My First Silent Meditation Retreat: An Experience of Heart Opening

  "Real love is a permanently self enlarging experience." -Scott Peck *** Over the New Year, I attended a five day silent meditation retreat led by Tara Brach. I've written about the first two days of the experience here and here. This post is about the latter few days. I learned about  Tara Brach, as …

Are you Prone to Anger? Worry? Anxiety? You Should Meditate.

Them: "Why do you meditate?" Me: "Oh if you only knew." I meditate because I’m prone to anxiety. Because I’m prone to anger. Because I’m prone to thinking too much. I’m the one who can’t fall asleep after watching (insert any remotely violent video ever). Some of the family favorite episodes where I utterly freaked …

You Can’t Change Your Thoughts

There’s this advice I see popping up on the internet along the lines of “think positive thoughts” but also “don’t think negative thoughts.” I think this really oversimplifies our reality. While we may have some ability to change our thoughts, or stop thinking certain thoughts, that’s a pretty advanced situation. Our thoughts are the results …

Meditation Practice: What Do We Mean When We Say Practice “Without Judgment”?

Mindfulness. Sometimes defined as paying attention, on purpose, without judgment. Without judgment. There are so many layers to this part of the equation. This often repeated instruction comes to mind: “if your mind wanders, come back to the breath without judgment.” i.e. don’t beat yourself up for your wandering mind. Just come back to the …