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How to Get Started with Meditation

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We were recently asked on our Faceboook page about getting started with meditation practice. With so many teachings and resources out there, it can be difficult to know where to start. To top it all off, we have our own minds to deal with, and going inward alone can be scary. It’s a great question, one that we hope is …

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How Do I Sit with Anxiety?

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For our second episode and post, we’re answering a question we received on Instagram. The question asked what to do when we have anxiety arising WHILE we are actually meditating. This is a great question, and happens to a lot of us. Sometimes, we find ourselves experiencing more anxiety during formal meditation practice than we do in everyday life. First, …

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Papañca: Wandering Mind or Mindful Mind?

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If you wish to practice, find a downloadable guided meditation and YouTube video at the bottom! I’ll begin this piece by just saying it clearly: you can be mindful and present AND have an active mind full of thoughts. Being mindful or present does NOT mean the mind has to be clear and empty. You can be 100% present with …

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How Long Should I Meditate For?

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In our first week with Meditation Questions, our new podcast in which we answer your questions, we answer the question, “How long should I meditate for?”. This is a great question, and the answer isn’t necessarily black and white. Something different works for everyone. I don’t think there is a clear-cut answer here, other than saying that you should investigate …

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How to Meditate (for Beginners)

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Interested in meditation? Read our thoughts on how to meditate and start your own daily meditation practice with no experience. We’ll go through learning to meditate, some resources (of ours and elsewhere on the web) for you, and offer a pragmatic bit on how to meditate with some tips and thoughts for you. You may also check out our page …

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February 2017 – Ruth King

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One Mind Dharma is excited to announce Ruth King as our Person of the Month for February 2017. She’s a truly inspiring person and teacher. She’s a guiding teacher at Insight Meditation Community in Washington, D.C., leads the Dedicated Practicioners Program at Spirit Rock in Woodacre, California, and teaches across the country.You can check out www.RuthKing.net for her schedule of …

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Body Scan Meditation

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Body scan meditations are a wonderful way to practice, tuning into the natural experience in the body. As a beginner, a body scan meditation can help you settle into present-time experience and begin to investigate the physical body. Resting with the body can provide great insight, ease, and help us in all other practices (including daily life). I often start …

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Compassion Meditation Works

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Compassion practice is an integral part of Buddhist meditation. It is often described as being one of the two wings to meditation practice. One wing is compassion or the heart practices. The other wing is wisdom or insight practices. The goal of compassion meditation is to increase feelings of compassion as well as making us act more compassionately toward ourselves …

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January 2017 – Ajahn Chah

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Ajahn Chah is one of the most influential teachers in Western Buddhism. He taught in Thailand and founded two monasteries there in the Thai Forest Tradition. Although he taught in Asia, many notable westerners went to train with him. Some of his students include Jack Kornfield, Ajahn Amaro, Ajahn Sumedho, and Ajahn Brahm. He is one of our favorite teachers …

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December 2016 – Tara Brach

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Tara Brach Tara Brach is simply one of our favorite teachers. Her books Radical Acceptance and True Refuge have touched us deeply, and we have read both multiple times. Tara is the founding teacher of the Insight Meditation Community of Washington, D.C. and serves as the guiding teacher to the community. Whether you listen to her meditations, attend one of …