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Four Ways to Revitalize your Meditation Practice

Habit is the opposite of mindfulness.

Structure and routine are your friends.

If you accept either of these as true, take a moment to think about how they work together. Take meditation, for example – how do you find a balance between having a steady meditation routine and not letting your spiritual practice stagnate?

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Don’t you smell that, too? – I think we need to talk.

One thing that can happen when you think there’s an unacknowledged stink in the room is that doubt can creep in. Nobody else is mentioning it, after all! Although I want to say something, I’m questioning whether it’s just my reaction and maybe there’s nothing going on at all.

I have a way of dealing with this.

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How I ended up living in a spiritual community

Some moments move in fast forward. You blink, and it’s gone. Some moments move more like car accidents, and time seems to stop. When I smashed my roommate’s vase, it was one of those slow moments. A shift in the being Things had started changing a year prior, when I discovered meditation. A friend told

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How to use mindfulness when you can’t sleep

Suddenly I was wide awake. With dread, I looked over at the clock on the nightstand, hoping I wouldn’t see what I knew I would…1:30 a.m.! I’d been asleep for less than three hours, and if this night was like all the nights of the past six months, it meant I was awake for the

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Planning a short meditation retreat? Why balance matters

What we learned from people coming here to do meditation retreats People often come here for a few days or a week to do a meditation retreat in a cabin. Over time, we heard many of them say how they struggled to simply meditate all day, suddenly. And it’s not surprising. Often, retreatants book meditation

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Too busy to eat healthily or cook for yourself?

Cooking for yourself seems like a lot of energy out sometimes. I mean, a meal’s over just like that, and then you’re back at the sink, washing up. Personally, I get way more motivated cooking for a group. I might not be your average person, mind you, because I did live at a retreat center

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Wishing you a wonderful 2018

As we draw near the end of the year we’d like to take this opportunity to wish you the very best for 2018. If you’re a spiritual explorer looking forward to 2018 and you want to bring your daily life more into line with your spiritual life, we think you’ll very much enjoy what we’ve

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Ignite My Spiritual Life? Really?

Lately, you’ve been hearing from us about our online course and Five Principles, and we have a question for you: Do our five principles sound like they’re going to “Ignite Your Spiritual Life?” After all, the second principle talks about structure and routine, and how embracing them actually creates more freedom. Then, the fourth one

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A question of compassion – what would you do?

It’s not always easy to know what compassion looks like I got an opportunity to practice compassionate speech when I was in a little shop in a village in England several years ago. It was the kind of shop I’d call a “newsagent” – think “corner store” if you don’t know what I’m talking about.

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Concentration vs Awareness

Concentration vs Awareness Awareness and concentration are key to mindfulness and meditation. So what’s the difference between awareness and concentration, and can you have too much of one over the other? Focusing Concentration Surely focusing all our attention on what we’re doing is a good thing. Getting those dishes clean, hitting that nail in straight,

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Is this why you can’t get it off your mind?

My first meditation retreat was going really well. The whole space – a complex below a temple – was set up to support new meditators. Each day we enjoyed two meals, a short morning class, and the use of two meditation halls. We were in silent retreat except for a daily interview with a teacher,

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