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"Mindfulness" isn't a life hack — Quartz. Mindfulness—the practice of cultivating awareness and presence—is the business buzz word.

"Mindfulness" isn't a life hack — Quartz

Touted as a wellbeing panacea, mindfulness training has been adopted by American institutions of all kinds, from corporations to prisons, schools, and hospitals. Writer Ruth Whippman, author of America the Anxious, blames the mindfulness craze for contributing to national anxiety. She told Quartz that corporations are using these wellbeing programs to distract from serious systemic issues, like long hours, low pay, and no health insurance or vacations.

And, she says, the biggest proponents of mindfulness programs are often companies that—based on labor lawsuits and settlements—exploit employees, such as Bank of America. World Health Organization data shows the US is by far the most anxious nation, and Whippman discovered personally when she moved to Silicon Valley from London in 2011 that the national preoccupation with happiness has the ironic effect of making Americans uniquely miserable. How to Choose a Type of Mindfulness Meditation. Many beginner meditators, myself included, start out with a mindful breathing meditation: one breath in, one breath out, the mind wanders, you bring it back.

How to Choose a Type of Mindfulness Meditation

Armed with an app guiding me through this meditation, I practiced dutifully for several months—but eventually I fell off the wagon. It just stopped feeling right for me. Andrew Sullivan: My Distraction Sickness — and Yours. I was sitting in a large meditation hall in a converted novitiate in central Massachusetts when I reached into my pocket for my iPhone.

Andrew Sullivan: My Distraction Sickness — and Yours

A woman in the front of the room gamely held a basket in front of her, beaming beneficently, like a priest with a collection plate. I duly surrendered my little device, only to feel a sudden pang of panic on my way back to my seat. Mindfulness has lost its Buddhist roots, and it may not be doing you good. Mindfulness as a psychological aid is very much in fashion.

Mindfulness has lost its Buddhist roots, and it may not be doing you good

Recent reports on the latest finding suggested that mindfulness-based cognitive therapy is as effective as anti-depressants in preventing the relapse of recurrent depression. Nine to Nirvana: 9 Exercises for Mastering the Mind.

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100 Benefits of Meditation. Image from All Posters There are so many advantages to meditation.

100 Benefits of Meditation

When I first originally thought of this post, I indeed wanted to make it 100 benefits long (think big right!) Mindfulness Requires Practice and Purpose. Is Meditation Really Beneficial, or Is It Just Ridiculous? So, I was never really able to meditate in the past.

Is Meditation Really Beneficial, or Is It Just Ridiculous?

Just general ADD, and knowledge that it takes years and years of practice before you get any benefits just put me off otf it. But, then I discovered binaural beats, which is not really some new-age shit, but rather pretty well documented and studied. Healthy Body, Unhealthy Mind. Photo MANY of my friends were shocked some years ago when I cut down on my junk-food intake.

Healthy Body, Unhealthy Mind

David Lynch Explains How Meditation Enhances Our Creativity. Meditation to De-Stress ("Brain Acupuncture") Centering - Stress Management from MindTools. Sahaja Meditation. After Self-realization Self-realization happens when the kundalini has become awakened in your subtle system.

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Learn how to meditate and enjoy the benefits! Nalanda Institute for Contemplative Science: Resource Library: Guided Meditations. These guided meditations recorded by Dr.

Nalanda Institute for Contemplative Science: Resource Library: Guided Meditations

Joe Loizzo are meant to support all four horizons of contemplative learning and meditative practice that make up the gradual path to freedom and happiness taught in the Nalanda tradition. These are the same horizons of learning and practice covered in Nalanda offerings, including one-time meditations, Fall and Spring classes, Winter and Summer retreats and the Four Year Program in Sustainable Happiness.

The four horizons on the gradual path are opened by four meditation techniques that power the "wheels" of contemplative study and practice: the body wheel of deep mindfulness for personal healing; the speech wheel of mind-clearing for social healing; the mind wheel of role-modeling imagery for cultural healing; and the bliss wheel of sublimation for natural healing. Mindfulness Meditation - A Simple Guide. What is Mindfulness Meditation?

Mindfulness Meditation - A Simple Guide

Here I explore a brief definition of the practice and it’s Western Psychological benefits. At the end there is a Mindfulness Meditation Guide for your own personal practice. Mindfulness plays a central role in the teaching of Buddhist meditation where it is affirmed that “correct” or “right” mindfulness is the critical factor in the path to liberation and subsequent enlightenment. Described as a calm awareness of one’s body functions, feelings, content of consciousness, or consciousness itself, it is the seventh element of the Noble Eightfold Path, the practice of which supports analysis resulting in the development of wisdom.

Wikipedia The analysis that many Buddhist traditions hold as being the highest level knowledge is experiential experience. Dr. No-Mind Meditation. In the past couple of years, a lot of research has been done with regard to meditation and it has been confirmed that it is of utmost benefit in maintaining body health. Actually, a lot of people engage in meditation and can confirm how effective it is. There is a great deal of benefits attached to mediation. How to Clear Your Mind in 15 Minutes. Some days just get out of hand. The workload is heavy, and still the emails and calls flood in. The pace can seem frenetic, and the constant interruptions not only disrupt your actions but your thought process as well. You move so fast you feel unproductive and sloppy.

Zentangle Theory. Our Zentangle Method is simple to understand and easy to enjoy — even if you are convinced you are not an artist. Here are some ideas we've gathered to explain why this Zentangle approach is not only easy and enjoyable, but also profound and uplifting. Anything is Possible One Stroke at a Time At first glance, a Zentangle creation can seem intricate and complicated. But, when you learn how it is done, you realize how simple it is . . . sort of like learning the secret behind a magic trick. The 20 Minute Break - Listen To Your Body Rhythms.

The 20 Minute Break - Listen To Your Body Rhythms Posted on February 15th, 2012 You have probably heard that your body has rhythms. Perhaps you even know what circadian rhythm is and that it changes depending on your environment. The Problem with Mindfulness. ~ Monique Minahan. Healing Your Mother (or Father) Wound. The Powerful Practice Of Eye Gazing. The Great Zen Buddhist Teacher Thich Nhat Hanh on How to Do “Hugging Meditation”

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Bodily Awareness. Loving Kindness. Mystical Mythology from around the world. Types of Mudras. Yoga Mudras for Life. Posted by Balaji Palamadai on Thursday, March 11, 2010. Mudras Yoga. After writing the above passage I actually came across a mudra known as the six elements mudra and it represents harmonizing the elements of water, earth, space, air and fire with the sixth element of consciousness. Brainwaves and Entrainment.