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3 Opportunities to Act Our Way Into Right Thinking
When it comes to leaning into the unknown and taking action with something big, too much space and contemplation can act like quicksand. There’s something sticky and cozy about “thinking things through”; thinking can mimic the feeling of doing something, of taking action. But to be clear, we’re not doing anything. We’re just thinking. Here are three examples of when it’s time to act your way into right thinking
Meditating when you're in a good mood is one thing. Meditating when you're dealing with inner turmoil? That's where the real work happens. In this excerpt from Tea and Cake With Demons: A Buddhist Guide to Feeling Worthy — a guided practice for having compassion with yourself when resistance comes up.
I decided that it was the perfect time to confess to my mentor that I was a terrible meditator and probably a horrible ‘spiritual’ person. Sure, I have some good qualities. Great qualities, even. But what should I do about the bad ones? Did she have some sage words on how to fix my gnarlier bits or how to make them go away?
HOW MEDITATION CAN HELP AND HEAL DANCERS
Regular meditation practice can help with focus, depression, and anxiety—and all it takes is 10 to 15 minutes of dedicated time a day. "Meditation teaches you to feel the energy of your emotions, rather than identifying with the emotion itself," Limbach says. "When you take time to sit down in a quiet space and tune in to how you truly feel in your body, not just in your head, you're able to allow the energy of the emotion to flow without latching on to self-defeating thoughts that perpetuate negative feelings."
“When we integrate an activity into the mix, be it running, knitting, dancing, playing the drums, the activity may be meditative but it is not meditation. And honestly, why does it need to be? Apples and oranges are different fruits, but both have value. This is an important distinction to make.”
Limbach says she finds meditation retreats that remove her from city living and take her into nature are the most beneficial. “Not only does it help me to disarm and shed my city skin,” she says, “but I’m also a firm believer that sometimes we need to give ourselves some space away from our habitual thoughts and behaviors—and the environments that created them—in order to untangle our patterns and see them clearly.”
These eight young meditation teachers are so gifted, bringing a unique integrity, open-heartedness and wisdom to their work, that they've already earned a strong following.
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As both meditation and visualization gain traction in our repertoire of holistic practices, it can be easy to mentally bundle them together as being one and the same. However, they’re more like sisters who wear each other’s clothes from time to time. Not all meditation is visualized, and not all visualization is meditation.
A truly amazing book can change the way you view the world, but they’re also hard to come by. So for some thoroughly-vetted reading recommendations to kick off the new year, we turned to New York’s most inspiring (and seriously well-read) meditation coaches.
Allow me to let you in on a little secret: We'll never be totally rid of stress. And trying to live in pursuit of a stress-free state of mind will only continue to infuriate us — and make us feel like we're falling short of an impossible standard. Instead, the key is learning how to effectively deal with those moments of stress (without losing sight of everything else) so we can move on with what really matters in our lives.
In this conversation recorded during the 2015 Aspen-Snowmass Wanderlust Festival, host Vincent Horn, Lodro Rinzler and Adreanna Limbach discuss the challenges of making meditation accessible to a mainstream audience.
Come meditate with us at The New York Times. During this week’s Mindful Monday, we're focusing on common meditation difficulties.