June 23, 2014
Relax and Unwind with Yoga Nidra: Meditation Track - Mindvalley Academy Blog

Body scan guided meditation video

June 3, 2014
Want to Start Your Day Off On the Right Foot? Try This Energy Boosting Meditation - Mindvalley Academy Blog

Energy booster meditation

May 26, 2014
Guided Meditation | Mindvalley Academy

10 minute video meditation for deep relaxation

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November 20, 2013
5 Key Tips to Start Your Mindfulness Practice | Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D.

Here are five essential elements to creating a mindfulness meditation practice in daily life.

Prepare Yourself

Before even attempting to do any practice it’s important to understand that your practice is not a performance. Each practice doesn’t need to be evaluated about whether it was a “good” meditation or a “bad” meditation. This performance-based mindset misses the point entirely. If there is any goal at all to the practice it’s simply to learn.

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November 10, 2013
Meditation and medicine

Meditation also cultivates a self-awareness that is a crucial part of any health program. Long gone are the days that you can just go to a doctor and get a pill to get “fixed.” Instead, each person becomes a partner in their own care, and must take responsibility for their health behavior, because you cannot reverse a chronic illness without a lifestyle change. What do I mean by lifestyle? This is where we address food, exercise, smoking, drinking, sleeping, and yes, stress management.

November 5, 2013
"The most important warning we can receive in life: Protect yourself from your own thoughts —Rumi"

October 30, 2013

October 26, 2013
Why Your Brain Needs More Downtime: Scientific American

Research on naps, meditation, nature walks and the habits of exceptional artists and athletes reveals how mental breaks increase productivity, replenish attention, solidify memories and encourage creativity

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August 21, 2013
Transforming Panic Into Peace: 3 Steps to Relieve Anxiety

1. Meet your panic and anxiety head on.

Zen is essentially about who we’re being in relation to something or someone, and this includes needless anxiety. It also includes this very moment. In fact, especially this very moment, as it shows up, and not as I wish it would show up.

Inherent in anxiety and panic attacks is the belief that it shouldn’t be happening. But this is never true.

No amount of wishing a particular moment to be different than it is can ever change that moment. Many actually think it’s a good strategy, but it rarely ever works out.

Upon closer examination, I saw that whenever I ran from anything, that thing chased me. This included thoughts and feelings.

I found that whenever I faced and embraced anything, it eventually dissolved and left my experience. I was encouraged because I knew I was onto something significant.

I walked around with a new mantra: “What I run from must chase me.”

It served as a great reminder and often snapped me back into being in alignment with what was actually occurring.

Whatever I met head on lost its power, every time. Resistance would often magically drop away. And it was palpable.

I learned that I can either live with the laws that govern me (and all of life) or I can resist them and suffer.

Seeing that I couldn’t escape the consequences of how I met anything, I began to face what was facing me. And that insight, I found, was the difference between living a life of peace versus a living a life of stress.

I began to consciously choose peace.

In fact, any challenging situation (or emotion) that arose wanted to be met by my loving attention.

Stress manifested only if I avoided the negative thoughts and feelings.

If I shined the light of gentle awareness on what wasn’t at peace within me, it had to come out of hiding and release me—because I met it.

2. Allow it to be as it is.

August 12, 2013
http://calmingmanatee.com/

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