The word “meditation” comes from the same linguistic base as the word “medicine”...the purpose of meditation is not to bring about a temporary state of peace or calm, but rather to return the mind suffering from worries, stresses and artificial conditioning back to a natural state of genuine and lasting peace and well-being.-- Yuttadhammo Bikkhu
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Why do we meditate? We all have our reasons for coming to the practice of meditation. We may have our own expectations for taking up the practice or we may have heard about the benefits of meditation and wonder if it can help us, too. Whatever our reasons, it is important to set our own intentions for meditating so that we can experience for ourselves the effects a dedicated practice may have on our personal health and well-being. It is also important to note that our reasons for meditating may change over time or even day-to-day and that no reason is better or worse than another.
Mindfulness meditation addresses all the major reasons we meditate:
Please join us as we continue our practice of cultivating a boundless heart through mindful meditation.
Meditation teaches us to take care of ourselves - body and mind. Just as we physically rest our bodies in response to injury, we can give our over-stressed minds a chance to rest by cultivating a mindful meditation practice. When we recognize that how we take care of ourselves is reflected in the way we treat one another, we come to understand the interconnection among all life on planet Earth.
It is this interconnection that is the true nature of our reality and forms the basis for morality and ethics rooted in loving-kindness, compassion, peace and happiness for all.
Cultivate meditation as the skills to embrace life rather than the way to escape life's problems.
Quynh introduces a new meditation series with Metta To You, Mother Earth / Twameva Mata.
Cultivate compassionate connection with the Vajra Recitation, the Essence of all Mantra.
Introduction to Zen: Learn how a Beginner's Mind awakens the joyous heart of a Buddha.
Contemplate the inclusive nature of equanimity to Offer Peace For All Humanity / Lokah Samastah.
Regular meditation helps our physical, emotional and mental health by calming and focusing the mind, which opens the heart to better relationships and more meaningful experiences.
Mental and physical benefits of meditation include: relieving stress, reducing anxiety, increasing attention, decreasing memory loss, and improving sleep in addition to helping control pain, lessen addiction, and lower blood pressure.
Cultivating the Four Brahmavihara ( boundless qualities of heart ) - kindness, compassion, joy, and equanimity - through mindful meditation teaches us emotional intelligence, which offers us greater self-awareness and a more positive outlook on life.
Quynh introduces Walking Meditation as a way to cultivate Peace With Every Step
Loving the Om is Loving Your self - Cultivate Unconditional Love by Chanting AUM
Share the Joy of Appreciation by Singing Praises to our Moon with the Chandra Namaskara Mantra
Deep Listening is Compassionate Understanding - Contemplate Compassion with Lynne and Quynh
In times of crisis, meditation becomes more important than ever. When all the world appears as a jumble of conflicting information , noise, and overwhelming feelings, meditation offers us what we need most - inner peace.
Through mindfulness meditation, we learn to find our peace of mind within ourselves, which forms the basis for developing mental resilience - the ability to handle our strongest, most persistent emotions, especially the ones we deem negative or bad.
When we learn to focus our awareness to generate the feelings of love, compassion, joy, and equanimity for ourselves, we strengthen our heart and mind and come to understand that we hold the power to navigate through any storm.
Peaceful Warrior: St. Francis of Assisi inspires and teaches as an Agent of Love and Compassion
Walking with St. Francis of Assisi - Cultivate Love for All Creation with the Canticle of Brother Sun and Sister Moon
Devotion to the Mother Goddess: Learn to Embrace Suffering and Healing with the Green Tara Mantra
Honoring the Divine Feminine Beauty, Wisdom, and Power in Your Hands - Karadarshana
A dedicated meditation practice helps us to see ourselves and the world around us more clearly. Constantly stressing over our desires and fears, doubts and distractions can leave us feeling physically, emotionally and mentally exhausted
Through mindfulness meditation, we learn to connect mind and body in the present moment, to see through the limits of our perceptions and to gain insight into our very nature - to 'be with mind and body'.
By diligently cultivating the qualities of a boundless heart, we transform our thoughts, speech and actions to reflect infinite kindness, compassion, joy, and peace.
Celebrate Diwali by Removing the Obstacles to Seeing Clearly with the Ganesha Mantra
Quynh introduces the Anapanasati Sutta with the First 8 Exercises of Mindful Breathing
Introduction to the Satipatthana Sutta - Quynh guides a practice on Mindfulness of the Body
Cultivate Gratitude and Joy this Thanksgiving with a practice by Jack Kornfield