What media hype and those selling mindfulness don’t tell you is that mindfulness is a process that can radically transform you, and it’s not always safe, nor is it easy or straightforward. We make it safer by being aware of the risks and learning to listen to our own bodies about when it is or isn’t okay for us. No one else actually knows.
There is a concept of “flow” …or stream entry in Buddhism…when we are moving along with the energetics of NOW…we are in the moment and not burdened by future or past. It is the natural state of *being here now*. (to use Ram Dass’s terminology) I’m proposing (because I’ve experienced it) a sort of flow… Continue Reading →
I found the below video interesting because many of my (internal) “programs” got scrambled with the (pharmaceutically induced) brain injury. All sorts of the autonomic nervous system programs which control all of the functions in the body (all those mentioned in the video and more). Losing the “I” program (the sense of individual identity) — disengaging from… Continue Reading →
Anderson Cooper went to this retreat having never meditated. I found the clip quite enjoyable and if you’re new to meditation it might be quite informative too.
On a “mindfulness” retreat, Anderson Cooper puts down the microphone and learns to love silence, as well as life without a cell phone. … [click on title for the rest of the post]
I’ve always found Bliss’ voice incredibly lovely to listen to. She is the perfect narrator for a guided meditation and she knows exactly what folks are going through in severe protracted psychiatric drug withdrawal syndromes because she’s been there and healed. This meditation is good for anyone, whether unwell or not. It’s a lovely introduction to being mindful in the body.
Powerful, guided, mindfulness meditation to help you maintain a calm and positive attitude and to keep you grounded and relaxed. … [click on title for the rest of the post]
This has certainly been my experience as meditation and mindfulness both are foundational in my healing practices. Body based practices are critically important for me as well and often neglected in clinical circles it seems. In my experience it’s necessary in that many with trauma histories need to have a sense of embodiment before it’s possible to really be in the present and mindful of that which is happening now. It seems doing both more traditional meditation and body oriented mindfulness practices helps create that capacity. … [click on title for the rest of the post]
Mindfulness isn’t just about sitting in meditation. I can be brought into all aspects of our lives. … [click on title for the rest of the post]
Take note that Ellen Langer is very clear about the fact that sitting meditation is not the only way to become mindful. I love how she doesn’t attach any particular belief system or set of practices with becoming mindful. There are many ways to pay attention as I’ve tried to make clear many times on this blog but since I do have my particular ways that I talk about frequently that may sometimes overshadow a larger message some of the time. We can all find a way that makes sense to us. Individually. … [click on title for the rest of the post]
A human being is a part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feeling as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty… … [click on title to read more]
“Jill” is 32 and works as a lawyer in the southwest. She wrote to me explaining that during her meditation she sometimes feels a panic attack coming on and has disturbing mental images. She cannot control it and does not know what she is doing wrong. When we talk for the first time I ask her when it began. “It started a few months after my therapist taught me mindfulness…” … [click on title for the rest of the post]