Meditation

Top 10 Best Tips on How to Meditate

2019-01-04T09:40:51+00:00By |

How Do You Meditate? A Meditation Toolkit Here are 10 tips on meditation that will enable you to experience its peaceful and joyful benefits. 1. Just do it Meditation is something that anyone can do at anytime and anywhere. Don’t think that you can’t meditate. If you are concerned that you don’t understand what it’s [...]

Does Meditation Make You Happy?

2019-01-12T17:50:41+00:00By |

What do we all have in common? What motivates us? What is it that we’re all striving for? We’re all looking to avoid pain, difficulties and dissatisfaction. We all want to be comfortable and happy, and experience a sense of well-being in our lives. But most of us are looking for happiness in the wrong places. [...]

How Does Meditation Reduce Stress?

2019-01-12T17:52:30+00:00By |

Mindfulness Meditation for Stress and Anxiety Stress and anxiety result when we feel we can’t handle the pressures and adverse situations of everyday life. It’s a simple question of supply and demand of available emotional resources.  It’s not about whether the perceived stressor is valid or not—we feel a responsibility to respond to all of [...]

Beginners Guide to Meditation

2019-01-12T17:41:16+00:00By |

How to Meditate for Beginners: let’s get you started! You’ve read about the many benefits of meditation, you’ve got friends or family members who swear by their 20 or 45 minutes a day, you’ve heard celebrities say they couldn’t live without it, and now you’re ready to take the plunge! But wait, there’s a hitch, [...]

Benefits of Mindfulness & Awareness Meditation

2019-02-04T05:17:47+00:00By |

The many benefits of meditation can be grouped into two categories. In the first, we find all of the improvements to our health and general well-being that mindfulness is known for, including stress reduction, improved focus and resilience. The benefits in the second category are more subtle. Thanks to awareness meditation, we gain insights into how the [...]

Meditation on the Power of Gratitude

2019-01-31T18:40:45+00:00By |

We all know that it’s important to appreciate the good things in our lives and to be thankful for the acts of kindness that come our way. Gratitude is part of being a good person; combined with kindness to others, it makes the world a more decent and livable place. But its power is often [...]

Disrupting Habitual Patterns Through Meditation

2019-01-05T16:40:54+00:00By |

Habitual Patterns Limit Our Options and Hold Us Hostage Due to the tendencies we create out of habit, our thoughts and emotions default to a habitual response. Without awareness, we dig ever-deeper grooves into our minds: habitual patterns of behavior that can be either positive or negative. Through awareness practice we can begin to see [...]

Mindfulness and Awareness Meditation Brings Resilience

2019-02-04T05:21:47+00:00By |

In meditation practice, we discover that our mind is fundamentally resilient and able to work with challenging situations. In order to meet these challenges, we have to go beyond our distractions and habitual patterns and see what is really happening in our minds. We do this by practicing the two main aspects of meditation: mindfulness [...]

Meditation Benefits for the Mind and Body

2019-01-12T17:30:23+00:00By |

Our minds and our bodies are connected. If we’re unhappy for an extended time, our bodies become weaker and more susceptible to illness. In the same way, when we’re physically run down, it adversely affects our minds. If you have a healthy, peaceful mind, your perception of the world reflects that. You make informed decisions [...]

Minding the Gap in Meditation

2019-02-04T05:37:08+00:00By |

Discovering a Spacious Mind through Mindfulness and Awareness In this mindful journey that we’re on, we work with qualities such as resilience and tools such as disruption. In this context, disruption is about disrupting the graspings and fixations of mind. If we want to work with these unhelpful habits, the first step is to notice [...]

Long Term Benefits of Meditation

2018-12-12T06:13:37+00:00By |

It often feels like there are just not enough hours in a day and not enough days in a week to get things done. The forty-hour work week is a distant memory. We barely find the time for all our chores and errands, let alone to unwind with our family and friends. The absence of [...]

The Best Meditation Posture for You

2018-12-15T06:05:17+00:00By |

The best meditation posture for you is, first and foremost, the one you can settle into and sustain. Most people meditate while seated on a cushion, meditation bench, or chair. When this is not physically possible, practicing while standing or lying down are do-able. Walking meditation is popular too, especially as a way to take [...]

Working with Emotions in Meditation

2019-02-13T06:25:51+00:00By |

When we meditate, we need to understand how to work with thoughts and emotions. Emotions are part of life, but what are they? According to one definition of emotions, they are contents of the mind, like thoughts. They are not two separate things; both are produced by mental activity. You could think of thoughts as [...]

Mindfulness Meditation Improves Love & Relationships

2018-12-10T16:25:36+00:00By |

Expectations and Relationships If we really think about it, most of our concerns and daily conflicts happen within the context of relationships. We are constantly connecting with people at different layers of intimacy, and yet it seems like we always have to deal with unfulfilled expectations related to these connections. It might be a loud [...]

How Long Does Meditation Take to Work?

2018-12-12T06:12:29+00:00By |

A good number of new meditators begin sitting with the hope that the holistic benefits of meditation will make themselves felt in a matter of days. They expect meditation to act as a quick fix – like swallowing a pain relief tablet. It isn’t a reasonable expectation. Most genuine meditation teachers say that while a [...]

Meditation for Children

2018-12-12T07:17:16+00:00By |

We all want happy, healthy lives for our children. Teaching kids how to meditate can give them a jump start to accessing the many benefits of meditation. Even though today’s kids exhibit elevated levels of restlessness, stress and anxiety, only 1.6% of children in the U.S. meditate. Yet several studies suggest that kids who practice [...]

What Does Meditation Feel Like? | Meditation Experiences

2018-12-12T06:14:51+00:00By |

Many new (and not-so-new) meditators wonder: what kind of meditation experiences should I be having? What should I be feeling? Is my practice even working? It’s easy to forget that meditation requires patience. Why? Because the potential benefits of our practice may be less obvious than the obstacles, especially at first. Almost all meditators find [...]

What is Spiritual Meditation?

2018-12-12T06:15:41+00:00By |

At its core, spiritual meditation is the mindful practice of connection to something that is greater, vaster, and deeper than the individual self. It may seem paradoxical, but the path to that connection passes through honest self-reflection. While there are many meditation techniques that look to increase spiritual awareness, they all require an attitude of [...]

What is Zen Meditation? Benefits & Techniques

2018-12-12T06:48:56+00:00By |

Zen meditation is an ancient Buddhist tradition that dates back to the Tang Dynasty in 7th century China. From its Chinese origins it spread to Korea, Japan and other Asian lands where it continues to thrive. The Japanese term “Zen” is a derivative of the Chinese word Ch’an, itself a translation of the Indian term [...]

Can Anyone Meditate?

2018-12-10T16:25:38+00:00By |

Sometimes when people have tried to meditate and then lost interest, they wonder “Is it really possible for anyone to meditate? Or is it just the chosen few?” According to meditation experts, just about anyone can learn how to practice meditation. Individuals with serious mental illnesses are an exception in that they should be closely [...]

A Brief History of Meditation

2018-12-12T06:29:14+00:00By |

Meditators swear by the practice’s ability to bring enduring positive change into their lives. But where does meditation come from? What are its origins? Who thought it up? We don’t really know. The earliest records of meditation practice date from approximately 1500 years BCE (Before Common Era). It seems to have been an integral part [...]

Meditation for Students

2019-02-13T06:13:54+00:00By |

Many students are searching for healthy practices that relieve stress, calm frazzled nerves and help them relax. Mindfulness meditation is a natural, easy-to-follow method that offers college kids who are feeling the grind important physical, emotional and psychological benefits. No fancy equipment to buy, no member’s card to acquire: a few minutes a day is [...]

What are the Different Types of Meditation?

2019-01-12T17:38:15+00:00By |

Some technique of meditation is practiced in virtually every community throughout the world. An ancient tradition, meditation is as relevant in today’s busy world as it ever was. It can lead us to discover a sense of calmness and inner harmony and can help us cope with the pressures of everyday life. Meditation cuts across different religions and [...]

What Does It Mean to Have Visions During Meditation?

2019-02-01T18:27:31+00:00By |

Some people report having visions during meditation. Having a “vision” is defined as experiencing something out of the ordinary that wouldn’t be real in the normal state of things, but that seems very real to us when it occurs. One of the characteristics of a “vision” is that others can’t see it. By definition, a [...]

Mindfulness for Children

2018-12-12T06:52:01+00:00By |

If you’re a parent or children’s caregiver, you well know that caring for small children can be challenging. Moments of intense joy, closeness and wonder might be peppered with bewilderment and concern if the child seems unhappy or misbehaves. And even if your own children are perfect angels, you surely know other bambinos who are [...]

Physical & Mental Benefits of Meditation

2018-12-12T06:37:17+00:00By |

Meditation is becoming increasingly popular as more and more people discover its wide-ranging benefits. Although this practice has been around for centuries and mental benefits of meditation are well-known, modern science has only recently discovered a compelling link between meditation and physical well-being. In today’s fast-paced world, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed by thoughts and [...]

Buddhist Meditation Techniques & Practices

2018-12-15T06:06:17+00:00By |

You probably know that the increasingly popular practices of mindfulness and meditation share Buddhist roots. But did you know that there are many different schools of Buddhism, each with its own meditation techniques and methods? This is because after the time of the historic Buddha, Siddhartha Gautama, in the 6th century BCE, Buddhism spread far [...]

Meditation Research: What Does Science Tell Us About Meditation

2019-02-13T06:15:38+00:00By |

People have been practicing meditation for millennia. This ancient practice is as pertinent nowadays as it was centuries ago. Meditation helps us quiet our minds, connect with our inner qualities and foster wisdom and awareness. Among the many meditation methods that are commonly practiced, mindfulness and awareness are especially precious given today’s stressful, hectic lifestyles. [...]

Meditation for Seniors

2018-12-10T16:25:42+00:00By |

We all dream of aging like good wine, getting better and better as the years progress. And we all know that this dream is rarely realized: growing old comes with its fair share of losses and challenges. Memory loss accelerates, the digestive function becomes more finicky, aches and pains seem to spring out of nowhere [...]

Guided Meditation for Kids

2019-01-12T17:46:22+00:00By |

Today’s kids lead extremely hectic lifestyles. Their days are filled with school, family and social obligations, sensory overload, and internal and external pressures. This can lead to a surplus of hard-to-handle situations that culminate in conditions such as stress, depression and Attention Deficit Disorders (ADD). Guided meditations for children help kids develop focus and handle [...]

What is Self Reflection Meditation?

2018-12-30T05:28:48+00:00By |

“All of humanity's problems stem from man's inability to sit quietly in a room alone.” These pithy words were spoken by the French philosopher Blaise Pascal in the 17th century. We often become so swept up by our dreams, ambitions and regrets that we lose the ability for quiet reflection. And while there are times [...]

What Is the Goal of Meditation?

2018-12-10T16:25:42+00:00By |

Sometimes even the most seasoned meditators find it difficult to meditate on a daily basis. But isn’t it funny how we find time to watch TV, go shopping and do everything else? When we understand how valuable meditation is for our well-being on every level, though, we naturally give it top priority and incorporate it [...]

5 Best Places for Meditation

2019-02-01T10:57:14+00:00By |

Where Would You Love to Meditate? Ready for a real journey to uncharted territories? It’s time to sit! And where are the best places to meditate? A quiet room definitely counts, but there are plenty of other good choices out there. The best locations aren’t necessarily the most exotic - they’re the ones where you [...]

The Challenges of Silent Meditation

2018-12-15T19:00:39+00:00By |

For centuries, silent meditation was reserved for the privileged few who had renounced the world and sought communion – with the divine, the universe, or their own inner being - in remote cloisters and retreat settings around the world. Nowadays though, intensive silent meditation practices have become widely available through a variety of organizations, both [...]

What Does Self Awareness Mean?

2019-01-12T17:49:30+00:00By |

“Awareness” is a buzz word in meditation talks and mindfulness conversations. But what, actually is awareness? Is it being mentally alert? Discerning? Well-informed? Is there a difference between awareness and consciousness? Being self-conscious and self-aware aren’t the same thing, are they? So what does awareness mean, and what is self-awareness? Most dictionaries define awareness as [...]

The Meaning and Function of the Meditation Bell

2018-12-15T18:40:44+00:00By |

Since ancient times, Buddhist monks and nuns have used bells as part of their daily meditation practices. Among other things, bells are considered a meditation enhancer, as they help practitioners keep their attention focused on the present moment. The sound of the meditation bell is thought to promote a sense of peace and calmness. Advanced [...]

Why is Meditation Important? 6 Facts You Need to Know

2018-12-12T06:50:21+00:00By |

When the topic of mindfulness comes up, there are people out there who still imagine that meditation is the domain of free spirits who enjoy zoning out on a woven grass mat somewhere. But the fact is that there’s nothing woo-woo about mindfulness and awareness meditation. These life-altering practices have been around for millennia, and [...]

Guided Gratitude Meditation

2018-12-10T16:25:44+00:00By |

We all aspire to leading happy, healthy lives. To fulfill this yearning for well-being, we generally find ourselves actively trying to obtain what we’ve decided we need and steer clear of anything that might thwart our designs. But we tend to overlook one of the most reliable sources of happiness and well-being even though (or [...]

Top 10 Celebrities Who Meditate

2018-12-21T20:19:12+00:00By |

Meditation is no longer the exclusive domain of yogis and seekers. Many ordinary folk are embracing the practice - and so are celebrities. Famous people get as much out of sitting as the rest of us: peace and tranquility, enhanced creativity and insight, better control of emotions, general well-being… and the A-list goes on. Still, [...]

Best Meditation Gift Ideas for Him and Her

2018-12-15T18:57:15+00:00By |

Is there a special person in your life who meditates? Wondering what meditation-related gifts might surprise and delight them? Even the smallest of gifts tells your partner that you care about them and are supportive of their practice. Many of these items are welcome additions to a practice space and will be gratefully be used [...]

The 5 Essential Points of Meditation

2019-02-04T05:11:53+00:00By |

Ever wonder how Buddhist monks and nuns achieve that seemingly unflappable peace of mind? The truth is, they had to start from scratch - just like everybody else. As you work your way from distracted beginner to seasoned meditator, you’ll go through different stages too, even though you’ll need to leave the linear notion of [...]

How Meditation Changes the Brain

2018-12-30T06:01:20+00:00By |

Did you know that simply sitting and breathing mindfully can significantly change the brain? It’s true! Meditation Nurtures the Brain We’ve all heard that meditation leads to greater mental clarity, lower levels of stress and reduced anxiety. But how does meditation benefit the brain? Studies have shown that mindfulness practice brings about positive physiological changes [...]

5 Ways to Improve Mindfulness

2018-12-15T06:09:04+00:00By |

Awareness and appreciation of the present moment give life its fullness. Training in mindfulness fosters focus, clarity, and gratitude for the goodness of now. But distraction is such a strong habit that even while we are walking, eating and traveling, our minds are usually somewhere else. How can we train in mindfulness and learn to [...]

How Does Meditation Improve Memory and Focus?

2018-12-15T06:08:16+00:00By |

Memory and Focus Meditation Wouldn’t it be great if you could wave a magic wand and presto! Your memory and ability to focus have been magically enhanced! You would be more productive, your goals could be achieved with less effort, and you would find it much easier to prioritize. The resulting reduction of stress would [...]

ASMR in Meditation

2018-12-29T06:49:57+00:00By |

Autonomous Sensory Meridian Responses and Meditation Do you experience a pleasant tingling sensation (called ASMR) when someone whispers in your ear or gently massages your scalp? Does it send delicious shivers down your spine and help you relax? In recent years those relaxing tingles have become a “thing.” In 2010 they even got a name: [...]

What Is Channeling Meditation?

2018-12-29T06:45:16+00:00By |

Meditation means different things to different people. The most mainstream form of meditation nowadays is mindfulness, but there are plenty of other forms, including awareness, mantra, contemplative, relaxing, gong, visualization and so on. The New Age movement has revitalized old shamanistic methods that are meant to enable communication with the deepest inner self, the divine, [...]

What Are the Health Benefits of Meditation?

2018-12-10T16:25:47+00:00By |

Many meditation health benefits have a common denominator Beyond serenity: the health benefits of meditation Many of us associate meditation with serenity and mental focus. But meditation comes with a number of very convincing health perks as well. For some practitioners these may be fringe benefits, but for others they may be the most compelling [...]

5 of the Best Books About Meditation

2018-12-12T07:19:44+00:00By |

Meditation requires a great deal of patience and commitment – but we all know it’s worth the effort! Sometimes, though, it’s helpful to balance the “patience and commitment” part with “energy and relaxation.” That’s when you might reach for a good book on meditation and juice up on inspiration. We’ve made it easy by presenting [...]

Everyone Has Different Meditation Experiences & Stories

2018-12-29T05:54:04+00:00By |

Regular meditation practice often results in experiences that are different from those of everyday life. But what should we expect? Meditation tends to bring long-buried emotions, memories and qualities to the surface. You may have heard people who meditate telling stories about their practice. Some are delightful and others are rather perplexing. Truth is, your [...]

Mindfulness Meditation Training Techniques for Beginners

2018-12-12T07:22:50+00:00By |

According to the Eastern meditative traditions, lasting happiness is achieved by understanding and training the mind. Our usual pattern is to look to the outside world for the validation and comfort that define our happiness, but we can’t control all of the events in our lives. Some events make us feel happy, others make us [...]

The Meaning of Mindfulness and Awareness

2019-02-04T05:15:21+00:00By |

Mindfulness and awareness are the foundations of meditation. But what’s the difference? If the term “mindfulness” is now part of the zeitgeist, “awareness” is somewhat harder to pin down. In the context of meditation, both mindfulness and awareness are essential. In fact, the journey to understanding the mind and how to work with it is [...]

How to Breathe Properly When Meditating

2019-02-01T18:21:27+00:00By |

The point of mindfulness meditation practice is to cultivate awareness and peace, but beginners often get side-tracked by worrying about the breath. They wonder if there’s a “right way” to breathe during meditation. Common concerns include: Should I breathe like I always do? Should I inhale and exhale through my mouth or nose? Should the air [...]

Keeping a Meditation Journal

2018-12-22T15:46:32+00:00By |

Sometimes when we meditate we have exceptional experiences that we wouldn’t trade for anything. Other times we end up feeling bewildered or frustrated by the whole process. This is a natural pendulum effect that most meditators can relate to. Can keeping a meditation journal help? Mindfulness is a progressive path that requires a good deal [...]

How Long Should I Meditate?

2018-12-16T04:31:05+00:00By |

For those new to meditation or thinking about starting, some common questions that crop up are How long should my meditation session last? How long is long enough? Do I have to do this forever or will a few weeks or months suffice? Behind these questions there may be a fear of not reaching a [...]

How to Meditate for Better Concentration

2018-12-29T06:09:07+00:00By |

We lead extremely busy lives - more often than not we have to devote our attention to many different tasks simultaneously. Meditation is an antidote to this scatteredness: when we practice, we train the mind to be fully aware of one thing at a time. The result is that our ability to concentrate increases. Thanks [...]

When Is the Best Time of Day to Meditate?

2018-12-12T06:25:29+00:00By |

Meditation helps us discover and cultivate our inner strength, resilience, and focus. But even if we recognize the value of meditation, it isn’t always easy to find time for it. And even if we are intent on making time, we may be wondering what part of the day is best for sitting. In fact, the [...]

What is Deep Meditation?

2018-12-10T16:25:50+00:00By |

Beginners and seasoned meditators alike wonder what deep meditation should feel like. In their quest for deep meditation, some meditators who think they are not progressing fast enough may be tempted to switch techniques. But this may not be the best option. Know that it takes patience, time and training to master meditation, “deep” or [...]

Falling Asleep During Guided Meditation

2018-12-12T06:38:35+00:00By |

Is it okay to fall asleep while meditating? An ever-increasing number of people from all horizons are discovering that meditation gives them a deep sense of self-awareness and calm. Meditation is a natural practice that offers a wide array of health benefits as well as insights that lead to a more fulfilling and compassionate life. [...]

Meditation and Insomnia

2018-12-30T05:50:30+00:00By |

Meditation and Insomnia: at the crossroads of sleep and mindfulness Have you ever struggled with sleeplessness? It is estimated that at least 10% of the population suffers from symptoms of insomnia. There are two main types of insomnia: acute and chronic. Acute insomnia lasts up to a few weeks, then subsides; the chronic type is [...]

Different Types of Meditation Poses and Postures

2018-12-12T06:53:35+00:00By |

Important Meditation Posture Pointers When you settle down for a meditation session, it’s important to find a comfortable seated position and maintain good posture. A variety of meditation poses are suitable and you’re sure to find one that’s a good fit. The key element of good posture is a straight back. Meditation poses shouldn’t be complicated [...]

How Does Meditation Help You Stay Calm?

2018-12-10T16:25:51+00:00By |

How To Stay Calm - How Does Meditation Help? For many of those looking to “keep calm” and de-stress, meditation might just be the ideal solution. Meditation practices vary widely around the globe, and among them are calming meditation techniques that can effectively help body and spirit relax. Today’s busy lifestyles not only tend to [...]

What Is Mantra Meditation?

2018-12-12T06:16:28+00:00By |

A mantra is a syllable, word, or phrase that is repeated during meditation. Mantras can be spoken, chanted, whispered, or repeated in the mind. Most mantra meditation techniques have two essential components: mindfulness meditation and mantra recitation or chanting. While this age-old practice is known to have Buddhist and Hindu roots, forms of “sacred word” [...]

Daily Meditation

2018-12-15T18:43:55+00:00By |

Many people rely on daily readings and meditation to help them maintain balance and a healthy spiritual life. Those who adhere to a religious tradition have sacred texts that can inspire and guide them throughout the day. The Hebrew Bible, New Testament, Quran, and Hindu and Buddhist scripture are the bases for the faith of [...]

What is Vipassana Meditation?

2018-12-30T05:35:54+00:00By |

Vipassana meditation, also known as insight or awareness meditation, is best summarized by Socrates’s famous maxim “To know thyself is the beginning of wisdom.” The goal of vipassana is to give us insight into the true nature of our experiences. 2500 years ago, the Buddha discovered that knowledge, insight and goodness are the only reliable antidotes [...]

What Is Buddhist Meditation?

2018-12-10T16:25:53+00:00By |

There are many forms of meditation and many ideas about what meditation is. While different spiritual paths may associate meditation with contemplation, prayer or other practices, Buddhist meditation is generally associated with mindfulness and awareness. Indeed, although there are a lot more forms of Buddhist meditation than you might think, they all have mindfulness as [...]

Best Mindfulness Meditation Exercises

2018-12-12T06:42:17+00:00By |

Mindfulness meditation is gaining popularity across the world, and for good reason. Studies have shown that mindfulness meditation exercises contribute to creativity, decrease anxiety and cultivate peace of mind. The basis for mindfulness is maintaining a regular sitting meditation practice. The awareness and simplicity experienced while sitting can carry over into your daily routine. Off-the-cushion [...]

Loving-kindness in Meditation

2019-01-31T18:39:23+00:00By |

Meditation changes our relationship to pain What is loving-kindness meditation?  While there are many different types of meditation, there are specific practices that we call loving-kindness where we actually train our hearts and minds to wish for well-being for others — “may all beings be at ease”. This is a universal, healthy desire that we [...]

Best Meditation Techniques for Beginners

2018-12-12T07:04:41+00:00By |

Meditation is a transformational method that not only helps us relax but also improves our general well-being. If you’re just beginning to meditate or you’ve been wanting to learn, there are a variety of simple meditation techniques you could start with. Learning how to meditate may seem like a daunting task for beginners, but the [...]

How to Do Meditation at Home

2018-12-30T05:47:27+00:00By |

Meditation is an effective technique that has been around for centuries. People who meditate consistently find that there are short-term and long-term benefits. For instance, soon after they start sitting, meditators begin to enjoy a decrease in stress and anxiety, enhanced well-being, and, in many cases, improved sleep and overall health. In the long term, [...]

What Is Swimming Meditation?

2018-12-16T04:24:53+00:00By |

Doctors recommend swimming as one of the best exercises around, and for good reason. When we swim, the main muscle groups all go to work in a way that doesn’t put undue stress on the body. This makes it a wholesome aerobic exercise for young and old alike. The health benefits of this kind of [...]

How Many People Meditate?

2018-12-12T06:57:02+00:00By |

Do you wonder how many people in the world practice meditation? It’s a good question! Considering the immense popularity that meditation has garnered in the last few decades, we can estimate that there are presently many millions of people who meditate. One of the best-known forms of meditation in the West is mindfulness. Mindfulness meditation [...]

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