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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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Learning Concentration Practices

Metta Meditation/Loving Kindness Practice                       Becoming Safely Embodied:  A Concentration Practice There are classical phrases used in the practice, yet it’s important for you to find the right words and phrases that work for you.  If these classical phrases don’t work, adapt them.  Find something that you know resonates with you, maybe qualities of being that […]

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Committee of the Mind – Thanissaro Bhikku

by Thanissaro Bhikku There are many different ideas of “you” in your mind, each with its own agenda. Each of these “you’s” is a member of the committee of the mind. This is why the mind is less like a single mind and more like an unruly throng of people: lots of different voices, with […]

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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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Winds of emotion may still blow…

When we recognize and become grounded in awareness, the ‘wind’ of emotion may still blow.  But instead of being carried away by the wind, we turn our attention inward, watching the shifts and changes with the intention of becoming familiar with that aspect of consciousness that recognizes ‘Oh!  This is what I’m feeling, this is […]

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At Home In Our Bodies

repost from Tricycle.com  To add to Jon Kabat-Zinn’s comment above we often need to develop great compassion and kindness to be able to look deeply into the nature of pain.  To heal those frozen, aching, horrified, terrified parts of ourselves we need a full heart, steady and sure, calm in the face of distress. The […]

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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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