Managing Emotions with Meditation

Much of the stress we experience is amplified by our painful emotions - by the feelings we'd rather not experience. These unpleasant emotions can be difficult to face, so it's not surprising that we try to avoid them. Many of our compulsions and habits are driven by...

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Meditation, Cancer & Serious Illness

In this chapter I talk about serious, chronic or debilitating sicknesses, including those which turn out to be terminal. Since cancer can fit into all of these categories, I use it as a representative example of the other serious illnesses as well. When we first fall...

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Meditation & Health

Meditation affects our physiology in subtle but obvious ways. Even a beginner can notice muscles relaxing, the breath becoming smoother and the mind slowing down during a meditation session. From these humble beginnings, many other benefits may accrue. Meditation...

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Places to Meditate

I encourage my students to meditate whenever and wherever they can. The traditional times (dawn and dusk) and places just don't work for those of us with kids, jobs and appointments at all hours. For meditation to be useful, we need to be  creative and adaptable. We...

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Meditating without Guidance

Most people find that they can relax both body and mind quite quickly (and effectively) when guided by a teacher. Replicating that quality of relaxation outside a group or classroom situation, however,  is not always so easy. If you are new to meditation, you might...

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Course Outline

What to expect on course The course is a mixture of theory, practice and discussion. We start out with relatively short exercises (what we call ‘spot meditations’), and introduce longer meditations as we progress through the course. In the opening weeks emphasis is...

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Week 2: How Meditation Works

In Week 1 we developed a clear idea of what meditation is and explored a few simple techniques for relaxing the body and calming the mind. In this lesson we'll look at how meditation actually works. The principles behind meditation are not complicated, but...

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