View Post

Some Fruits of Meditation: Simple Happiness

by Ian Welsh As regular readers of my blog know, I’ve been meditating for some time, with some useful results. A lot of modern meditation teaching and writing emphasizes meditation for benefits: be calmer, more loving, happier, be more effective. Heck, even “make money.” That’s all very nice, and I’ve certainly noticed benefits, but the original impetus for a lot of …

View Post

Meditation: The Cosmic Joke

by Michael W. Taft God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, Courage to change the things I can, And wisdom to know the difference. The lines of the famous Serenity Prayer (written by Reinhold Niebuhr) suggest that there are two types of situations in life: those we can change and those we cannot. If we …

View Post

Sit, Walk, Don’t Talk

    Jennifer Howd had been building a mindfulness practice for a few years before taking on the challenge of her first nine-day silent meditation retreat. In this debut memoir, SIT, WALK, DON’T TALK: How I Survived a Silent Meditation Retreat, she chronicles the humorous–and often harrowing–adventures of the dueling inner voices that emerge in the silence: one intent on …

View Post

The Seven Muscles of Resilience

I’m very pleased to publish this adaptation from Meg Salter’s new book Mind Your Life, which you can get on Amazon. ~ MWT by Meg Salter Why do different people respond to stress so differently? Part of the answer lies in our individual resilience. This ability to bounce back can make the difference between normal stress that encourages growth, and …

View Post

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 …

View Post

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 …

View Post

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.) …