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3 Reasons to Meditate

June 15, 2010   |   5 Comments

Recently appeared in Huffington Post… By now, many of us have heard of the extraordinary, scientifically proven health benefits of meditation. It relieves stress (by lowering cortisol), improves focus and memory (by raising the level of gamma waves), prevents relapse into depression by 50 percent (according to studies by Jon Kabat-Zinn, M.D. and Zindel Segal, Ph.D.), boosts immunity (in one... READ MORE

Loving Kindness: An Unexpected Way to Pacify Heartbreak

June 10, 2010   |   12 Comments

(Photo: Vanessa Pike-Russell’s Flickr photostream) When your heart is broken or you’re otherwise dealing with strong painful emotions, the idea of feeling genuine loving kindness for anyone can seem far-fetched, much less yourself or the one who broke your heart. Loving kindness is soft and gentle, but your heart feels cold and numb or enflamed with rage—not loving at all.... READ MORE

3 Misconceptions About Meditation

June 2, 2010   |   8 Comments

This post first appeared on the Huffington Post. Check it out for all the cool, wacky, sweet comments. Meditation has been getting a very good rap lately. Very good. Scientists have proven that it actually makes you happier. It is included in mental health programs. It is being taught at gyms, schools and in the workplace. It has stopped being associated... READ MORE

Where do you meditate?

November 27, 2007   |   1 Comment

Here’s where I do. If you liked this article, please bookmark it on del.icio.us or vote for it on Digg. I’d appreciate it. 🙂

Things I Always Have to Remind Myself About Meditation

October 31, 2007   |   1 Comment

Consistency is more important than duration (i.e. 10 minutes a day is better than an hour a week) I’m never going to get it right. If I have an itch, I can scratch it. I don’t have to feel like doing it to do it. If I’m all fidgety and jumpy, it’s okay. My meditation will be fidgety and jumpy... READ MORE

Books on Meditation & Creativity

October 9, 2007   |   Leave a reply

Mary (who commented on this post) asked about books or articles about meditation and writing. Here are some suggestions: In terms of readings, there really is nothing specifically about meditation and writing. That said The Zen of Creativity by John Daido Loori is a wonderful book about Buddhist practice and creativity. Also, Dharma Art by Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche is wonderful,... READ MORE

meditation and creativity

August 29, 2007   |   6 Comments

Am at Karme Choling right now, teaching a meditation retreat for writers. This combination of practices is magical. Meditation practice reverses the traditional model for getting somewhere. We don’t see something out over the horizon and then put one foot in front of the other until we get there. Instead, we try to stay still and let something come toward... READ MORE