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Entries tagged with “Meditation”

15 Ways to Deepen Your Practice

1. Teach your practice to a novice who is hungry to learn.2. Practice in secret.  There is a temptation to get “credit” for our practice, from friends or a teacher. Find …

20 Calming or Invigorating Mini Meditations You Can Practice Every Day

No matter how hectic or stressful our days are, whether we’re sitting at our desks or waiting in line, we have the opportunity to pause and adjust our perspective. We have the opp…

3 Heart-Opening Hand Mudras

 Try these hand mudras for a heart-opening meditation.

3 Tips for Building a Meditation Habit

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4 Meditations to Tap into Your Intuition

Here are 4 meditations on how to enhance your intuition and clairvoyance.

4 Steps to Transform Your Morning

Stretching, meditation, and gratitude make up this simple daily ritual from writer and teacher Geri Larkin.

5 Apps to Quiet Your Mind

From meditation to mental health, try these apps to achieve stillness on the run.

5 Favorites to Quiet the Mind

Books, Music, Film, Health, Healing, Wellness, Meditation

5 Practices for Calming Racing Thoughts

Racing thoughts may be a daily reality for you or an occasional annoyance. Racing thoughts are common for people with anxiety when they’re facing a stressor. They’re also common in…

5 Questions for Sharon Salzberg

1. What important lesson came out of your childhood?Maybe most strikingly, the impermanence and uncertainty of life. As a child I had no ability to extract the sweet from the bitte…

5 Reasons Not to Meditate

I’ll be honest: I’ve never liked meditating. I’ve dabbled in it, and forced myself to sit for 30 day meditation challenges, and it was boring and hard. Plus life is so busy: Five m…

5 Stories to Explore Fun and Creative Mindful Movement

Moving mindfully is known to increase wellness and mental health (as it is a form of moving meditation). Make your movements intentional, yet fun and creative with the inspiration from these 5 stories.

51 Meditations for Tending the Heart Fire

Find your flow in the new year with these “micro meditations” for renewal, connection, and inner strength.

7 Affirmations to Balance your Chakras

Here are 7 affirmations to not only affect your body, but also your reality

7 Stories to Find Your Center

At the beginning of this year, we offered a 10 Day "Find Your Center" challenge. The overwhelming response reminded us here at S&H to take a moment and do simple things like br…

8 Ways to Start Your Day with Intention

Beep. Beep. Beep. Grab coffee. Dash out door. Adrenaline blaring, mind already awhirl, we launch ourselves out like cannonballs—scattershot, hurling, into the world. Now, is that a…

9 Keys to Lasting Happiness

According to the ancient philosophy of the Vedanta, there are two types of happiness. The first comes from things turning out the way we’d like them to, i.e. getting what we want. …

91-Year-Old Meditation Master Ruth Denison

In the California desert, a vipassana pioneer prepares for the next stage of her remarkable life.

A 3-Minute Practice to Make Inspiration Soar

"Do what you can, with what you have, where you are."  - Theodore RooseveltI just completed leading a yoga retreat in Hawaii, and as we concluded, students asked how to keep t…

A Lifeboat for the Caregiver

Taking care of a loved one with dementia can be a grueling task, but meditation and support can lighten the load.

A Practice to Heal Prejudice

How loving-kindness meditation taps the roots of empathy

A Simple Path to Peace Meditation

Download the audio file now!Create a space around you: Sit on a meditation cushion or in a comfy chair, light a candle, or just turn off your cell phone. If you can't “set the scen…

A Sound Sleep

Guided Meditations with Relaxing Music & Nature SoundsBy Dudley and Dean EvensonHusband-and-wife team Dean and Dudley Evenson address the needs of two types of stressed-out ins…

A Worcester Ladymass

Trio Mediaeval: Anna Maria Friman, Linn Andrea Fuglseth, Torunn Ostrem Ossum, VoicesThis trio of perfectly calibrated women’s voices from Oslo sings a reconstruction of a thirteent…

Accidental Meditation: You're Already Doing it

Most people think they are bad at meditating. Can’t sit still and turn your thoughts off for at least 20 minutes? You’re not bad at meditating, you’re just a human with a brain.Act…

Alignment in Lotus Posture (Video)

Integrate the wisdom of the yoga sutras in your evolution to full padmasana, the lotus pose.

All Kinds of Attachments

We had a small group in our local sangha for our discussion last time, but a larger one when it was time for meditation, with a light and dry snow drifting down outside, which is w…

American Veda

From Emerson and the Beatles to Yoga and Meditation: How Indian Spirituality Changed the WestBy Philip Goldberg“You don’t get tired of love, you don’t get tired of joy, you don’t g…

An Invitation: Practicing Wonder

Opening the Hand of Thought: Reflections on Wonder

Angry Meditators

We had 17 people for for our weekly local meditation group this week, including some faces we haven’t seen for a while! We read the last section of the chapter “Lovingkindness” i…

Appointment with the Wolf

Rediscovering an ancient hour alone, at night, with GodFor a full decade, starting in 1998, I woke for an hour or two every night around two o’clock in the morning. By 4 a.m. I cou…

Are Rainbows "Real"?

I left off last week’s post quoting Joseph Goldstein, where he says that some people think the recognition of suffering makes for pessimism. Then he says: “Actually, it is quite th…

Audio Meditation: Relax into Your Breath

This meditation is ideal if you need a pause from your day to slow down and calm down, and you may wish to put it on as you are lying in bed at night preparing to sleep.

Be Here Now: How to Find Peace in This Moment

Since I’ve been practicing and teaching One-Moment Meditation, I pepper my day with lots of moments of re-centering and checking in with myself, clearing my mind of whatever I’ve p…

Bead by Bead

A spiritual journey nourished by constant self-reflection and meditation mala beads.

Bhagavad Gita

The Beloved Lord's Secret Love Songby Graham M. SchweigOne of the world’s most important Scriptures, the Bhagavad Gita describes itself as “the supreme secret of yoga,” and this ne…

Book Review: A Fearless Heart

A Fearless HeartHow the Courage to Be Compassionate Can Transform Our LivesBy Thupten Jinpa, PhDHUDSON STREET PRESSCharles Darwin’s ideas have often been used to portray human…

Book Review: How Enlightenment Changes Your Brain

How Enlightenment Changes Your Brainby Andrew Newberg, M.D., and Mark Robert WaldmanAvery BooksAlthough cultures all over the world have long spoken of enlightenment, the conc…

Book Review: Silence

SilenceThe Power of Quiet in a World Full of NoiseBy Thich Nhat Hanh HARPERONEIn his popular writings, Thich Nhat Hanh presents Buddhist teachings in a way that anyone can int…

Buddhism without Religion?

Q&A with Jack Kornfield

Can Attention Enhance Consciousness?

A Neurologist's ViewScience has taken up the mystery of consciousness lately with the same verve it applied to other big questions such as the nature of life and the origin of our …

Chicken & Egg Meditation

Yesterday was very cold and blowing light snow, but we had 11 of us sitting together, anyway! We’re into the chapter, “Compassion,” in One Dharma. The core question that leads to l…

Clean Your House and Your Mind Will Follow

The equinox has come and gone, and I find myself thinking about spring cleaning. You’ve likely seen the emerging body of research espousing the psycho-emotional value of keeping a …

Complicated/Simple Compassion

“This compassion thing is so much more complicated than I thought,” said Mary Elizabeth as our local group continued with the chapter in One Dharma on “Compassion.” We think we’ll …

Creating Balance in Our Lives by Changing the Way We Think

“Balance” is a word I use every day. Did you know we can achieve balance and the lives we want to live by changing how we think?I recently attended a workshop that helped me learn …

Crucial Practice: The Mindful Diaper Change

Cassandra Vieten, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist and the co-director of the Mind-Body Medicine Research Group at the California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco. Becoming…

Cutting-to-the-Chase Meditation

This is my arrangement of a transcription of the conversation/dharma talk with Zen priest Sokuzan Bob Brown last Sunday at our local meditation group. Bob began by describing the b…

Dancing Into Silence

R. Carlos Nakai, William Eaton and Will Clipman“The sound, the sine wave pattern of the instrument itself, will move people on different levels,” says Native American flute master …

DIY Quiet: six tips to find your stillness

The neighbor’s smoke alarm is beeping, demanding a new battery. A kid is bouncing on a pogo stick out in the yard—squeak, squeak, squeak. Trying to focus on a task can be challengi…

Dogitation

Canine help along the bodhisattva path

Easing the Angst of Adolescence

Practicing mindfulness can help teens cope with the pressures of growing up—and even ward off symptoms of depression.

Eckhart Tolle's "Music for Inner Stillness"

Music has always been a way to get in touch with emotion, nature, and inner stillness. And who better to choose a compilation of songs to promote relaxed presence than Eckhart Toll…

Embrace Silence

An excerpt from Choose the Life You Want by Tal Ben-Shahar, PhD

Emotional Hygiene

An Interview with Daniel Goleman

Exchanging Worry for Wonder

A Catholic priest’s encounter with God through Zen

Extended Emotions Meditation: 20 min.

Discover inner freedom. In this meditation, Grokker Meditation Expert Mark Coleman will demonstrate how to open to, feel, and sense emotional states with acceptance and curios…

Find the Right Tea to Soothe Body and Soul

Find the right tea to soothe yourself, body and soul.

Finding Clarity in Meditation: Acknowledging Our Defense Mechanisms

To really let something go, you have to acknowledge it.

Focusing on What Matters, Moment By Moment

We in the modern West assume that the normal mind is a healthy one. But a "healthy mind" is still subject to many types of distress, including depression, anxiety, frustration, res…

Forty Years of Healing Music

... And the Grammy that almost was

Growing the Mind to Heal the Brain

How an ancient Buddhist tradition offers a path to complete recovery from addiction

Happier Endings

A Meditation on Life and DeathBy Erica BrownSIMON & SCHUSTERWith sensitivity, humor, and unflinching honesty, writer and educator Erica Brown explores how fear and denial …

Healing Walks for Hard Times

Quiet Your Mind, Strengthen Your Body & Get Your Life Backby Carolyn Scott KortgeSometimes we can be overwhelmed by what life brings us — a career setback, a frightening diagno…

Healthy Home: How to Practice Mindful Cleaning

Practice mindful cleaning with eco-friendly products to help maintain a healthy environment—in nature and in your home.CLEANING MEDITATION“One day, while washing a bowl, I felt tha…

Heart of Brightness

One Woman's Yoga Odyssey in the Balinese JungleAs J. Krishnamurti once observed, there exist very few individuals with an irresistible passion for spirit. Very few of us really ded…

Hello Sensation: An Audio Meditation for Befriending Your Body

This meditation is a practice of honoring and acknowledging the range of complex sensations and emotions that may be present at any given moment.

Helping Kids to Connect Body, Breath, and Mind

Peeking in on children’s yoga classes, I watch kids doing poses such as tree, snake, butterfly, or lion, while the instructor tells a story about the various ways these creatures b…

Hollow Body Meditation

An excerpt from Mindfulness, Meditation, and Mind Fitness

How Does the Brain Process Forgiveness?

I recently attended a four-day mediation certification course. It was an eye-opening experience. In class, I studied the historic context of conflict resolution, learned mediator s…

How Imagination Shapes Your Reality

A growing body of research supports what spiritual contemplatives have known for Millennia—that the human capacity for imagination not only shapes our minds but also weaves the fabric of reality itself.

How Meditation Enhances the Senses

I’ve tried closing my eyes and reading braille with my fingertips—it’s not easy. I often think what practice it must take to be able to read those tiny bumps and make sense o…

How Meditation Might Help Break the Cycle of Poverty

In our July issue we reported on studies by Martha Farah, director for Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of Pennsylvania, demonstrating that children raised in poverty tend …

How Much of Aging Is in Your Head?

In 1979 a young Harvard psychology professor named Ellen Langer (soon to be played by Jennifer Aniston in Counter Clockwise) realized something astonishing — and true. “Without kno…

How to Achieve Your Goals for the New Year

Plan ahead to get ahead for the new year.

How to Give to Others without Burning Out

Research suggests that self-care can reduce stress and exhaustion—if we know how to practice it.

How to Meditate in a Minute

An MBA turned to meditation—and turned the process upside down.

I Have Just Returned from 10 Days of Silence. . .

I woke up at 4:00 a.m., meditated for 11 hours, and ate my last meal of the day at 11:00 a.m.—for 10 days. Where to begin?

If You Find It Hard to Meditate…

Try the difficult path to enlightenment

Ill Will

Ill will toward yourself may be the main reason why your meditation is difficult.

Introductory Big Mind Meditation

Big Mind meditation is a practice meant to open you into profound spaciousness, like that of the sky. It points you to the ever present nature of awareness and simplicity that is a…

Inversions: Turning Yoga on Its Head

The first time my yoga teacher encouraged me to go upside down into a headstand, I yelped.My outburst was just loud enough to let everyone in the class—especially me—know that I wa…

It's Summer! Hurry Up and Relax!

Summer weather beckons us outdoors for a healthy dose of playtime. But before you grab your bocce ball set, water skis, or wake boards, consider that recreation doesn’t require equ…

Joining the World’s Most-Shared Meditation

Practicing the simple art of tea

Keeping It Simple

Every mental or emotional pattern of energy has a respiratory rhythm. Changing your respiration is one of the quickest and easiest ways to influence patterns in the body. Breathe l…

Let Your Life Reflect Your Practice

Excerpted from Art of Attention: A Yoga Practice Workbook for Movement as Meditation

Letting Go of Being Right

Excerpted from The Power of Forgiveness by Joan Gattuso

Life Lessons from Yin Yoga, or, Should I Stay or Should I Go?

Yin yoga, in case you’ve never heard of it before, is a style of yoga in which you wiggle yourself into a pretty intense stretch and just try to relax there for five minutes or som…

Liquid Bells

Singing BowlsDamien RoseThe sound of Tibetan singing bowls might be described as complex purity. Within the sound that is heard when the bowl is struck, there exists the “anahat na…

Living Ultra-Light

Growing up in the rather conservative city of Ottawa, Canada, I never felt that I fit in, but I found a niche at fifteen when I discovered alcohol, boys, and dance clubs. My favori…

Living Well with Chronic Pain

An Interview with Vidyamala Burch

Meditation for the Love of It

Enjoying Your Own Deepest Experienceby Sally KemptonSally Kempton describes her teaching as the “fusion of loving and knowing,” or “devotional contemplative Tantra,” and says, “It …

Meditation Vs. Vacation

Or better yet... meditate while on vacation!

Metabolism-Boosting Yoga: Clear Mind Meditation

Try this introduction to yogic breath control (pranayama) in a 15-minute meditation that will leave you feeling calm and refreshed.

Morning Meditation Mini Challenge

“Woke up, fell out of bed...” Do you start your day running around, like the gentleman in The Beatles’ song, “A Day in the Life”? He staggers downstairs, downs a cup of coffee, gra…

Music Review: Deuter

DeuterReiki Hands of LoveNEW EARTH RECORDSReiki Hands of Love is a sensitive, melodic journey wonderfully designed for a connected mind-body experience. From the opening piano note…

My Practice: Circular Breathing and “Sourcing” Meditation to Receive Daily Blessings

Learn how a renowned intuitive guide and spiritual teacher receives divine energy to fuel her day.

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