What is a mantra-based sitting meditation?

What is a mantra-based sitting meditation?

There are many forms of meditation. The meditation I have been trained in and practice twice a day is a silent, mantra-based sitting meditation.

Sitting meditation gives us an opportunity to settle in to the stillness and return to our ground state of being, that state of stillness and emptiness. It’s an opportunity for us to take time away from the busyness of our daily life and its distractions and give full attention to and care for ourselves.

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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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