If you’re the kind of person who makes to-do lists (I am), you might feel that self-care—cooking healthy, practicing yoga, even meditating—is just another chore to check off your list (I sometimes do). So when a friend invited me to participate in an ancient Buddhist ritual that literally involves doing nothing, I was intrigued. It’s […]
Sharon Salzberg, guest blogger In northeastern India, there is a town called Bodh Gaya, which formed around the tree the Buddha was sitting under when he became enlightened. In 1971, an 18-year-old New Yorker named Sharon Salzberg traveled to Bodh Gaya and took her first intensive meditation course. Motivated by “an intuition that the methods […]
by Cyndi Lee Yoga provides an opportunity for us to practice whatever it is we want to develop in the other parts of our life when we are not “doing” yoga. Perhaps our aspiration is to cultivate more patience, curiosity, strength, flexibility, generosity, compassion or … a flat tummy and a firm butt. The truth […]
In this video, Tara shares an emotional story of how meditation helps her find refuge as she learns to live with a genetic disease. (4:13) Jennifer Mattson, guest blogger Tara Brach charts a path to true refuge “Yoga is seeing life the way it is.” — Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras In her latest book, True Refuge: […]
An excerpt from True Refuge, by Tara Brach Presence is not some exotic state that we need to search for or manufacture. In the simplest terms, it is the felt sense of wakefulness, openness, and tenderness that arises when we are fully here and now with our experience. You’ve surely tasted presence, even if you […]
Meditation can be the doorway through which we enter into deeper connection with the world within us and around us. At the beginning of his five-day retreat at Kripalu, The Wise and Loving Heart, Jack Kornfield reflects on the benefits and blessings of meditation.
Laura Didyk, guest blogger What characterizes an addiction? Quite simply this: you no longer feel that you have the choice to stop. —Eckhart Tolle, The Power of Now While there are a range of ways that people break the cycle of addiction, Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and its Twelve-Step approach has become one of the most […]
by Tresca Weinstein, guest blogger There’s a well-known story about a sitar player (in some versions, it’s a lute player) who was discouraged with his meditation practice and went to the Buddha to ask for instruction. “What happens when you tune your instrument too tightly?” the Buddha asked. “The strings break,” the musician replied. “And […]