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By Charles A. Francis
The rising popularity of mindfulness meditation in recent years has sparked a great deal of interest by the general population. As with any innovation, there are bound to be some misconceptions. Though mindfulness meditation is an ancient practice, it is relatively new to Westerners.
Whenever I invite someone to our weekly meditation meeting, I am often met with some skepticism. I often hear things like “meditation is not for me,” or “I’m the type of person who can’t sit still.” While these are valid concerns, they are usually based on secondhand information, which is often inaccurate. And if you’re not meditating, you could be missing out on some of the benefits, such as better health, relationships, and personal fulfillment.
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By Dennis Merritt Jones
“Man is made or unmade by himself. By the right choice he ascends. As a being of power, intelligence, and love, and the lord of his own thoughts, he holds the key to every situation.” ~ James Allen
As a spiritual mentor, part of my job is to challenge the people I work with to consciously observe their BS (belief system) and challenge any current beliefs they hold that are keeping them stuck in a mental prison of their own making. The moment is quite interesting to witness when they discover that they, and they alone, hold the key that will set them free. The key, of course, is their ability to choose and then choose again if necessary.
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By Charles A. Francis
As you know, mindfulness meditation is sweeping the nation, and for good reasons. Research over the last 20 years has confirmed many of the health benefits to the body and mind. But not many people understand how to get started in this up-and-coming meditation practice. And if you don’t use the proper techniques, then you won’t achieve the results you’re looking for.
The 12 Steps of the Mindfulness Meditation Practice is a new and unique approach to learning mindfulness meditation. It is designed to guide you through the practice in a simple step-by-step process, so you can get started quickly and achieve immediate and steady results.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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:
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