When we take a general view of the wonderful stream of our consciousness, what strikes us first is the different pace of its parts. William James, 1892 Everything Flows About the same time the Buddha was teaching about impermanence, Heraclitus … Continue reading Heraclitus – The Flow of Impermanence
It may be that sufficient definitions of “self” and “consciousness” can be found. The mind can be so fluid in building and reshaping our sense of self and consciousness that there may be nothing lasting to hold onto. Even so, … Continue reading Objects and States of Mind
On two opposite sides of the world, 2 different groups were discovering a key to freedom, clarity, and the path to wisdom. While mindfulness may have played some part in the practices of both, modern research, Buddhists and Stoics indicate … Continue reading Equanimity – Mental Power of Buddhist and Stoics
The cultivation of “metta” as a virtue dates back to times before the Buddha, so it would be a mistake to call it a uniquely Buddhist virtue. However, many practitioners of Metta meditation come to activity via the Buddhist traditions. … Continue reading What Is Metta Meditation?
Meditation. Mindfulness. Awareness. Contemplation. There are so many terms getting thrown around (some loosely) that it can be difficult to know what people actually mean. For some, contemplation is a distinct activity with a clear goal. Other times, contemplation and … Continue reading What Are Contemplative Practices?
Fundamentally, walking meditation is as straightforward as it sounds. Combine the action of walking with the practice of meditation. Go find a quiet forest path to enlightenment, and return a new creature. In reality, a few key approaches use walking … Continue reading What Is Walking Meditation?
The list of substances that can affect the mind runs long, from currently illegal substances like LSD, to more commonplace stimulants like caffeine. Research continues to enhance our understanding of these chemicals do to the brain. For example, the pendulum … Continue reading Nutritional Supplements for the Mind
Those who have discovered the benefits of mindfulness and meditation may also begin to wonder about things like: What if I had started this when I was much younger? Can children benefit from mindfulness and meditation? So far, studies and … Continue reading Mindfulness For Children
1. Palouse Mindfulness Palouse Mindfulness can be very helpful when you are starting out and want to understand the general direction of meditation. Palouse offers free content for Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), a mindfulness program that has been used … Continue reading Top 10 Free Meditation Resources
What is meditation? Although there are differing opinions and definitions, most forms of meditation seek to train the mind or cultivate certain states of consciousness. This may include relaxation, developing compassion, managing internal energy flow (e.g. chakra, qi, etc.) or … Continue reading What Is Meditation?