Meditation

Discover ways that meditation allows you to stop, breathe, and pay attention to both your inner world and your active mind.

Posted on November 26th, 2013 by in Meditation

Lessons from a Winter Walk

by Danna Faulds It was a cold morning, the Berkshire temperature hovering in the low teens. I had decided to take my usual morning winter walk despite the cold, and was striding briskly back from the gate on Kripalu’s East Drive, blowing into my hands to keep them warm. From somewhere on the hill to […]

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Posted on October 17th, 2013 by in Meditation

Meditation: A Dance Between You and Life

Meditation is a dance between you and life—a rhythm of body, breath, nature, emotion, infinite space, and everything in between. It’s an unfolding of what you are, what you came from, and what you’re becoming. The point is not to achieve a particular experience—the point is to recognize more of what you already are: unique, […]

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Posted on September 23rd, 2013 by in Meditation

Defy the Lies and Serve the Truth! A Spiritual Revolutionary Manifesto

Buddhist practitioner, teacher, and author Noah Levine’s approach to spiritual practice is a radical one—he goes straight to the root of our beliefs, our society, and our humanity. In this provocative essay, he delivers a wake-up call, encouraging us to eschew oppressive systems for a direct, personal experience of awakening and the freedom that it […]

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Posted on September 14th, 2013 by in Meditation

The Art of Non-Doing

by Steven Leonard In a culture moving faster and faster, it seems contagious and desirable to be in a constant mode of comparison, self-improvement, and achievement. Yet the ability to relax is essential for the overall health of the body and mind, as regulated by the nervous system. What can we do to bring ourselves […]

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Posted on August 24th, 2013 by in Meditation, Wake-Up Call

The Ability to Be With What Is

The Heart of a Revolution A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to study with Noah Levine, the original maverick Dharma Punk, founder of the Buddhist community Against the Stream, and iconoclastic promoter of compassion, authenticity, and joy. Noah began the daylong intensive at Kripalu by discussing his background and practice. As I listened, […]

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Small Amounts of Loving-Kindness Meditation Lead to Big Change

One increasingly popular form of meditation is loving-kindness meditation (LKM), the practice of wishing one’s self and others to be happy, content, and at ease. In the yoga tradition, loving-kindness is seen as an opportunity to “cultivate the opposite.” Where many meditation techniques encourage students to explore difficult feelings or emotions directly, in loving-kindness, the […]

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Posted on August 13th, 2013 by in Meditation

Mindfulness: The New Organic

Getting back to basics, whether it’s clearing our busy minds or eating fresh vegetables straight from the farm, helps us reconnect with ourselves and the natural world. And one of the most popular “new” tools for cultivating this sense of connectedness is the ancient Buddhist technique known as mindfulness. “Mindfulness is the new organic,” says […]

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Posted on July 20th, 2013 by in Meditation

Creating a Meditation Practice

An excerpt from Devotion: A Memoir, by Dani Shapiro After returning home from Kripalu, I promised myself that each day I would practice metta meditation for at least fifteen minutes. Having been on retreat for three days, I didn’t think this was a particularly tall order. Surely I had the discipline to sit still for […]

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