Silent Retreat San Diego [April 13th, 2019]

Silent Retreat San Diego [April 13th, 2019]

As I stood up to share in front of the entire group, I heard one of the members say "I don't understand, why would anyone want to be silent for a whole day." Referring to my announcement about the upcoming Day of Silence Retreat at Satsang House on April 13th, he appeared absolutely baffled. Are you confused too?

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Mindfulness & Meditation Center: Maggie Kelly’s Journey to Satsang House

Mindfulness & Meditation Center: Maggie Kelly’s Journey to Satsang House

I wanted to share my personal story with you about how I went from being totally stressed, overwhelmed and stuck to feeling empowered, free and excited about my life. You know the type...hyperventilating through life, running from one thing to the next while the e-mails pile up and more keeps getting added to the proverbial "to do" list.

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What is the Difference Between Mindfulness and Meditation?

What is the Difference Between Mindfulness and Meditation?

Mindfulness and Meditation go hand in hand. Meditation lays the foundation for you to go out into the world carrying a sense of peace and serenity within. While mindfulness is the integrated practice you can employ in all of your daily interactions and relationships. Establish a daily meditation practice with a little mindfulness sprinkled on top!

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Stuck on the Hamster Wheel?

Stuck on the Hamster Wheel?

Stressed, unfulfilled, stuck? Do you have the feeling that there just has to be more to life than the way you are living it today?

Anyone who has had even the slightest introduction to Buddhist teaching is familiar with its starting point: the inescapable truth that existence entails "suffering." This is The First Noble Truth, one of the most central teachings of Buddhism. One of the fundamental teachings behind Buddhism, its ethics, philosophy, practices and community life, is the discovery that freedom and joy are possible in the face of the regular "suffering" of human life. 

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Science of Meditation

Science of Meditation

It’s no surprise that some of the strongest areas of research centered on attention. Researchers at MIT and UC Santa Barbara found that merely eight minutes of meditation practice improved concentration and reduced mind-wandering. They also found that mindfulness had a dramatic effect on working memory - the facility we have to manipulate stored information in order to reason and make decisions.

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Thinking is Expected in Meditation

Thinking is Expected in Meditation

Honestly, I can't tell you how many of my students tell me the "can't meditate, my mind won't stop chattering!" Do you feel the same way? We'll, let me debunk one of the biggest myths about meditation + mindfulness: you AREN'T SUPPOSED TO STOP THINKING in meditation!!  The very fact that you might have attempted to meditate and notice all of the chatter in your mind literally indicates that you are on the path toward a healthy meditation practice!  The path begins with you actually noticing. That is the practice of meditation! That we come out of our fog of thoughts long enough to notice we’ve been stuck on automatic pilot for years and not really even living our life.

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Beware of Fast-Food Spirituality

Beware of Fast-Food Spirituality

There are no “quick-fixes” to the stress and craziness we have settled into as the “norm” these days. The practice of meditation is not fast-food spirituality. Developing a meditation practice that leaves you feeling centered, joyful and serene takes time and dedication. Start where you are. If you miss a day or two, that’s ok, start anew. Just start.

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What is a Mantra?

What is a Mantra?

Ever tried to stop the incessant flow of chatter in your mind? Have you tried to meditate before but just can’t seem to settle your thoughts long enough to experience what people say meditation is supposed to bring you? The Sanskrit word mantra literally is translated as “vehicle of the mind” which is exactly its purpose. Meditation dates back over 2,500 years and while there are many forms of meditation, the use of a mantra is quite adept at helping you quiet that internal dialog.

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Meditation Improves Focus and Attention

Meditation Improves Focus and Attention

Feeling scattered and having trouble focusing? Is your attention divided all day long and you don’t seem to feel as though you can catch your breath? Sit. Stop moving. Just try it for five minutes a day for this week and begin to notice that incessant internal dialog that doesn’t seem to want to give you a break. Don’t expect instant results. Enlightenment and awakening take practice and dedication. Start right where you are. Just start.

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Responding versus Reacting

Responding versus Reacting

Do you notice that at times you seem to react to situations and circumstances with a bit more emotion than seems warranted for the situation? If you are like millions of us, stress puts our nerves on edge making it super easy to overreact. I’ve seen it in my own life time and again when I haven’t taken as good of care of myself as I’d like to, haven’t slept enough or have just way too much on my plate.

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