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Study Documents Range Of Challenging Meditation Experiences

from Brown University Though it has gained popularity in the West as medically and psychologically beneficial, meditation can produce a much wider variety of outcomes, not all of them calm and relaxing, according to a new study that analyzes meditation-related challenges. Meditation is increasingly being marketed as a treatment for conditions such as pain, depression, stress and addiction, and while …

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DY 003 – “Masters of Oblivion” – with guest Kenneth Folk

In by Michael W. Taft2 Comments

In this session, we feel the power of the dark side, talk about nirvana, deconstruct the concept of nirvana, dive deep into the reality of death, look at the denial of death, and probably scare away all listeners. Kenneth Folk is an instructor of meditation who has received worldwide acknowledgement for his innovative approach to secular Buddhist meditation. Learn more …

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DY 002 – “The Cosmic Joke” – with guest Kenneth Folk

In by Michael W. Taft9 Comments

In this second session, we look at suffering machines, ways to suspend the necessary conditions for suffering, The Terminator, state chasing, and getting the cosmic joke. Kenneth Folk is an instructor of meditation who has received worldwide acknowledgement for his innovative approach to secular Buddhist meditation. Learn more about him and his work at Kenneth Folk Dharma. Books by Thomas …

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DY 001 – “Am I Mindful Right Now” – with guest Kenneth Folk

In by Michael W. Taft15 Comments

In this first session, Kenneth and I discuss what it means to be mindful, and get into the world’s mildest fight about enlightenment. Kenneth Folk is an instructor of meditation who has received worldwide acknowledgement for his innovative approach to secular Buddhist meditation. Learn more about him and his work at Kenneth Folk Dharma. Show Notes 0:48 Introduction and overview …

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Mindfulness Class Helped Women, But Not Men, Overcome ‘Negative Affect’

In a new study of a Brown University scholarly course on mindfulness that also included meditation labs, researchers found that the practice on average significantly helped women overcome “negative affect” — a downcast mood — but did not help men. The finding, the authors said, should call more attention to considering gender as a potential factor in assessing mindfulness efficacy. …

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Just 10 Minutes of Meditation Helps Anxious People Have Better Focus

From Science Daily Just 10 minutes of daily mindful mediation can help prevent your mind from wandering and is particularly effective if you tend to have repetitive, anxious thoughts, according to a study from the University of Waterloo. The study, which assessed the impact of meditation with 82 participants who experience anxiety, found that developing an awareness of the present …

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The Long Road to Financial Awakening

Getting Mindful with Money by Jessica Graham his might come as a shocking disappointment to some, but waking up doesn’t mean you and your life become magically perfect. How many enlightened masters have also been alcoholics, sexual inappropriate with students, or downright abusive? Clearly, if spiritual awakening made you a perfect person, this wouldn’t be the case. There are different …

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Warning: More than You Ever Wanted to Know about the Meaning of Concentration and Focus

by Michael W. Taft The Oxford English Dictionary defines the meaning of concentration as: The keeping of the mental faculties fixed on one object or set of objects. Keeping your mind on one subject at a time, in other words. One way to paraphrase this definition is to describe concentration as bringing all your efforts (whether mental, physical, emotional, etc.) …

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Finding Stillness: My Introduction to Meditation

by Ashleigh Abramovich Eight years ago, I was at a diner with a new group of friends—just three months sober—listening to a very animated, awake, and bright young woman share about her experience with alcohol. Her name was Jessica, and she spoke about how when she was drinking underage nothing mattered but the ‘stuff’ and how much ‘stuff’ she had. …