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8 Steps to Practice a Chakra Meditation - About Meditation

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There are seven chakras, or major energy centers, in the human body. Chakra is a Sanskrit word which means "wheel". The chakras are similar to wheels in that they are spinning vortexes of energy.
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Promoting the simplicity, elegance, and power of meditation to transform lives, calm the noise, and provide tools to support growth and Self knowledge. http://www.aboutmeditation.com
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Why Is Meditation So Damn Hard? (Part 2)

Do you find it challenging to meditate? Do you fall asleep sometimes and struggle to find the peace you re looking for? Why is meditation so hard? These are the questions that kicked off part one of this two part blog series exploring the challenge of meditation. Let s pick up where the previous post left off and explore the last three reasons why you might find this practice is hard to start  and tougher to maintain over the long haul. 6 Reasons Why Meditation Is So Damn Hard In the previous post we covered the first three reasons. Now let s look at reasons 4-6. You Have Resistance to Letting Go Resistance Takes Many Forms You Can t Underestimate the Momentum of Your Mind You Can’t Control Your Unconscious Mind You Don’t Know What You Don’t Know There s Nothing In It For You 4. You Can’t Control Your Unconscious Mind Do you think you can control your thoughts? Do you always know why you do what you do? Through our conscious and sub-conscious minds, we mostly know what we
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Meditation for Strivers

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How did high-achievers like Arianna Huffington and Dan Harris come to appropriate a twenty-five-hundred-year-old philosophy of non-striving?
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Couldn't agree more with the perspective in this article. "On the spectrum of misappropriation, using self-advancement as a lure seems forgivable enough if it leads people to try a technique as subtly transformative as mindfulness. (Indeed, if personal betterment is America’s religion, such an approach might be seen as syncretic.) What can be lost by broadening access to a philosophy of liberation, even if a majority of people conflate it with the more vulgar priorities of our culture?"
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How To Model Mindfulness for Children

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Unsure about how to teach mindfulness and meditation to your kids? Here are 3 simple tips for how to model mindfulness for children.
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“Are you teaching mindfulness to your kids? It may be more important than you think. Even the youngest among us are feeling the speed of our accelerating world. I have found that the perfect remedy for the rapid pace of change in our culture is mindfulness. We can sail through life’s many twists and turns if we practice it daily. But how, exactly, do you teach mindfulness and meditation to your kids? Here are three simple ways to model mindfulness for your children.”

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The Dark Knight of the Soul

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For some, meditation has become more curse than cure. Willoughby Britton wants to know why.
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Fascinating exploration of the people and situations for whom meditation is not the right practice and can actually do harm.
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Daily Meditation: A Childlike State Of Wonder - Huffington Post

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Daily Meditation: A Childlike State Of Wonder Huffington Post Today's meditation features a video from Jason Silva's YouTube show, "Shots of Awe." In this video, we remember the importance of cultivating a childlike state of wonder and, most...
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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, June 23, 1:57 PM

Meditation and mindfulness are about developing a child's mind where there are many ways to think rather than one. Ken Robinson cites research which indicates creativity declines after kindergarten. School limits teachers and students to one right answer, one right way.

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What is the Best Time to Meditate?

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What is the best time to meditate? Mystics, sages, & meditation masters through time are unanimous in recommending that you meditate in the morning.
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How to Beta Test Your Meditation Practice in 6 Simple Steps - About Meditation

How to Beta Test Your Meditation Practice in 6 Simple Steps - About Meditation | About Meditation | Scoop.it
Beta testing your meditation practice allows you to start simple and build up. Try this approach and watch your meditation practice grow over one month.
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How To Be Still In Meditation & Why It Will Change Your World

“As a long-time meditator, I’ve learned that stillness is not just an external posture. Well, it’s that too. But there is a deeper dimension to stillness. Knowing how to access that stillness through meditation can turn impatience on its head. Here are 4 simple tips for how to be still when you meditate and 5 key lessons I’ve learned about the life-changing power of stillness.”
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10 Steps to Becoming a Better Meditator

Can you get better at meditation? Yes, of course you can. Like any skill you want to master, practice makes perfect. And getting better at meditation is one of the best way you can improve your quality of life. An old friend said it best, “meditation is to life what a good stock is to a great soup.” How to Make Progress in Meditation I love that. Because it describes how I relate to meditation. You might think the recent buzz about mindfulness and meditation is all hype. But think about it. People have been meditating for thousands of years for a simple reason. It works! One way to think of making progress in meditation is this. You want to get to the point where you really love your practice. For many of us, meditation is a chore. But let me tell you, if you stick with it, there will come a time when you love to practice meditation. It will become a refuge of exquisite peace, stillness, and inner silence that you trust and rely on. Can you imagine that? Maybe you already experie
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What I Learned From A Lizard About Mindful Parenting & Meditation

"I learned an important lesson about meditation and mindful parenting. Knowing how to spontaneously “tune in” to mindful awareness at any moment is the long-term benefit of a strong meditation practice. And eventually, I discovered that there is a fountain of peace in each and every one of us (Giant Lizards included!)." http://www.aboutmeditation.com/mindful-parenting/
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What Everybody Ought to Know About Meditation and Stress - Performance Lifestyle

What Everybody Ought to Know About Meditation and Stress - Performance Lifestyle | About Meditation | Scoop.it
Meditation and stress exist on opposite ends of the performance spectrum. These four tips on meditation and mindfulness will help you balance stress.
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“If you want to thrive and live with a high level of success and happiness, but you’re not meditating, I’ve got some news for you. You’re missing one big key to the kingdom. If you’re reading this article, you’ve probably had some powerful experiences of inner peace already. Moments when your mind went quiet, your soul settled down, and you lived life from a deeper center. But let’s be honest. For someone like you, who is striving for a high level of achievement and fulfillment, flashes of peace aren’t enough for you to reach your full potential.” http://www.performancelifestyle.com/mindfulness/meditation-and-stress.html

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, April 23, 9:35 PM

Meditation and mindfulness is hard work. It is about moving from sitting and be present in one's life.

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What You Need To Know About Transformation & Meditation

“I want to help you understand the mysterious and powerful role that meditation plays in the transformation process. You can break transformation down to some pretty basic steps. And I’m going to do for you that below. But if I’ve learned one thing, it’s that everyone has the capacity to change in ways you can never predict or imagine. Let me explain.”
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Mindfulness, Meditation, & the Music of the Spheres

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Among mindfulness techniques, this is one that you can practice instantly, anywhere, & anytime. I call it the soundscape meditation and anyone can do it.
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Powerful mindfulness techniques abound. Tips to help you slow down and savor the present moment in all it’s rich and pulsing vibrancy. But one stands out for me, heads and shoulders above the rest. Whenever I need to stop or expand beyond my own limited frame of mind, this is my go-to. I call it the soundscape meditation, and it’s a mindfulness technique you can put into practice instantly, at any moment and in any circumstance. It’s easy enough to do.

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Why Is Meditation So Hard? (Part 2)

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Why Is meditation so hard? This is part 2 in a series exploring 6 reasons why you might be struggling in meditation.
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Why Is Meditation So Hard?

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Why is meditation so hard? Why is it tough to start and sustain your practice? Here are 6 things you need to know about the challenge of meditation.
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Who ever said meditation was easy? Have you ever wondered why you can’t quiet you mind? Are you frustrated that it churns out non-sense, stress, and anxiety faster than snowflakes in a blizzard? Do you get frustrated when you sit down to meditate and suddenly the volume in your head goes to 11? You’re not alone. In the face of these experiences, most people give up. But that’s a big mistake. So why is meditation so hard? Let's break it down and look at 6 reasons why you might find this practice is hard to start and even tougher to sustain.

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How Do You Model Mindfulness for Your Children?

Are you teaching mindfulness to your kids? It may be more important than you think. Imagine it from their perspective…You get to school on time carrying your backpack. It’s filled with hours of finished homework, your computer, phone and lunch. You’re only seven and you’re already running to keep up with a busy schedule. Not just at school but at home too! You’re tired and just want to play or ride your bike. But after school you have a new list of obligations… Even the youngest among us are feeling the speed of our accelerating world. I have found that the perfect remedy for the rapid pace of change in our culture is mindfulness and meditation. We can sail through life’s many twists and turns if we practice daily. And, from my own experience, it’s beneficial to include your children in this transformative process. But how, exactly, do you teach mindfulness and meditation to your kids? 3 Simple Ways to Model Mindfulness for Children As a mother of four, I believe preac
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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, June 29, 1:05 PM

Mindfulness is about modelling. Pedagogues, parents and teachers, who are present and listen to children and students create a wonder filled examples that are wonderful.

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Google's 'Head of Mindfulness' Speaks Out | NewsFactor Business

Google's 'Head of Mindfulness' Speaks Out | NewsFactor Business | About Meditation | Scoop.it
Chade-Meng Tan's job description would never get past most HR departments. As the head of mindfulness training at Google, his role is to enlighten minds, open hearts and create world peace.
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How to Breathe in Meditation: Finding the Approach that's Best for You - About Meditation

How to Breathe in Meditation: Finding the Approach that's Best for You - About Meditation | About Meditation | Scoop.it
It can be tricky knowing how to breathe in meditation. There are so many approaches. Here's a simple approach to breathing in meditation.
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One Meditation Technique You Can't Mess Up - Counting Meditation

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Counting meditation is a time-tested approach to slowing down your mind and relaxing your being. Try this simple technique and center yourself in minutes.
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Can Meditation Answer Your Two Biggest Questions About Life?

Can Meditation Answer Your Two Biggest Questions About Life? | About Meditation | Scoop.it
Who am I & why am I here? Many great souls have devoted their lives to these questions. Can Meditation help you find answers? Yes, it can.
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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, May 23, 7:59 PM

Who you are is a question we rarely deal with. I prefer the what question rather than why. What is my purpose in life? What makes me who I am? These are more revealing than circular why questions.

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How To Be Still In Meditation & Why It Will Change Your World

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Online Guide for the Modern Meditator
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“As a long-time meditator, I’ve learned that stillness is not just an external posture. Well, it’s that too. But there is a deeper dimension to stillness. Knowing how to access that stillness through meditation can turn impatience on its head. Here are 4 simple tips for how to be still when you meditate and 5 key lessons I’ve learned about the life-changing power of stillness.”

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Making Progress in Meditation: 10 Simple Steps

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How do you become a better meditator? Making progress in meditation can be hard. Here are 11 practical tips to help you become an easy pro on the cushion.
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One way to think of making progress in meditation is this. You want to get to the point where you really love your practice. For many of us, meditation is a chore. But let me tell you, if you stick with it, there will come a time when you love to practice meditation. It will become a refuge of exquisite peace, stillness, and inner silence that you trust and rely on.

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What I Learned From A Lizard About Mindful Parenting & Meditation - About Meditation

What I Learned From A Lizard About Mindful Parenting & Meditation - About Meditation | About Meditation | Scoop.it
A surprising lesson on mindful parenting and meditation that I learned from a lizard. You can try this short meditation exercise at home for yourself.
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"I learned an important lesson about meditation and mindful parenting. Knowing how to spontaneously “tune in” to mindful awareness at any moment is the long-term benefit of a strong meditation practice. And eventually, I discovered that there is a fountain of peace in each and every one of us (Giant Lizards included!)." 

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What You Need To Know About Transformation & Meditation - About Meditation

What You Need To Know About Transformation & Meditation - About Meditation | About Meditation | Scoop.it
There is a profound relationship between meditation and transformation and you can break down the process of transformation into these 3 simple steps.
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Mindfulness, Meditation, & The Music of the Spheres

Do you ever have those moments? You know, the ones when everything goes quiet? Suddenly your mind becomes still, free of the usual noise, and you can hear everything again? Powerful mindfulness techniques abound. Tips to help you slow down and savor the present moment in all it’s rich and pulsing vibrancy. But one stands out for me, heads and shoulders above the rest. Whenever I need to stop or expand beyond my own limited frame of mind, this is my go-to. I call it the soundscape meditation, and it’s a mindfulness technique you can put into practice instantly, at any moment and in any circumstance. It’s easy enough to do.
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