Tagged Meditation

Interconnectedness

Everything is connected. The question is can you ‘see’ the connection. Not just with your eyes….but all five senses and then some. Do your own thoughts impact how the world shows up for you? Do your own actions have undeniable impact of everyone and everything around you? Do your own emotions impact the emotions of …

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Focus

In a world of abundant distraction, focus has become a more valuable skill than ever. I use the word ‘skill’ because focus is something that can be practiced and improved over time. In yoga, we call this ‘dhristi’, one point of focus. It starts with physical focus, fixing your gaze to a single point. From …

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Meditation And The High Cost Of Worry

Drag your thoughts away from your troubles… by the ears, by the heels, or any other way you can manage it.  -Mark Twain Worrying has an incredible cost. I estimate that through the course of an average workweek about 80% of waking time is spend worrying about something. Worry about being late for a meeting. …

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How to Be a Genuine Fake

Authenticity is a rare thing. You know it when you see. In people. In art. In music. In cuisine. In the environment. The real-deal stands out because it doesn’t try to be real. It just is. I notice this with people all the time. Authentic folks stand out without trying to stand out, they are …

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The best place to meditate

In the middle of busy street at rush hour. If you can find some peace of mind in the middle of madness, finding it in everyday life will that much easier. If you keep putting off a meditation practice because you don’t have the right meditation pillows, music, incense, etc…you’re making excuses. Just sit down …

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Get out of your mind

I asked a student in yoga class today “why are you here” and she replied “to lose my mind!” It sounds funny but it’s right on. Losing your mind is great thing. When you are thinking you aren’t noticing what is really going on, and there is always much going on that is worth noticing. …

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The Problem With Self Help

The problem with self-help books, tapes and programs as they are commonly presented in bookstores and seminars is that they cater to the “self.” This is an issue since the self that desperately needs help is exactly the same self that is trying to help itself! It’s like trying to pick yourself up by your …

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30-Day Meditation Challenge Complete!

Two days ago I completed a 30-day meditation challenge. You can read my posts during the challenge here. The challenge was as follows: I commit to, starting today and for the next 30 days, meditating twice a day for 20 minutes each. Once in the morning and once in the evening. The challenge began simply …

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Ignorance Is Not Bliss – Meditation Challenge Day 28

My challenge is cruising along, I’m on day 28 of my 30 day meditation challenge. Sitting for 20 minutes is now no trouble at all. It doesn’t matter how bad my allergies are acting up, how tired or cold I am, how hungry I am or how late I might be for a meeting , …

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Building Willpower – Meditation Challenge Day 15

Day 15 of the 30 Day Meditation Challenge. The rhythm and process of meditating is getting easier. With consistency applied to any endeavor, this usually happens. I’ve had several situations where it was rather difficult to actually sit still for 20 minutes, but I managed and after sitting for a minute, it was totally fine. …

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Finding a Groove – Meditation Challenge Day 7

Found my groove over the past few days. After having a hard time sitting still and really wandering mind, things have settled down a bit. My mind still wanders, but not as much. Also, sitting for 20 minutes at a stretch is no problem at all. I’ve even noticed that I’ll open my eyes literally …

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Meditation – A 30 Day Challenge

Every now and then I do challenges to either learn something new or re-commit myself to something I already do – but not enough. They say that 30 days is just enough time to make a habit and from my experience it is long enough to get “over the hump” that usually comes with any …

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You Are The Answer

You have the answer. It is not in a book. It is not in a TV show. It is not in the DVD you just got through the mail from NetFlix. It is not in the lecture you are going to hear from your favorite teacher. It is not in the conversation you might be …

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