Online Meditation Training for Everyone
The knowledge and practice of meditation continues to rise in the mainstream, and has been infusing its way into hospitals, schools, and businesses. This may be, in part, due to the growing body of research that shows mindfulness meditation interventions improve a variety of health conditions, positively impact quality of life, are inexpensive and easy to implement, and have minimal--if any-- side effects. However, because most of the structured mindfulness meditation classes take place in a group setting, this can be an obstacle for people to engage in learning and maintaining a meditation practice.
In a recent study, Internet Mindfulness Meditation Intervention for the General Public: Pilot Randomized Controlled Trial, IONS scientist Helané Wahbeh and her colleague Barry Oken looked at an internet mindfulness meditation intervention (IMMI), an offering that could help make mindfulness meditation accessible on a larger scale to those who desire or need it. This pilot study takes a first look at the feasibility, acceptability, and ability of IMMI to increase meditation practice.
The research found that IMMI participants increased their home practice behavior (days practiced, total minutes, and average minutes) significantly compared to those who just had access to the guided meditations. They also rated higher on the client satisfaction questionnaire. Drs. Wahbeh and Oken concluded that IMMI was indeed both feasible and acceptable for the general public.
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Calm the Mind for a Happy Home
Having a happy home generally means you'll be happier within yourself and your relationships. But achieving such clarity is harder said than done - so something as simple as a slight change in your home can be a great start.
"You can use votive candles, relaxing music and colours and decorations that speak to you of happiness and peace," professional white witch Rebecca Ryan, explains. However, some more permanent changes can also be put in place, and Ryan recommends earthen tones - "we find them very relaxing"- such as brown, bone and sand, which can be painted onto walls or used in furniture.
Ryan suggests smell as a simple way to calm a house. "Regular use of strong smelling cleaning oils like tea tree oils or citrus can keep energy moving through your house and stop chi from becoming stagnant," she says, recommending sage as a common clearer of bad energy, and camomile and rosemary for settling nerves.
"Chamomile and rosemary both are very good settling and restorative scents as is most anything that isn't citrus or spice as they tend to clear and invigorate. You might like to light a scented candle in your room as you start to get ready for bed and then blow it out as you tuck in for the night."
Her final tip? If you look after your space it will look after you. "The body mind spirit is energy efficient with just a little conscious awareness of it and some subtle energy boosters in its surroundings. From time to time we all need a hand."
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Yoga and Meditation Instead of Drugs for Kids
Damel Royster, 11, said school can cause stress, but she knows how to deal with it. "You know how something really irritates you? You just like (sigh), and we just like do the meditation."
The 6th grader from Baltimore, Maryland has practiced yoga and meditation for three years. She attends free classes after school. The extracurricular activities are becoming more popular at schools nationwide, as examples of mind-body therapy.
Dr. Emily Sibinga is a pediatrician at Johns Hopkins University, and a co-author of a new medical report that shows mind-body therapy can help children and teenagers overcome physical and emotional pain, as well as behavioral problems. "Therapies that are aimed at helping our minds help our sort of whole person do better or be healthier," she said.
Researchers said the mind-body skills that students learn in these classes can help them for the rest of their lives. "When you have these tools when you're younger and you implement them when you're older, your life can be much smoother," Mindfulness and Yoga Teacher, Jerron Wallace said.
It's a tool Damel already uses. "I say 'just breathe, just breathe' it's not that serious," she said.
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This Quantum Life
by Boyd Martin, Caretaker
What's Perfect About This I'm Not Getting?
If you live long enough, you'll have the opportunity to make miscalculations. Maybe a few little ones, or one or more really big ones. It's just part of Life on Planet Earth. The thing is, though, miscalculations only seem like they are while you're in the middle of them, or just shortly after them. Then, something interesting happens: perspective.
I was chatting with my brother today about hindsight--that perfect 20/20 vision attained long after an apparent miscalculation. "I coulda done it this way. Or, this way. I shoulda done it this other way and I'd be way ahead." These coulda/shoulda's serve more as self-recriminations than actual astute analyses. Ultimately, you make the choices you make, and the consequences of those choices are reflected in your daily life.
I've had the occasion lately to have made a string of apparent miscalculations regarding the business and personal finances, promotional strategies, all combined with what I thought I actually wanted. Without going into detail about the specific events, suffice it to say, after all the miscalculations and choices were made, I ended up: 1) homeless (except for my brother's hospitality); 2) significantly in debt to the bank, customers, and the government; 3) exhausted, disillusioned and flabbergasted as to how quickly my life seemed to completely fall apart in the course of a few short weeks.
All the old saws have been running continuously through my head: "Things need to fall apart so they can come together in a new way"; "What doesn't kill you, makes you stronger"; and my favorite, "What's perfect about this I'm not getting?"
My theory is that at the end when our life flashes before us--our deeds, misdeeds, intentions and aspirations, there comes a moment where there must be a glimpse of our life as being perfect. Everything happened the way it happened to bring about the greatest growth or realization of the greatest potential possible. If this death bed vision didn't happen, how could we let go? Regrets, "hindsignt", and all the couldas and shouldas must coalesce into a vision of a grand scheme that both allows us to feel the exhilaration of completion, and the sublime re-assurance that a loving universe has done all it could to hold us in its embrace, despite our choices. At least, I hope that's what's going to happen when I finally kick the bucket.
With that end-times vision in mind, why not apply it to our situations, predictaments, and self-recriminations we experience every day? How are the choices I am making now contributing to the perfection of my life? Or, what about the choices I've made is perfect? It must be perfect because the overall shape of my life is a circle--the creation of a beginning, middle and ending, where all of it was laid out across this canvas of linear time at its inception.
Now, when I say "perfect", I'm talking about a result of the greatest good not only for me, but for all of humanity, the planet and the universe. This is way beyond my petty desires for how I would like everything to turn out. It's the perfection of a wholistic vision that is personal existence, that contributes all of its energies toward the creation of Universal Love.
Holding the question of how this perfection is playing out in my life when everything is falling apart, is the creative key to better outcomes, higher experiences, and greater self love. We don't have to know "how" this is perfect, or "why" it's perfect; just that it's perfection in the making, as yet not fully realized, and yet ultimately a complete expression of Universal Love.
Before I wax utterly cosmic, that ancient Taoist story comes to mind of the wise old farmer who owned a horse. One day his horse ran away. Upon hearing the news, his neighbors came to visit. "Such bad luck," they said sympathetically. "May be," the farmer replied. The next morning the horse returned, bringing with it three other wild horses. "How wonderful," the neighbors exclaimed. "May be," replied the old man.
The following day, the farmer's son tried to ride one of the untamed horses, was thrown, and broke his leg. The neighbors again came to offer their sympathy on his misfortune. "May be," answered the farmer. The day after, military officials came to the village to draft young men into the army. Seeing that the son's leg was broken, they passed him by. The neighbors congratulated the farmer on how well things had turned out. "May be," said the farmer.
The take away, for me, is that the ultimate universal perfection is unknowable while we are in the linearity of time; but the belief in the existence of perfection is what can give our lives meaning and inspiration.
That's why, when my friends and family send their sympathies and condolences about my situation, I reply, "May be"...
To your quantum health,