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A Guide to Meditation for the Rest of Us

A Guide to Meditation for the Rest of Us | Mindfulness and Meditation | Scoop.it
Believe it or not, you can improve your concentration and slow down your day-to-day life with meditation without ever uttering the word "chakra." Incense, yoga pants, and annoying dinner conversation are also optional.
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Here's a great site to start with simple 2min, 10min and 20min guided meditations

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The Fastest Way To A Quiet Mind

The Fastest Way To A Quiet Mind | Mindfulness and Meditation | Scoop.it
The fastest way to a quiet mind is not a particular practice, whether spiritual or secular; it is simply to realize the nature of mind itself.
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Meditating Your Way To More Effective Leadership

Meditating Your Way To More Effective Leadership | Mindfulness and Meditation | Scoop.it

 

The Drucker School of Management and Wharton Business School both offer courses in mindfulness meditation. Virginia Tech is sponsoring "contemplative practices for a technological society," a conference for engineers who integrate contemplative disciplines into their work. Google offers courses in meditation and yoga

 

Aetna, Merck, General Mills--the list goes on--all are exploring how meditation can help their leaders and employees agilely thrive in today's fast-paced business environment. And the benefits are widely publicized: sustained attention span, improved multi-tasking abilities, strengthened immune system, increased emotional intelligence, improved listening skills...And there is science behind such claims.


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Jem Muldoon's curator insight, February 15, 2013 4:15 PM

When top business schools highlight the importance of mindfulness with courses for future leaders, we now have precedence for including it in educational leadership training.

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, February 15, 2013 7:01 PM

I like the ideas that mindfulness is combined with Peter Drucker's work and that large companies are looking at meditation as something that will benefit employees.

Lauran Star's curator insight, March 19, 2013 11:43 AM

What really happens when we meditate? How can such a simple act of sitting still actually cultivate agile, talented leaders? Read this article to learn more.

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Silent retreats’ rising popularity poses a challenge: How to handle the quiet

Silent retreats’ rising popularity poses a challenge: How to handle the quiet | Mindfulness and Meditation | Scoop.it
People visiting silent retreats in a noisy, plugged-in world can stress about how to handle the quiet. Although participation in silent retreats is on the rise, many of those preparing to spend time at the hermitage said they were so unaccustomed to unstructured time alone that they made to-do lists — then feared they were doing “solitude” wrong and scrapped them. They agonized over what to bring and wear and eat, as if they were traveling to an exotic land.
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Pamir Kiciman's curator insight, December 13, 2012 11:46 AM

Silence is a practice. You want to begin with cultivating quiet at home in small increments. Even on a daily basis, taking 5 minutes here and there can build up your silence "muscle." I've written about silence a lot. See these links:

 

http://reikihelp.com/blog/2010/09/silence AND

 

http://reikihelp.com/blog/2010/09/silence-again

Brooke Levis, MA CPC's curator insight, January 24, 2013 10:38 AM

Having ventured into "silent retreat" zone, I can understand the anxiety in preparation.  I initiate a 24 hour loving kindness contract with myself after I check-in at Self Realization Fellowship, Encinitas, CA.  I fully acknowledge that my nerves, muscle tension and attention focus may be on hyper alert and I may feel significant discomfort the first 24 hours.

 

Acceptance and Commitment Therapuetic tools are my lifeline enablingt transition into mindfulness and sink into the peace of being in the moment.

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If You're Too Busy to Meditate, Read This

If You're Too Busy to Meditate, Read This | Mindfulness and Meditation | Scoop.it
Meditation brings many benefits: It refreshes us, helps us settle into what's happening now, makes us wiser and gentler, helps us cope in a world that overloads us with information and communication, and more. But if you're still looking for a business case to justify spending time meditating, try this one: Meditation makes you more productive.

 

How? By increasing your capacity to resist distracting urges.

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Inspiring Thoughts | Quote Collection | Influencing with Integrity

Inspiring Thoughts | Quote Collection | Influencing with Integrity | Mindfulness and Meditation | Scoop.it
A compendium of some of my favorite quotes and quips from inspiring people whose influential thoughts I've woven into the following essay:...
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Role of Meditation in Brain Development Gains Scientific Support

Role of Meditation in Brain Development Gains Scientific Support | Mindfulness and Meditation | Scoop.it
The role of meditation in brain development has been linked to the idea of increased cognitive capabilities.
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What Is Mindfulness Meditation?

What Is Mindfulness Meditation? | Mindfulness and Meditation | Scoop.it
Although meditation was devised thousands of years ago for spiritual reasons, today we can employ the tool of mindfulness meditation for its psychological benefits.
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Contemplative Quote Collection

Contemplative Quote Collection | Mindfulness and Meditation | Scoop.it
I appreciate the insight that quotes evoke and provoke. I also appreciate the opportunity to exercise my brain by reading about the people, philosophies and ideas I care about. I hope you’ll find similar inspiration in these beautiful, timeless, and sometimes provocative quotes.
~ Mark Lamm.
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Before and After: Portraits from Dathun | Shambhala Times Community News Magazine

Before and After: Portraits from Dathun | Shambhala Times Community News Magazine | Mindfulness and Meditation | Scoop.it

This series of photos, titled “Before and After,” comes from a larger project called “Contemplatives,” a visual exploration of the physiological qualities of meditation practice. I set up the “Before and After” project to explore the observable effects on practitioners after long periods of intense meditation practice. The question is: what are the observable changes after a period of intense practice?

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4 Steps to Mindfulness

4 Steps to Mindfulness | Mindfulness and Meditation | Scoop.it

In today’s fast-paced world, we hardly have a spare minute to do the things for ourselves that help us stay energized and focused. By focusing for a few minutes a couple of times a day to intentionally breathe can completely change our disposition. A study out of the University of Pennsylvania shows that carving out a mere 12 minutes a day to do just that—intentionally breathe—can go a long way toward improving your mood. In addition, meditating can help you get better quality sleep, show more kindness towards others, and reduce inflammation.

 

Here are a series of mini-meditations you can call on throughout your day when you’re feeling like you are coming apart at the seams and need to find your center.

 

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Peg Gillard's curator insight, February 2, 2013 9:50 AM

The power of intentional living and being in the moment heals and strengthens. 

Annette Schmeling's curator insight, February 7, 2013 10:40 PM

Following these four simple steps daily will help make mindfulness a part of ordinary time and will open your heart and mind to the world in front of you. 

Shane Davis's curator insight, March 10, 2013 3:19 AM

These are easy and they don't require any special conditions to do little mini-meditations. I did two of them before but the lunch one wasn't really my thing. I will be trying it to see how it makes me feel.

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Just One Thing: Wake Up to the Good News

Just One Thing: Wake Up to the Good News | Mindfulness and Meditation | Scoop.it
Our brains have evolved to see threats. What does it take to become aware of the good things in life?
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Sheila Shuster's curator insight, December 18, 2012 11:17 AM

I think it takes practice to undo old habits. That's all...

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Four Simple Ways to Reduce Stress

Four Simple Ways to Reduce Stress | Mindfulness and Meditation | Scoop.it
Our minds tend to spin into different emotional states throughout the day. For thousands of years, eastern traditions have recognized how the mind goes from extreme states of joy, to extreme states of sadness and worry.
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Meditation: As Taught by Someone Living in the ‘Real World’

Meditation: As Taught by Someone Living in the ‘Real World’ | Mindfulness and Meditation | Scoop.it
The purpose of a spiritual journey isn’t to change your mind; it’s to expand your mind to understand the true potential in each moment in your life—to discover a Self who has the ability to see more possibilities and expanded points of view (even...
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3 Easy Steps To Get You Started With Meditation

3 Easy Steps To Get You Started With Meditation | Mindfulness and Meditation | Scoop.it

Meditation is such a beautiful and powerful daily practice, and with it comes so many incredible and powerful benefits, and you will learn to be more relaxed and detached from all the challenges you face on a daily bases, you will learn to be more present and engaged in everything you do, among others, and you will feel younger, lighter and healthier, and who doesn’t want that?

 

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Shifting Paradigms | Doors of Perception | Life Enhancing vs Tragic

Shifting Paradigms | Doors of Perception | Life Enhancing vs Tragic | Mindfulness and Meditation | Scoop.it
Are your thoughts, beliefs, communications and behaviors life enhancing? A paradigm shift has the ripple effect of producing many far reaching results.
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What are Contemplative Practices?

What are Contemplative Practices? | Mindfulness and Meditation | Scoop.it

Contemplative practices quiet the mind in order to cultivate a personal capacity for deep concentration and insight. Examples of contemplative practice include not only sitting in silence but also many forms of single-minded concentration including meditation, contemplative prayer, mindful walking, focused experiences in nature, yoga and other contemporary physical or artistic practices. We also consider various kinds of ritual and ceremony designed to create sacred space and increase insight and awareness to be forms of contemplative practice.

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Message from David Lynch | Articles

Message from David Lynch | Articles | Mindfulness and Meditation | Scoop.it
Our Foundation was established to ensure that any child in America who wants to learn and practice the Transcendental Meditation program can do so.
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