The One Simple Trick to Meditation

No matter the meditation, the point is to be not thinking (what you've been is not on boats). That's what makes it meditation (also, that's what makes my shirt that says Meditation: It's Not What You Think hilarious!) But it's hard work. It's really, very difficult.You close your eyes, you focus on your breath, and you wonder if you remembered to put your credit card back after you got gas today. Then you feel a bad itch on your arm. Then you wonder if it's been five minutes yet. How long is … [Read more...]


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Why is Presence So Difficult?

The dirty little secret about meditation, presence, and mindfulness is that it's hard work!Somehow we seem to think that "doing nothing" should come really easily and so we tend to get easily frustrated and give up when we struggle to get into meditation or even just into the present moment.It is really difficult to stay present. I've been practicing it my whole life, yet I rarely am truly in the present.You can feel when it's working (and I think there are a lot of people who have … [Read more...]


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How Meditation Helps Us Deal With Stress Later

When you're in the midst of all the stress of your life, will having sat still for three minutes that morning really do anything? That was hours ago!Actually, it really can! Meditation is good not just while you are doing it, but its effects ripple through your entire life. Here are some of the ways that you can use meditation to help you while you're actually living life...It allows space between moments.Usually in our lives we might become agitated, angry, or upset instantly based … [Read more...]


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Bonus: Brad Speaks on Self-Cultivation as Meditation

Today there are two posts on the blog! This second post was inspired when my fiance read Monday's about different kinds of meditations (also, note in the comments that someone suggested chanting meditation, which is one I didn't think of). I asked him to speak to you all about his meditation practice...Hello all,This is Brad, I am Ambaa's fiance. She suggested that I write a guest post on my practice so here I am. First, I suppose, you require a little history to understand where I am … [Read more...]


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What Do Gurus Say About Meditation

For years spiritual teachers have been telling us that we need to meditate... Practice meditation regularly. Meditation leads to eternal bliss. Therefore meditate, meditate. -Swami Sivananda  “To understand the immeasurable, the mind must be extraordinarily quiet, still.”― Jiddu Krishnamurti Alone let him constantly meditate in solitude on that which is salutary for his soul, for he who meditates in solitude attains supreme bliss.-Guru Nanak … [Read more...]


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We Know We Should Meditate

Over the last several years we've all heard so much about meditation and its benefits. How it reduces stress, brings peace into our lives, helps with medical conditions, not to even mention the spiritual side of it. Yet I am not alone in putting it off like a distasteful part of my to-do list.The Boston Globe just had an article about people who want to meditate but haven't gotten around to it. And the stress that not doing something we feel like we should do creates!Unfortunately I … [Read more...]


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Can Meditation Permanently Change Your Brain?

This interesting article suggests that it can.Can meditation change your brain? Contemplative neuroscientists believe it canFrom CNN's Dan Gilgoff:...found that committed meditators experienced sustained changes in baseline brain function, meaning that they had changed the way their brains operated even outside of meditation. They have apparently found that very experienced meditators have an increased ability to focus and potentially an increased ability to tap into their … [Read more...]


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21-Day Meditation Challenge

My friend Venkat shared on Facebook about this challenge that is being run by Oprah and Deepak Chopra. It's aim is meditation for better health, but I think there are multitudes of benefit to any meditation.I know not everyone is a fan of the slick, media-focused spiritualism, but I do think this challenge is worth doing.It started March 11th, but you can still sign up.Check it out here: 21-Day Meditation ChallengeWorth it for hearing Oprah try to pronounce Ayurveda! Okay, I'm k … [Read more...]


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