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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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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Saturday, 24 September 2011 17:05

To hurry or not to hurry

Yesterday I heard a teaching by Tsoknyi Rinpoche, who taught about the speed and agression of the modern world. Although I have heard these kinds of teachings before, they always really hit me. Maybe because I am particularly prone to this hurried syndrome, being a pretty ambitious person in a competitive world... 

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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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Monday, 29 August 2011 14:04

An impoverished way of living

It’s intriguing to think that while business seeks to make profits by providing goods and services in a competitive environment, some eastern spiritual traditions would consider the advice to “Give all profit and gain to others, Take all loss and defeat upon yourself,” to be extremely profound and supremely important. These two approaches to life have both been part of societies for millennia, but there’s still plenty to discuss before a common understanding can be clearly defined in our current era.

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Wednesday, 24 August 2011 19:22

Writing and Meditation

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

 

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Tuesday, 23 August 2011 10:58

Retreat: the returning home edition

I returned home from my retreat a few days ago. Now is arguably the most interesting time: how do I integrate all that I learned at the retreat in my day-to-day ordinary life? Because that is the real test! Actually sometimes being on retreat is quite safe and easy. Our normal environment is where we get pulled most strongly into our patterns and habits.

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Saturday, 13 August 2011 22:01

Meditating in the red

It is an ordinary Wednesday morning, I'm just arriving at my agency. Park the car, go upstairs, say hello to still somewhat sleepy colleagues on the way to my room. Wake up the screen and sign in to online banking. Like most of the mornings.
SHOCK! Red numbers. BIG red numbers, right in front of me on the screen, and it´s MY business account. Nothing to interpret, nothing to reconfirm, this is a matter of fact - the account is not only in the red, it's close to its limit. And it's only a few days until salaries have to be paid. In plain language: big problems ahead.

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According to an article by Thomas Roth, PhD in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine titled, Insomnia: Definition, Prevalence, Etiology, and Consequences, up to 30% of the adult population in the United States suffer from some form of insomnia or sleep disturbance. That's 90-million people just in our country who don't sleep well!

A common question that seems to come up in conversation a lot these days is whether meditation can cure insomnia. As an avid practitioner of meditation – and insomnia! – I can attest to the fact that meditation and mindfulness practices can help to alleviate insomnia. I'm not sure about cure, since underlying factors are usually to blame for sleeplessness.

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Body's internal pharmacy effective against heart disease

Regular meditation practice does not only work on the mental and emotional level, it can also be very effective in reducing your chance of dying of a heart attack or a stroke, science found.1

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