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Maximize Your Gratitude

Gratitude. We hear about it all the time in social media and from our friends and colleagues. But with our minds so focused on checking off the next item on our to-do list, it’s hard to change our attitude from one of glass half-empty to a glass half-full. How can we...

Overthinking

Take a moment to imagine someone meditating. What do you see? Pure bliss? Serenity? Instagram photos of a fit individual seated in full lotus on the beach as the sun rises? Like so many things in our lives, we’re overthinking it. During meditation practice, we train...

Change Your Brain for the Better

Meditation has the power to change your brain from the better, physically! It can enhance neuropathways in your brain to improve everyday experiences and treat mental illnesses such as trauma, depression, and anxiety. A recent study from Rutgers University showed that...

Using Awareness to Find Greater Balance

Let’s face it, modern life can be difficult. We’re overworked, stressed, and tired. Sometimes we even feel isolated and lost. In recent years, the concept of mindfulness has gained popularity as a way to find some equanimity in one’s life despite the ups and downs of...

Sangha is a key part of any meditation practice

In Tibetan Buddhist practice, the word “Sangha” refers to the community of people that surround and support you in your contemplative and spiritual journey. Why does it matter that you have a community? Why can’t you just meditate on your own? Yes, a person can get...

Why meditate?

Meditation helps our brains to develop the right “muscles” that allow us to pause before that habitual knee-jerk reaction. When you learn how to pause a bit, how to return to the present moment, and return to your truer self, you ultimately benefit yourself, your...

What makes a meaningful life?

Each of us has a unique gift to bring the world, and we aren’t going to be satisfied if we can’t bring it forth. And what brings us the most satisfaction is not to offer just one gift– we probably all have a wonderful combination of gifts that we can bring. We want to...

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