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. What 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 …

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What is Buddhism? A Brief Introduction

What is Buddhism? A Brief Introduction Buddhism is a rich tradition. With about 500 million Buddhists worldwide according to Pew Research Center, it is one of the world's most popular religions. If the word religion throws you off in reference to Buddhism, you can read our post Is Buddhism a Religion?. We will also discuss this topic briefly below. As there are many different types of Buddhism, it can be difficult to pinpoint Buddhism exactly and answer the question "What is Buddhism?" perfectly. However, there are core Buddhist teachings similar across traditions. We will dive into the teachings, the history, ...
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What is Mindfulness?

What is Mindfulness? You’ve heard the word mindfulness by now. It’s in the news, touted by celebrities for its benefits, and comes up in regular conversation more and more. You can see some data below from Google Trends showing the increasing amount of searches on Google on the topic of mindfulness. trends.embed.renderExploreWidget("TIMESERIES", {"comparisonItem":[{"keyword":"mindfulness","geo":"","time":"2004-01-01 2018-04-21"}],"category":0,"property":""}, {"exploreQuery":"date=all&q=mindfulness","guestPath":"https://trends.google.com:443/trends/embed/"}); As it becomes increasingly popular, the different understandings and definitions of mindfulness can cause confusion for those new to the idea. So, we want to offer a basic outline of mindfulness to answer the question, “What is mindfulness all about?” Overview and ContentsDefinitions of MindfulnessBasics ...

Concentration and Mindfulness

This guided meditation explores both concentration and mindfulness. Starting with a few minutes of concentration practice using the breath, we will open up to whatever arises in our experience. As something arises, we will tend to it with a concentrated mind, seeing it clearly.

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Loving Kindness Meditation – Cultivating an Open Heart

Loving Kindness Meditation – Cultivating an Open Heart Loving kindness meditation is an important part of the path. We have all experienced moments of anger, harshness, judgement, and beating ourselves or others up. Loving kindness practice can help us open the heart, respond with more gentleness, and be at ease with ourselves and others. Like other meditation practices, there are many different ways we can cultivate loving-kindness. The intention is to open our hearts, and we have to listen to ourselves to see which practices are beneficial in our lives. Enter your email for a loving-kindness script and a couple …

Mindful Noting Practice

This guided meditation is a mindfulness practice I use personally, and thought I’d share. Coming from the tradition of Mahasi Sayadaw, this can be a useful way to keep the mind concentrated while opening up in an open awareness practice.