What to Look for in a Mindfulness Teacher

Mindfulness meditation is a life-changing practice that everyone should have access to. While you can learn the basics on your own, in the long run, having a teacher is extremely ...

Mindful Sex: The Threesome

by Jessica Graham My first threesome involved a lot of Captain Morgan’s Spiced Rum and a mattress on the floor. It was fun, sloppy, and we all had a good ...

Never Waste Time Again

Life often asks us to wait, and a lot of this waiting can feel crushingly pointless. We cool our heels in lines at the supermarket, the bank, or at a ...

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Escaping the Observer Trap

Are you feeling stuck in your practice? Did meditation lead to big, ...

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 ...

Five Proven Ways to Get Your Meditation Practice on Track

by Michael W. Taft We all know by now that mindfulness meditation ...

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 ...

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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Are Mindfulness Claims Overstated?

…there is a danger that the benefits of mindfulness are being overstated, without the clinical data to support them. There are books on applying it to business leadership, to parenting and to weight loss. There are mindfulness exercises for children and guides on living with pain. There is no shortage of courses, books or even […]

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Meditation Helps Prevent Addiction Relapses

Many people who undergo treatment for addiction will relapse and begin using drugs again soon after their therapy ends, but a new study suggests that meditation techniques may help prevent such relapses. In the study, 286 people who had been treated for substance abuse were assigned to receive one of three therapies after their initial […]

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Mindfulness-based Meditation Helps Teenagers With Cancer

From Science Codex Mindfulness-based meditation could lessen some symptoms associated with cancer in teens, according to the results of a clinical trial intervention led by researchers at the University of Montreal and its affiliated CHU Sainte-Justine children’s hospital. Mindfulness-based meditation focuses on the present moment and the connection between the mind and body. Adolescents living […]

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Mindfulness Meditation Can Cut Chocolate Cravings

By Allison Bond for Reuters Looking to cut cravings? A recent study suggests the key may be attaining a sense of detachment from them through a form of meditation with roots in Buddhism. Practicing mindfulness meditation, which emphasizes identifying and distancing oneself from certain thoughts – without judging them – weakened chocolate cravings among people […]

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Mindful Meditation at School Gives Kids Tools for Emotional Expression

By Mary MacVean for the Los Angeles Times Erica Eihl speaks in a voice that her kindergartners can hear only if they are as quiet as the church mice in children’s storybooks. And with a couple of squirrelly exceptions, they stay that quiet for 15 or 20 minutes — a near eternity — as Eihl […]

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Zen Priest on the Future of Spirituality

Love it or hate it, the world’s religions are in no danger of disappearing any time soon. But that doesn’t mean religious and spiritual sensibilities aren’t going to evolve. To learn more about religion’s future, we talked to Michael LaTorra. By day, he’s a mild-mannered Assistant Professor of English at New Mexico State University, and […]

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Mindfulness Improves Decision Making

One 15-minute focused-breathing meditation may help people make smarter choices, according to new research from researchers at INSEAD and The Wharton School. The findings are published in the February issue of Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science. People have trouble cutting their losses: They hold on to losing stocks too long, […]

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Meditation Pinpoints Difference Between Romantic Love and Compassion

These findings won’t appear on any Hallmark card, but romantic love tends to activate the same reward areas of the brain as cocaine, research has shown. Now Yale School of Medicine researchers studying meditators have found that a more selfless variety of love — a deep and genuine wish for the happiness of others without […]

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The Mental Fountain

I first got involved in meditation because my brain hurt. As a teenage Monty Python fan, that’s how I described it at the time. What I meant, of course, was that the experience of thinking was actually a kind of torment for me. Either the thoughts were unpleasant, which I didn’t like. Or the thoughts […]

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Seattle Seahawks Will Have ‘Ohm’ Team Advantage

By Liz Neporent for ABC NEWS This year’s Super Bowl will be played in New Jersey, but it looks as if the Seattle Seahawks will have the “ohm” team advantage, as head coach Pete Carroll encourages all his players to meditate daily. “Coach Carroll combines old-school values with a real appreciation for the science of […]

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Mindfulness Helps Undergraduates Stay on Track, Study Shows

From Medical Xpress Few situations present as much distraction and time pressure as the college experience. In this environment, attention can be elusive and difficult to sustain even when it is attained. This lack of concentration interferes with learning and is associated with stress, which tends to increase during the academic term. Now, a form […]

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Meditation for Anxiety, Depression?

From Science Daily Some 30 minutes of meditation daily may improve symptoms of anxiety and depression, a new Johns Hopkins analysis of previously published research suggests. “A lot of people use meditation, but it’s not a practice considered part of mainstream medical therapy for anything,” says Madhav Goyal, M.D., M.P.H., an assistant professor in the […]

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Surviving the Holidays Mindfully

by Jessica Graham It seems like we all make a cultural agreement to go a little bit crazy during the holidays. Braving the shopping malls (and parking structures!) to buy gifts on the credit cards we swore off using, binging on whatever it is we are going to resolve not to eat in the new […]

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