Metta for Self

Practicing Metta for Self

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“In Asian languages, the word for ‘mind’ and the word for ‘heart’ are same. So if you’re not hearing mindfulness in some deep way as heartfulness, you’re not really understanding it. Compassion and kindness towards oneself are intrinsically woven into it. You could think of mindfulness as wise and affectionate attention.” -Jon Kabat-Zinn On December 31st, we held a New …

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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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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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March 2017 – Sharon Salzberg

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Sharon Salzberg is an incredible teacher known for teaching the Buddhist heart practices. Often when preparing our own dharma talks on metta or generosity we find ourselves turning to Sharon Salzberg’s teachings to guide us. She has written many books including the beautifully and simply written Lovingkindness: The Revolutionary Art of Happiness. This book especially has informed our own meditation …

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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 …