HMC Day 13: Meditation for anxiety

Any worrywarts out there?  You’ve probably heard that meditation can be helpful in getting control over generalized anxiety, and it’s true. Meditation is very effective at developing our ability to see ourselves as separate from our thoughts and feelings, allowing us to center ourselves and find refuge from the endless churn of an anxious mind.…

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HMC Day 12: Pain vs. suffering — the two arrows

In Buddhism there is a teaching known as The Two Arrows. It goes something like this. If you are walking through the woods and get struck in the arm by an arrow, there is undeniable physical pain. (No argument there, right??) But then, once the crisis has passed… ⚡ what if you start obsessing about who…

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HMC Day 11: Discover a new author

Feeling inspired — and knowing where to go when your well is running dry — may help you hold onto your commitment to a meditation routine. So today I’m encouraging you to find a writer in the mindfulness/meditation “genre” who inspires you. I’m always delighted when I read about a concept I know well in…

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HMC Day 10: “What’s the point?”

Maybe your meditation practice has proven to be instantly helpful in getting you unstuck from a personal problem, or finding greater clarity or relaxation, or mitigating anxiety/stress symptoms. But let’s be honest: Most of you probably haven’t seen a gigantic effect just yet. When it’s time to sit down and practice, you may notice thoughts…

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HMC Day 9: Stick to your timer

Even seasoned meditators sometimes think, “Am I almost done?” It’s normal to wonder about how quickly time is passing, and experience the urge to check your watch — especially if you’re having trouble settling down during your meditation, or you’re encountering difficult emotions like boredom, sadness or anger. I’m here to encourage you to refrain…

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