Tag Archives: awareness

Why Breathing?

As a rule, mindfulness meditation practice involves 3 steps: choosing something to be aware of (breath, sounds, touch, feelings) paying attention to this phenomenon returning one’s attention to it once we detect that our attention has wandered The first step, choosing, … finish reading Why Breathing?

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Meaningful Awareness

My mind during a part of last week’s meditation session: in breath a thought: “one” out breath in breath a thought: “two” a thought: “Hey, I’m doing ok, two breaths! I’m really focused today. Nice.” a thought: “thinking” … a thought: … finish reading Meaningful Awareness

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Attentional Reset: The Path Back to Here & Now

There are many types of meditation techniques, but nearly all of them have one instruction in common: when you discover your mind has been wandering, gently pause, observe that you have wandered, and then return to the instructions. This act … finish reading Attentional Reset: The Path Back to Here & Now

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2017 Resolutions – Patience & Equanimity

Last night I sat at the dining room table making a list of things that I needed to do today. As I wrote a few items down, new things, some that had been nagging me for days, even weeks, started to crowd … finish reading 2017 Resolutions – Patience & Equanimity

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STOP-ping Power

I’m looking out the window at the busy street that runs in front of my house. It has been covered by snow for the past 48 hours, but now it’s melting and traffic has picked up. A smart driver knows, … finish reading STOP-ping Power

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Silent Illumination – The Method of No-Method

‘Silent illumination’ is a meditation practice from the Zen school of meditation.* The practice is described in ways that often sound impossible and contradictory to the Western ear: just sit, the method of no-method, and so on. So how does … finish reading Silent Illumination – The Method of No-Method

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The Science of Meditation

The Shambhala Mountain Center is convening top researchers and meditation teachers this week (Oct. 19-23) for a free, online summit on The Science of Meditation. Follow the link to learn more and register. Remember, it’s online and free! Update: I just registered (takes 2 … finish reading The Science of Meditation

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The Practice of Mindfulness

I think it was a spring day in San Francisco. My wife was attending a chemistry workshop downtown and I was out for a stroll. I dropped down into the basement of City Lights Books (why had I waited so long?), … finish reading The Practice of Mindfulness

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Silent Sipping

The conversations we have around meditation and related topics are always rewarding. Robin sent a short (very short) article my way: How to Be Mindful With a Cup of Coffee (Well | Mind, NY Times, 14 Sept 2016). In our … finish reading Silent Sipping

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Creating Space with Stable Awareness

We all know the phrase, “lost in thought.” Expressed this way “thought” sounds like a place we visit, and a place we might leave whenever we choose. But how do we do that? What bus or train can take us away … finish reading Creating Space with Stable Awareness

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