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The Mindfulnets Community: Why, How and What

Posted On Nov 11 2013
  The first time I ever meditated, the teacher instructed us to keep our eyes open, with a soft gaze focused about 6 feet ahead.  Of course, there are many different methods and the idea is to find the method that works for you.  But in that particular method, the goal was to integrate mindfulness [...]

Relaxation Technique: The Mindful Art of Silence

Posted On Nov 11 2013
“Life is actually really simple, but we insist on making it complicated” –Confucius To improve focus, boost creativity, and enhance therapeutic results, take silence.  Sounds like a bad ad campaign for the latest cure-all drug.  But this ancient remedy, silence, is free and not created in any lab.  And though it’s no drug, we crave [...]

Pros and Cons of Online Meditation

Posted On Oct 28 2013
  “We have a question: How best can we serve the convergence of Buddhism, global culture, and emerging technology?” asked Vincent Horn, cofounder of Buddhist Geeks in a recent Tricycle article .  It’s a great article, exploring both the vast potential and the pitfalls related to online meditation and other mergings of ancient wisdom and [...]

Twice a day, for two weeks, and you can’t do it wrong…Just Breathe

Posted On Oct 24 2013
When was the last time you paid attention to your breath?  If you are anything like I was before I started meditating, the answer may be never.  It’s amazing as we go through life, preoccupied with this and that, we forget this simple point of gratitude:  I’m breathing, effortlessly, without even thinking about it, the [...]

Love your distractions…they’re perfect!

Posted On Oct 21 2013
  I have had the experience of sitting at meditation retreats in rooms full of people who seemed to be meditating perfectly.  How did I know?  They were sitting straight, they were less fidgety than me, they looked peaceful.  Then, when the teacher asked for questions, one of those “perfect meditators” would inevitably raise their [...]

Meditate…it can change your brain!

Posted On Oct 10 2013
Science shows that mindfulness and meditation can change your brain. (Images from research article by Wendy Hasenkamp, Ph.D.,  neuroscientist and Senior Scientific Officer at the Mind & Life Institute.) It’s 8:55 a.m., do you know where your posterior cingulate cortex is, or what it is doing?  Wait, let me back up, do you even know [...]

Harvest the Ordinary: Mindfulness at Work

Posted On Oct 8 2013
    “Beware the barreness of a busy life”   -Socrates   Work.  If we do it out of the house, we likely spend at least 8 hours, or a whopping third of our day, in some cubbie, office, or building.  Add on commuting time and it becomes more than a third.  And if we work [...]

The Mindful Click Community: Benefits of sharing your practice online

Posted On Oct 3 2013
The great meditation master Thich Nhat Hanh has a simple piece of advice that can revolutionize how you relate to others and technology.  When your phone rings, and you feel that twitchy finger reaction insisting you answer without delay, consider this: Your phone will ring 3 or 4 more times, the person on the other [...]

Four Ways To Embody Mindfulness

Posted On Sep 29 2013
My friend’s kid has homework in kindergarten.  Kindergarten!  Borrowed from the German, this educational  stage suggests a “children’s garden” and that makes me think about cute kids toddling about outside, and using their minds and bodies to explore and investigate in an organic, unstructured way. Nothing wrong, of course, with acquiring early reading and writing [...]