Say “Thank You!”

  There is a moment at the beginning of Wayne Dyer’s film “The Shift,” in which he demonstrates how he would wake up each morning at around 3:30 am. Rolling to the side of his bed, placing his feet on the floor, he lifts his gaze slightly, takes in a deep breath, pauses to appreciate […]

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The Three Levels of Meditators

   In their book Altered Traits, Daniel Goleman and Richard Davidson distinguish between three levels of meditators. The first level consists of those who meditate for a short period of time (few minutes to half an hour) on most days. The second level consists of those who stick to meditation over the years and accumulate […]

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Meditation in Times of Chaos

  When he was fleeing his home country of Vietnam, the Zen teacher Thich Nhat Hanh had a direct revelation of the real power of meditation practice.   “When the crowded Vietnamese refugee boats met with storms or pirates, if everyone panicked all would be lost,” he said. “But if even one person on the […]

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11 Healthy Habits For Fighting Depression

  Hopelessness is one of the main characteristics of depression. Since coming out about my experiences with depression, I’ve been blessed with many good days and months, and I’ve mostly been on the bright side of the street. I’ve been feeling a lot more hopeful.   Many people have reached out to me, sharing their […]

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How meditation helped the Thai cave soccer team

  Following their practice, the Wild Boars soccer team ventured into the Tham Luang Cave complex. It was June 23rd, 2018, and the 12 boys and their coach sought to explore the cave. After entering the area, however, flooding sealed off the entrance. They were stuck, with no way out.   Ten days later, two […]

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Meditation and mindfulness for stronger mental health

            Mental health – a strong level of psychological well-being and absence of mental illness  – is an indispensable factor of living a joyful and purposeful life. When we are mentally healthy, we are able to perform better in our personal and professional lives. We are able to cope with the stresses that come with […]

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Meditation and Difficult Emotions

  Emotions are a fundamental part of the human experience. Love, joy, euphoria, peace: these emotions give purpose to human existence. On the other side of the spectrum, however, fall emotions that we deem unpleasant: anger, anxiety, sadness, fear.   When we experience the “good” emotions, we feel a sense of contentment and satisfaction with […]

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You’ve Got to Feel It to Heal It—and Meditation Can Help

  As a psychotherapist, I get happy when my clients come see me in the midst of emotional discomfort. Now, I know what you must be thinking, so please let me explain. No, I’m not a sadist; I don’t take pleasure in other people’s pain. But I do know an opportunity for healing when I […]

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Finding the Sweet Spot: Simple Ways to Find More Balance in Your Life

  The desire for balance is a common theme for the modern American adult. Whether we realize it or not, we’re always striving to strike some sort of balance in our lives. We aim to find a work-life balance so we can be successful in our careers and still enjoy life. We try to balance […]

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Does meditation help with anxiety?

  It was a difficult time. My father had just moved away, my dream of becoming a professional athlete fell through, and I started to experience extremely low self-confidence as a result of what I deemed physical imperfections. Over the span of a couple of years, the anxiety, which was mainly triggered in social settings, […]

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