Extraordinary Ordinary Creativity

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Portofino from Simple Boxes

We marvel at how extremely gifted people create art that touches our lives and bestows so much beauty on our world. Although we enjoy and celebrate the talents of highly creative individuals, we must also unravel their mysteries in order to be engaged ourselves in “extraordinary ordinary creativity” and to use art making as a healing tool to enhance our … Read More

The Practice of Stillness

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Practice of Stillness

“Sitting still as a way of falling in love with the world and everything in it…Going nowhere as a way of cutting through the noise and finding fresh time and energy to share with others…” – Pico Iyer Find Moments of Stillness in Your Day As Mindfulness practices, including meditation, catch hold and move into prominence in our present culture … Read More

Silence Makes Your Brain Smarter

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During Silence our Cognitive Resources are Restored

We see how our cities are becoming louder, more distracting, and increasingly cluttered, and it seems more difficult to find quiet places in our day where we can pause and just breathe. And scientific research tells us that getting an adequate dose of silence each day is important to our brains. What Silence does for Your Brain When our brains … Read More

Become a Presence of Peace

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Become a Presence of Peace

Can your simple presence bring peace to others and influence situations? You must first believe that it’s possible, be willing to act as a peaceful influence, by silent example when you can, and then speak up if necessary. Our potential to affect others is both a gift and a responsibility. When we walk into a room our energy is communicated … Read More

The Path of Meditation

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The Path of Meditation

Our Meditation Practice guides us inward to experience an awareness that is deeper than thought. In this place we find stillness in the restful awareness of meditation, and go past our fears and confusion to connect with our soul. Thoughts of separation can evaporate as we connect with the universal unity of consciousness. We can then become interconnected with our … Read More

Loving Kindness Meditation

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Francis of Assis - Loving Kindness Meditation

In his book Wherever You Go There You Are Jon Kabat-Zinn teaches us Mindfulness Meditation in Everyday Life. He observes “You may have noticed that you are not always the center of love and kindness, even toward yourself.” He suggests that in our modern society one might speak of an epidemic of low self-esteem, that we can help ourselves repair … Read More

The Golden Moment – Mindfulness in Action

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Mindfulness In Action

Have you noticed in your meditation sessions that you are both distracted by and absorbed in thought? Well that’s the point – meditation and mindfulness practices are about teaching our minds to switch focus, because our minds are always processing and thinking. When we realize that we are not actually meditating on our breathing, we gently bring ourselves back to … Read More

What Meditation Teaches You

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What Meditation Teaches You

As you become more consistent with your meditation practice, you gain deeper insights into the truest version of yourself. This self-reflection can then become a discovery process that will guide you along your path towards self-contentment and well-being. Your meditation practice teaches you to become more aware of your thoughts as you learn how to release them and to restore … Read More

Mindfulness Meditation – Easy Steps to Daily Practice

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Mindfulness Meditation - Easy Steps to Daily Practice

Mindfulness only asks us to pay attention to the present moment with a kind, curious attitude and without judgment. And so the practice of Mindfulness Meditation can be simple since we just breathe in and out, noticing where our attention wanders, and bringing the focus back to the breath again. It‘s a unique kind of meditation because it helps us … Read More

Begin Your Meditation Practice

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Begin Your Meditation Practice

Perhaps you have heard that a meditation practice bestows the benefits of a more relaxed, alert mind and body, and a sense of well-being and self-awareness. Yet we still have fears and misconceptions about personal meditation that inhibit our efforts to establish a consistent practice. There are several common fears of new meditators: Meditation takes too much time. Actually, regular … Read More