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

Mindfulness Meditation and the Vagus Nerve Share Many Powers

New research shows that mindfulness meditation and a new non-invasive vagus nerve stimulator can optimize brain connectivity, reduce depression, and improve overall well-being.

New Study Shows Brief Meditation Can Reduce Anger

By Marlynn Wei M.D., J.D. on February 04, 2016 Urban Survival
A new study shows how 20 minutes of meditation can help with anger.

How to Put More Magic in Your Meditation Practice

Have you tried meditating before and felt like you failed? This tweak can go a long way.

Hot, Mindful Sex

Want some hot, slow sex to keep warm these days/nights? Consider starting a mindfulness practice.

Naked Sexual Awakenings

When mentioning the word " Lust" to someone, you can learn about their sexuality. There are also other surprises to learn along the way, such as the connection between yoga and sex

5 Ways To Use The Power Of Mindfulness and Compassion

By Marty Babits on January 26, 2016 The Middle Ground
How to use mindfulness and compassion to unify your family.

Can Visualization Techniques Treat Serious Diseases?

By Clifford N Lazarus Ph.D. on January 26, 2016 Think Well
Learn how to harness your mind's power for psychological enrichment and physical benefits, too. Welcome to the fascinating field of psychoneuroimmunolgy (PNI).

Creating an Exercise Health Habit

By E. Paul Zehr Ph.D. on January 25, 2016 Black Belt Brain
What's the shortest commitment you need to create a positive health habit? It's less and more than you think.

Day 8: Henry Shukman on Buddhism and Healing

The future of mental health interview series continues with Henry Shukman on Buddhism and healing.

Thinking About Thinking

By James Doty M.D. on January 25, 2016 The Magic Shop
My first mantra.

Running IS Meditation

Running is not about running for me anymore. It's meditation.

7 Ways Productive People Stay Focused

A few simple changes can help you get more done in less time.

7 Simple Yoga Tips for Better Sleep

By Marlynn Wei M.D., J.D. on January 19, 2016 Urban Survival
More than 55% of people who do yoga get better sleep. Find out how you can use yoga to get better rest.

Fancy Word for "Pay Attention"

By Hal Mathew on January 16, 2016 Unagoraphobic
Looking for a solution to your anxiety? "Mindfulness" is free and available to everyone.

Play With Your Food

What can we learn from playing with our food?

Shift Into Freedom: Lessons From A Master Of Mindfulness

By Mark Matousek on January 14, 2016 Ethical Wisdom
The master of mindfulness meditation talks about his new book, Shift Into Freedom, and how we can live awakened lives in the midst of everyday changes.

Meditation Reduces Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Symptoms

A new study reports that practicing Transcendental Meditation can reduce the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and the use of medications to treat PTSD.

Calm Down with Logic-Based Meditation

Practice the contemplative life; relinquish the craving for what cannot be; attain enlightenment, and transcend the self-defeating thoughts that painfully overwhelm consciousness.

The One Thing To Know About Happiness

Don't you want to know what the secret to happiness is? I know I do. What do we gain once we know, and what is there to do from here on? Find your path, walk your steps...Leap!

Presence, Pain and Compassion

By Seth J. Gillihan Ph.D. on January 08, 2016 Think, Act, Be
While we might think of meditation as "taking time for ourselves," it's anything but a selfish exercise.

Why Does Chronic Stress Make Losing Weight More Difficult?

New research shows that long-term stress creates a triple whammy that makes losing weight practically impossible. How can you break this vicious cycle?

Tranquility Promotes Healthier Microbiome and Gut-Brain Axis

A new study links lower stress hormones and healthier microbiomes. These findings suggest that mindfulness meditations that lower stress might improve your "gut-brain axis."

7 Habits That Shift Your Crazy-Busy Life Into Sweet Serenity

Life can be crazy and too busy, full of trials that drive you to distraction. Adopt these 7 habits to help you calmly and gracefully take on whatever life hands you.

An Intimacy Micro-Meditation For Your New Year

By Ken Page L.C.S.W. on January 01, 2016 Finding Love
Recognizing the value of the intimacy gifts we have already is one of the greatest ways to improve our lives. This short practice will help you discover your own intimacy gifts.

73 Pathways to Greater Happiness in the New Year!

Just in time for New Year's resolutions. Here's all the tips and strategies you'll need to boost your well-being.

Three Liberating Insights For Single People

By Ken Page L.C.S.W. on December 18, 2015 Finding Love
Here are the three most liberating insights I know for single people. Follow them, and you’ll change the course of your dating life in surprising and wonderful ways.

5 Ways Meditation Is Giving CEOs an Extra Edge

By Emma M. Seppälä Ph.D. on December 14, 2015 Feeling It
More CEOs are meditating. Here's why, and the science behind it.

Giving Parkinson's Disease a Kung Fu Kick

By E. Paul Zehr Ph.D. on December 08, 2015 Black Belt Brain
Physical activity--like martial arts training--can serve an important rehabilitative role in neurological disorders. Tai chi training can give Parkinson's a good ol' kung fu kick.

Yoga for Stress Relief

By Marlynn Wei M.D., J.D. on December 08, 2015 Urban Survival
Find out how you can use yoga for stress relief.

Maintaining Mindfulness During the Holidays

By Diana Raab Ph.D. on December 07, 2015 The Empowerment Diary
My recent trip to Maui for a spiritual quest, reminded me of the importance of calm and mindfulness, especially during the busy holiday season. This blog offers helpful tips.