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Nine Meditation Retreat Myths

With so many retreats out there, deciding which one to attend can be tough. You can go to a retreat for meditation, writing, yoga, running, and more. You could probably even find one retreat to do all of those in one week. Everyone’s schedules seem only to get busier, so it’s important to make the most of your time by choosing the best retreat...

Three Keys to a Daily Practice

The following is an excerpt from Lama Tsomo’s book, Why is the Dalai Lama Always Smiling? First Key to a Daily Practice: Working It Into Your Schedule This is a key to success in your practice, so let’s spend some time on this one. It’s best, but not essential, to do your sessions just as you wake up in the morning. Most Tibetan practitioners do...

Clearing the Stale Energies

This practice may be easiest to understand by watching first. Start by watching this video. Then you can practice on your own or with Lama Tsomo’s guidance. Here’s a run-down to go along with the video. Grab a tissue, as Lama Tsomo always recommends a quick nose blow before doing this practice. Clearing the Stale Energies is a traditional...

Recharge Your Health Habits

It’s time to recharge those goals that we’ve let slip since January. Whether your goal was to eat cleaner, bike to work daily, or get eight hours sleep every night, it’s time to get back to it. Here are some ways to kickstart your goals: Know Thyself. Write a letter to yourself explaining how you’re feeling, where you’re at, and where you want to...

The Way Home: The Eightfold Path

The following is an except from Lama Tsomo’s book, Why is the Dalai Lama Always Smiling? We now know that, since we’re made of Buddha Nature, we too can reach the end of all suffering, permanently. We can finally end our wandering and go back Home. For good. The Buddha laid out the actual methods for us to achieve this goal. He taught thousands...

What Does “Clearing the Lens” Mean?

This piece is part of a series meant to give readers an inside view of the Clearing the Lens Retreat that was held in June . Participants cultivated awareness within themselves while engaging with others to deepen sangha and gain tools to live happier and more meaningful lives. The workshop was led by Aaron Stern, president and founder of the The...

Three Ways to Build Community

Even though the heat of summer is unrelenting, it won’t be long until there’s a coolness in the air and our schedules take a beat before hurling into autumn. It’s time to step back, reflect, and spend time with those we value most. Here are three ways to bring people together as fall sweeps in: Pass the Plate. Nothing builds community quite like...

Hello Body, we meet again.

Hello Body, we meet again. This piece is part of a series meant to give readers an inside view of the Clearing the Lens Retreat held in June. The workshop was led by Aaron Stern, president and founder of the Academy For the Love of Learning ®, and Marianne Murray, a member of the core faculty at the Academy. They were joined by Namchak...

A Playful Meditation Practice for Everything

Play can lessen the mind chatter and bring us more fully into the present moment. It helps boost our energy and mood. We need to remind ourselves that play is not a luxury, but a necessity that relieves stress and increases overall health. Play can bring fresh insights and perspectives to our current problems and situations. Let’s dive into a...

My Love of Science

The following is an except from Lama Tsomo's book, Why is the Dalai Lama Always Smiling? The entire time I was growing up, I was exposed to another Western tradition for exploring the world: science. My father had a passion for it. Often his “bedtime story” for me was a lesson on Einstein’s Theory of Relativity, or the construction of atoms, or...