Tuesday, 20 December 2011 08:25

Using Technology to Help You to Meditate

The topic of how to use and integrate meditation into our lives has been discussed on this site and addressed in a number of great posts.This post answers one question that comes up a lot; "How do I remember to meditate?" "How do I remember to practice, to do short sessions during the day?" Glad you asked.
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Tuesday, 29 November 2011 20:27

Meditate and...Change Your Brain In 8 Weeks?!

 

Meditation can change the brain. Wow! Did you read that? Last spring when I first found this post, it was all over the internet. In fact, the net was buzzing with the the results of this study carried out at Massachusetts General Hospital, headed by Sara Lazar at Harvard University. The results showed that by participating in an 8-week mindfulness meditation program, individuals were able to make what appears to be measurable changes in brain regions associated with memory, sense of self, empathy and stress.

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Monday, 21 November 2011 11:30

Is Meditation a Foreign Idea?

Just the other day I found myself in the all-too-familiar situation of trying to explain what I do when I meditate to a curious and inquiring stranger. I’m sure this has happened to you before…You know, you’re sitting on the bus or in a coffee shop and you strike up a friendly conversation with someone next to you. One thing leads to another, and before you know it you’ve let it slip that you meditate. Then comes that slightly tense moment as you wait to find out whether or not the other person thinks you’re a total wacko and if you need to try and change the subject to something safer…like sports or IKEA.

This time it was a little bit different though…

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Friday, 11 November 2011 22:14

A(nother) Day in a (different) Life...

Inspired by the previous post from Marieke van Vugt, I decided to try my hand at sharing what a "normal" day of work-integrating-meditation looks like.

Since preparing to publish my book, Minding the Bedside: Nursing from the Heart of the Awakened Mind, and starting my own business, the unfortunate fact is that the time for my "formal" practice has suffered. Yet, while I lament and moan about the lack of time to formally practice, it seems like the integration of practice into my daily life, and my ability to take life onto the path, has increased.

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Friday, 04 November 2011 08:16

Meditation--True Confessions

I’ve been meditating now for over 15 years. It’s one of the most important things in my life and also one of my favorite things to avoid.

My alarm is set for 5:45 am…I think. The theory is to have enough time to do at least an hour of meditation in the morning before I seize the day. What often happens is...

 

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Sunday, 23 October 2011 21:12

Giving yourself permission to meditate

Although it sounds silly, I find that noticing these feelings of guilt and going through these conceptual exercises helps me to have a "better" meditation practice (whatever that may be).

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Wednesday, 19 October 2011 16:29

Jon Kabat-Zinn: What meditation Really Is


Jon Kabat-Zinn, a pioneer of scientific research on meditation and founder of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, defines meditation as “living your life as if it really mattered”.

Check our video section and watch what he says about what meditation really is and the benefits of meditation.


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Wednesday, 28 September 2011 12:39

Meditation & Science

Dan Goleman from the 'Wisdom of Awareness' Retreat with Sogyal Rinpoche and Tsoknyi Rinpoche, June 2011 (Garrison Institute, New York), he talks about important meditation research findings, the implications and future possibilities.

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Monday, 19 September 2011 20:08

Daniel Goleman on Writing and Meditation

Daniel Goleman speaks candidly about how meditation makes a positive difference in his work as a writer.

 

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I recently came across a very interesting TEDx talk by a colleague and collaborator of mine: Willoughby Britton, who is an assistant professor and clinical psychologist at Brown University. Here is the link.

 

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