Why do people fail at meditation? There are some predictable reasons that are easy to avoid. Here are 5 reasons people give up on meditation way too soon.
Morgan Dix's insight:
“Do you struggle to get your meditation practice off the ground? If you’re like many people, meditation can be hard to start. And even when you do get started, it’s often difficult to find a groove or sweet spot. It can take time to reap the calming and clarifying benefits of your practice. Can you relate?
A lot of people give up because of this. Meditation just feels too foreign. In fact, there are studies which show that people would rather electrocute themselves than be alone with their own thoughts. Really? Yes, really.
And so it’s natural for you to conclude that because your mind is always buzzing, you’re no good at meditation. And then you lose steam. That’s too bad. Because it really doesn’t need to be like that, and I’ll explain why below. The truth is, if you understand why you feel like quitting, you can quickly reverse that momentum.”
Criticism may not be agreeable, but it is necessary. It fulfills the same function as pain in the human body. It calls attention to an unhealthy state of things. ~Winston Churchill Criticism. Yuck! I don’t know many people who enjoy or embrace it. Do you like criticism? I sure don’t. It’s always a bitter pill to swallow. But the truth is, feedback and criticism can help us grow. Thoughtful and caring criticism expands our horizons and helps us see beyond our blinkered views. Unless you want to live in a closet for the rest of your life, it’s pretty hard to avoid feedback and criticism. For better and for worse, it’s part of the human experience. Life offers us a daily serving of it whether we like it or not. But according to many schools of thought, criticism is a powerful teacher. Becoming Bitter Or Better? So how can you embrace criticism? And where does mindfulness fit in? Author and leadership advisor Robin Sharma said it this way, Negative feedback can make us bitter o
This summer I was interviewed by Shannon O Brien, the founder of Whole U. Whole U. is a career and life strategy consultancy that supports balanced, purposeful Lives. I encourage you to learn more about Shannon s amazing work over at http://www.wholeu.info/. In this short interview we explore why meditation seems to be meeting a deep need in culture right now and we do a short guided meditation. I d love to know what you think. Thanks! The post [Video] An Interview with Whole U s Shannon O Brien appeared first on About Meditation.
Do you ever have those moments when you feel that everything in your life is crystal clear? Everything comes into resolution and you know that this moment is perfect just as it is. You have everything you need to be happy. This moment is full. The Present Moment Of course, teachers like Ram Dass and Eckhart Tolle have written classic books like Be Here Now and The Power Now that describe this phenomenon. Of course, they are talking about the radical immediacy of enlightened awareness. That kind of awareness is also a hallmark of deep and powerful meditation. In this special guided audio from meditation teacher Jeff Carreira, you ll experience a deep and powerful immersion in the present moment. Jeff skillfully leads you to the heart of your own awareness, stripped of the future, the past and your fears, and desires. I hope you enjoy this special guided meditation, which includes a gentle flute soundtrack from master flautist Rodrigo Tarrazza. One last thing, I also recommend you lis
What is the dark side of meditation? As meditation goes mainstream, there are risks of practicing without a teacher or guide who knows the territory.
Morgan Dix's insight:
“Does meditation have a dark side? Can a three thousand year old practice promoted by the Dalai Lama actually harm you? Well, the simple answer is yes. Like any new endeavor taken to extremes without proper guidance and preparation, it’s not without its risks. But it’s complex, and if you are interested in meditation, it’s worth learning about. And I’ll be honest with you, until recently I never gave it much thought. After meditating for 20 years, the broad arc of my experience has been exceedingly positive. But it’s included a healthy dose of pain, struggle, and suffering along the way. And I must admit, the emerging discussion around the shadow side of meditation has given me cause to reflect on my experiences."
Mindfulness means being aware of how you re deploying your attention and making decisions about it, and not letting the tweet or the buzzing of your BlackBerry call your attention. ~Howard Rheingold Can mindfulness improve your performance at work? Many businesses are embracing mindfulness and meditation training to help their employees. But what’s the actual benefit of mindfulness at work? And can it really help you? Work is an area where many of us experience our greatest sense of personal development. We’re rewarded when we perform well and motivated to keep honing our game. For high-performing individuals, it’s natural to want to do the best job possible. So can mindfulness help? According to a lot of people, yes it can. But maybe not in the way that you thought it could. Rather than placing you ahead of your co-workers, practicing mindfulness is the kind of training that can act like a force multiplier, benefiting not just you but your entire work culture. There’s a reaso
Do you want to learn about the scientific power of meditation? Check out this delightful video from the folks over at AsapSCIENCE. In a simple but power packed 3-minutes, they give you a boatload of digestible data on the science of meditation. If you’ve been looking for a simple way to learn about the latest neuroscience and what it tells us about the benefits of meditation, look no further. But also, let me warn you, you’ll be overwhelmed (in a good way) by all the positive effects of meditation. From your moods, biology, and intellect to immune function, cell growth, mental health and more, you’ll be dazzled by the extensive and scientifically verified benefits of meditation. Want a free and simple way to learn meditation? Join 5000 other people who have signed up for our How To Meditate mini course. (Credit: AsapSCIENCE on YouTube) The post [Video] The Scientific Power of Meditation appeared first on About Meditation.
Still not convinced that sitting still and focusing your mind will do you a world of good? Here are seven reasons you should start meditating, stat.
Morgan Dix's insight:
"Meditation is kind of weird. When you meditate, you’re trying to lose yourself, and in the losing, find a deeper you. Isn’t that the opposite of what it means to be a productive and contributing member of society? Well, there’s a lot of research showing that regular meditation practice can enhance your productivity and focus. And let’s be honest, who couldn’t use a deep infusion of calm focus? Here are seven reasons you should start meditating right away."
What does meditation feel like? When you let go very deeply, what’s happening in your awareness? There are different hallmarks of deep meditation. As you move deeper into meditation, you begin to recognize these for yourself. Here are two key characteristics of deep meditation you might recall from your own experience. Nowhere To Go When you are absorbed in meditation, you have the overwhelming feeling that there is nowhere to go in all the world. You are in the middle of everything. In fact, your house could be burning down, your kids could be pulling on your mustache, and it’s still unlikely you’d want to respond. When you feel that there is nowhere to go, it’s significant. It’s the opposite of what many of us feel most of the time. It means that you really feel that everything is fine. And more than that, you feel that everything is perfect. Reality is whole and complete just as it is. You re convinced that you couldn t add a single thought, feeling, or experience to ma
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