Monday, 19 December 2011 09:51

Contentment is a Way of Being

In less then ten minutes, Sogyal Rinpoche explains the connection between the mind, meditation and contentment.

 

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Sunday, 18 December 2011 18:11

Contentment is a Way of Being

In this video, from April 2005, Sogyal Rinpoche explains about how we can discover the source of true contentment. In less then ten minutes, Rinpoche explains the connection between the mind, meditation and contentment. This video is from the WhatMeditationReallyIs.com course.

 

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Sunday, 04 December 2011 17:44

Mindfulness & Therapy

Dr. Jonathan S. Kaplan speeks about the connection between mindfulness, meditation and therapy.

 

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Lost in the land of hopes and fears. That’s what happens when I drop my formal meditation practice. Like an early winter fog that at first forms innocuously but then pervades the entire atmosphere in a thick cloud. Hope, fear, desire, frustration and indifference subtly seep into my thinking process, slowly infecting each mental process with a sticky quality.  Sadly, my spacious and clear approach to living is dominated by a tightly clenched jaw and a narrowed self-centered focus.  YUCK!

From time to time these states of mind take me over, and I find it a real chore to bring myself home, back to a wholeness, where all of the discordant aspects of my being can rest like dust settling after a strong wind.

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The other night I attended a talk at the Interdependence Project in New York. The talk was given by two psychologists who use mindfulness meditation in their practice.

 

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Wednesday, 09 November 2011 18:15

Making the Mind a Peaceful Place

Most of us, by the time we reach adult life, develop ways of relating to the obsessive thoughts that visit us; those inner voices that relentlessly detail bleak tales about the future, mistakes made in the past, inventories of what's missing from life. The brain is set up to fret, and we all have to learn how to function in life without being dragged under by the it's constant jabbering. We're all after a little calm.

While we may understand that certain types of thoughts cause us a lot of stress, its less obvious that the mind's tendency to jump around, from one inner narrative to the next, plays a large part in our suffering. The mind doesn't generally roam in search of peace; the brain's subsystems that drive us tend to reward us for thinking about issues we believe effect our survival: from whether or not we'll ever find a lasting relationship, to attempting to predict our unknowable financial futures. Our thoughts promise us control and preparation; what they actually deliver is stress and suffering.

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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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Tuesday, 01 November 2011 15:49

What meditation really is

H.H. Sakya Trizin gives an overview of Tibetan Buddhist meditation and where we can begin.

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In September, I was able to get a few minutes with H.H. Sakya Trizin. I planned to show him this blog and the 10 Step Guide to Meditation. In the seemingly inviolable law of giving demos, a close cousin of Murphey's law, the net was down. So I showed him my business card which has the same kind of graphical design as the website. In yet another example of how great meditators can completely grasp a situation on what seems like the scantest of data, he explained to me what our site is about. WOW. Then he made this short video, giving an overview of Tibetan Buddhist meditation and where we can begin.

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Sunday, 30 October 2011 01:07

Lost in Chicago with the Buddha

This post was sent into us from Becky who has an interesting blog about sharing Meditation and Dharma with Children. Enjoy the post!

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