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The Suttas – The Buddhist “Holy Book” or Sacred Text

The Suttas – The Buddhist “Holy Book” or Sacred Text When people first come to investigate Buddhism, they may wonder if there is a Buddhist holy book or something like a Buddhist Bible. In Buddhism, there are a set of canonical teachings known as the suttas, which are often treated as sacred texts. The suttas share many qualities of a holy book, but also differ in a few key ways. We are asked about the suttas quite a bit, so I thought I would write a little bit about them to introduce you to the discourses. Here are a few …

The Effectiveness of Mindfulness in Mental Illness

The Effectiveness of Mindfulness in Mental Illness The topic of mindfulness has been circulating among healthcare professionals as a new form of treatment that is delivering a long list of results among those who have a mental illness. Not only has it been proven to reduce the risk of anxiety and depression, but it has even been known to cure different forms of mental illness that are considered to be incurable. Those who are looking to recover from mental health issues can consider practicing mindfulness to reap the rewards and improve their well-being. Reduces Stress Levels Mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) …

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Helping Your Depression with Meditation Practice

Helping Your Depression with Meditation Practice As you may know, there is quite a bit of effort going into studying meditation and mindfulness. We’ve written before about the benefits of meditation, and one of these benefits is that mindfulness and meditation practice can help alleviate depression. These studies were relatively small, and require further research to understand more deeply how meditation for depression effects individuals. Research on Meditation and Depression The research on meditation and depression is relatively new, but there are a few interesting studies. There have been studies on the relationship between mindfulness and depression, as well as …

3 Ways Meditation Can Make You a Better Leader

3 Ways Meditation Can Make You a Better Leader

Leaders are hardly immune to the challenges facing their team members. The battle “to do more with less” and the quest to find more hours in a day are pervasive in today’s workplace environments. When you add family responsibilities to the equation, the juggle often feels overwhelming— regardless of your position in a company. With the “glory” of leadership comes an additional layer of responsibility. You’re the one the team relies on to make quick and confident decisions—especially in high-stakes situations. Powering through the distractions, from both external and internal sources, isn’t an option. It’s part of a leader’s job …

Mindful Eating Practices, Tips, and Guidance

Mindful Eating Practices, Tips, and Guidance

Mindful Eating Practices, Tips, and Guidance In early 2014, I decided to start taking better care of my mind and body. Specifically, I decided to eat a little healthier and try to move my body at bit more. In the following year or so I lost sixty pounds, found much more energy, and was able to think more clearly. I credit most of this progress in self-care to the practice of mindful eating, and it is still an important part of my life. Whether on retreat or cooking a meal at home, we can always use the act of eating …

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Taking Time to Go on Retreat

Taking Time to Go on Retreat Retreat is an important part of the Insight meditation tradition, and meditation practice in the West in general. This dates back to the Buddha’s time, when the sangha, or community, would go out on retreat during the rainy season for three months. Today, you can go on retreats that focus on meditation practice, general health retreats, or workshops investigating specific themes. Although I don’t have the time or money to go on retreat quite as much as I would like, I try to make it a part of my practice. It’s important to step …

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The Role of Meditation in My Personal Recovery

The Role of Mindfulness in My Recovery I don’t write a whole lot about my experience in recovery anymore. When we started One Mind Dharma, we were just a blog covering meditation and recovery. As meditation has become a more important part of my life, the website has trended toward mindfulness and insight meditation. However, I’m still clean and sober, active in Refuge Recovery, and it is still an important part of my life. Although I realize people recover from addiction (of all kinds) in many different ways, mindfulness and meditation have been at the core of my personal journey. …

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5 Ways to Forgive Yourself and Move Forward

5 Ways to Forgive Yourself and Move Forward We all have caused harm in our lives. We hurt others, make mistakes, and act in ways that cause harm to ourselves. Often, we don’t intend to cause harm, and we may not even realize we’ve hurt someone until much later. The pain that comes with knowing we have hurt someone can be powerful. Although it’s a slow process, you can learn how to forgive yourself with practice. forgivingWhat Does it Mean to Forgive? Forgiveness can be a daunting word. When I first started working on forgiveness practices, I pictured a whole …

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10 Gifts of Mindfulness for the Meditator in Your Life

Mindfulness Gifts Finding the right gift for someone who meditates can be tough. You want to find something that supports their mindfulness practice and encourages them to continue growing, but it’s not always clear what the right gift is. We’ve compiled this list of our favorite spiritual gifts and ideas. Meditation Cushions A nice meditation cushion is one of the best meditation gifts we can recommend. We have been gifted zafus and zabutons over the years, and love receiving them. A good cushion is comfortable, durable, and reminds the person you love them every time they sit. We like buckwheat …