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Working with Our Body’s Tension

Friday, December 26th, 2014

Tension in the body may manifest itself physically as constriction and tightness. The imprint may be in the face (brow, jaw), shoulders, chest, etc. Gently noticing is the first step in working with our body’s tension. Letting Go is the relaxed mindset we cultivate to ease our reflexive tendency to resist and exasperate the tightness […]

‘Clear Seeing’: Our Daily Stressors

Monday, November 24th, 2014

Stressors are an unavoidable part of life, and we are continually adapting to the demands they place upon our entire being. On a psychological level, the general rule follows that how we see things and how we handle them makes all the difference in terms of how much stress we’ll ultimately experience. We all have […]

Why Do We “Sit”?

Monday, November 10th, 2014

As practitioners, we may have different motivations “to sit”. However, to sustain our practice, we need to clarify our intention… especially as “sitting” on a regular basis can offer both subtle and explicit challenges to our dedication and self-discipline. To overcome our difficulties in practice, our aspirations need to be honest, relevant, realistic, and purposeful. […]

“Mindfulness”- 8 Qualities of Awareness

Monday, June 10th, 2013

(Derived from “A Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Workbook” ~ Bob Stahl, PH.D & Elisha Goldstein, PH.D) These eight qualities of awareness set the stage for how we observe or attend in practice- both formally and informally. They help shape our attitude and clarify our intent. 1.    Nonjudging (abiding). We are impartial witnesses unto our own experiences. […]

Four Stages of “Attending Meditation”

Wednesday, August 31st, 2011

  This settling process of concentrating our “minding” attention or “watchful” observation has 4 stages: (i). First, we openly and receptively learn to let go of distracting inner objects— such as feelings, thoughts, attractions, and aversions, as well as all outer objects; (ii). Second, our deliberate intention and effort to “sit” brings about a serene […]

Practice- Breathing

Monday, July 25th, 2011

Abstracted from “Breathing”~ Bhante Henepola Gunaratana In our attending or shamatha practice, the breath is most often our object of meditation. It is our anchor and our center when distracted by the reactionary undercurrents of our discursively untamed mind. It is free, portable, always available, and powerfully transforming. We experience this process- this miniature cycle […]

Morning Sunrise

Wednesday, July 13th, 2011

Good morning. Take a few moments here & now, and allow yourself to be aware of this new day with freshness and curiosity. Let the sight & sound of this wonderful sunrise penetrate your awareness and your body. Rejoice in the senses of what it truly means to be gifted the continuation of another day. […]

Breath, Stress, & Relaxation Response

Monday, May 23rd, 2011

Renowned cardiologist, Dr. John Kennedy, discusses the relationship between breath, the “relaxation response”, and cardiac health. His “B•R•E•A•T•H•E” technique is being widely adopted in complement to workplace wellness programs. BREATHE™ for Wellness is a relaxation technique which combines conscious breathing and guided imagery that, practiced regularly, helps to heal the heart, reduce anxiety, improve coping […]

Mindfulness Meditation for Beginners

Wednesday, May 18th, 2011

Here is wonderful introduction to formal mindfulness practice offered by author, teacher, and long-time practitioner, Jack Kornfield. He is one of this country’s leading Buddhist teachers in introducing mindfulness and vipassana meditation to the West.

Developing A Daily Practice

Friday, May 6th, 2011

Instructions on how to bring meditation and awareness into your daily routine. ~ Jack Kornfield First you need yo select a suitable place for your regular meditation. It can be wherever you can sit easily with minimal disturbance- quiet and conducive for cultivating stillness and tranquility. For e.g. a corner of your bedroom or any […]