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Eat Less Chocolate, Enjoy It More

by Jessica Graham The first time I thought of chocolate as a drug was a few years ago. I was having a day that was heavy with sadness. I had ...

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Proven Benefits of Mindfulness Meditation

by Michael W. Taft I started meditating over 30 years ago, and it has proven to be a life-changing practice for me. When I reflect on my own experience, or ...


Step on the Clutch

by Michael W. Taft I love espresso. But I remember sometimes “waking up” suddenly and finding myself right in the middle of a shuddering caffeine meltdown. I’d been writing on ...


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Escaping the Observer Trap

Are you feeling stuck in your practice? Did meditation lead to big, ...
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Undoing Distraction, Technology Edition

by Michael W. Taft Does anyone you know not have a problem ...
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Mindful Sex: Getting Off Without Checking Out

by Jessica Graham When I was fourteen I decided it was high ...

Listening to the Body

by Jessica Graham “In these bodies we will live. In these bodies ...

Five Easy Ways of Undoing Distraction

by Michael W. Taft If you cannot focus on one thing at ...

Broken Heart/Open Heart

By Jessica Graham   “Like someone is trying to slice my sternum ...

Losing Control

By Jessica Graham In mindfulness meditation we observe and explore our experience ...

Deconstructing the Self

I remember as a teenager, feeling that the Monty Python joke “my ...

Dying With Dad

by Jessica Graham Part One My meditation practice has helped me with ...
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Downtime for the Stone Age Brain

by Michael W. Taft Recently, I found a meditation retreat center in ...

I’m Glad I Took the Red Pill

By Jessica Graham Pressure above the eyes and in the middle of ...

Concentration IV: Why Bother?

by Michael W. Taft In the last three articles, I wrote about ...

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Dan Harris: Hack Your Brain’s Default Mode with Meditation


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Study Shows Addicts are Lower in Mindfulness

By Richard Taite for Psych Central Studies have shown the benefit of mindfulness training added to substance abuse treatment. Now a study from the National Institutes of Health show that lack of mindfulness may be one of the causes of substance abuse, in the first place. The study calls mindfulness, a “way of being that is focused on the […]

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No Time to Think

By Kate Murphy for The New York Times One of the biggest complaints in modern society is being over-scheduled, overcommitted and overextended. Ask people at a social gathering how they are and the stock answer is “super busy,” “crazy busy” or “insanely busy.” Nobody is just “fine” anymore. When people aren’t super busy at work, they […]

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Authentic Satisfaction

By Jessica Graham Last week my rib popped out. If you’ve ever experienced this, you know that it’s rather painful. It gives you a great opportunity to work with physical pain in your meditation practice and keeps your chiropractor fed. After a day of having a very easy to focus on spot in my meditation, […]

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Study: ‘Mindfulness’ May Help Moms Reduce Caregiver Stress

By Shaun Heasly for Disability Scoop Just six treatment sessions designed to help moms of kids with developmental disabilities manage their stress can go a long way toward reducing depression and anxiety, researchers say. Parents of children with developmental disabilities often experience greater stress than moms and dads of typically-developing kids. Nonetheless, most interventions target […]

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People Would Rather Receive Electric Shocks than Be Alone with Their Thoughts

Maybe you can’t go to bed, or even the bathroom, without your phone. Or maybe you come home from work and immediately check email, turn on the TV or hit “play” on the stereo. If you’re like most of us, you get—some might say, need—constant outside stimulation. Wouldn’t it be nice to have a moment alone […]

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Can Meditation Help Prevent the Effects of Aging?

By Jo Marchant for BBC It’s seven in the morning on the beach in Santa Monica, California. The low sun glints off the waves and the clouds are still golden from the dawn. The view stretches out over thousands of miles of Pacific Ocean. In the distance, white villas of wealthy Los Angeles residents dot […]

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Mindfulness meditation beneficial for physical performance

Fitness experts call it bicep curls for the brain and aerobics for the mind. Whatever the name, athletes and gym addicts are discovering how mindfulness meditation can enliven a workout routine and invigorate a sports performance. They say that mindfulness meditation, which focuses on the present moment to clear the mind, can help an exerciser […]

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To Make a Killing in the Markets, Start Meditating

By Katherine Burton and and Anthony Effinger for Bloomberg News/Financial Post When stock and bond markets took a dive in late January, hedge-fund manager David Ford kept his cool. Ford watched emerging markets melt down and read warnings that the U.S. economy could crater too. As prices dropped, he overcame the impulse to flee with […]

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Michael Talks Meditation at SF Start Up

Once a week Rip van Wafels invites an inspirational member of our local community to share their story with us. They talk, we listen, we ask lots of questions – and we all enjoy great coffee & a delicious wafel together. These sessions provide us with valuable insights into how successful people take mindful breaks […]

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Deconstructing the Perception of the Ego/self

by Michael W. Taft Philosopher Thomas Metzinger says, “Nobody ever had or was a self.” Sages and seers have historically instructed us that the ego “doesn’t exist,” and that we only need to see through this illusion to be free from suffering. While some teachers suggest that we need only recognize this illusion to be […]

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Group Mindfulness-based Therapy Significantly Improves Sexual Desire in Women

Lori A. Brotto and Rosemary Basson From Science Direct At least a third of women across reproductive ages experience low sexual desire and impaired arousal. There is increasing evidence that mindfulness, defined as non-judgmental present moment awareness, may improve women’s sexual functioning. The goal of this study was to test the effectiveness of mindfulness-based therapy, either […]

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Concentrative Or Nondirective Meditation? Which Does Science Say Works Better?

From Science 2.0 Mindfulness. Zen. Meditation drumming. Chakra. Buddhist and transcendental meditation. It evokes eastern mystics and hip elites in California pretending to to leave their corporeal forms behind and achieve some higher state of being. But what about poor stressed-out wretches that can’t afford to fly in big-name Yogis? What does the research say? Not […]

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