Tagged: July 2014 – Meditation

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What I Learned From My Month of Meditation

Day 27, session two. I’m feeling restless and sneak a peek at my timer. Seven minutes have gone by. Seven measly minutes. One would think that 27 consecutive days of twice daily meditation sessions would have me comfortably settled into “level two” meditation status, one that feel less like a blazing traffic jam and more like a gradual journey towards zen. One that provides even the...

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The ROI of Meditation

“Kevin – would you ever try meditating?” I ask one evening, earlier in the month. My husband crinkles his nose, searching for the best logical answer to the “no” that will shortly be coming out of his mouth. “I just don’t have the time.” he finally says. “Even 5 minutes a day?” “I guess I don’t see the point. I don’t think...

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Did Meditation Just Backfire On Me?

It’s 8:22 pm on Monday, and the post that was scheduled to go live today is garbage. I’ve spent more time than I care to admit writing, editing and organizing, only to delete draft after draft. The only logical solution is to ditch the whole thing and not publish anything. But today is Monday, and on Mondays (and Thursdays) I must...

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The 10 Best Mindfulness Resources

It’s a popular philosophy: read enough on one subject and eventually the stuff will sink in. I am a big believer in attacking from all sides when setting out to acquire a new habit. Where you basically hack your environment and bombard your brain with stories, facts and ideas from the books and articles you read and the podcasts you listen to...

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How to Let Go of Little Things

The light turns green. The car in front of me begins its left turn and I edge out to follow. At first, the driver in front of me doesn’t notice the man and his friend crossing the street but stops with plenty of time to spare. It’s enough to incense the pedestrian who proceeds to raise his hands, his voice and utter a...

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The Meditation Workout

It comes down to this. If we’re going to spend time and effort struggling (at first!) through a meditation practice, how can we be sure that we’ll see results? We’ve read the articles and studies touting all the benefits of meditation, but as individuals, we can’t exactly pinpoint how (or if at all) it improves our lives. We know that meditation is a...

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Let’s All Sit and Do Nothing (Why It Could Change Your Life)

In Visitacion Valley Middle School, a bell rings twice a day. It’s a school in one of the roughest neighborhoods in San Francisco where crime, poverty and traumatic stress are part of every day life; and where seemingly like magic, the rowdy students quiet down and sit in silence for 15 minutes once they hear the sound of that bell. It’s...