10 Benefits of Rising Early, and How to Do It

June 1st, 2012 by

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If you think you don’t have time for a meditation or yoga practice, one solution is to become an early riser. This is a great article by Leo Babauta on how and why to do just that. Not only will you have time for your practice, you’ll get more done by 6:30 than many people accomplish in an entire day.

How to be Present in the Moment

March 10th, 2012 by

 

Shubhra Krishan shares two wonderful techniques for shifting into the present moment she came across while randomly flipping through a book from her mother’s collection.

 

Step Number One: Love That Which You Are

February 16th, 2012 by

In my work as a Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) educator, I meet people for whom stress has taken the upper hand in their lives. One of the things we discover as we learn how to meditate and observe our thoughts and emotions is that everything we say, and do, and feel is connected to other things. Often at the root of the stress vortex is not just a lack of self love, but a harsh and judgmental narrative that throttles the self regularly. You are connected to everything around you. If your interior landscape is habitually harsh and critical, your outer landscape will reflect the same quality. It’s like a law of nature. Many of the new students that I meet are plagued by a harsh inner critic. The most important thing you can do to transform your life is to start a new habit of treating yourself with kindness. Make it a practice and watch how things begin to change. Here is a great little article by Wendy Strgar that explains how and why kindness to yourself is so fundamental.

How to Meditate On The Go: Shift Into Neutral

February 9th, 2012 by

Here’s a simple idea from one-moment meditation.com for informal mindfulness practice when you’re pressed for time: Shift into neutral. When my teenage son was angling to inherit my car, he suddenly became concerned with how I operated it. “Mom, when you’re at a stop light shift into neutral. It preserves the life of the transmission.” This advice also applies to another vehicle we don’t want to lose – our bodies! Shift into neutral on a regular basis (how about stop lights?) and preserve the life of your body and your mind.

 

How to Meditate While You Eat

February 8th, 2012 by

How do you usually eat a meal of delicious ravioli! Could you intentionally practice eating another way: Smelling the fragrance, seeing the beauty of the food, feeling the smooth texture in the mouth, savoring the delicious flavor? And that’s just the first bite! In this excellent New York Times article, Jeff Gordiner thoroughly explores the practice of how to meditate while you eat!

 

A Mindful Moment (or Two) or How to Meditate with a Cat in Your Lap

February 6th, 2012 by

This morning as I sipped my cup of tea, my cat “Edie” made her usual visit to my lap. I noticed that I was lost in thought at the moment – that seemingly nonstop inner narrative about meaningless minutiae. Then I consciously shifted to what was actually happening with my kitty. I placed her, for a few moments, at the center of my attention. I luxuriated as my fingers moved through her incredible softness. I delighted at the tactile sense of her dainty ears. I felt the vibrations of her purring through my belly, heard her powerful little “motor”, and reveled in her intense love for me (and mine for her). A nice way to start the day – and far superior to being lost in thought about things that weren’t even happening. The richness of what WAS actually happening was right in my lap – I just had to stop thinking long enough and remember to notice! Now that’s stress reduction!

 

 

8 Ways Meditation Can Change Your Life

January 30th, 2012 by

Nice overview by Ed and Deb Shapiro of how this amazing yet simple practice enables the mind to quiet, and offers you the opportunity to experience the fullness of your whole life.

How to Work with Fear

January 24th, 2012 by

Many of us experience fear and anxiety on occasion. In this article, author Jerome Stone gives some useful information and some simple tips on how to work with fear when it arises.

 

Prevention Magazine’s 2011 Integrative Medicine Awards: The Best of the Best

December 30th, 2011 by

Acupuncture / acupressure, yoga, massage & mediation top Prevention Magazine’s 2011 list of stress-busters & preventative health therapies.

Finding Inner Peace in the Middle of Chaos

December 29th, 2011 by

Great little explanation of mindfulness meditation by Ed and Deb Shapiro describing how we can access our inner peace even when things aren’t going our way!

 

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