meditation

Awake at the Bedside

by guest | July 28th, 2016 | No Comments
topic: Inspirational Media | tags: books, grief, meditation, Zen

a guest post by Koshin Ellison

In Awake at the Bedside, pioneers of palliative and end-of-life care as well as doctors, chaplains, caregivers and even poets offer wisdom that will challenge, uplift, comfort—and change the way we think about death. The following is an excerpt from the book.

An Interview With Koshin Paley Ellison

Gaiam Staff by Gaiam Staff | July 11th, 2016 | No Comments
topic: Personal Growth, meditation | tags: book, book review, books, calm, calm the mind, gaiam, interview, meditation, untangle, Zen

Sensei Koshin Paley Ellison is a Zen teacher and Co-Founder, with his partner Robert Chodo Campbell, of the New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care —the leading organization engaging and integrating contemplative training with caregiving through study, care and meditation. He serves on the faculty of two medical schools, their curriculum is now implemented in thirty-five medical residency programs, and they have trained over 1100 physicians from across the world in contemplative approaches to care of the dying. We sat down with him to talk about his book, Awake at the Bedside.

3 Steps to Creating Your Own Yoga Retreat

Michelle Finerty by Michelle Finerty | July 5th, 2016 | No Comments
topic: Yoga | tags: benefits of yoga, deepen-your-yoga-practice, food, meditation, summer, summer-travel, Yoga, yoga DVDs, yoga retreat, yoga studio app, yoga-for-beginners, yoga-practice, yoga-therapy

Going on a yoga retreat is a beautiful opportunity to delve deeper into your yoga practice, take some much needed time to connect to yourself, and add healing treatments like massage or meditation…depending on where you choose to retreat. If you are able to attend a retreat, I highly recommend it; however, if you aren’t able to attend a retreat, why not create your own in three easy steps?

Get Stressed. Eat. Repeat.

by guest | June 30th, 2016 | No Comments
topic: Health & Wellness, meditation | tags: meditation, mindful, mindful exercise, mindfully, mindfulness, mindfulness practice, personal goals, Personal Growth, practicing mindfulness, tips

a guest post by Judson Brewer

How to break stress eating habits with mindfulness.

I recently released an app designed to help people quit smoking. While testing it, one woman reported that she’d cut down on her snacking. Cutting down on snacking while quitting smoking…this wasn’t something one usually hears, and it threw me for a loop.

10 Tips to Start a Meditation Practice

by guest | May 17th, 2016 | No Comments
topic: meditation | tags: Beginner's Mind, beginners, breath, breath-work, breathe, breathing, fitness tips, meditation, meditation for beginners, meditation for dummies, meditation practice, quality of breath, tips

A guest post by Ashley Turner.

Have you always wanted to start meditating, but don’t know how? Or started a meditation practice and quickly fallen off the wagon? It takes a little instruction, but it’s simpler and easier than you may think.

#IMeditateTo Campaign

Gaiam Staff by Gaiam Staff | May 16th, 2016 | No Comments
topic: meditation | tags: contest, instagram, May, meditate, meditation

Celebrate National Meditation Month with us! For the next 12 days some of your favorite yogis will share why they practice meditation on Gaiam’s Instagram page.

Join in by sharing with us why you meditate using the hashtag #IMeditateTo. Five lucky winners will be chosen at random to receive new meditation digs.

Date:

  • May 16th-27th

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.”

7 Things Mindful People Do Differently and How To Get Started

by guest | May 9th, 2016 | No Comments
topic: Personal Growth, meditation | tags: compassion, compassionate, forgive, forgiveness, meditation, meditation practice, mindful, mindful eating, mindful walking, Mindfullness, mindfully, mindfulness, mindfulness practice, self-compassion, self-love, vulnerability, vulnerable

A guest post by Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D.

The intention of being more present in our lives is continuing to grow and touch an increasing amount of people. I have friends who I never would have imagined practicing mindfulness who now sit in daily meditation. When I look at the Seattle Seahawks, think of our military veterans or politicians sitting in the “Quiet Caucus” room, I’m filled with a whole lot of hope. An increasing amount of apps like Meditation Studio are offering us simple paths to practicing anywhere, anytime. I’ll be launching a 6-month Course in Mindful Living soon where people will not only have the space and time to deeply integrate mindfulness into their lives, but get support in ways that haven’t been possible before. In creating A Course in Mindful Living, I’ve based it on 7 things I see mindful people do differently.

7 Mindful Things You Can Do Today

by guest | May 2nd, 2016 | No Comments
topic: meditation | tags: benefits of meditation, meditate, meditation, meditation for beginners, meditation practice, mindful eating, mindful exercise, mindful walking, mindfully, mindfulness, mindfulness practice, practicing mindfulness, relax, relaxation, tips

A guest post by Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D.

When people practice mindfulness they say things like, it makes me calm, it softens my body, it helps me be more aware of choice or I seem to be more clear about what matters. The question I love to follow with is, “what would the days, weeks and months ahead be like if there is more of this in your life?”

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.