Dec 10, 2013
Self-compassion is at the heart of my teaching these days.
The retreat fees include food and accommodation, and they’re on a sliding scale.
Most us us have the habit of being unkind to ourselves. We talk unkindly to ourselves and often we sacrifice our own well-being in order to “get things done.”
On this weekend retreat, Bodhipaksa will introduce a step-by-step guide to self-compassion, so that we can learn to be less hard on ourselves.
To allow people of varying
Dec 08, 2013
Julie Hare, The Australian: Just over four months ago, Ryan Daniels (not his real name) made a life-changing decision. He started practising meditation.
“I’d upped my game and was exercising more and eating better,” says the 40-year-old executive for a not-for-profit organisation. “But I realised despite doing everything right I still wasn’t coping well. Nothing dreadful, but things kept getting on top of me, especially at work.
“Now I meditate every day. I describe it like brushing my teeth. I get up in the morning and do it; I can’t start my day without it.”
Simone Pedersen feels the same way. The business…
Dec 06, 2013
Dr. Arnie Kozak, beliefnet: I recently gave a talk at the University of Vermont College of Medicine called “Beyond Stress Reduction: Mindfulness as a Radical Technology. In this talk, I spoke about the indictment that the healthcare and corporate-related applications of mindfulness are tantamount to “McMindfulness.”
If you read my post on this issue, you know that I think the criticisms of secularized mindfulness go to far. In my talk, I made the point that secular dharma is a uniquely Western dharma.
Secular Buddhism, which seeks enlightenment, accords with the Enlightenment era values of rationality, empiricism, and skepticism…
Dec 05, 2013
Jill Sakai, Medical Xpress: With evidence growing that meditation can have beneficial health effects, scientists have sought to understand how these practices physically affect the body.
A new study by researchers in Wisconsin, Spain, and France reports the first evidence of specific molecular changes in the body following a period of mindfulness meditation.
The study investigated the effects of a day of intensive mindfulness practice in a group of experienced meditators, compared to a group of untrained control subjects who engaged in quiet non-meditative activities. After eight hours of mindfulness practice, the meditators showed a range of genetic and molecular differences, including altered levels…
Nov 08, 2013
We have exciting plans for next year. We kicked off 2013 with a 100 Day Meditation Challenge, and then continued with 100 Days of Lovingkindness. Lots of work went into these, and for the second event I managed, somehow (mainly by sleeping very little) to produce a blog post for every one of the 100 days.
I loved the focus that this gave to the blog and to our practice. Many, many people participated in these challenges and experienced big breakthroughs with their practice.
I also loved the fact that over the course of 100 days I managed to write 90,000 words on lovingkindness practice. That material is going to …
Nov 05, 2013
You are invited to join an urban retreat we will be hosting from Saturday 9th to Saturday 16th November. The “urban retreat” is a week of online talks, teachings, guided meditations, and other resources, delivered to your inbox every day by email. And it’s all free!
The theme will be: “Blazing Like the Sun” and we’ll explore how our hearts can be more overflowing with kindness, compassion, confidence, and love of life. We’ll explore how to find the “freedom of heart” that is loving-kindness.
Each day we will email you material to help you engage with the practice of lovingkindness, and to incorporate it into your daily life. If you can’t practice daily, …
Nov 04, 2013
Thomas Pollick, The Daily Northwestern: The first time I really learned about meditation was during my sophomore year of high school in an Eastern Religions class. A Buddhist speaker came in to talk about his experiences. Following the talk, I asked him how I could incorporate meditation into my everyday life. He said that every day right after I get up, I should sit on the side of my bed for five minutes and focus on my breathing.
That’s all it was. Just five minutes, focusing on my breathing. Contrary to what I expected, there was no talk of spirituality or references…
Nov 04, 2013
Today we’re starting a major crowdfunding effort here at Wildmind.
Wildmind’s aim is to transform society by promoting mindfulness and compassion. We do this by teaching Buddhist meditation.
What we do
We do a lot. More than 1.5 million people visit our site each year. Our most popular web page (not counting the home page) has been read by half a million people. Our most popular blog post has been read more than a quarter of a million times. Hundreds of thousands of people have learned to meditate here — for free. We also publish guided meditation CDs, which help fund our activities, and those have reached hundreds of thousands of people as …
Nov 01, 2013
Harold Mandel, Examiner.com: Being a medical student is a very stressful experience which can result in burnout without proper interventions. Natural interventions such as meditation are preferable to drugs in order to avoid potential side effects from tranquilizers. Mayo Clinic writes that meditation is used for relaxation and stress reduction. Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center reported in a news release on Oct. 30, 2013, that medical students are being taught meditation techniques to prevent burnout and improve care.
Although doctors often advise patients to be careful about too much stress since it can be harmful to their health, physicians don’t always take their own advice…
Oct 31, 2013
Heather Yourex, Global Toronto: Susan Ockey has been practicing yoga for nearly 5 years. She started her practice after her cancer treatment finished.
“I just got through everything and then about a year later went, ‘oh my goodness… what happened? I had cancer.”
According to clinical psychological, Dr. Linda Carlson, many cancer survivors experience stress and anxiety long after therapy ends.
“It’s a huge problem for many cancer patients. They’re dealing with uncertainty, fears of recurrence, lingering side effects, pain, swelling in the arm, sleep difficulties… and fatigue is a big problem as well…