Things to Think About When Pursuing a Meditation Instructor

This is a question that has popped up more than a few times in the last few months as I’ve scoured the web for other sites like mine, participated in forums, and responded to general inquiries sent to me via Urban Spiritual. From what I can tell, it spurns a lot of debate in the virtual world. My opinion? Yes, no, and it depends.

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Meditation, the Christian Way

I suppose it depends on who is reading this passage, but the way I see it, Jesus was telling his followers to be mindful. He urges us to find the silence within ourselves in the face of God, because in the light of the divine we see our truest self. In turn, we see the true nature of God, the true nature of our reality, and draw near the mind of Christ as the apostle Paul so aptly stated…

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Getting Inside the Concept of ‘Just Do It’

On Tuesday, I discussed the importance of intention and the necessity of mindfulness in realizing clear intentions. Today, I’d like to speak about the importance of effort in achieving our goals within our mindfulness practices and in daily life.

Effort and intention really need to be at the core of anything we do that we believe is worth doing. I would argue that the two go hand in hand. You cannot really have one without the other. And you cannot clarify either without mindfulness. We use platitudes like ‘just do it’ or ‘do what you’ve gotta do.’ Of course, in essence, they are useful messages, but what do they actually entail?…

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The Joys of Loving-Kindness

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Introducing Lovingkindness into My Life

I sit down to meditate every morning for 30 minutes to an hour as time and will permit. Meditation is the staple of my day. If perchance I miss a sitting, which doesn’t happen often, my day feels incomplete. More than that, however, is the awareness that I have to work much harder to connect with others throughout the day than if I had taken the time to sit. I believe there are two reasons for this…

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Why Happiness Requires Practice

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The other day I woke up and nothing was right. I was cranky and angry with myself for various reasons. I started plummeting down an abyss of anxiety and depression regarding my self worth and uncertain future—the usual hang ups, but it had been a while since I had felt so emotionally disturbed…Keep Reading at the new Urban Spiritual!

City Tip #1: Observe a Stranger

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If you live in a big city, you probably know the term ‘people watching.’ It’s a very natural part of living in close proximity with thousands of other human beings. Sometimes we observe others out of curiosity, other times out of fear, and most often out of judgement (which is a veiled type of fear)…Read the full article at the new Urban Spiritual!

A Guide to Lucid Dreaming

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I’m on the boardwalk. I look up at the sun and realize that not only am I looking directly into it, but that it is far too large. I realize that I’m dreaming and become lucid. The first thing I do is adjust the size of the sun with my hands. I make it super big and everything becomes very hot and then I make it very small. FinallyRead the Post and Guide at the new Urban Spiritual!

Staying Mindful in Daily Life

GalacticMeditation2If you’re a frequent reader, you understand how much emphasis I place on embracing the present moment. I would venture to say that it is the centerpiece of this blog. We cannot have effective relationships, self-reflection, or art without being present at least some of the time. And some of the time is better than not at all…Keep Reading at the new Urban Spiritual!