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

How to Have Lucid Dreams

By Michelle Carr Ph.D. on October 15, 2017 in Dream Factory
Researchers tested the effectiveness of three common lucid dreaming techniques.

Is Mindfulness Being Mindlessly Overhyped? Experts Say "Yes"

By Christopher Bergland on October 10, 2017 in The Athlete's Way
"Mindfulness" needs a clearer definition, more rigorous clinical research, and less media hype—according to an urgent call-to-action by 15 experts from over a dozen universities.

Darkness of the Womb

By Tara Brach Ph.D. on October 09, 2017 in Finding True Refuge
In challenging times, there are four key ways of paying attention that can allow for suffering to be transformative.
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When Trust Hits Rough Waters, Flow Like a River

We have an ever-present source of happiness and wisdom inside us, all the time.

So You Think You Can't Meditate?

A common misconception about meditation is that we need to clear our mind of thoughts. Not true — meditation is simply noticing our thoughts — and everyone can do it.

Equanimity: A Practice for Troubled Times

Can the practice of equanimity help us weather the storms of life?

10 Tips for Managing the Overwhelming Stress of Trying Times

By Deborah L. Davis Ph.D. on September 30, 2017 in Laugh, Cry, Live
Feeling bombarded by record-breaking natural disasters, the opioid epidemic, and ongoing political and social strife? Here are 10 key tips for managing stress during trying times.

Yoga Practice

By Itai Ivtzan Ph.D. on September 26, 2017 in Mindfulness for Wellbeing
How to increase psychological and physiological well-being as part of yoga practice.

Why Your Mind is Better than Pills at Conquering Pain

By Emma M. Seppälä Ph.D. on September 26, 2017 in Feeling It
Conquering pain and stress with the mind is not only possible—it's powerful.

6 Healthy Reasons to Wake Up Earlier

By Linda Wasmer Andrews on September 26, 2017 in Minding the Body
Get your day off on the right foot. Making time for wellness first thing in the morning sets a positive tone for your whole day.

Hillary Clinton Is Doing Pranayama

Alternate nostril breathing is good for PTSD and mental health.

Distracting Yourself Into a Better Mood

Having a series of options that distract you in an effort to recharge? Always a great thing!

Top 5 Payoffs to Staying Stuck

By Ronald Alexander Ph.D. on September 14, 2017 in The Wise Open Mind
Why do some people seemingly embrace the process of transformation, while others get stuck. Discover the payoffs to change that keeps us from making a change in our lives.

Young Yogis Rock

By Gail F. Melson Ph.D. on September 13, 2017 in Why the Wild Things Are
Contemplative practices, like yoga, mindfulness meditation, guided imagery and relaxation breathing can help children deal with stress, reduce anxiety and improve well-being.

Psychodynamic Running

By Molly S. Castelloe Ph.D. on September 13, 2017 in The Me in We
A new running meditation and how it works holistically, engaging both mind and body.

Lessons From Hurricane Irma

By Deborah J. Cohan, Ph.D. on September 12, 2017 in Social Lights
A list and a meditation.
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Some Stress Can Be Good for You

Put your stress to work for you.

Be the Mountain: A Guided Meditation [Video + Script]

By Aqualus M Gordon Ph.D. on September 05, 2017 in My Brother's Keeper
A guided meditation for those seeking peace and stability

De-Conditioning the Hungry Ghosts

By Tara Brach Ph.D. on September 05, 2017 in Finding True Refuge
To the degree that our basic needs are unmet, desire contracts and we become fixated on substitutes. But, no matter how we are caught, mindfulness and compassion can free us...

Anti-Mindfulness

By Bence Nanay Ph.D. on September 05, 2017 in Psychology Tomorrow
Mindfulness works – when it does – in spite of its ideology. This explains the worrying finding that mindfulness meditation often leads to panic attacks and depression.

Losing Time: Sexual Absorption and the Body

By Marc Wittmann Ph.D. on September 03, 2017 in Sense of Time
Absorption during sex is more closely related to desire and satisfaction in women than in man.

Relationship as Spiritual Practice, Part 1

Most people think of spiritual practice as going to church or temple, prayer, singing of hymns, chanting, ritual, and meditation rather than daily interactions with other human.

Beyond the Breath: The Promise and Perils of Compassion

Experiential techniques can deepen our mindfulness practice and help us get unstuck from painful patterns.

What You Need to Know About Stress and Self-Care

By Dan Mager MSW on August 29, 2017 in Some Assembly Required
Like other repetitive experiences, long-term stress rewires the brain, leaving you more vulnerable to fear, anxiety, depression, and yes, more stress. But, there are solutions.

The Purpose of Meditation [Video]

Why your awesome goal-setting skills are holding you back in your mindfulness and meditation practice.

A Mindful Meditation on the Mysteries of Life, for Children

Even very young children can worry about death, birth, and change. And So It Goes is a delightful illustrated book for children who have questions about the mysteries of life.

Four Ways to More Restful Sleep

A few simple steps can pave the way to consistently refreshing sleep. A tranquil bedroom arranged for the senses, and a consistent routine are the key.

The Hidden Gifts of the Shadow

You may have noticed that the word “shadow” has been showing up with great frequency lately in popular culture and in the media.

To Heal Trauma, Work with the Body

When cognitive therapy is not enough to heal trauma, consider taking a body-based approach.

How Yoga Can Guide Life

Yoga affords significant physical and emotional benefits: is it possible that most participants may only see the tip of the iceberg from this powerful practice?