Category: Meditations

How To Meditate With Your Eyes Open – 5 Powerful Techniques

Imagine the “perfect” meditator. Who do you see? What do they look like? How are they sitting? Chances are, you pictured someone in a peaceful setting, legs crossed, with their palms on their knees and their eyes closed…am I right? While this might be the stereotype, the reality is there is not one perfect meditation…
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How To Do Shamatha Meditation – A Buddhist Technique to Calm the Mind

What Is Samatha Meditation? Shamata meditation (sometimes written as samatha meditation), is one of the foundational meditation practices in Buddhist traditions. Also known as mindfulness meditation, or concentration meditation, the aim of shamatha is to introduce a student to the practice of observation and focus on the mind. Most beginning meditation students are not aware…
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Guided Nadi Shodhana Meditation: Alternate Nostril Breathing

Alternate nostril breathing, also known as nadi shodhana, is a powerful breath technique to focus the mind and awaken energy in the third eye center. In this post, I’ll share a guided meditation using nadi shodhana, so listen to the recording below to get started. This recording is an excerpt from Quiet The Mind: An…
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What To Do When Meditation Feels Like a Waste of Time

Tell me if this sounds familiar… Your friends/coworkers/coach/pretty much everyone you know has been talking about meditation, and how it is one of the single, most important habits you can develop if you want to improve your life. So, you get up early, roll out your yoga mat, and try to cram yourself into a…
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Can Meditation Make You Cry? What It Means and How to Cope

I’m sure you’ve seen it before – someone in a yoga class or meditation session, tears streaming down their face. It can be jarring, and even a little bit unsettling, especially if you’re not used to it. But, not all tears are bad. So, if you’ve ever started crying while meditating, this post is for…
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Can’t Stop Thinking While Meditating? Try This.

The complaint is as old as the idea of meditation itself: you want to clear your head, you sit down for some quiet time, but random thoughts keep cropping up. No matter what you do, you just can’t seem to focus. Here’s how to get over the hump and actually clear your head when you…
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Hakini Mudra: How And Why To Use It

Hakini Mudra is a sacred hand gesture performed during meditation to enhance the practitioner’s power over their own mind.  Named after the Hindu Goddess Hakini, this is one of the most widely known Mudras for meditation and used in accordance with the third-eye chakra.  In Sanskrit, Hakini translates to “power” or “rule,” and is well…
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Top 5 Benefits Of Gayatri Mantra Chanting

A mantra is a sacred utterance, sound, a syllable, or group of words typically believed to have religious, spiritual powers. Often used in meditation as a way to align energy with intent, some mantras have structure and literal meaning, while others do not Gayatri Mantra Origins Known also as the Sāvitri Mantra, Gayatri is a…
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3 Benefits Of Meditation For Women

As mothers, wives, workers, and more, women often lack time to themselves, resulting in higher levels of stress, or feelings of unfulfillment.  From relieving stress to easing symptoms of insomnia, people all over the world are utilizing meditation as a healthy and holistic tool to improve their lives.  Meditation is a specifically great tool for…
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5 Tools To Deepen Your Meditation Practice

Let’s face it, meditation isn’t always as easy as we’d like it to be.  If you’ve ever felt stressed or stuck, you may have turned to the practice to help shift your focus and realign your energy.  However, for a lot of us, it can be extremely difficult to find the stillness that we’re looking…
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