Anna Maltby, Huffington Post: “I’m terrible at trying to meditate — I can never shut off my brain or sit still!” Sound familiar? You know practices like mindfulness meditation are good for you, but they just seem so counter to our 20-tabs-open-at-a-time lifestyle that it’s hard to imagine where to start. We asked Marianela Medrano, Ph.D., a licensed professional counselor and member of the American Counseling Association, for help. Let’s start National Relaxation Day off on a good foot, shall we?
1. It’s not about saying “om” over and over again.
Unlike some types of meditation, you don’t have to say a mantra or try …
Paige Burkes, Simple Mindfulness: I’ve noticed lately that I’m having a harder time focusing for more than a short period of time. My brain is telling me that it needs some quiet time to rest and ponder issues. Unfortunately, my monkey mind doesn’t like the idea of sitting still and being “unproductive.”
My True Self is telling me that, by skimming over everything, I’m missing something – deeper meanings, real connections and more important messages.
Although my monkey mind continues screeching, my True Self is calm, whispering a little louder each day. I’ve learned the hard way (too many times than I’d like …
Karen Schwartz, Associated Press: A very pregnant Juliana Berger took a five-day trip with her husband and didn’t speak to him once.
They weren’t fighting. They were attending a silent retreat.
Berger, 33, a web developer, had attended a number of silent retreats over the past decade. Her husband, Jonathan Mann, a 32-year-old songwriter, had never been.
Like so many people these days, the New York-based couple wanted a break from the stress of daily life.
“I thought the stillness would help me connect with my baby,” said Berger, who was nearly eight months pregnant at the time.
Silent meditation transcends most religious traditions, …
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Buddha Weekly celebrates Wesak, the Buddha’s Birthday, with a profile on the most celebrated Buddhist holiday around the world, and the important of keeping precepts and acting with loving kindness. In the same issue, the magazine covers unconventional meditation techniques for the active monkey mind, including walking, standing and skateboarding.
“Meditation Techniques for People with Unsettled Monkey Minds”
Coping with the Monkey Mind—a Buddhist term indicating “unsettled; restless; capricious; whimsical; fanciful; inconstant; confused; indecisive; uncontrollable”—is one of the biggest obstacles to meditation and mindfulness practice in Buddhism.
The monkey mind disturbs peaceful reflection and creates endless obstacles to…