What is metta meditation?

What is Metta? – Metta Practice, Meditations, and Explanation

What is Metta? – Metta Practice, Meditations, and Explanation You may have heard the term metta or metta bhavana before in a meditation group, on social media, or in a dharma talk. It’s an important and foundational practice in Buddhist meditation traditions, and something about which we receive a lot of questions. As the first of the four brahma-viharas, or heart practices, it’s a practice worth integrating into both our meditation practice and daily lives. We’ve created this introductory guide to the practice to help answer a few questions: –What is metta? –Why is metta important? –How do we practice …

Guided Meditation Scripts

Guided Meditation Scripts – Mindfulness, Compassion, and More

Guided Meditation Scripts One Mind Dharma’s guided meditation scripts are a great way to lead a guided meditation for clients, students, friends, or a meditation group you lead! We have guided meditations on mindfulness, compassion, gratitude, and more. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us with any questions about this collection of guided meditation scripts. Meditation and Mindfulness Scripts One Mind Dharma has created a collection of guided meditation scripts available in PDF form. There are 50 meditations in the collection, with sections on meditations for children, for anxiety, short meditations, mindfulness practices, heart practices, and more. This collection …

10 Tips to Better Self-Care

10 Steps to Better Self-Care

Shop Mindfulness Gifts Humans can be strange and funny creatures—many of us are very good at caring for others, from our friends and families to the strangers we compliment and help to the various furry critters we dote on. However, we’re not very good at caring for ourselves. Particularly in a society where sarcasm, modesty and self-deprecation is revered, it’s very easy to drop self-care habits in favor of pushing ourselves to do it all. Women can particularly fall into this trap as we’re shrouded in the idea that we should be Supermom with the ability to perhaps take care …

Forgiveness Exercises

Opening the Heart Again: Forgiveness Exercises and Meditations

Opening the Heart Again: Forgiveness Exercises and Meditations Forgiveness is one of those things many of us know is a good thing, but we may not know what to actually do to forgive someone. Whether you’ve experienced repeated minor harms or one big harm, it can be difficult to just let go and move forward. It may not feel safe to forgive, we may not know where to start, and we may not even want to forgive someone. However, we can often see how holding onto the anger or resentment also causes us harm. On the other hand, letting go …

Meditation for Focus

5 Practices for Building Concentration in Meditation

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, or use it in the professional lives. Studies have validated the benefits of mindfulness practice, finding that it increases attention span, leads to more focus, and creates positive changes in the health of workers. Concentration is beneficial both in and …

Guided Meditation Pain

5 Approaches to Dealing with Pain in Meditation

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 approach their pain with some new skills. Unfortunately, the nature of the body is to experience discomfort at times. Whether your pain is really difficult and chronic or arising as a result of sitting still for a while, there are …

About Meditation

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

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? What can you do to understand yourself better, be more forgiving of yourself, and really start loving yourself in the way you deserve? The solution is simple – meditation. Yes, the same technique that has been around for thousands of …

Facing Death

Being with Death

“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, and we were having a wonderful talk. She looked young and beautiful, her hair flowing down. It was so pleasant to sit there and talk to her as if she had never died. When I woke up it was about …

Mindfulness Benefits

The Benefits of Meditation for Your Health and Well-being

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 what goes on in the brain during meditation. They discovered that at a certain point during concentrated meditation, the brain stops processing information actively in the way it normally does. The beta waves in the brain began to decrease, showing …

Observing the Mind and Creating Space

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 meditation practice be extremely beneficial with clients in our own holistic addiction treatment program is in learning to simply observe the mind. This of course takes time and dedicated effort, but the growth in our own lives and those around …