how to meditate

3 Ways To Meditate Fear Away

Arielle Parris by Arielle Parris | May 11th, 2016 | 1 Comment
topic: meditation | tags: benefits of meditation, health benefits, how to meditate, inner peace, meditate, meditating, meditation, meditation chair, meditation for beginners, meditation practice, peace, peace of mind

We are taught to move away from fear—to choose comfort and instantaneous satisfaction over the hard path. And yet, we who meditate are always choosing the hard path.

Brene Brown wrote, “Faith is a place of mystery, where we find the courage to believe in what we cannot see and the strength to let go of our fear of uncertainty.”

4 Ways Meditation Improves Relationships

by guest | April 18th, 2016 | No Comments
topic: meditation | tags: conscious-relationship, grateful, gratefulness, how to meditate, manage stress, meditate, meditating, meditation, Relationships, stress-relief, tips

Guest blog by Emma Seppälä.

We’ve heard that meditation can help with so many things, from focus to sleep. But it also has another tremendously valuable added benefit: it improves our relationships. You may wonder how a seated and isolated activity—after all, even if you’re meditating in a group, you’re not talking to anyone—can help improve your social skills and relationship prowess, but research shows it does. Here’s how.

Into the Pool

Laura Hobbs by Laura Hobbs | February 2nd, 2016 | 3 Comments
topic: Personal Growth, meditation | tags: breathe, focus, happiness, hard to meditate, how to meditate, life changes, meditate, meditation, meditation for beginners, meditation space, Personal Growth

It’s mid-morning and I’ve just finished a client’s photo edits. Light pours into our living room through south-facing windows, tiny dust particles dancing and defying gravity in the rays. I place my meditation cushion in the center of the rug, my brass singing bowl sitting off to the side. I turn my phone’s ringer off and set my timer for 20 minutes. With one swift tap of the velvet-covered stick, the singing bowl chimes a long, unwavering sound that slowly fades. I close my eyes, inhale through my nose, and exhale through my mouth. “Hello,” I say.

The Many Ways (and Days) to Meditate

Leslie Garrett by Leslie Garrett | December 4th, 2012 | 2 Comments
topic: Health & Wellness, Personal Growth | tags: boost immune system, deadlines, food, how to meditate, improved memory, joint ache, lotus pose, lotus position, lower heart rate, meditate, meditation, meditation chair, meditation cushion, medtation anywhere, memory and meditation, mind, muscles, perfectionism, querling children, red bull, stress, tight hip, tight hips, traffic, walk the dog, walking meditation, work

MeditateI, like so many, thought meditation was something only others could do. Others, for example, without quarreling children, looming deadlines or hips that mutinied at the thought of the Lotus Position. Those with minds that didn’t race like a toddler on Red Bull.

Although I wanted to be someone who meditated, I wasn’t someone who meditated.

Someday, I would tell myself, imagining that glorious future when my children, work schedule, muscles, joints and mind would finally and fully cooperate.

But while I was waiting, the research piled up. About how meditation improves memory. Boosts the immune system. Lowers our resting heart rate. Makes us calmer. Happier. Healthier.

I wanted some of that. Not later but now.

Meditation for Dummies

Girlfriend@Gaiam by Girlfriend@Gaiam | March 2nd, 2011 | 3 Comments
topic: Girlfriend@Gaiam, Health & Wellness, Personal Growth | tags: brain, concentration, cushion, focus, how to meditate, inner peace, lotus pose, mantra, meditate, meditation chair, meditation for dummies, meditation space, meditaton, mental clarity, mind, morning, om, private space, sacred, sacred space, spirituality

Meditation For DummiesMeditation does not come naturally — at least, not to me. I’m easily distracted, there are a million things on my “mom mind” and I feel a little guilty when I’m not doing something productive. But I work at Gaiam: I have seen the benefits with my very own eyes, and the reasons to meditate are convincing! Besides, I work at Gaiam: Shouldn’t I at least try meditating?

Mind Over Chatter: Diary of My 4 Tries at Meditation

Leslie Garrett by Leslie Garrett | July 21st, 2009 | 15 Comments
topic: Health & Wellness, Personal Growth | tags: diary of a meditation novice, how to meditate, how to quiet your mind while meditating, meditation for beginners

Peace Of MindAs much as it pained me to admit, meditation was not changing my life. I’d been curious about it for years, imagining that I would magically morph from a Type A, prone to loud laughter and occasional drama, into an ethereal entity whose “problems” would dissolve in the face of age-old wisdom. I would wear long, flowy clothes and speak in a gentle whisper. I would never sweat. Or swear.