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Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy For Dummies Cheat Sheet (UK Edition)

Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) is an amazing tool that can help you experience life more fully and work through the stresses and anxieties of everyday life, moving beyond these negative feelings [more…]

11 Tips for Developing Mindful Attitudes

Mindfulness can sometimes appear relatively simple (as in ‘just be’), but in fact it’s not so easy. Creating a mindful practice that leads to a mindful life requires you to change certain attitudes and [more…]

How to Develop and Direct Your Awareness for Meditation

If, as the old saying goes, a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step, then the journey of meditation begins with the cultivation of awareness, [more…]

Other Journeys That Masquerade as Meditation

Every activity can become a meditation if you do it with awareness or concentration. For example, you can wash the dishes or drive the car or talk on the phone meditatively. [more…]

How to Use Your Imagination to Relax Your Body for Meditation

As meditation and the emerging field of mind-body medicine remind people— and yogis and sages have been saying for millennia — your body, your mind, and your heart form one seamless and inseparable whole [more…]

How to Perform Deep Relaxation Meditation

Here’s a meditation you can do any time you have 15 or 20 minutes to spare and want to shed some of the tension you’ve accumulated in your busy life. It’s also a great way to prepare for the other meditations [more…]

How to Develop Awareness of the Here and Now for Meditation

There is an approach to meditation known as mindfulness,which is moment-to-moment awareness of your experience as it unfolds. Mindfulness combines concentration [more…]

Meditation on a Busy Schedule

If you’re incredibly busy, pencil in formal periods of meditation whenever you can find the time. But if you have the luxury of choosing or would like to meditate as often as you can, these tips fill you [more…]

How Long Should You Meditate?

You may prefer your meditation short and quick or long and slow. If you can’t schedule a half-hour, then meditate for a few minutes. Sitting for five or ten minutes every day is much better than sitting [more…]

What to Eat and Drink before You Meditate — and What to Avoid

While there are no hard, fast rules about what you should eat before meditating, there are some broad guidelines you should follow. Big meals can make you drowsy, especially when they’re high in carbohydrates [more…]

Where Should You Meditate?

You can follow a few simple guidelines for carving out a special place for the practice of meditation. You’ll find that the space you set aside will enrich your life in ways you can’t imagine. [more…]

How to Master the Subtle Art of Sitting Still for Meditation

Sitting in a certain posture and keeping your body relatively still for meditation mirrors back to you every impulse and distraction. You get to see how fidgety your body can be — and how hyperactive your [more…]

How to Situate Yourself from the Waist Down for Meditation

If you examine the meditation poses depicted in the world’s great spiritual traditions, you’ll find that they all have one thing in common: the unshakable stability of a mountain or tree. Look at the kneeling [more…]

Tips for a Straight Spine during Meditation

When you’re settled into a comfortable meditative sitting position with your pelvis tilted slightly forward, you can turn your attention to straightening your back. Of course, [more…]

What to Do with Your Eyes, Mouth, and Hands during Meditation

Many people ask what they should do with the parts of their body that are generally restless during meditation. This is especially difficult for beginners. Some people become obsessed with the “right” [more…]

How to Deal with Sitting Discomfort during Meditation

If you sit meditating in the same position for an extended period of time, you’re going to experience some physical pain or discomfort, no matter how much stretching you do! An ache in your back here, [more…]

Lower Back Stretches that Prepare You for Sitting Meditation

If you can sit in meditation for 10 or 15 minutes each day without discomfort, congratulations! You needn’t spend any additional time learning how to stretch and strengthen your body — unless, that is, [more…]

Hip Stretches that Prepare You for Sitting Meditation

Some people have difficulty sitting and meditating for 10 or 15 minutes at a time, so if you’re not one of those people, you’re lucky! For those that do have trouble with back issues or discomfort while [more…]

How to Make Meditation Your Own

Meditation is like most things in life. Everyone experiences it differently. Developing and directing your awareness may be the foundation of effective meditation, but like any good foundation, it’s only [more…]

Discover the Way to Happiness with Mindfulness

How can mindfulness lead to happiness? The Dalai Lama, often giggling or smiling with others, says: ‘I believe that the very purpose of our life is to seek happiness.’ That’s a huge statement. Imagine [more…]

5 Ways to Practice Mindfulness

Practicing mindfulness is very simple – it’s about letting go rather than doing anything else – but the difficulty is in practicing mindfulness consistently. Try them out for yourself and hold back your [more…]

5 Outlooks for Mindfulness

Mindfulness is very simple, but it’s difficult to practice mindfulness consistently. The following outlooks are ways to improve your perspective and integrate the principles of mindfulness into your everyday [more…]

10 Ways Mindfulness Can Help You

Mindfulness provides a plethora of pleasures that you can experience for yourself. As soon as you start being mindful on a regular basis you’ll find mindfulness is really quite addictive! [more…]

10 Resources to Further Study Mindfulness

So, you’ve begun the exciting journey into mindfulness and want to find out more. Well, you’re in luck. Mindfulness is a hot topic, and you can find all sorts of different resources to support your mindfulness [more…]

What is Mindfulness Meditation?

Mindfulness meditation is a particular type of meditation that’s been well-researched and tested in clinical settings. Meditation isn’t thinking about nothing. Meditation is paying attention in a systematic [more…]

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