From meditation arises wisdom. Without meditation wisdom wanes. Read more
Shaffer (trained in stress relaxation, art therapy, music therapy and meditation) says they start out with a fresh perspective on their existence, which is gratitude for being alive. Read more
Boston Globe To sit quietly in a deep rest for 20 minutes at the start and end of the school day allows the brain to tap into a reservoir of energy and intelligence.
Twenty minutes of deep breathing and silence twice daily can help boost students’ grades, improve their social skills, and ignite their creativity.
That’s the message Transcendental Meditation practitioners brought to more than 100 Boston-area educators yesterday during a three-hour conference on how to help students overwhelmed by social pressures and the stress of getting into college.
The concept excited many attendees, who took notes intently and walked out chatting animatedly about how they might introduce the program to parents and students.
Meditation is a vast field, offering many methods and approaches, and it can be difficult to know where to begin and how to make meditation an integral part of our life. Bob Sharples has written a book that will surely help.
Meditation and Relaxation begins by asking the fundamental question, “Why meditate?” Why, indeed? Meditation, especially meditation based on relaxation, is helpful for those who struggle with difficult life problems or chronic pain and other health concerns. But there is much more. Meditation can open our heart, awaken and transform our minds.
The potential for meditation to improve our life experience is presented with a dose of realism. Meditation …
The Attention Revolution is a thorough outline of the stages leading to the achievement of shamatha—full mental stabilization—according to Indo-Tibetan Buddhist traditions. Anyone buying the book in the hope of a quick fix, though, is fairly soon put right. The achievement of shamatha, Wallace tells us, is liable to involve “five to ten thousand hours of training—of eight hours each day for fifty weeks in the year.”
At this point I nearly stopped reading. I live in a meditation retreat centre, but even my lifestyle allows for nothing like this amount of meditation—and how much more so for people who have “normal” lives. But I’m glad that I persevered. …
Albert Einstein: “A human being is part of a whole, called by us the ‘Universe’ —a part limited in time and space”
“A human being is part of a whole, called by us the ‘Universe’ —a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts, and feelings, as something separated from the rest—a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circles of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.”
In the Buddhist meditation called the Six Element Practice, we reflect in turn on each of the six elements—the four physical elements …
The practice of transcendental meditation has worked wonders for some children [with ADHD]. Read more