MEDITATION
What is Meditation? The practice of using a single point of focus to quiet random mind chatter and fully experience awareness of ourselves in the present moment reducing our physical, mental and emotional stress and expanding our conscious awareness. Meditate your way to a sound mind and a sound body through various meditation articles available here at All Things Healing. Browse through our meditation articles online. Visit All Things Healing online today!

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Eden's passion is helping people, her community and her world live the way of the heart – an inspired and rich way of being. Founder and CEO of Just Be, LLC – a dy...
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J. Stewart Dixon teaches blue collar enlightenment (achievable and tangible spiritual awakening for us normal folks) to those who are looking for wholeness and unconditional peace. He s...
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by Sr. Chau Nghiem

In retreats, we usually offer a snack mid-morning and mid-afternoon, as children tend to get hungry often. It is important to serve healthy snacks, like fresh or dried fruit, nuts, pretzels, natural crackers or cookies. We can serve water or juice in re-usable cups to avoid creating a lot of trash. We can prepare basins of water so that each child can help wash their cup.

 

Editor’s Note: Great ideas here for families to help young ones appreciate food (and of course - the bigger picture of it all which is life) - where food comes from, how it grows, how it tastes, how it feels, etc. Also, some healthy snack recipes at the bottom of the article.

 

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by Lael Couper Jepson

Some days just suck. Sometimes entire weeks suck. You know those times…when nothing seems bright, all you can see is what isn’t done, good, working, right.

All you can see is the ugly underbelly of humanity...

 

Editor's Note from Eden Kozlowski: This article is really for the ladies but you men could get a lot out of it, too. Lael talks about Pre-Menstrual Strength. Why this is on the meditation page?! Because it is about awareness, cycles, being connected to your emotions and body AND being connected to your voice! Read on and maybe discover a new way of looking at yourself or understanding someone else.

 

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by Randall Krause

If you pay attention, you’ll likely notice that you have a variety of motivations, thoughts, and emotions even about the same issue. These "voices" may represent the points of view of our parents, our siblings, friends, generation, country, and others represented in our thoughts...

 

 

 

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by Pat Black

Many of the most creative and innovative people throughout history have been considered “tortured geniuses.” Some struggled with addiction, childhood abuse and trauma yet overcame them to make huge contributions that changed the world...

 

Editor's Note from Eden Kozlowski: Our author writes about overcoming trauma. He lists four common traits that are key to shift from pain to creativity and "greatness." Each of these traits are also very important aspects in meditation as this practice can be a deep path to self-discovery/inner change... also the "enlightened witness" that he mentions, to me, can also represent a meditation teacher.

 

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by Ron Crouch

So far on the path, there has been a gradual development of insight and letting go of everything you once thought of as “me.” You began in a small way, looking at body sensations and thoughts and seeing them clearly as different but interdependent phenomena that aren’t really “me” (physio-cognitive stage). You then experienced rapturous joy and peak experiences as everything arose and passed away on its own (A&P), and then sunk down into the lowest lows as you discovered that nothing lasts and nothing can really be held onto (Dark Night)...

 

Editor's Note: In Part 6 of our series on the classical stages of enlightenment, Hawaii-based meditation teacher Ron Crouch describes the insight knowledge called Cessation. This culminating insight is the yogi's first true taste of Nirvana/Nibbana itself. Go to Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, and Part 5.

 

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by Ron Crouch

You’ve been making your way through the Dark Night, and have been working through Reobservation. Now a subtle but remarkable shift begins to happen: there is the clear sense that while all the aches and pains are still occurring, you have stepped aside and are simply watching them. Welcome to the stage of Equanimity...

 

Editor's Note: In Part 5 of our series of the states and stages of enlightenment as meticulously recorded in ancient Buddhist texts, Hawaii-based meditation teacher Ron Crouch describes the insight knowledge of Equanimity. This divine abiding, Ron points out, is the yogi’s first true taste of liberation. “No matter what difficulty comes up in meditation you can observe it calmly and let it go,” he says. Go to Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 and Part 4.

 

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by Ron Crouch

As the meditator moves along the path and has already experienced attention syncing up with the arising and then the peaking of phenomena, in the next stage the mind moves to the passing away of phenomena. I call the next section of the path the “Dark Night.” In the commentaries it is also called “the knowledge of suffering...”

 

Editor's Note: So far in this series, Hawaii-based meditation teacher Ron Crouch has taken us from the beginning stages of meditative development up to what might be thought of as a yogi’s initial awakening—a stage known as the Arising and Passing Away of phenomena. In Part 4, Ron describes how a very difficult challenge usually follows the largely pleasant “fireworks” of this initial opening. This is known in Christian mysticism as “the dark night of the soul” and in Zen as “the rolling up of the mat.” Jack Kornfield’s book After the Ecstasy, the Laundry is in part a guide through this tough territory. Get out your quarters and your soap! Go to Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3.

 

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by Ron Crouch

The next stage of the path is called the Arising and Passing away (A&P). At this point on the path the meditator’s attention has already synced up with the beginnings of phenomena. Now the attention moves along and syncs up with that point at the top of the arc where all observed phenomena are peaking. It is the point at which phenomena can be said to be both arising into and passing out of existence at once...


Editor's Note:
In Part 1 and Part 2 of this series, Hawaii-based meditation teacher Ron Crouch first outlined the theory behind one of the principle maps of enlightenment found in Theravada Buddhism, then took us up to what he calls the Physio Cognitive stage—a predictable unfolding of insights associated with the connections and characteristics of body and mind. In Part 3, Ron gets into “the fireworks”—the dramatic insights associated with an all-important stage known as the Arising and Passing Away of phenomena.

 

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by Ron Crouch

I divide the map into five overall sections, each with a series of stages. While the stages themselves are standard and can be found in the Visuddhimagga and Burmese meditation master Mahasi Sayadaw’s The Progress of Insight, the sections are my creation. I created the sections because they help to organize the path in a way that, I believe, makes the overall experience more understandable...

 

Editor's Note: In Part 1 of this series, Hawaii-based meditation teacher Ron Crouch outlined the theory behind one of the principal maps of enlightenment found in Theravada Buddhism—the four-stage journey to arahatship. In this second installment, Ron begins providing some detailed descriptions of the states and stages commonly experienced by yogis as they travel this path.

 

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by Ron Crouch

When I first began meditating and read about things like the “path,” “way” and “journey,” I assumed that these terms were just metaphors that described a kind of personal growth that takes place on one’s spiritual quest. I had a vague notion that if I meditated I would gradually become a better person, and that it was this personal transformation that was referred to by the language of “paths” and “journeys...”

 

Editor's Note: Perspectives on enlightenment differ dramatically from tradition to tradition. In some, enlightenment is rarely, if ever, discussed at all. In others, it is seen as something only attainable by the ancients. What's so interesting about Hawaii-based meditation teacher Ron Crouch is that he spells out states and stages explicitly. Is this controversial? Yes. Is it a perspective worth considering? Count me in the camp that says "absolutely!"

 

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by The Daily OM

Of the countless forms of meditation we can use, journaling offers its own unique benefits. Most meditations help empty the mind of concerns and bring positive ideas from our mental landscape, but journaling helps us anchor that experience in the material world. Not every person is attracted to meditating in seated silence, and journal meditation is a nice alternative as an active meditation...

 

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by John Naish

Multi-tasking has rapidly taken over our lives, to the point where we look woefully lax if we’re doing just one thing at a time.

 

We think nothing of texting while also watching television, surfing the internet and talking to our family.

 

Indeed, drug companies are busy developing products to enhance our mental efficiency so that we can do even more...

 

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MEDITATION
The Intention

by Penny McGahey

The intention with this article is to share where Sit in Stillness began and where it is going and to hopefully inspire others to get involved. [Sit in Stillness is a free, community group practice in silence, kindness, gratitude and open hearted presence. All over the world, anytime, anywhere.)

 

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