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The Power of Breath – Malcolm Huxter

Malcolm Huxter is a meditator and a psychotherapist that lives in Australia.  His years of living in  Thai monastery inform his practice and the work he does with those he works with.    The power of the breath is used extensively, it seems, with the martial arts.  With Karate there is a quick in breath […]

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Excavating the Heart Through Buddhist Mindfulness Meditation

 Photo: Deirdre Fay c2011   Noah Levine Excavating the Heart Through Buddhist Mindfulness Meditation Re-blogged from the Huffington Post —  Posted: 04/25/2011 1:00 am When I first heard the Buddhist teachings on loving kindness, compassion and forgiveness, I was incredibly skeptical. Coming from a background of drugs and violence, I saw those heart qualities as […]

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Clearing what bothers us – Ajahn Chah

It takes incredible dedication and perseverance to do as the great meditation teacher, Ajahn Chah suggests.  Carving a path through the intrusive thoughts and feelings and fears, speaking back to them, “Don’t bother me.  You’re no affair of mine.” It points to one of the essential differences between meditation practices and psychotherapy.  In psychotherapy we might […]

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5 Distinctions of Mindfulness in Academic Psychology

  When I first started meditating in the late 1970s there was almost no literature in the West on meditation, let along mindfulness or concentration practices.  That’s all changed. These days we use the words to point to something often without having a robust understanding inherent in the simpleness of the words. It can sometimes […]

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Mindfulness as Mental Development and to Soften the Heart

The word “mindful” has become a part of our everyday language at this point.  We use it freely to describe experience.  It’s important to remember the origins of the word which is found in Gautama discourse, “Foundations of Mindfulness” (Satipatthana Sutta) in the Pali Canon. Some say it’s the most important discourse the Buddha gave […]

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Mindfulness Practice Suggestions

  Mindfulness Meditation Practice Suggestions Find a quiet place, free from distractions. Turn off the phone, put your cat in the other room, remind yourself you can do your to-do list later, etc. External distractions are hard, but internal distractions are often much worse! Freeing your external world of as much as you can will […]

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Mindfulness Meditation

Mindfulness Meditation allows you to notice your life without getting lost in it or overwhelmed by it As a trauma survivor you can benefit from mindfulness meditation by cultivating your ability to witness life. With that you can notice what’s happening without getting carried away by it, or need to shut down around it. Mindfulness […]

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Benefits of Meditation Mindfulness

Benefits of meditation for mindfulness practice and the possible cautions for the practice for those with PTSD symptoms. Lately the benefits of meditation have created a buzz especially in terms of mindfulness practice. The psychtherapeutic community has endorsed it’s application, taken it on and run with it. There’s no doubt about it’s incredible usefulness, but […]

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