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7 Simple Steps to Meditation

This is not meant to be an exhaustive guide  but rather a quick cliff notes version of how you would start to meditate.  Look, there is no perfect way.    Be as you are, do your best and don’t be hard on yourself.  Without further ado: 1. Create a time and a space: choose a time each day that you can practice your meditation.  Ideally this is a quiet space so you are distraction free   2. Set your timer, starting with as little as 2-3 minutes and over time you can work up to 10 minutes and longer 3. Find a comfortable sitting position.  Sitting cross legged on a zafu or meditation cushion promotes the right posture for your...

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Tips on Meditation

Our minds are busy! We have busy lives, from family responsibilities to work to our projects, right down to remembering to do that one other errand. Meditation is a great time to take a step back and realize how fast and busy life can be. It will give you the opportunity to witness your thoughts for what they are, just thoughts. You’ll realize, or already do, that you do not need to identify with all of them. Here are some of our curated best tips on meditation: Time. Space. Breath. Perspective. Journey. Do what works for you Make a Time. This is so important because when we have discipline and make a habit for an important activity, we are more...

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Zazen: The Posture

Zazen posture is a balance between using your body’s physiology to relax and focus. Zazen is practiced while seated on a round cushion known as a zafu. The positions of the pelvic and hip bones are key. The correct balance is achieved when sitting on the middle of the zafu with both knees planted firmly on the floor.   Zazen and duality Posture is about obtaining the right state of mind. Merging the mind and body The legs are placed in either lotus, half lotus, or another position. The correct position of the pelvic bone and the right zafu allows  the spinal cord the space to stretch upwards without causing tension in the back and spine. Your head should be...

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On Beginning

Starting meditation can be a bit daunting. First of all, it’s kind of hard. Your mind is scattered, you may be judging yourself, you’re busy, your house is noisy, your mind is noisy, you missed a day… etc. Here are some of our top tips for beginners. 1. Start with short runs of time. 1, 2 or 3 minutes 3 minutes can seem like an eternity when starting. Get the snowball rolling down the hill though. It’s all about building a habit and showing yourself that you can continue that habit. Even if you grab a minute to breathe, be mindful and let some thoughts go. Whatever works. 2.  Know the principles of Meditation When you are starting off in...

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