Living With Appreciation and Gratitude (May 1–28)

April 9, 2015

yogd2015-muditaIn this 28 day event we’ll be exploring the quality of mudita, or joyful appreciation.

Mudita recognizes and appreciates the positive qualities and actions that bring happiness to beings (ourselves included).

It begins with a desire that beings be happy, but recognizes that happiness arises from a life well-lived, rather than randomly.

During this event you’ll learn how to:

  • Develop peace through an appreciation of impermanence
  • Overcome a tendency to blame yourself or others
  • See all beings as potentially awakened
  • Abandon indifference and cruelty in favor of genuine loving wisdom
  • Encourage the arising of insight in others

Signing up for this event gives you access to:

  • 28 daily emails with practice suggestions
  • Access to guided
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Seven fun ways to teach your kids mindfulness

April 7, 2015
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Still Quiet Place: Mindfulness for Young Children, by Amy Saltzman (CD)
Kaia Roman, MindBodyGreen: I taught a mindfulness class at my daughters’ elementary school this week. Unsurprisingly, the kids taught me way more than I taught them.

While I was doing research to develop the class, I came upon a wealth of information about mindfulness programs in schools. For one, I learned that actress Goldie Hawn has been working with neuroscientists, cognitive psychologists and educators to develop a mindfulness curriculum for schools. I was thrilled to find out that their research reported that mindfulness education in schools has proven …

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Science confirms benefits of meditation

March 25, 2015

wildmind meditation newsHow to Meditate with Pema Chödrön: A Practical Guide to Making Friends with Your Mind Papiya Bhattacharya, The New Indian Express: Research at Nimhans on the benefits of yoga and meditation has found validation in an unrelated study in the US.

A Harvard study recently found that people asked to practise meditation show actual structural changes taking place in the brain.

These changes are responsible for calmer emotions, better memory, and lower stress. It is the first study to actually document meditation-produced changes over time in the brain’s gray matter.

People who participated in an …

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Pain entered my life unannounced — now, I manage chronic pain with mindfulness

March 23, 2015

wildmind meditation newsKindly Awareness: Managing Pain, Illness, and Stress with Guided Mindfulness Meditation (2 CD), by Vidyamala Vidyamala Burch, Huffington Post: I am on more than nodding terms with chronic pain. I was 16 in 1976 when pain came into my life and basically took it over. Before the pain, I was a fit, sporty, young woman — I loved to be outside hiking in the awe-inspiring New Zealand hills. Being active, moving without having to think about it, and enjoying what my body could do were absolutely fundamentals in my life. Like most people, I took these things totally for granted.

My …

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How mindfulness changes your life

March 12, 2015

wildmind meditation newsMeditation 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:

Life-changing.

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 …

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John Denley on using mindfulness to deal with stress, anxiety and depression

March 11, 2015

wildmind meditation newsMeditation 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 …

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Seven myths about mindfulness

March 6, 2015

wildmind meditation newsThe 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 …

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A heart that is ready for anything

March 5, 2015
Check out Radical Self-Acceptance, by Tara Brach (3 CDs).
Check out Radical Self-Acceptance, by Tara Brach (3 CDs).

When the Buddha was dying, he gave a final message to his beloved attendant Ananda, and to generations to come: “Be a lamp unto yourself, be a refuge to yourself. Take yourself to no external refuge.”

In his last words, the Buddha was urging us to see this truth: although you may search the world over trying to find it, your ultimate refuge is none other than your own being.

There’s a bright light of awareness that shines through each of us and guides us home, and we’re never separated from this luminous awareness, any more than waves are separated from ocean. Even when we … Read more »

How to meditate (and get the most benefit out of it)

March 4, 2015

wildmind meditation newsGuided 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 …

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Mindfulness: What it is and how it helps

March 3, 2015

wildmind meditation newsMeditation 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 …

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