The Promise of Mindfulness Meditation
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The Promise of Mindfulness Meditation
You will feel a deep sense of peace, contentment and confidence in yourself.
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A Surprising Treatment For Depression That May Be Just As Effective As Talking To A Therapist

A Surprising Treatment For Depression That May Be Just As Effective As Talking To A Therapist | The Promise of Mindfulness Meditation | Scoop.it
Even though a growing body of research has demonstrated the legitimate mental and physical health benefits of meditation, some people still consider mindfulness to be merely a New Age fad rather than a serious treatment option.

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Kat Tansey's insight:

Learning to meditate in the early 90's helped me heal from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and the depression that often comes with it. I wrote Choosing To Be: Lessons in Living from a Zen Master, which a story about my struggles with learning to meditate, to help others who are dealing with depression or simply want to learn to meditate. To learn more about the book, go to www.choosingtobe.com.




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Five Helpful Steps to Becoming a Meditator

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Why meditate?

 

I've started sitting again after a long absence and it is both humbling and illuminating at the same time. I'm starting small -- just 20 minutes, and it seems like an eternity . . .

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Why meditate?

 

I've started sitting again after a long absence and it is both humbling and illuminating at the same time. I'm starting small -- just 20 minutes, and it seems like an eternity.

 

How did I let my practice get away from me? And why have I waited so long to begin again? Ah, begin again, there's the rub. After all, I am a long-time meditator. I even wrote a book about it. Why am I here sitting with my legs hurting, starting over?

 

It's a long story, not one for the telling right now. The point is, I am back on my cushion and today I watched my mind frantically grasp one thought after another for 20 excruciatingly long minutes. It made me smile, and then it made me laugh out loud.

 

All these years I have encouraged, begged, pleaded with people to do this? Good grief, why would anyone want to do this?

 

I'll tell you why. Because for those twenty minutes I became my own best friend. I watched my mind with compassion, and, as Pema Chodron says in her new book on How to Meditate,  I began again the practice of open awareness. As she describes it: "Feeling the tightness, the urgency, and letting it go -- again, and again, and again." This, my friends, is courage. And I don't know about you, but I am sorely in need of courage these days.

 

So here I am again, encouraging you to begin a meditation practice -- I mean, why should I be the only one who knows how to find courage simply by sitting on my butt?

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More Mindfulness, Less Meditation

More Mindfulness, Less Meditation | The Promise of Mindfulness Meditation | Scoop.it
There is a difference between mindfulness meditation and simple mindfulness. The latter isn’t a practice separate from everyday life. Mindfulness just means becoming more conscious of what you’re feeling, more intentional about your behaviors and more attentive to your impact on others.
Kat Tansey's insight:

Learning to meditate can be daunting. Why not just spend a few minutes focusing on something in your mind's eye, or a few minutes watching your thoughts go by? Take a few breaths and become aware of your body.

 

Anyone can do this. It takes little time, no special environment required, no training needed. Just sit for a few minutes, breathe, observe your thoughts, or focus on one image. That's it.

 

Doing this whenever you can will increase your ability to be mindful throughout the day. For me, that has always been the goal of my meditation practice -- not what happens during my sitting; rather, how I deal with real life . . .

 

Kat Tansey

www.choosingtobe.com

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Barbara Briguglio's curator insight, February 14, 2014 11:14 AM

Wouldn't you love to feel this way?