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Health, Meditation

14 Different Ways to Meditate and How You Benefit from Meditation

There are many ways to partake in meditation, to clear the mind of the constant noise, to relieve stress, to release emotional and physical pain and also to gain mental clarity. Certain forms of meditation has been medically proven to lower blood pressure, strengthen the immune system, embody compassion, combats stress and simply makes people happier. Because there are so many different types people can meditate, the following list by Christian Bevacqua (Green Tree Meditation), Robert Piper (Huffington Post) and Jeffery Rubin (Greatist) showcases the most popular and effective of them all. Pick a few to try out and follow

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Your Brain and Body on Laughter: Boosting Your Health

There are so many articles and "this just in" news reports on how much stress can plummet the immune system. I like to be more on the optimistic side, and look at situations with a positive spin, more like looking at the glass half full and speckled with positive ions, so to speak. What does our body look like on laughter, and how does that effect our overall functional health? Several professors from colleges such as Columbus State Community College, the University of Oxford, the University of Zurich and the University of Colorado all positively agree, "laughter can temporarily alter our

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Happier Earth-Anti-Aging, Better Mind and Heart Heath: Just Be Kind

Not just on Earth day or Thanksgiving or Christmas, but everyday. We should practice being kind and selfless everyday. Most every person operates on a level where they are independent; looking out for their own survival needs and sub-consciously creates a micro-bubble awareness for themselves, and the close knit of family/friends in their immediate circle. It takes much more effort to act and give of ones’ time, energy, belongings and intention to others for compassionate, benevolent, and simply a selfless notion of being kind and altruistic. Maybe this settle gesture makes us feel better about ourselves, helps us to connect with

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Meditation: From Heart to Heart

Part of the human condition is to strive for greater and greater happiness, to attain a deeper and richer experience of life.  Whether we express it in that way or not, it is our actions that speak volumes on the topic.  The old paradigm is to seek escape or distraction - we externalize our condition and attempt to pacify it through some form of consumption.  The result brings only temporary relief, and once the novelty wanes we look to the next experience.  This is life as a "seeker." (more…)

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Meditation and How to Love

In order to Love, we must first Understand. In order to Understand, we must Appreciate. In order to Appreciate, we must Perceive. In order to Perceive, we must Purify our senses. Our  senses are the instruments through which we experience the physical world.  Our bodies are the housing for them. Without a body we would have no sensory experience, and therefore no physical experience of  life. (more…)

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Meditation: The Nectar

Through meditation we discover the nectar within.  Pure Being. When the   physiology that is in accordance with Being is printed out, all behaviors flow from that place.  All desires flow from it. And  ultimately, all actions flow from it. When we are in accordance with Being, everything flows from our one true Self. Through  our daily meditation practice, we establish ourselves in Being  first, and then take action. In this sequence, action is more powerful, more  frictionless and ultimately more fruitful. For more information, visit www.greentreemeditation.com Photo Cretid: TheVeganWoman.com

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Meditation: Back to Basics

The quality of our actions is rooted in our mental outlook.  Calm,  clear thinking gives rise to action which is creative, inspirational and  evolutionary.  On the other hand, stressed or reactionary thinking  yields action that is rife with friction, short sightedness and even  regret.  It may even do harm to ourselves and others.  That is why we  strive to take care of our mental well being, since our state of mind  directly impacts, and is in fact the basis of, our activity. (more…)

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Meditation: You Are Fulfillment

Someone asked, "What  is Happiness?" In a word, Happiness is fulfillment.  It is an internal state  of non-neediness. Whenever we felt needy in the past, we most likely  looked to the outside world in order to fill that void.  The trouble with this approach is that once we got whatever we thought we needed, happiness had moved on.  We then found we were lacking  something else, and now we needed that too.  Each successive object or  experience only temporarily filled the hole. When we  began our meditation practice, almost immediately we had the  experience of fulfillment within ourselves.  Inner contentedness

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Meditation: A Synthesis

The development of our inner spiritual life and outer material life are not in opposition. As householders (non-monks), it is neither necessary nor advantageous to retire from the material world in order to reap the benefits of our inner development. Nor is it possible to fully enjoy the fruits of the physical world without an equal inner enrichment. The two support one another. To create the proper balance, we do not look to simply strike a "happy medium" between these two poles. True enlightenment is not midway between the spiritual and the material. The middle is merely a compromise of

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