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 ...

Six Tips For Relaxing Well

By Jessica Graham I have a long history of not being relaxed. I was one of those little kids with knots in her shoulders and chewed down nails. In my ...

The One Mistake You’re Making in Meditation

by Michael W. Taft You’re drifting in a vast spaciousness. Your body feels highly energized and very relaxed at the same time. Time melts into one, long, deliriously eternal moment. ...

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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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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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Science Claims for Mediation Effects Overstated

Linda Heuman interviews scientist and Buddhist Willoughby Britton: As a scientist and as a Buddhist, what do you make of the AHRQ report? The report sounds pretty fair. This review—and pretty much every one before it—has found that meditation isn’t any better than any other kind of therapy. The important thing to understand about the […]

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What Are the Best Meditation Apps?

After writing extensively on the benefits of meditation, I’ve been eager to take a meditation class to learn the practice. But meditating on my own schedule appears to work better for me. Here are three apps that I downloaded for free and that worked well for me as a beginner. 1. Take a Break. You […]

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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 helpful. A good instructor can usually help you learn more quickly, and stick to the practice more effectively than you can on your own. It […]

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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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