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Put a Trance on Me

Meditating and being in a trance are related states.In both meditation and trance, you: -Close your eyes -Still your body -Don’t do anything else -Cultivate focus When we meditate, we do one thing with all our mental ability and naturally enter a trance state during which many beneficial changes take place in our bodies: our…

Afternoon Tea

Guilt-Tea

I like to break up the work day by having a cup of tea in the afternoon, around 3pm. It’s a real treat and the little ritual of boiling and brewing is an opportunity to practice a few minutes of mindfulness. Plastic baggies of different organic black teas (Earl Grey, English Breakfast, Darjeeling) from the…

May the Road Rise Up to Meet You

Sit Still in the Sunlight

Perhaps this is a trivial observation: if you would like to enjoy the benefits of mindfulness practice, you must embody it. What does that mean? Just this: you sit still and say to yourself: “I am going to meditate for 3 minutes.” And then do that. The reason why people meditate is that it makes…

Daffodil

The Magic Numbers of Nature

Here is a 1 minute meditation (it starts with three bells and ends with one). To do this, you can sit, stand, or lie down. You can do it on the subway or in the parking lot before you get out of your car. Soon I’ll post 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, and…

Bisected Sky

The Cloud of Unknowing

In the late 1300’s, an unknown monk wrote a guide to contemplative prayer that makes it sound a lot like Buddhist meditation. It has a beautiful name: The Cloud of Unknowing. The idea is that the only way to truly know God is to abandon all preconceived ideas and beliefs and be courageous enough to…