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Entries tagged with “Meditation”

“Drunk, Stoned, or Laid”

Memories of Manhattan spur S&H Editor at Large Stephen Kiesling to reflect on the "masters of deprivation."

“How Can I Love You Better?”

An Ode to Thich Nhat Hanh

“Quite Honestly, I Find Meditation Boring”

Bored by meditation? Change the way you meditate, at least for now. You're not likely to stick with a practice that is drudgery.

10 Ways to Make Meditation Practice A No-Brainer

Set yourself up for successful meditation practice.

10 Ways to Raise Your Vibration

Your frequency impacts every aspect of your life. The good news: You have the power to up your frequency at any moment. Here is how to raise your vibration.

11-Minute Prenatal Meditation

Breathe deep with this guided prenatal meditation by renowned yoga teacher Julie Peters.

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

Inspiration for practicing kindness and breathing in the beauty of daily moments and the miracles that are our lives.

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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3 Ways to Use Meditation to Boost Creativity

Three ways to up your creative forces.

4 Meditations for Gratitude

Let’s look at gratitude through a few different lenses.

4 Meditations to Tap into Your Intuition

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

4 Mini Meditations for a Peaceful Holiday Season

Spirituality is accessible even during the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, if we make it a practice in our everyday lives.

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 Free Apps for Creating Healthier Habits

Turn your smartphone into a tiny health coach with these apps for better nutrition, mindfulness, and gratitude.

5 Natural Ways to Deal with Eczema

Science-backed, natural treatments to soothe insanely itchy eczema.

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.

5 Strategies for a Caregiver’s Survival

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51 Meditations for Tending the Heart Fire

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

6 Meditations For Personal Transformation

Here are six meditations for personal transformation.

6 Mindfulness-Based Techniques to Help You Fall Asleep

Mindfulness techniques are being incorporated more and more for sleep health. Here are six expert-recommended mindfulness practices to help you fall—and stay—asleep.

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…

7 Tools to Ease Anxiety at Family Gatherings

These tools will help you keep your cool through the chaos of the holidays.

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 Garden for Enlightenment

The art of “synchronizing yourself to the natural flow of the energy that surrounds you”

A Goddess of Post Traumatic Growth: Nilapataka Nitya

This goddess encourages us to courageously churn the oceans of our inner selves, to explore the painful feelings and old traumas in our psyches and let them teach us something.

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 Nature Meditation for Finding Stillness

Navigate these uncertain and unsettling times with this open-eyed, open-senses meditation to ground, center, and enliven you reconnecting with the natural world.

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 …

A Sound Bath: Ways to Use Sound and Music to Promote Wellbeing

“Sound and music can quickly alter your mood, affecting your subconscious mind. Listening to music is a relatively inexpensive, easily accessible solution to elevate your awareness and your emotional states.”

A Sound Sleep

Guided Meditations with Relaxing Music & Nature Sounds By Dudley and Dean Evenson Husband-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, Voices This trio of perfectly calibrated women’s voices from Oslo sings a reconstruction of a thirtee…

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…

Aligning Yourself With Self

Begin to establish certainty and trust within yourself with this grounding guided meditation.

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 for Connecting to the Heart

The heart holds our love, connection, joy, and forgiveness. It can also hold grief and anxiety. Sometimes what the heart feels is very different from what the mind thinks it wants.…

Audio Meditation: A Pleasure Practice

A guided meditation for tasting a little sweetness.

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.

Become Free From Addiction through Spiritual Understanding: Part 2 of 2

Knowing how to revive our close loving friendship with God is the key to overcoming any addiction.

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: Aware

The Science and Practice of Presence

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…

Breath as Prayer

Many forms of prayer take the same amount of time to complete. The amount of time, it turns out, has powerful physiological benefits.

Buddhism without Religion?

Q&A with Jack Kornfield

Calming Chronic Pain with Beth Darnell, PhD

Beth Darnall talks to Rami about making life adjustments to manage chronic pain.

Can Ballet Teach Wisdom?

A new study suggests that classical ballet might lead to increased wisdom in much the same way as meditation does.

Chasing That Most Important Point

Stephen Kiesling and Zen priest Edward Espe Brown converse about Zen, Tassajara, the beginner's mind, and more.

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 …

Compassionate Unmasking with Kelly Boys

Kelly Boys talks about unconscious patterns of behavior and the benefits of being aware of them.

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 …

Different Ways to Work With the Universe

Here's a great opportunity in terms of practice to explore the different levels of perceiving and working with the universe.

Diversifying Meditation

“Meditation is not only one of the best forms of relaxation; it is free, fully accessible, and easily taught. The practice can be expanded to low-income and minority populations through four simple ways.”

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 cha…

Dogitation

Canine help along the bodhisattva path

Earth Meditation for Safety and Calm

Feeling stressed or overwhelmed? Slow down and connect to Earth energy, which is grounding and calming. Allow Earth to remind you where you came from and all the potential you still have ahead of you. Take a few deep breaths and rest with your original mama: Earth.

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…

Effortless Meditation

Transcendental Meditation is different from other forms of meditation.

Embrace Silence

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

Emotional Hygiene

An Interview with Daniel Goleman

End of Year Ritual: 7 Questions to Ask Yourself

A simple and effective end of year ritual is to carve out a little time for yourself to meditate and journal.

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…

Film Review: Walk With Me

Narrated by Benedict Cumberbatch (his rich, mellifluous baritone is immediately recognizable), this beautifully immersive documentary was produced over three years among the Buddhi…

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.

Finding Refuge

Gratitude for the sisterhood at a Tibetan Buddhist Nunnery

Five Variations on 5-Minute Meditations

Easy options for 5-minute meditations

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

From Holidaze to Holydays: A 7-minute Reset

An audio meditation to help reset from your worst self to your best self.

Full Moon Meditation for Clearing and Letting Go

"Take a pause around the full moon (ideally within three days of it) to reflect on what you might be ready to let go of, and gently cleanse it from your mind and body with this simple meditation practice."

Full Moon Meditation for Letting Go and Letting In

An audio meditation for the full moon.

Giving Voice to Anxiety and Acceptance

Having a hard time meditating because of anxious thoughts? Try saying your worries out loud.

Glimpsing the Divine

"One of the sweetest ways I know of to recognize nondual presence is to gaze into the eyes of another being."

Growing the Mind to Heal the Brain

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

Guided Meditation for Befriending Loneliness

Tolerate the discomfort of loneliness.

Guided Meditation for Sweet Dreams: The Starry Night

Walk into an evening field and settle by a warm fire to enjoy the stars. Settle into a relaxed state, imagining your ancestors there to support you, your heart making wishes on shooting stars. Let your mind rest while your body makes its way toward sleep.

Guided Meditation for the End of the Year

Say goodbye to the old year and welcome in the new.

Guided Meditation: Being Aware of Being Aware

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Guided Meditation: Deeply Relax (Or Sleep) With Breathwork

This gentle, progressive breathwork will help your body return to the rest-and-digest state so you can calm down, detoxify, rest, clear your mind, soothe inflammation.

Guided Meditation: Pelvic Floor Wellness

This meditation involves gentle, relaxed breathing and some light muscular engagement.

Guided Meditation: The Healing Waters

This gently hypnotic meditation will take you along a dirt path into a candlelit cave with a clear pool filled with healing power. Relax through the guided meditation or allow it to help you get to sleep at night, encouraging your parasympathetic nervous system to wake up your internal capacity for healing.

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 …

Has Meditation Gotten Too Easy?

When people are meditating so they can perform better at work, we have to ask: Is that really the point?

Heal Your Self

By Norm Hacker“If there already was a cure for cancer, if obesity rates weren’t rising, if the rates of disease were in decline, if our population was enjoying greater health and w…

Healing Heartbreak through Meditation During the Holidays

How to use meditation to grow with loss.

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…

Healing with Trees: Cultivating Patience and Presence

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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…

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…

Ho‘oponopono Every Day

The Book of Ho’Oponopono by Jean Graciet, Luc Bodin, M.D., and Nathalie Bodin Lamboy

Holistic Practices for Grief

Kathryn Drury Wagner speaks with trauma expert Kathryn Templeton on how to move from immobilization into balance and harmony.

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 Spiritual Stories Take Flight

The world champion levitator had a good reason: To get to the front of the class. At least that's what editor at large Steve Kiesling imagines is the case.

How to Leave This World Awake

The secret may be adding a single space to play.

How to Achieve Your Goals for the New Year

Plan ahead to get ahead for the new year.

How to Cultivate Mindfulness by Listening to Your Thoughts

Try this exercise to develop mindfulness by meditating on one’s thoughts.

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.

How To Meditate In Space

Why architecture influences mood, emotion, and experience.

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 Meditation Isn’t Joyful, Don’t Do It

“You might ask, if I am meditating just to meditate—if there is no goal to it at all—why bother with it in the first place? Good question.”

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

From the archive: Selected stories from the past 20 years.

Tea as a universal meditation

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…

Kiss the Moment

4 misconceptions about meditation that get in the way of practice.

Let Your Life Reflect Your Practice

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

Let’s Tangle – Creative Meditation for Valentine’s Day

What do you want to Grow or Let Go from your heart?

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

Lunar Reflections

Julie Peters, the author of Secrets of the Eternal Moon Phase Goddesses, shares her wisdom on building a moon practice.

Making Friends With Fear

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Meditating With Your Anger

An audio meditation to engage with our anger and compassion without shame.

Meditation Apps: Do They Work for Us or Against Us?

"Meditation takes practice, and in the beginning, like any new skill, meditation can seem challenging."

Meditation for Feeling your Feelings

For this meditation, you choose an emotion—something that’s present for you and easy to access in your body.

Meditation for Listening to Your Many Selves

An audio meditation to open our understanding of our different voices.

Meditation for Sweet Dreams: The Gemstone Staircase

This guided meditation will lull you to sleep as you walk down a beautiful staircase encrusted with healing gemstones like amethysts, rose quartz, sapphire, and amber.

Meditation for the Love of It

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

Meditation Is Hard When You Hate Yourself

Maybe at some point you decided to try meditation—thinking it might help you resemble those placid, robe-draped figures chanting in the documentaries. Maybe you marveled at t…

Meditation Practice: Drawing a Mandala

In the first episode of Your Creative Spirit, Flora Bowley shares a step-by-step guide to drawing mandalas.

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.

Mind-Body Therapies for Migraine Sufferers

Mind-body therapies you might not be taking advantage of.

Mindfulness in Difficult Times

We interviewed Sharon Salzberg for this issue to honor her remarkable career. With COVID-19 on everyone’s mind as we went to print, she graciously allowed us to share an adapted excerpt from Real Happiness.

Mindfulness: More Rigor, Less Hype

A panel of experts calls for more consistent scientific examination of mindfulness.

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…

Music Review: Magical Ascension

Access your transcendent and adventurous side any time you desire with this binaural beat exploration of magical lands.

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.

My Practice: Mindful Walking in Town

In “My Practice,” we share personal routines that create wellness and happiness from spiritual teachers, yogis, nutritionists, and more, in hopes to inspire your own healthy rituals.

My Practice: Morning Altars

An artist shares how his practice of creating beautiful morning altars blossomed.

My Practice: Spiritual Telepathy

Try this basic form of creative meditation to start building your bridge to the soul.

Neurodharma: Brain Science and Spirituality

Psychologist Rick Hanson shares how meditation changes the wiring in our brain, how make your practice your own, and how science and contemplative practice are connected.

New Moon Meditation: Pause the Breath, Pause the Mind

Try this audio meditation for slowing down the mind.

Nirvana at a Carolina Bus Stop

It wasn’t quite so spring-like yesterday here in Northern Michigan, back to slightly more “normal” temperatures. It’s spring break week around here, which may account for a smaller…

Nourishing the Hearts and Minds of Children

For children to be well-rounded humans they need education of the heart as well as the mind.

On Meditating Badly

Every morning, I meditate. Badly. I know meditation is good for me. Meditation can help with anxiety, stress, insomnia, self-esteem and a whole host of other things. There are a m…

One-Moment Meditation

Stillness for People on the Goby Martin BorosonImagine this: you no longer need a quiet place, a cushion or mat, or a half hour to meditate. Instead, your day is filled with peacef…

One-Moment Meditation for Managers

How an MBA turned to meditation and in the process managed to turn meditation upside down. While a student at the Yale School of Management, I decided to invite all the students, …

Open-Hearted Connection

Excerpt from Shift into Freedom: The Science and Practice of Open-Hearted Awareness by Loch Kelly

Out of Her Element

Writer Jennie Dorris thought she left the wilderness behind when she chose city life, but nature continued to guide her.

Peace Is a Choice

I started doing yoga and diving into mystical practices at the age of 12. I also was a Methodist. The combination of these Eastern and Western practices fueled my desire to know Go…

Play This Mind Game with Fruit and Nuts

Recently I was running a workshop on the MB-EAT program for therapists experienced in mindfulness meditation. We started with a mindfulness eating practice that focused on making c…

Practical Yoga: Catch Your Breath

Editors' note: We are honored to welcome Will Donnelly to our team of bloggers at SpiritualityHealth.com. Trained at the renowned Golden Bridge Yoga Studio in Los Angeles, Will is …

Practitioner

So what's it really like to be a laughter yogi?

Pratyahara Meditation to Focus the Mind and Calm Anxiety

Use this guided meditation to draw the senses closer to connect with the body in the present moment.

Pratyahara: Withdrawing the Senses and Feeling Feelings

There’s a principle in Patanjali’s classical text on Yoga, the Yoga Sutras, called pratyahara. It’s usually translated as “withdrawal of the senses,” and it’s a part of the classic…

Prioritizing Sacred Space

One of the most powerful things we can do for ourselves is to create a place to meditate and then use it. For many of us with busy lives and limited space, such an endeavor can fee…

Purpose-​Centered Therapy

Shoma Morita was a Zen Buddhist, and his therapy left a lasting spiritual mark on Japan.

Rabbi Rami's Meditation Tips

  I know that meditation is good for me, but I can’t sit still for five minutes, let alone 20. Is there an alternative to meditation? Meditation is waking to God in, with, a…

Ram Dass Explores the Essence of Mindfulness

There’s no philosophy about this, it’s a simple quieting of the mind.

re/VIEW: Mark Nepo

Mark Nepo reflects on his spiritual journey, our polarized country, and how being open-hearted can change the world.

re/VIEW: Sharon Salzberg

Renowned Buddhist meditation teacher Sharon Salzberg’s first book on meditation was Lovingkindness: The Revolutionary Art of Happiness, which she penned in 1995. Since th…

Recovering Joy

How a retreat leads to increasingly positive thoughts

Reiki Sleep

Reiki Music for Blissful Sleep By Llewellyn Designed for Reiki practitioners or anyone who is using Reiki for oneself or others, this subtle, relaxing music begins with a brief i…

Removing the Cilice of the Mind

"If even once you can pause long enough to see how your mind causes you suffering, you can pause again, and then again."

Return the Brain to Wholeness

Accepting all aspects of ourself, even the parts we don't particularly like, can be a powerful practice for releasing ourselves from suffering.

Return to the Present Moment

An excerpt from How Love Wins: The Power of Mindful Kindness

Rewire Your Brain: 6 Things You Can Do To Stay In The Present

For almost three decades I was one of the least present people on the planet. A life-altering trauma turned the world both inside and outside my head into such a painful experience…

Science & Spirit: Avocados, Constipation, and Wigging Out

This week we present good reasons to stock up on avocadoes, an intriguing link between depression and constipation, and people wigging out while meditating. Intrigued? Read to learn more.

Shift Your Body, Change Your Mind

At the Center for Investigating Healthy Minds at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, we have been working for the last year to find ways to help our veterans returning from Iraq a…

Simple Meditation to Feel Calm and Centered

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Sit Up Straight: How to Deepen Your Meditation with Better Posture

If you’ve been meditating for some time now, but haven’t been able to deepen your practice, it may be time to check your posture.

Staying Sane with Meditative Archery

Meditative archery can help you connect mind, body, and spirit.

Stop Self Criticizing, Start Meditating

According to the experts, meditation lessens the extremities of negative thoughts, changes patterns of belief and facilitates learning how to forgive yourself.

Strategies for Overcoming Resistance and Distractions in Meditation

Here are some strategies that will help you stay steady on the path of a regular meditation practice.

Summer Festival Round-Up

[EDITOR'S NOTE: WE ARE NO LONGER ACCEPTING ENTRIES FOR THE BHAKTI TICKET GIVEAWAY, CONGRATS TO OUR WINNER!]Every summer, countless people flock to outdoor amphitheaters, campground…

Summertime, and the Sitting Is Easy…

If emptying your mind feels like work, try this.

Surprise Yourself with a Nested Meditation

One of the more ingenious tools we’ve found for reframing a tough situation—or simply having fun with words—is a process that psychologist Kevin Anderson calls nested meditation. I…

Surprised by Grace

How often are you startled by afresh spiritual awareness — a simple and unexpected new metaphor for your life journey? Discover 'nested meditation’ and experience how wordplay can open your soul.

Survey Says Meditation Eases Chronic Pain for Prescription Opioid Users

Exciting new research indicates that mind-body therapies like meditation can help stem the tide of the opioid epidemic.

Survival Consciousness

Infinite bliss and enlightenment may be just a breath away. But what does that really mean?Many years ago a stage hypnotist came to my high school for a routine performance in whic…

Teaching a Boy to Meditate Underwater

Relax, and bring your attention to your breath. If you are like many, this is a natural call to meditation and peace. But for others — especially young men — the call to meditation…

Ten Thousand Joys & Ten Thousand Sorrows

A Couple's Journey Through Alzheimer's by Olivia Ames Hoblitzelle Just before Harrison Hoblitzelle died, his wife, Olivia, made him a promise that became a covenant between them:…

Testing your Hippie Boundary: Reincarnation

I was once at a workshop about managing grief through yoga practice. I remember a girl in the back piping up and saying, “Sometimes you just need to discover that it’s pain from a …

The 10 Breaths Practice

Excerpted from Ten Breaths to Happiness: Touching Life in Its Fullness, by Glen Schneider

The 10 Breaths Practice

Excerpted from Ten Breaths to Happiness: Touching Life in Its Fullness, by Glen Schneider

The Ajna Light: Healing Benefits

The Ajna Light offers a unique opportunity to experience relaxation effects.

The Art Inside You

The world needs our creativity, compassion, and intuitive intelligence. Today it is essential that we sense the interconnectedness of our world. Whatever happens to any one of us —…

The Art of Deep Listening

Struggle to stay focused when you meditate? Learning to listen like a musician can deepen both your meditation practice and your mindfulness.

The Bear Went Over the Mountain.

The lake-effect snow was lovely yesterday afternoon as we began a new year with our four-hour meditation. We had ten people, maybe seven at the end. We stayed long enough afterward…

The Case for Yogic Breathing

The mind has a terrible time telling itself what to do. Fortunately, science is catching up with yogic breathing wisdom.Since the time of Descartes (“I think, therefore I am”), mod…

The Commons: Receiving the Wisdom of the Golden Rule

A meditation on creating a civil society

The Eye-Twitch Path to Peace

Two months before my 38th birthday, I was offered the job of my lifetime: joining the marketing and management consulting staff of a large, well-regarded international consulting g…

The Force of Kindness

Change Your Life with Love and Compassion By Sharon Salzberg There is a thread that runs through all the world’s great wisdom teachings and religions, crossing the barriers of ti…

The Fullness of Emptiness: A Guided Breath Meditation

This guided meditation explores the bottom of the breath.

The Grace of the Green Leaf

Body Chants & GroovesLis AddisonIf this album by singer, composer, and dancer Lis Addison doesn’t get you moving and having fun doing it, then you’d better check your pulse! Wh…

The Happiness Track: Is Mindfulness a Racket?

Is mindfulness really the panacea for today's stress?

The Heart of Meditation

We all want small, simple things every day―a good night’s sleep, a parking spot near the door, a satisfying dinner―but what happens when we want to identify or manifest our deeper …

The Heart of Money: Seal the Door Where Evil Dwells

"I believe love wins, and find it does no good to read the negative news that I have little control over. I don’t have control over world affairs. I can vote. I can write articles and support candidates whom I believe are humble, honorable, wise, and driven to do the right thing."

The Infinite Transforming Power of Mind

An excerpt from In Search of Wisdom: A Monk, A Philosopher, and Psychiatrist on What Matters Most

The Labyrinth as a Walking Meditation

Meditation can be frustrating, with physical discomfort and constant, intrusive thoughts. Walking a labyrinth can be a wonderful walking meditation.

The Lunar Tao

Meditations in Harmony with the SeasonsBy Deng Ming-DaoHARPERONE In this book of daily meditations, Deng Ming-Dao reflects on the origins and historical mythology from Taoism, Bud…

The Miraculous Sigh

Excerpt from The Foundations of Mindfulness

The Most Important Yogic Tool You Have: The Bullshit Detector

Yoga has this wonderful quality of opening our minds and bodies at the same time. We get more physically flexible, and more mentally and emotionally so as well.We flow like water, …

The Path to Enlightenment and Equanimity

Meditate your way into transcendence

The Power of Being with Anxiety

A path to keep anxiety from controlling your life.

The Power of the Moon

Learning how to tap into the phases of the moon can be a powerful practice.

The Practice of Becoming Intimate with Self and Other

An Interview with Roshi Pat Enkyo O’Hara

The Season of Saraswati

Well, we’ve finally made it to March. Here in Vancouver, that means it’s still kind of cold and raining, but there are little shoots coming up under still-bare trees, and there are…

The Secret of Future Calm

As the pace of life gets faster and faster, here’s how to avoid the shock

The Spiritual Dementia of Racism

“The place to start deepening my understanding of the unconditional worth of every person is within myself.”

The Top 10 Scientific Findings that Will Change How We See Ourselves

Happiness is good for you but not all the time—and other insights from The Greater Good Science Center

The Usefulness of Quieting the Mind

In large corporate environments and intimate retreat settings, meditation mentor Mirabai Bush shares the usefulness of quieting the mind and the benefits it brings to daily life.

The Zen of Dishwashing

A new study suggests that washing dishes can be a form of meditation, promoting a positive state of attention on the emotions and thoughts in the present moment.

The Zen of Surfing

While in high school, Jaimal Yogis ran away to sea in search of good surfing and lasting spiritual truths. (“Note to Mom and Dad: I am somewhere in the world, and I will call you w…

Think You Can't Meditate? Think Again.

If I had a nickel for every person who said to me “I can’t meditate,” I’d be rich. But for the multitudes of people who have busy, focused lives yet say they cannot meditate, there…

Toolbox: Inner Alignment

vLet these picks from S&H  be conduits for creating internal energetic structuring.

Toolbox: Sweeten Your Practice

Awaken your senses with these fine indulgences.

Train Your Brain to Calm the Inner Critic

Our ability to be resonant with ourselves is a key for bringing healing into our life.

Try This Back-to-School Line Dance

At Naropa, the arts university “dedicated to advancing contemplative education” in Boulder, Colorado, students in the Master of Divinity program are anywhere from 20-something to 6…

Try This Mantra: So What? So Hum.

Learning the stress-relieving Sudarshan Kriya from Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

Two Steps to Battle Depression

One of the marks of depression is rumination, or constantly going over the bad things that have happened in your life, with an obsessive belief that all is lost, and that it’s prob…

Use Rituals to Ease the Anguish of Loss

Experts and survivors agree—use rituals to ease the anguish of loss. Then practice acts of love to move forward toward a sense of peace.Near midnight on Good Friday, 1990, just hou…

VIDEO: Garrison Institute: Fertile Ground for Contemplative Practice

As our planet evolves, more and more seekers look to contemplative practice to deepen their spiritual connection. For me personally, dedicated mindfulness retreats have been a corn…

VIDEO: The Meditation Gardens of Self-Realization Fellowship

On this episode, witness spirit and nature dancing together at the meditation gardens of Self Realization Fellowship's Lake Shrine and Encinitas Retreat and Hermitage in Southern C…

Wake up from Unworthiness

An Interview with Tara Brach

Want to Be Happier? Nurture Your Ecological Self

Do you have a relationship with Planet Earth—your home? Taking time to focus on and appreciate the place you live creates a feeling of connection and health.

War and Inner Peace

We all participate in some way in our nation’s wars. Here’s why we don’t let war interfere with our serenity — and why we should. His afternoon, while my yoga teacher urged …

Watercolor Egg Meditation

In the third episode of Your Creative Spirit, Flora Bowley shares a visualization practice utilizing watercolors.

Weaving Love with Creativity

Creativity deepens when you breathe into it with love, nature, and the curiosity of your muse.

Week 2: Get Rid of Blockages to Your Intuition

This week, let us transform our energy from a low vibration to a high vibration.

Week 3: Spreading Love throughout Your Body, Soul, and Spirit

Nurture your soul, your spirit and your body so that you can connect to your authentic self.

What Good is Meditation in a Plane Crash?

An Interview with Allan Lokos

What is the Power of the Breath?

Every time your mind wanders, use your breath to bring your focus back.

What Really Happens When We Meditate

An interview with Daniel Goleman and Richard Davidson about their new book, Altered Traits: Science Reveals How Meditation Changes Your Mind, Brain, and Body

What to do When Your Mind Starts to Growl

An interview with Sylvia Boorstein

What’s the Difference Between Jesus and Christ?

You’re a hypocrite. You don’t believe in heaven or hell, and yet you let people who do get away with it. Why not just tell them they’re wrong?If you want to dialogue deeply with pe…

When We Enter Silence: Shanti, Shalom, Salaam, Peace

By Kevin O’Brien When you walk into the chapel at Christ’s Peace House of Prayer in Easton, Kansas, you remove your shoes as you step on holy ground. In its glory, religious symbo…

Why You Really Should Protect Your Sleep

And what to do about it if you can’t

Women’s Meditation

There’s no reason meditating has to be painful, says staff writer JULIE PETERS. As long as you are in your own thoughts and feelings, meditation can happen anywhere.

Writing Oneself Out of Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia (FMS) is a debilitating mix of pain, fatigue, sleep disturbance, and depression that is resistant to treatment. Part of the difficulty in treating the millions of Amer…

Writing Yourself Back to Yourself

Meera Lee Patel’s latest journal, Create Your Own Calm, is publishing as anxiety levels across the world are rising dramatically. Patel shared her creative process and personal journaling practice with S&H.

Yin Yoga and Meditation

This easeful, quieting practice requires as much from the mind as the body. Join Yin Yoga Expert Cindy Walker for long held, simple stretches that challenge the mind to process neg…

Yoga and Tea

As long as I’ve been married to a yoga teacher, I’ve had trouble keeping milk in the refrigerator. Whenever she teaches, she makes her own blend of chai latte and carts it to her g…

You are Wise, Resourceful and Kind

Dathüns focus on how we can come into our heart, beyond the negative thoughts we may have about ourselves, and tune into what is really, fundamentally there.

Your Assignment: Whose Soul?

Meditate on the most difficult spiritual question of our time.

Your Brain on Meditation

Yesterday our local meditation group read together a pitifully small portion of our book, One Dharma, because we got so interested in the topic and kept talking instead of reading.…

Your Soul Needs Playtime

A few years ago, when I was teaching an undergraduate seminar at Stanford on the psychology of happiness, I had the students put away their books and push their chairs to the side …

Zen and the Art of Not Tearing Your Hair Out

If you had a time machine, would you speed forward into the future or relive the past?Someone asked me this once in a car on a road trip, and while my car-mates reminisced about ti…

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