Posts Tagged "Mindfulness"

My Favorite Buddhist Monk Meditation Teacher

Posted by on Jul 16, 2012

Wanted to post a link for the website of my favorite monk-teacher, ThanisseroBhikku. He is at the Metta Forest Monastery, north of San Diego. http://www.watmetta.org/contact.htm For free downloads of talks:  http://www.dhammatalks.org/   As we know from science, stress, which is actually our response to stressors, another words something we do have some measure of control over, is, through its effects on our nervous systems and hormones, a major disease causing mechanism. One of the best remedies, more than a remedy actually, a retraining of how we move through through this world, how we deal with stressors both external and...

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Anchor the Yang: Chinese Medicine, Acupuncture and Moxabustion Therapies for Summer Solstice

Posted by on Jun 25, 2012

The Chinese and Indian View: Life is a Passage Through Cycles   In Chinese Medicine (as also Ayurveda)  a fundamental concept is to prepare for what is ahead. This is not just generalized prevention as in eating a healthy diet or sleeping well, but is specific to how we relate to the passage of time.   Chinese Medicine sees life as cyclical: a  series of transitions, changes, phases,  and cycles; as a continuous movement between the forces of yang and yin, rather than as a linear progression of fixed events. The hard thing about living is dealing  with change. Cycles...

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The Seven Essential Attitudes in Mindfulness Practice- Lesson1

Posted by on Jun 12, 2012

Mindfulness Practice Lesson 1: Non Judging My favorite book that I recommend to my Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine patients for learning Mindfulness Meditation, which I think is invaluable as a tool for stress management and to address the underlying nervous system issues that lurk beneath a lot of diseases from pain to digestive complaints,  and beyond that, for personal growth, is Calming Your Anxious Mind, , 2nd edition, by Jeffrey Brantley, M.D.  Pick up a used copy on Amazon. In this book Brantley outlines the 7 attitudes that one cultivates in a mindfulness practice. Notice I say practice, because...

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The Lonely Polar Bear

Posted by on Jul 3, 2011

There is an excellent analysis of grief in bears and the relationship between humans and other beasts today. http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/03/opinion/sunday/03gus.html?pagewanted=2&_r=1 One of the key points to me this author makes is Many animals have singular personalities, preferences and idiosyncrasies. When they play together, they reveal different aspects of their temperaments, just as we do with friends and loved ones. So when Ida died, Gus not only lost his old mate, he lost those parts of himself that related to irretrievable parts of her. I often find, in my practice, in this United States cultural environment of “just doing it” and...

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The Red Light, or Wherever You Go Your Breath Is Always There

Posted by on Jun 11, 2010

The foundation of all Buddhist meditation is mindfulness of the in and out breath. This is one of the meditations Gauthama Buddha himself taught. This means locating where you feel you breath sensations, and then quietly paying attention to their ins and outs, their various qualities and textures. One effect of this practice is a slowing down, a return to the present moment. This enables us to begin paying attention to things as they are, to how mind (which includes in this context all cognition, all emotion, all nervous system activity) creates individual reality and experience, and to how...

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Loving Kindness Meditation (Metta Practice)

Posted by on Oct 28, 2009

Metta Meditation: Meditation on Loving Kindness It is hard for most of us to be in a continuous state of loving kindness towards other living things. It is not easy. We get disappointed, we disappoint; others are angry at us, we are angry at them; people don’t understand us, we don’t understand them; they hurt us, we hurt them. In a book called the Dhamma Pada, Gauthama Buddha has this to say All that we are is the result of what we have thought: it is founded on our thoughts, it is made up of our thoughts: If a...

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Mindfulness Meditation to Release Anxiety, Depression, and Pain

Posted by on Oct 12, 2009

Mindfulness Meditation Seminar October, 2009 with Eyton Shalom, M.S., L.Ac. Mindfulness Meditation comes out of Theravada Buddhism (the Buddhism of Sri Lanka, Burma, Thailand, and Cambodia) In Buddhism it is an aid to experiencing ultimate truth: “seeing things as they are.” For us mere mortals a regular meditation practice (note the two words, regular and practice) brings peace of mind, deep relaxation, pain reduction, healing of illness, teaches how to be in the moment with self and others, and is a valuable tool for stress management. Mindfulness is also called Awareness (sati). It is cultivated in a sitting posture,...

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October Mindfulness Meditation Class Starting

Posted by on Sep 18, 2009

Mindfulness Meditation Class Series in October • Experience Deep Relaxation and Profound Inner Peace• Lighten Your Reactions to Stress • Apply the Lessons of Mindfulness to Your Daily Life• Use Mindfulness to Reduce Pain and Heal Disease • Be in the Moment With Yourself and Others When: Saturdays October 10 thru 31, from 2:00-3:30 P.M. Where: 3577 Louisiana St, San Diego, CA 92104 Rear Bldg Class Fee: $50 if paid by Oct 1; $65 afterwards. MC/Visa, Check To Register: 619/296-7591 or info@bodymindwellnesscenter.comSeating is Very Limited, Please Register Earlywww.bodymindwellnesscenter.com About the Instructor: Eyton Shalom, M.S., L.Ac. began his study of...

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