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How I Meditate: Spirituality Teacher Suzanne Heyn

How I Meditate: Spirituality Teacher Suzanne Heyn | Mindful | Scoop.it
Suzanne Heyn is a spirituality and yoga teacher and creator of online courses. She teaches people how to transform wounds into wisdom by loving who they are. This is her daily meditation routine.
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Mindful Monday: 11 Secrets to Successful Meditation - Kara Lydon

11 secrets to successful meditation are all about shifting your attitude during the practice.
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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, February 26, 2015 3:21 PM

Some excellent points are made in the article about meditation.

 

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Christi Krug's curator insight, February 27, 2015 11:25 AM

I'd agree with all of these, with the caveat that anything that resembles thinking - #9 and #11 - can be done outside the meditation sit. Sitting in meditation and having a meditative lifestyle go hand and hand - but don't try to do all mindful practices in a single sit!

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Want To Expand Time? Try Mindfulness

Want To Expand Time? Try Mindfulness | Mindful | Scoop.it
A new study suggests that just 10 minutes of mindfulness meditation changes our experience of time.
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Wow! Just think how great it would be if we could expand the time available to us, at the moment we can't, but we can focus our perception of time.


One of the best effects of mindfulness is how we learn to pay attention to what we are doing better and external distractions fade into the background. 


A simple mindfulness practice will make us more efficient, that's a real good thing.

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Like Physical Exercise Mindfulness Requires Practice and Purpose

Like Physical Exercise Mindfulness Requires Practice and Purpose | Mindful | Scoop.it
Misconceptions surround the practice of mindfulness, which is part meditation and part a greater awareness of the things around you.
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Often missing in many discussions about mindfulness are the dreaded words "Practice and Purpose." Mindfulness just seems to flow off the page and tongue like a spring flower blooming outside your window but, while mindfulness is a natural part of who we are being good at it takes practice and purpose.


In the post above Alina Tugend helps us to view mindfulness in a less abstract way by introducing leaders in the field and shares with us what they are thinking and saying about mindfulness practice.


“People have the sense that mindfulness is something they can do by focusing on a raisin for five minutes,” said Michael Baime, director of the Penn Program for Mindfulness at the University of Pennsylvania Health System. “That is mindful practice, but it takes more than that.”


Writing clearly about what's entailed in the quest to learn mindfulness Tugend gives us a refreshing look into the world of mindfulness without the religious trappings or the much too common elitism that accompanies many of the discussions.

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Eight weeks to a better brain

Eight weeks to a better brain | Mindful | Scoop.it
Harvard researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital find that participating in an eight-week mindfulness meditation program appears to make measurable changes in brain regions associated with memory, sense of self, empathy, and stress.


"Previous studies from Lazar’s group and others found structural differences between the brains of experienced meditation practitioners and individuals with no history of meditation, observing thickening of the cerebral cortex in areas associated with attention and emotional integration."

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I was glad to see some of there results of this study so that there are measurable results within the brain showing up in as little as 8 weeks. These  finding will not only spur on further study but will also and more importantly spur on more people practicing mindfulness and meditation.


I took the 8 week course at UMass Amherst about 15 years ago and I can say from my own experience there are huge benefits to the course and to continuing to practice mindfulness afterwards.


I'm looking forward to reading more about this study and to my own continued practice.


Also check out Zen Automat for more info about mindfulness.

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Art of Living to conduct nation-wide meditation camps

Art of Living to conduct nation-wide meditation camps | Mindful | Scoop.it
Art of Living to conduct nation-wide med..."Art of Living will conduct a nationwide 'Med...Being launched Sunday, which also is the birthday ..."The campaign will see people from all walks ...The initiative will run till May 31....


I wonder, if here in the United States we were to offer 1700 free meditation camps to teach people about the benefits of meditation would there be fear and condemnation.  If the ease at which you could integrate meditation into your life and help develop a mindfulness lifestyle were mass promoted would many writing their hands and say it is an assault on religion and the American foundation?


Of course I don't' know the answer but seeing the story of these free camps in India sparked a line of thinking in me. My hope is that nearly everyone would embrace it as a wonderful idea... Any thoughts?

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Meditation In Prison: 100 Hours Of Silence

I never really no what to think when I hear people talk about the dangers of meditation and mindfulness. There seems to be a huge reservoir of distrust by some when anything comes along that is different then what they know.


This blog post and the movie that came from this meditation program in an Alabama prison for the forgotten might just spark hope and compassion in you.


Meditation In Prison: 100 Hours Of Silence - The Huffington Post...


"I don't know what I expected would emerge from those interviews with the meditating inmates at Donaldson. I now realize that listening to their stories changed my life in ways that I could not have anticipated." Jenny Phillips

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The core skill of meditation is showing up

The core skill of meditation is showing up | Mindful | Scoop.it
One of the biggest myths about meditation is that it involves experiencing blissful or "spiritual" states of mind. It doesn't. It's about experiencing and
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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, April 20, 2016 1:01 PM
Thich Nhat Hanh suggests that meditation and mindfulness help us see the extraordinary in the ordinary
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Just fifteen minutes of mindfulness meditation can improve your decision making

Just fifteen minutes of mindfulness meditation can improve your decision making | Mindful | Scoop.it
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"Do you have an expensive but uncomfortable pair of shoes or jeans at the back of your cupboard that you never ever wear, but you simply cannot throw away because to do so would be to admit defeat and recognise that you wasted a lot of money? If so, you are suffering from the sunk-cost bias or fallacy."

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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, January 18, 2014 1:15 PM

What would this do for teachers and students?

Jenny Ebermann's curator insight, January 19, 2014 2:33 PM

Have you tried this before? You should! :-)

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There's Humor On The Road To Enlightenment

There's Humor On The Road To Enlightenment | Mindful | Scoop.it

"At 7,000 feet, the Zen monastery where I live is level with the clouds, which should give you some idea of where my head usually is—not to mention the heads of those who visit our grounds. Let’s talk about them. "


" You try to get to the bottom of yourself, to catch your mind in the act of coming up with you, or vice versa, and it’s as though you’ve wandered into an M. C. Escher sketch of a house of mirrors, the subject lost in an infinite regression of reflections."

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The path of enlightenment is strewn with the humor we find when we earnestly look at who we are, sometimes the humor emerges in the form of deep belly laughs and sometimes it emerges as a tear in the corner of one's eye.


Using the pen name of Shozan Jack Haubner a Zen monk lays bare many of his insights about the mindfulness practice of meditation. He takes us on a brief journey into his past while keeping one foot firmly in the present.


This article is somewhat long but well worth reading for both beginners and seasoned practitioners of mindfulness and meditation. Read all of it: A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Enlightenment.

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Improve meditation, there's an app for that...

Improve meditation, there's an app for that... | Mindful | Scoop.it
TORONTO (Reuters) - A new smartphone app aims to ease stress and guide users through meditation by monitoring brain waves that change as people become more relaxed.


" "It doesn't matter whether you're meditating as part of a secular practice, or spiritual practice. It all creates the same change in the brain," said Chad Veinotte, a director of the company, which launched the app last month."

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The 21st century's mantra is without a doubt "there's an app for that."  Creative people around the globe see a need and boom they create an app.


Well now there is an app that monitors your brain waves while you are meditating as a way of helping you deepen your practice. I'm not sure if Buddha would have used it had it been around 2500 years ago but I'm inclined to think he would at the very least tried it out.


It's easy to get caught up in our thoughts and think we are traveling correctly on the path of a deeper meditation. Well maybe getting a little feedback might give us a hand on that path... Something to think about.


And for more of what's happening in social media mindfulness check out Zenautomat.com

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The Truth About Why Meditation Will Rock Your World | Clarity Mind ...

The Truth About Why Meditation Will Rock Your World | Clarity Mind ... | Mindful | Scoop.it
I have been practicing meditation for over 30 years. I started in 1979 when I discovered that meditation was a way to deal with anxiety. Since then, the simple act of closing my eyes and emptying my mind has completely ...


Meditation is a great micro-example of daily living. Our daily activities are usually quite simple when we break them down into their individual steps. The awareness that in order to finish a task we follow a series of steps and before we know it we have completed the task, maybe we have built a boat.


Meditation is a series of repetitive steps that fold back onto each other again and again. This repetitive series of actions will if given some time, transform our focus and awareness of our surrounding reality. It is all accomplished by putting one thing in front of another and repeating. Simple as that.

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Thomas Merton shared his thoughts on Mindfulness

by Stephen Damon. Yesterday, while shelving books at my bookstore I noticed a slender book, Thoughts on the East, by Thomas Merton, the Catholic monk who, among other things, helped bring Buddhism to America in the ...


Mindfulness and Zen have been popping up in towns and cities in the west now for well over 50 years and for many I suspect it is hard to think of a time when the concept of mindfulness as we now know it was virtually nonexistent here in the west.


It was people like Alan Watts and Thomas Merton who helped open the minds of many to the possibility of seeing things differently than before, of seeing a reality that most had missed as they went through their daily routines.


It's rarely a good time to share unorthodox thoughts, the powers that be frown on it but, Merton and Watts took the courageous step and did share unorthodox thinking about meditation and mindfulness.

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