Would Make You the Artist

  • Posted on August 29, 2014 at 6:08 pm

By Dennis Merritt Jones

“To be properly expressed a thing must proceed from within, moved by its form: it must come, not in from without but out from within.” ~ Meister Eckhart

Have you ever thought of yourself as a piece of living art? If this question seems abstract, consider the two photos below as they may help put it into perspective. I took one of them while touring the many galleries at the Vatican in Rome and the other while roaming the streets of Geneva. Your perspective of both photos will determine your answer to the question I posed above. Just for a moment go with it; explore the photos.

How to Overcome the Most Common Meditation Obstacles

  • Posted on August 11, 2014 at 3:35 pm

By James Allen

Ever feel like the moment you decide to do something good, some cosmic twist of fate throws obstacles in your way? You decide to go on a diet—the very same day that your friends want to come over for pizza and beer. You decide to run every day, but then it rains all week. Starting a new meditation habit is no different. Here are some of the most common roadblocks that people face—and what to do about them.

1. A Chronic Lack of Time

Easily the largest of the obstacles is lack of time. There never seems to be enough as it is, much less for sitting around for 20 minutes doing nothing. One way around this is to take advantage of the time you already spend doing nothing, and convert it into meditation. Stuck on the bus for a 30-minute commute? Close your eyes, lay your head back, and focus on nothing but your breathing.

Mindfulness Meditation: Boost Its Benefits by Establishing a Routine

  • Posted on July 14, 2014 at 10:08 pm

By James Allen

While meditation, in its many forms, is beneficial even in small increments, research has shown that to get the long-term health benefits you have to practice regularly. If you’re looking to start a meditation routine, here are five strategies that can help.

1. Setting Your Meditation Goals

Before proceeding, take some time to establish your goals. Be specific. A vague goal, such as “I want to meditate more” isn’t really going to benefit you. With that said, here are a few tips to keep in mind:

Frequency. Ultimately, how often you meditate is completely up to you, but keep in mind that, generally speaking, the more regularly you meditate, the more beneficial it will be.

Why Problems Exist

  • Posted on May 31, 2014 at 5:10 pm

By Karan S. Haji

All spiritual masters say to resist nothing. Life holds various difficulties and tests, or problems as we would like to call them. The vast majority of these so called problems are illusions of the mind. Problems come in various forms, be it the rent we have to pay, the debt that needs to be repaid, injury, disease, poverty, humiliation, and so on.

The answer to any problem is simple: go within. Every problem is an opportunity in disguise. Every problem holds within it the very seed of enlightenment. Although this is difficult to gauge, it is true.

Why Your Excuses to Avoid Meditation Are Not Justified

  • Posted on May 12, 2014 at 12:43 am

By Ravisha Kathuria

The mind is smarter and quicker in generating excuses, and putting up resistance in case a change is suggested. If you are aware of the benefits of meditation, then your mind bombards you with innumerable ways to run away from practices that can benefit you.

As toddlers, didn’t we cry, yell, and make faces to avoid drinking that hot cup of milk? When we grew a little older, we gave all sorts of excuses to not go to school. A little into adolescence, and we would convince ourselves that last minute study would be sufficient to score well on exams. And this habit seems to continue even as we turn into young adults. Oh, the mind is playing games all the time, and in all phases of our lives. Is there an end to it? Let’s find out:

The Mindfulness Revolution: How Mindfulness Meditation Is Transforming Our Society

  • Posted on January 11, 2014 at 12:17 am

By Charles A. Francis

“Greater than the tread of mighty armies is an idea whose time has come.” ~ Victor Hugo

You’ve probably noticed that talk about mindfulness meditation is much more common today than it was just a few years ago. Nowadays, I hear about mindfulness meditation from a variety of different sources: on the news, television talk shows, online, and most often in conversation.

It wasn’t long ago that people who meditated were considered to be on the fringes of society. In the 60s and 70s, they were called hippies. In the 80s and 90s, they were called new-agers.

Today, people who meditate are seen as progressive and open-minded. Whatever term we may use to describe them, they are generally loving, kind, generous, insightful, and willing to help others achieve the same rich and fulfilling lives they have.

The Healing Power of a Meditation Group

  • Posted on June 16, 2013 at 3:16 pm

By Charles A. Francis

Helping other people on their spiritual journey is one of the most prominent qualities of an enlightened person. When you begin to see your interconnectedness with the rest of humanity, you will see the suffering in other people, and your compassion for them will naturally grow. One of the ways we can help others is by starting a meditation group.

A Meditation Group Can Transform Lives

While many of us enjoy meditating alone, meditating with others can enhance our spiritual growth significantly. In addition to helping people learn how to meditate, a meditation group can bring a tremendous amount of healing to everyone who attends. This can help someone who’s having difficulty overcoming the wounds from his past. There are various other ways a meditation group can be of benefit to its members:

How to Slow a Racing Mind

  • Posted on March 18, 2013 at 12:11 am

By Charles A. Francis

Do you ever find it difficult to slow down your mind? For some of us, a racing mind is a serious problem. When we’re agitated, we have no control over our mind, and it becomes extremely difficult to meditate.

An agitated mind leads to stress and a whole host of health problems, such as high blood pressure and heart disease. It even disrupts our relationships and sleep.

Fortunately, there’s a simple solution to this problem. No matter how fast your mind is racing, you can learn how to cultivate a calm and serene mind, and the good news is that it’s a lot easier than you might think. The only catch is that you have to be willing to take a few simple suggestions.

Mindfulness Meditation for Beginners

  • Posted on January 18, 2013 at 12:42 am

By Charles A. Francis

These days, mindfulness meditation for beginners is a subject that gives rise to a great deal of confusion. With the rising popularity of meditation, it’s surprising to find that basic instruction is often overlooked. At almost every meditation group and retreat that I’ve attended, it was simply assumed the I knew how to meditate.

It took me several years of trial and error to figure out how to meditate properly. In this article, I’m going to take some of the mystery out of meditation for beginners, so you’ll learn much more quickly than I did, and start making immediate progress.

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