Mindfulness Exercises

Simple and Fun Mindfulness Exercises for Adults, Teens, and Children

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Mindfulness Exercises – Games and Activities for Groups, Classrooms, and More Mindfulness is no longer a practice strictly for new-age groups and your strange spiritual friend. It’s becoming much more mainstream, with its growth fueled largely by backing from the scientific community. Studies have found that mindfulness practice increases subjective well-being, reduces reactivity, and improves behavioral regulation. Mindfulness has also …

Is Buddhism a Religion?

Is Buddhism a Religion? – On God, Faith, and Awakening

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One of the things that drew me to Buddhist meditation was my perception that Buddhism was approachable and pragmatic. I wasn’t raised religious at all, and had some hesitation toward my image of what religion was. This wasn’t because of any bad personal experience with any religion, but I liked that the Buddhist meetings I went to offered me practices …

Guided Meditation Scripts

Guided Meditation Scripts – Mindfulness, Compassion, and More

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We have been asked repeatedly to provide some guided meditation scripts, and finally got around to doing it! We offer these freely for your use, so feel free to download and print. If you have any questions about reading them or using them, you can always reach out via email to Matthew@OneMindDharma.com. We are here to support your practice in …

10 Tips to Better Self-Care

10 Steps to Better Self-Care

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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 …

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 …