Trying to inject more mindfulness into your life? Good for you! Mindfulness is a complicated endeavor, full of opportunities to get discouraged and feel like you’re doing it wrong. We hope these mindfulness tips make the practice a bit easier [Read more…]
Meditation’s health benefits
Meditation and mindfulness practices have become more accepted in Western cultures since the late 1990’s. There are several reasons for this, including the research and writing of Jon Kabat-Zinn, a scientist who adapted a Southeast Asian Buddhist meditation practice for a Western audience. His work focuses on a meditation practice called mindfulness meditation. The initial focus in Kabat-Zinn’s research was on patients suffering from chronic pain. [Read more…]
How long should you meditate?
The increased popularity and research evidence for mindfulness and meditation has led many people to integrate meditation into their lives. For some people meditation is a way to stay centered and feel sane; for others it’s a way to manage anxiety; for others it’s a way to deal with stress, attention deficits, or other difficulties. Whatever the reason people practice meditation, many ask, “How long should I meditate?” This very simple question, however, does not have a straightforward answer. [Read more…]
Everyone experiences anxiety at some point during their lifetime. It’s natural to be concerned about a big test or interview or to feel anxious about your finances after losing a job. However, some people suffer from excessive worries that begin to affect their everyday functioning. When this happens, it can be extremely [Read more…]