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Meditation to calm the mind

Taking a holiday from an over active brain and endless self-observation seems a logical route to bliss. But how do we ease the burden of acute self-awareness, that endless chatter: Did I talk too much? Why didn't I say anything? They must think I'm an idiot? I am an idiot! A route growing in popularity… Continue reading Meditation to calm the mind


Chanting your way to health

Chanting is not something that comes naturally to me.  Although on rare occasions I play Gregorian or Tibetan Buddhist chanting to help silence my brain when I do yoga,  I recently experienced situations where to not chant would have been churlish. And to my surprise, I found chanting uplifting and relaxing. The first was at… Continue reading Chanting your way to health

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Zen and the art of Mindfulness

“Sit all together in meditation. Become peacefully calm and quiet, without motion, without stillness, without birth, without destruction, without coming or going, with no judgments of right or wrong, neither staying nor going. This, then, is the Great Way.” Hui Neng, Sixth Zen Patriarch Mindfulness is a central concept in Buddhism, which basically means paying… Continue reading Zen and the art of Mindfulness