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What is Meditation?

I think it helps us to acknowledge what we are looking for from mediation and what meditation works to achieve that ends.
Take a look at this article.. What are you looking to meditation for?

Self Blossoming

Meditation is the art or technique of quieting the mind so that the endless chatter that normally fills our mind is stilled. Gradually in the silent mind, the meditator begins to observe without judgement, to reach a level of detachment, and eventually, to become aware of a higher state of consciousness.
The practice of meditation helps us clear our minds. It rids us of stresses, intrusive thoughts, and fragments and echoes of the outside world – all of which engulfs our conscious minds. Meditation makes our minds more unclutter and open to what’s truly important. And the benefits extend well beyond the meditative state itself. The deeper that meditation takes us, the further we move away from the level of everyday consciousness (encompassing frustration, stress, anxiety, and worry), and the closer we draw to the higher self, we open more and more with the capacity to love.
Consequently, as we gain a higher perspective…

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I Remembered You

I love this! So simple. So beautiful. So honest! Thanks Ben!!!!

Ben Naga


I remembered you
And I cried
Then I washed my face
And went out to face the world

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Good to hear someone’s first hand account of their meditation experiences.. don’t be afraid… take the first step… breathe!

Lessons From the End of a Marriage

It is easier for me to meditate after I’ve exercised.  Shocking, I know.  Exhaust the body and the mind calms too.  I have always done better with more active forms of meditation: yoga, walking meditations, etc., but a) they’re not always practical and b) I want to learn to be still, body and mind.

I am enjoying trying different guided meditations and getting a feeling for what works well for me.  I am mainly downloading free podcasts (gotta love those podcasts!).

I tried a different guided mediation that allowed my mind to journey while the body remained still.  The meditation consisted of imagery that guided the listener through a meadow, down some steps, through a woodland, and to a pool.  Just this suggestion of movement made me more comfortable, more relaxed.  I think I might use this mediation and others like it when I am antsy and feeling the need…

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Here is a tool to help you manage your pain symptoms and your doctor’s visits

Mindful Lifestyle - Devoted to Healing & Being

One of the things I have learned at my job as a psychologist/behavior analyst (my current job) is that “Data is King” when it comes to the medical profession and what some people call Behavioral Services.

When going to see a doctor, of any kind — neurologist, cardiologist, pain specialist, psychiatrist, etc — having data with you for a visit will give you an A+ for that visit.  Why, because doctors like to see data; they believe in evidenced based care and for many, they don’t want to hear stories of what’s going on, they want just the facts.

It’s not how I work with people, but this is what I learned to do when I was going to see doctor’s and it has been reinforced as a practice with the team that I work on.  So do yourself a favor, set a doctor’s appointment which often will take a…

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Zazen cushion used by Soto-zen school.

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The 48-credit degree can be completed within two years and is fully accredited. Click here for more information. You can learn more about the work of the New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care in Clinical Pastoral Education in this video.

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Myth: The pain of loss will go away faster if you ignore it.

Fact: Trying to ignore your pain or keep it from surfacing will only make it worse in the long run.  Facing your grief and dealing with it actively is necessary for true healing.

Myth: It’s important to “be strong” in the face of loss.

Fact: Feeling sad, frightened or lonely—or having other similar emotions—is a normal reaction to loss.  Crying or breaking down doesn’t mean you’re weak.  You don’t need to “protect” your family or others by putting on a brave front.  Showing your true feelings helps them and you.

Myth: If you don’t cry, it means you aren’t sorry about the loss.

Fact: Crying is a normal response to sorrow, but it’s not the only one.  Those who don’t cry may feel the pain of loss just as deeply as others.  They may simply have other ways of showing or coping with it.  They need just as much support and comfort from others.

Myth: Grief should last about a year.

Fact: There is no right time frame for grieving.  How long it takes to recover from loss can differ widely from person to person.

Myth: Moving on with your life means you’re forgetting the one you lost.

Fact: Moving on means you’ve accepted your loved one’s death.  That’s not the same as forgetting.  You can adjust to a new life while always keeping your loved one’s memory a part of you.

Myth: Friends can help the mourner by not bringing up the subject of his or her loss.

Fact: People who are grieving usually want and need to talk about their loss – often over and over.  Bringing up the topic can give a mourner an opening for talking.  But if he or she doesn’t seem to want to talk, don’t pry or force conversation.

Myth: A good way to express sympathy is to say “I know how you feel”.

Fact: Everyone feels grief in a different way.  It’s probably not possible for anyone to know exactly what another person’s going through after a loss.  Saying “I know how you feel” can make a mourner feel like you’re making light of his or her pain.

Remember that grief, like many things in life, is not black or white.  There are often kernels of truth in things out there about grief…  But don’t let anyone tell you there is only one way!

Want to share this?  Click here for a PDF version.  Myth of Grief

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