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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.

Meditation for Beginners

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

By Charles A. Francis

These days, 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.

4 Tips for Staying Committed to Your Mindfulness Meditation Practice

  • Posted on December 2, 2012 at 11:57 pm

By Charles A. Francis

These days there is much talk about mindfulness meditation. You often hear about how the practice will transform your life, and how you’ll achieve a multitude of health benefits.

While there are indeed many benefits of mindfulness meditation, for many people, these benefit seem elusive because they’re having trouble getting started and staying committed to their practice.

Which of these statements best describes your experience with meditation?

  • “I’m having trouble getting started, and staying committed to my practice.”
  • “I’ve tried different ways of meditating, but I still don’t see much progress.”
  • “I’m not sure of what to do when I’m meditating.”
  • “My mind is racing, and I have trouble sitting still.”

If you answered “yes” to any of these statements, then you’re not alone. I had all these problems when I started, and so have most of the people I’ve talked to. The good news is that there is a simple approach to overcoming these problems.

Letting Go of the Past with Mindfulness Meditation, Part 2

  • Posted on October 31, 2012 at 4:25 pm

By Charles A. Francis

Letting go of the past can be quite a challenge for many of us. Pleasant memories lure us back to happier times in our lives, and unpleasant memories can be filled with unresolved issues. There is nothing inherently wrong with remembering the past. Rather it’s our inability to let go of our attachment to it that keeps us from being happy in the present.

This doesn’t mean that we should forget the past. It only means that we need to stop clinging to it, if we want to find freedom from our suffering. We’ll still be able to enjoy pleasant memories. In fact, we’ll enjoy them even more when we overcome the desire to recreate them. We’ll also learn to accept unpleasant memories, because we’ll be able to accept them without expecting amends from people who have harmed us.

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