Meditation for Focus

5 Practices for Building Concentration in Meditation

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5 Practices for Building Concentration in Meditation Why Concentration? We try to write posts with the intention of offering something useful to our readers. One topic about which we receive a lot of questions is focus in and out of our practice. Many people come to meditation for focus, hoping to find a way to center the mind, increase productivity, …

Guided Meditation Pain

5 Approaches to Dealing with Pain in Meditation

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Whether you’re a new meditator or have sat many long retreats, you’ve likely experienced some physical pain during meditation practice. Maybe it’s your knees, somewhere in the back, or a chronic condition elsewhere in the body. In our meditation groups with Insight Sonoma, we have quite a few people actually arrive at meditation practice with the hopes of learning to …

About Meditation

Meditation and Your Soul: How Meditation Can Help Bring You Closer To Understanding Yourself and Loving Yourself More

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In a world where we never seem to have a moment to stop, relax and really focus on ourselves, life can become overwhelming at times. Having bad days and weeks has become commonplace, while carrying around feelings of self-doubt can start to become debilitating and hold you back in life. So, how can you stop these feelings from creeping in? …

Facing Death

Being with Death

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“The day my mother died I wrote in my journal, “A serious misfortune of my life has arrived.” I suffered for more than one year after the passing away of my mother. But one night, in the highlands of Vietnam, I was sleeping in the hut in my hermitage. I dreamed of my mother. I saw myself sitting with her, …

Mindfulness Benefits

The Benefits of Meditation for Your Health and Well-being

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Meditation is a mental, emotional, and physical health practice that has been around for centuries if not thousands of years. But what’s the real impact of meditation? There have been several studies conducted that demonstrate the many health and well-being benefits of meditation for the body and mind of the practitioner. In one study, researchers used MRI scans to study …

Observing the Mind and Creating Space

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Mindfulness has become quite the buzz word in recent years, especially in the addiction treatment industry in which we work. Although we do believe it’s greatly beneficial to teach those struggling with addiction some meditation practices, we often see the groups offering some concentration practices and not really diving into different mindfulness practices. One of the places we have seen …

Today Was a Good Day

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Today, I parked my truck on the street, next to a woman who was slumped into a chair on the sidewalk. She wore a vacant stare as she mumbled to herself of death and filled a syringe from a vial. I did not stop to ask if it was heroine or insulin. Next to us, a few folks were completely …

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 …


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, …