Your Phone vs Loving Kindness Meditation

re-posted from NYTimes Sunday Review / Opinion Pages      Barbara L. Fredickson   March 23, 2013   photo by Kristian Hammerstad CAN you remember the last time you were in a public space in America and didn’t notice that half the people around you were bent over a digital screen, thumbing a connection to somewhere […]

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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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Preparing our inner garden

When you plant seeds in the garden, you   don’t dig them up every day to see if they have sprouted yet. You simply water them and clear away the weeds; you know that the seeds will grow in time. Similarly, just do your daily practice and cultivate a kind heart.   Abandon impatience and instead be […]

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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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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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Helping Calm Anxiety Through Meditation

  It’s extraordinary how many people suffer from anxiety.  Recent research suggested that over 870,000 of all  people in the United Kingdom have some form of debilitating worry or uneasiness.   Recently while I was giving a couple workshops in Scotland my colleagues in the National Health Service told me about a program using mindfulness […]

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