“Why have I not been practicing [meditation] all of my life?”

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Meditation is not a “miracle” cure. It’s a practice that influences you every time you reserve 10 minutes of quiet alone time. And yet, there are many miracles to be had inside this soothing practice of reflection and breathing. 
When we begin to meditate, we may feel a bit uncomfortable or awkward at first. You know you’re onto something if that’s true for you. As a new meditator, it’s crucial to normalize your slight discomfort, your urge to fidget, or your inability to sit quietly for more than just a few minutes.

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How To Dial Down Your Anxious, Worried “Monkey Mind” (Without Moving To A Tropical Island)

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Our best intentions for a calm, centered bearing get derailed quickly and often by the notorious “monkey mind.” We all have one, btw–it’s not a thing you can avoid.  In fact, it’s the mind’s job to think, just as it is our stomach’s job to digest the food we eat.  When practicing meditation, we may feel like we need to stop our thoughts or clear our mind completely, yet that is impossible!

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Embracing the Beginner’s Mind (with curiosity and wonder, instead of shame or judgment)

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“In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert’s mind there are few.” ~ Shunryu Suzuki, Japanese Zen Priest
When was the last time you allowed yourself to be a geeky, enthusiastic, excited “newbie” at something?  When was the last time you really allowed yourself to have an experience as if for the first time?
When looking at something familiar in a new way, you broaden your opportunities for new knowledge. 

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What is Healing?

What is healing?

Why is it that we hear stories of spontaneous remission or miraculous healing in others, but it seems out of reach for us? What are those healed people doing right? And what are we doing wrong? Like the title suggests, are you exhausted by the seemingly never-ending healing process and wondering, how do you reach this elusive state of healing, anyway?

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