All About Meditation

Meditation is the practice of turning your attention to a single point of reference. It can involve focusing on the breath, on bodily sensations, or on a word or phrase known as a mantra. In other words, meditation means turning your attention away from distracting thoughts and focusing on the present moment. Meditating is deceptively simple. A cartoon from The New Yorker sums it up: Two monks are sitting side by side, meditating. The younger one is giving the older one a quizzical look, to which the older one responds, "Nothing happens next. This is it."

Recent Posts on Meditation

Healing Body-Shame & Trauma: Sharing My Story To Heal Yours

By Laurie B. Mintz Ph.D. on October 12, 2015 Stress and Sex
As a psychologist, I’ve known for a long time that letting go of shame and pain requires speaking the unspeakable. Now I know that sometimes speaking is not enough. Sometimes we have to move, to breathe, and to deeply focus without thinking or talking at all.

Does Mindfulness Really Make Us Resilient?

When Todd Sampson demonstrated that neuroplasticity could make his ordinary brain extraordinary, he forgot to mention that he had an amazing arsenal of supports helping him achieve his goals. Mindfulness practices may help us focus and regulate our emotions, but their ability to change our lives is vastly over-rated.

The Link Between Mindfulness, Meditation, and Lucid Dreaming

By Michelle Carr on September 30, 2015 Dream Factory
Mindfulness is aimed at improving an individual`s capacity to maintain awareness of the present moment, with an open and non-judgemental attitude. Could practicing mindfulness increase our awareness during sleep, promoting more frequent lucid dreams?

How to Practice Mindfulness – 5 Tips No One Has Told You

Mindfulness is a paradox. It’s the easiest thing in the world and the hardest thing in the world. But, you can cultivate your mindfulness. Here are 5 tips to find success with your mindfulness practice, whether you are new to mindfulness or someone who has been experiencing some hiccups in your practice.

How Mindfulness Improves Your Brain and Relationships

Mindfulness is the process of paying attention, in an open, nonjudgmental way, to your experience. Recent statistical review which pooled data from 16 studies shows that mindfulness has effects on at least 8 different brain regions involved in brain integration and connectivity, sense of self, impulse control, stress and anxiety, and regulation of attention and emotion.

A Meditation for My Mother

By Susan Hooper on September 28, 2015 Detours and Tangents
I helped care for my mother for six years before she died. The sixth anniversary of her death feels like a turning point for me.

Champion Novak Djokovic Reveals the Power of Visualization

By Aldo Civico Ph.D. on September 17, 2015 Turning Point
How world-class player Novak Djokovic trains for mental toughness using mindfulness and visualization.

5 Ways Yoga and Mindfulness Fight Addictions

By Marlynn Wei M.D., J.D. on September 04, 2015 Urban Survival
Yoga and mindfulness are powerful tools to fight addiction. Here are 5 ways that yoga and mindfulness can help you on your road to recovery.

Is Consciousness a Stream? An Update

Neuroscience and Indian Buddhist philosophy agree that perceptual consciousness seems continuous but is really discrete.

Opinion Polls Reveal Dramatic Decline in Impact of the Bible

Opinion poll surveys representative of the general population began in Britain in 1937, with the launch of the British Institute of Public Opinion (later Gallup Poll), which first covered the Bible in a question in 1938: "What book of all you have read impressed you most?" The Bible was mentioned by 16% of interviewees.

More Thoughts on the Wound with No Name—First Aid

There are rarely any quick fixes when the wounds are deep, especially from early childhood and/or in combination with being highly sensitive. But what might help, right now?

More Evidence For Meditation

By Temma Ehrenfeld on August 25, 2015 Open Gently
Chinese mindfulness practice can lower cortisol levels in a week.

What Mindfulness App Is Right for You?

New study reveals the top 4 mindfulness apps. Which one fits your personality best?

The Adolescent Brain on Meditation

By Guest Bloggers on August 18, 2015 The Guest Room
How mindfulness heals

How Mantras Calm Your Mind

Repeating simple words or mantras calms your mind. Learn how and try a simple 'Om.'

Dealing With the Noise in Our Heads

We are all exposed to both external and internal noises. Often, the external noise may be easier to cope with because we can either shut it our or possibly change our location. Internal noise or the voices in our heads, on the other hand, are more challenging to manage, however, they may be lessened through good breathing exercises and a regular meditation practice.

Wherein I Discover My Inner Playground

By Bernard L. De Koven on August 12, 2015 On Having Fun
Discovering your inner playground.

8 Ways to Recover From Post Childhood Adversity Syndrome

Recognizing that childhood emotional stress can play a role in adult illness and relationship challenges can be enormously freeing. The sudden "aha" as to why you've been struggling a little too hard for a little too long with your emotional and physical well-being can open up new possibilities toward growth. Here are 8 science-based steps you can take toward healing now.

Joy in Daily Life

Can mindfulness increase our awareness of daily life?

The Key to Experiencing and Handling Stress in a Healthy Way

The raincoat refers to the resources that protect you from experiencing something as stressful, while the towel reflects how rapidly you can recover. These resources determine the extent to which stress contributes to stress-mediated disease states like cardiovascular disease and mental illness

Inviting Mara to Tea

One of my favorite stories of the Buddha shows the power of a wakeful and friendly heart.

Brain's Response to Meditation

With meditation, you have the opportunity to become aware of what causes you stress and condition yourself to react differently. You can learn to let go of negative thoughts, events or interactions.

4 Healthy Mind Games to Play With Yourself

Our minds are incredibly malleable, and are influenced by the world around us. We can also choose to consciously influence our minds through thoughtful “mind-games” that ultimately can change our lives for the better.

Positive Psychology of Mindfulness

When students call out "Present', make sure they know what it means. So what does "Present" really mean? It does not just mean "here" - it means here in the moment and mindfully in touch with the learning.

Do You Know What You Need?

Recent research shows that people differ in how well they recognize their own needs, which has important implications for relationships and well-being. Find out how to identify your needs.

The Neuroscience of Savoring Positive Emotions

Neuroscientists have linked sustained activation of a brain region called the ventral striatum to savoring positive emotions. Ventral striatal activation is in the locus of your control. Researchers believe that regularly practicing loving-kindness meditation and compassion activates this brain region and increases the ability to savor positive emotions.

Happify With Your Strengths!

Interested in the science of character strengths? Get tons of interesting research and information all in one image!

Why Are We All So Busy?

Overcoming compulsive busyness with mindfulness

At Play in the Inner Playground

Think of it as a recess for the soul

The Circle of Life Is Not What You Think

Buddhists, Catholics, agnostics, David Bowie, and others from one hemisphere to the other have exploited this useful tool for self-exploration, present moment awareness, and stress management.