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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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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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Right Livelihood in Buddhism

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Right livelihood is one of the factors of the Noble Eightfold Path that is talked about least. We discuss other factors with more frequency and don’t take a deep look at right livelihood. Money is an important part of our society. In general, we need it to live, to eat, and to take care of ourselves. Because of the importance …


Breaking Down Delusion

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Delusion is one of the Three Poisons in Buddhism, one of the three foundational causes of our dukkha, suffering. We all experience it, even if we don’t recognize it (that’s the nature of delusion). Delusion is pervasive, and hard for us to see sometimes. When we avert from unpleasant experiences or find ourselves clinging to pleasant experiences, the suffering may …


Learning to Observe

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When you sit in meditation, what does your practice look like? When we sit in meditation practice, we practice observing what is occurring in our present-time experience. One of our tendencies is to pick each experience apart intellectually or to try to fix an experience or response. The Thai Forest monk Ajahn Chah stressed the importance of letting go in …


Identifying with Experience

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When a feeling arises, how do we relate? Personally, I find that some experiences are consuming. Anger and anxiety are often two experiences that tend to consume me. Whether it is the physical body, the pleasant or unpleasant tone of experience, our perception, our will, or our consciousness, we tend to form a sense of identity around individual experiences and …

Responding with Compassion

Responding With Compassion

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Compassion Definition Compassion literally means to suffer with. It comes from the Latin root com, meaning with or together, and the root passio meaning suffering. So quite literally the meaning of the word compassion is to suffer with someone. In Buddhism the meaning of compassion is the same. However, it is important to note that in Buddhism compassion also requires …


WEvolve Box: A Pleasant Surprise

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Here at One Mind Dharma, we love connecting with like-minded individuals. We recently connected with a wonderful woman named Lalania who runs an organization called WEvolve Box. Lalania has been super friendly and we’re grateful to have connected. First, let me say that if you order something from WEvolve, we receive no compensation financially or otherwise. Well, we do receive …