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How to Meditate (for Beginners)

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 on Meditation for Beginners for a few more tips and outlines of important meditation practices, and our page on mindfulness for beginners for more about mindfulness practice. Learn to Meditate Several times a week we are asked about learning to …

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How Can I Block Negative Thoughts?

  There are many different ways we are asked this question… How can I block negative thoughts? What do we do with negative thinking in meditation? How do I stop thinking in meditation? We are asked these types of questions quite a bit, especially when we teach at a few of the non 12 step rehab centers we work with, and we thought it may be of use to elaborate and answer in a bit more depth. There are a few different questions here to consider, but they’re all great questions. First, let me say that in responding, I am …

Kindness Towards my Body

I woke up reaching for a bottle of club soda next to the bed. My lips were dry and swollen as I ran my tongue across them. With each movement my stomach and head seemed to ache more. The stale taste of alcohol lingered in my mouth. Clothes, shoes, and make-up littered my bedroom floor. Why did you do this to yourself again? The afternoon light was filling my room because somehow, again, I managed to sleep through the whole morning. You are so stupid and unlovable. Picking up my phone I was scared to look at the text messages …

Seven Misconceptions about Meditation

As we keep our eyes and ears open, we notice that there are quite a few misconceptions about what meditation is. In my own experience, I have found myself clinging to certain ideas about what meditation “should” be, or what it “should” look like. I get stuck in trying to make my meditation practice look a certain way, without tuning in to what’s actually going on. Bringing awareness to these ideas we have about meditation can help us to break them down and practice with less attachment. Common Misconceptions about Meditation The Mind Must be Silent This is the most …