5 Easy Ways to Start Meditating

Meditation. It is for everyone, whether you know it yet or not. This guide will help you find a place for you to begin, even if you think you can't meditate. A word that is so simple, yet complex in many ways. When you look up the word "Meditation" on Merriam-Webster this is the definitions you get: : to engage in contemplation or reflection: to engage in mental exercise (such as concentration on one's breathing or repetition of a mantra) for the purpose of reaching a heightened level of spiritual awareness Easy enough, right? In other words, meditation is a way to think a…

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Hate

Hate. It is an emotion that we are told not to feel, not to say, not to acknowledge. The dark side of human nature that we should supposedly turn a blind eye to because if we were to acknowledge hate then we are admitting that we have darkness within ourselves. We are taught to love, to be kind, to be caring, to be honest, to be light. Love is in all things, but hate? Hate can't be acknowledged or seen, because hate is darkness. But how is it possible to have light without some sort of darkness? Even the sun…

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On Buddhism and The Noble Eightfold Path

Life is suffering; the sooner we all realize it, the better off we'll be. It's how we process this suffering that makes us who we are. I am writing this blog post to help others understand the benefits of the Buddha's teachings and how I apply these teachings to my own life. The great thing about Buddhism is that the Buddha stated the level of commitment ultimately depends upon the person. If one wants to achieve nirvana (nibbana), The Noble Eightfold Path is how one would achieve this; however, you can get pretty close by adapting these principles into your…

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Meditation for a Skeptic

unsplash-logoJD Mason Close your eyes for just a moment and think about meditation. What's the first thing that comes to mind? Was it a man dressed in dark red robes sitting cross-legged on a plush pillow in the center of a room adorned with candles and mysterious objects? Perhaps the air smelled of sage, lavender, sandalwood, or frankincense? Was the man floating six inches above the floor? Were there mystical colors swirling around his chakras? Perhaps he was creating doorways to alternate dimensions in the form of bright green circles of light like Marvel's Doctor Strange? Perhaps all of these…

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