Understanding Disagreements

Disagreements

What if we never had disagreements?  What if disagreements didn’t exist?…What if they don’t? I can’t imagine going out for an ice cream with friends and disagreeing with someone else’s ice cream choice when they order something different than I do. I understand that it’s just what they are choosing.  …

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Turning Mindfulness into Insight Meditation

Turning Mindfulness into Insight Meditation

If you are already practicing mindfulness, why not get the most out of the time and energy you invest? Turning mindfulness into insight meditation isn’t that hard. If you’re already practicing mindfulness, just start paying attention to what happens when you become distracted. It’s those moments between the calm mind …

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Getting Long Term Benefits from Meditation

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As a Buddhist Monk teaching in the late 1990’s, I realized that understanding how meditation works would be essential to exploring more effective meditation techniques. In the sixteen years since, I’ve learned more about the human mind and meditation than I could have ever imagined.  Now, when I teach, my …

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Living in Real-Time

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Some 2600 years ago, Gotama Siddhartha (aka the Buddha) told* his followers, “Don’t dwell in the past, nor be concerned with the future. Concentrate the mind on the present moment.” The Buddha’s advice is excellent when it comes to preventing distractions when you’re trying to give something your complete attention, …

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Sleep in Bed, Not in Class.

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There are meditation programs that encourage you to attend sessions sleep-deprived.  The idea being that when you are physically tired your mind naturally slows down.  The problem is, fatigue also impedes your ability to learn, just ask any grade school teacher. In my opinion, any meditation program that limits your …

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Concentrate on relaxing…resolving the oxymoron.

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Does this happen to you?  You’re in a meditation class or are just finishing up yoga when the instructor asks everyone to concentrate on relaxing, and you begin wrestling with yourself, trying to figure out how to relax and concentrate at the same time. The harder you concentrate on trying …

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