Mar 12, 2015
Meditation MP3 – Mindfulness of Breathing Sarah Rudell Beach, The Huffington Post: Mindfulness is not a silver bullet. It’s not a magic trick that allofasudden eliminates stress and gives you the life of your dreams.
But here’s something I’ve noticed: Whenever I speak with people who have integrated a mindfulness practice into their lives, the phrase they almost always use to describe it is this:
It’s the phrase I’ve repeatedly used to explain the impact of mindfulness in my life, too.
I have a few theories about why mindfulness is so transformative, so powerful, so life-altering.
You realize you …
Mar 12, 2015
Click here to check out our online meditation store Canadian Running Magazine: Runners push themselves. We test our limits by pushing our bodies and our minds to move out of their comfort zones. You may be familiar with mindfulness meditation, a practice of being present and paying attention in a particular way. Mindful running, or bringing a new awareness to each and every run can enhance your performance and bring a new ease to your running practice.
Mindful running may sound new but in practice it has existed for years. Japanese marathon monks of Mount Hiei are reported to …
Mar 11, 2015
Meditation MP3 – Guided Meditations for Stress Reduction EchoLisa, Gloucestershire Echo: Picture the scene: You’re sat in a traffic jam and you’re late. The kids were playing up this morning, you couldn’t find your keys and you’ve got a long meeting first thing.
The tension is building in your head and then when you finally hit a clear stretch of road, the driver in front of you is dawdling and breaking for no apparent reason.
Your face turns purple and you start shouting, even though the motorist in front can’t hear you.
Does any of this sound familiar?
These are …
Mar 10, 2015
Meditation MP3 – Guided Meditations for Stress Reduction Patrick Henry, The Buffalo News: Lately we’re hearing a lot about a simple technique scientifically proven to promote positive mental health, something I’ve been doing daily for some 20-odd years:
Well, that’s not quite true. It is definitely something.
Call it “meditation,” “mindfulness” or, simply, “sitting,” the practice of taking time to do what, at first glance, appears to be nothing is growing in popularity. Even Parade, the most widely read magazine in the country and a supplement to this newspaper, did a cover story on the subject (the article is …
Mar 09, 2015
Meditation MP3 – Mindfulness Meditations for Teens Lori Corbin, KABC: At Ekata Training Center in Valencia, a massive mural of martial artist Bruce Lee reinforces the power of marital arts.
Ironically, the main theme taught here is peace.
“If you look at the warrior perspective of the Samurai, it was to maintain the sense of peacefulness in the eye of the storm,” said owner Ed Monaghan.
Multi-black belt instructor Monaghan doesn’t allow TV or magazines while at the gym, and adds meditation as a requirement in his classes, especially for kids.
“The idea is no TVs, it’s meant to be …
Mar 06, 2015
The Purpose and Practice of Buddhist Meditation by Sangharakshita (ebook) Toni Bernhard, Psychology Today: Misconceptions to be aware of as mindfulness enters the mainstream culture.
Mindfulness is in the headlines. Time recently devoted a cover story to the subject. The essence of mindfulness is paying careful attention to your present experience, whether it be a sight, a sound, a taste, a smell, a sensation in the body, or mental activity (such as an emotion or thought).
I’ve been studying and practicing mindfulness from a Buddhist perspective for over 20 years. Its entry into mainstream culture is a positive development; studies …
Mar 05, 2015
Meditation MP3 – Guided Meditations for Stress Reduction David Templeton, The Bulletin: Caring for patients can be “organized chaos,” nurses say. As the foot soldiers of health care, they function at the pressure point, the front lines of the war zone, where “you have to be flawless.”
“You can’t make one mistake,” said Daniel Griffiths, 47, of Greenfield, a nurse at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Montefiore. “It’s physically draining. You’re on your feet for a 12-hour shift.”
It helps explain why stress levels in nursing can lead to mental and physical exhaustion, burnout, anxiety, depression, high blood pressure and sleep …
Mar 04, 2015
Guided Meditations for Calmness, Awareness, and Love (CD) George Dvorsky, IO9: Mindfulness meditation, or focused attention, turns out to bring a surprising number of health benefits, including stress reduction, better attention and memory, and even increased creativity and feelings of compassion. It can also alleviate disturbed sleep, restructure our brains for the better (including developing more grey matter), and help you lose weight. It’s also incredibly relaxing and reinvigorating.
There are many different ways to meditate, but for the purposes of this article, and because it’s the most studied form, we’re only going to consider mindfulness meditation. That’s not …
Mar 03, 2015
Meditation MP3 – Guided Meditations for Calmness, Awareness, and Love Alice Lash, Miami Beach News: Have you ever had the experience of reading something, knowing your eyes have gone over the page, but when you get to the end, you cannot recall what you read? Or, how about having a conversation with another person, and at some point realizing you are not paying attention?
These are examples of being mindless. In contrast, when we are mindful, we are aware of what is happening within and outside us.
The term “mindfulness” has received a lot of media attention, most recently from …
Feb 27, 2015
Click here to check out our online meditation store Melanie Pinola, Lifehacker: Mindfulness and meditation offer a host of benefits that we’re still learning about via scientific studies. Information is Beautiful’s infographic below reveals the effects of meditation and mindfulness practices—from boosting concentration to making us more empathetic.
The company took the results of over 75 studies and meta-studies and created this visualization. The larger the text, the stronger and more promising the evidence. As you can see, there are positive benefits across all aspects of our lives, emotional, physical, cognitive, and social.
Many people are skeptical of the meditation …