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Acts of kindness and affection beyond romantic relationships?

Can life be as rich and wonderful without that deep intimacy with someone romantically? Can one channel openhearted and loving acts of kindness and affection in other ways that are just as fulfilling? [more inside]
posted by jpritcha on Jul 15, 2015 - 14 answers

Meditation resources that are neutral on religion

Partner and I are interested in meditation and mindfulness. I am a Christian and partner is an atheist. There are a lot of resources on atheist meditation and a lot on Christian meditation. I am put off by the anti-religious content of the former, and partner is put off by the religious aspects of the latter. Can you suggest any books/podcasts/websites/etc. that are neutral on religion, and are just about how to meditate? [more inside]
posted by OrangeDisk on Jun 8, 2015 - 15 answers

Are there statistics about Americans and meditation?

I'm curious about how many Americans have been exposed to meditation and mindfulness, and to what degree. I've had a difficult time finding research about these and related statistics. Can anyone point me in the right direction?
posted by zenja72 on May 8, 2015 - 6 answers

Market Research Question on Meditation & Mindfulness

Mindfulness is trending, and I am opening a meditation studio. I am looking to find out my target audience in order to lock a location. I am seeking a profile on people who meditate. Are they typically baby boomers? Women around 30 years old? Etc. This will also allow me to plan programs, curriculum, and advertising. If anyone knows where I can find information like this (or something close) please let me know. Thank you!
posted by LLF246 on May 5, 2015 - 8 answers

Looking for a mindfulness retreat near a sunny beach in Europe

Recommendations please! More about what I'm after inside. [more inside]
posted by penguin pie on Apr 29, 2015 - 3 answers

How do you know you're getting better at meditating

I have been meditating off and on for the last several years and I'm not sure that I'm getting any better at doing this. I typically listen to Mindfulness Meditation by Jon Kabat Zinn but I still find my mind gets stuck on worries and concerns while I'm doing this. [more inside]
posted by nidora on Mar 10, 2015 - 17 answers

How do you use mindfulness and meditation for decision making?

I need to make a series of decisions soon. What specific mindfulness exercises or meditation methods might help? [more inside]
posted by digitalprimate on Feb 17, 2015 - 11 answers

How do I mindfulness?

The stock answer to everyone who's posted an Ask about being stressed or anxious lately has been "Mindfulness! Meditation!" But, um, what does that mean, exactly? Please share anecdotes, techniques, references. What - exactly - did you do, and how did it help? Walk me through this like I'm five. [more inside]
posted by telepanda on Dec 12, 2014 - 42 answers

I had a "mystical" experience. I'm not sure how to process it.

The other evening I was hanging around my apartment eating dinner. At some point after I finished eating, and for several hours afterwards until I went to sleep, I experienced a state of mind I can only describe as "mystical", or perhaps hyper-awareness. Whatever it was, it was so different from anything I can remember experiencing that it threw me completely off balance and I'm still trying to figure out what happened. Looking for insight from others who may have had a similar experience. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 10, 2014 - 40 answers

Meditation and I'm moving backwards?

I think my new mindfulness practice is causing me more anxiety - why is this and how do I handle it? [more inside]
posted by chainsofreedom on Feb 27, 2014 - 17 answers

Relationship between contemplation and mindfulness

What is the relationship between contemplation and mindfulness? [more inside]
posted by jpritcha on Feb 22, 2014 - 14 answers

How do you keep your head when it starts to fly off the handle?

When an argument is brewing or someone upsets me, all my mindfulness study goes directly out the window. I am immediately engaged with the full complement of negative emotions and responses. When I've calmed down I can see all the things I should've said or done differently - if I'd managed to keep my head. How do you train yourself to practice INSTANT mindfulness?
posted by Josephine Macaulay on Dec 30, 2013 - 22 answers

Seeking meditation apps and podcasts

I'd like to meditate more. I have the Simply Be app and like it, but would like to try others. MeFites, what do you recommend?
posted by elizeh on Nov 25, 2013 - 16 answers

Good guided meditations for surgery recovery/pain?

Looking for guided meditations/mindfulness practices specifically for help with post-surgical pain, besides Jon Kabat-Zinn's Mindfulness Meditation for Pain Relief. [more inside]
posted by scody on Oct 30, 2013 - 8 answers

Looking for a 5-7 day meditation retreat close to an airport

Help me find the ideal 5-7 day teacher-led meditation retreat close to an airport and/or close to Kansas City! [more inside]
posted by gilsonal on Sep 10, 2013 - 4 answers

Oddly calm after being laid off

I was laid off last week, and instead of feeling angry, I just feel … well, calm. Is this even remotely normal? [more inside]
posted by A Friend of Dug [sock] on Sep 2, 2013 - 18 answers

Mindfulness without stasis.

Pardon if this misses the point entirely, but is there a guide to practicing mindfulness that does not revolve around sitting meditation? [more inside]
posted by A god with hooves, a god with horns on Jun 21, 2013 - 29 answers

But what if I can't live in the present tomorrow?

The times when I am most content and at peace are the times that I am most able to live in the present - unattached to outcomes, not falling into "what ifs", not "writing the script", etc. I've also been at my most successful when I've had that attitude. Unfortunately, it's also pretty rare that I'm able to get there. What books, recordings, techniques, anything else help you reach that "it is what it is and it's all ok" attitude?
posted by SampleSize on Oct 12, 2012 - 13 answers

not spreading yourself too thin

I'm overambitious. I spread myself too thin and it's crazy-making. Now what? [more inside]
posted by elephantsvanish on Oct 2, 2012 - 10 answers

Meditation resources?

I'd like to start meditating to help me live more in the moment, know my body and mind better, reduce stress, and increase my ability to focus and concentrate. What are some mindfulness/meditation resources and guides that can help me accomplish those goals without any woo? [more inside]
posted by jsturgill on Apr 30, 2012 - 18 answers

Mindfulness-based back pain--help!

I've recently started doing a sitting meditation, and when I do it in a cross-legged position sitting on a cushion, I'm having pain and sort of a numbness in my right mid back. I don't want to stop doing the sitting meditation--I'm finding it easier to meditate in a sitting position--but it hurts, and I'm worried I'm going to injure myself. [more inside]
posted by supercoollady on Mar 30, 2012 - 25 answers

Meditation sessions for me, for free!

Free, online audio resources for mindfulness meditation and body awareness sessions? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 7, 2012 - 6 answers

Help me to observe myself asking this question

I want to learn about mindfulness, to be more mindful. Also known as witnessing or distancing. The ability to be both within and outside a given situation, not to be overwhelmed but to have a part of your mind observe yourself and others all the time. I think this is what very expensive education can teach you. [more inside]
posted by slimeline on Nov 26, 2011 - 19 answers

Meditation for a high-need kid

I'm looking for a very specific kind of therapy/mindfulness training for my kid. I'm in the SF Bay Area. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 17, 2011 - 10 answers

Creating a space for meditation.

Yoga and therapy combined with the mindfulness meditation my therapist has been teaching me are already doing wonders for my mental health. Now I'd like to create a neat little space in my home that's dedicated to daily meditation. Do you have a space like this? What works for you? I'm seeking ideas. [more inside]
posted by katillathehun on Jun 20, 2011 - 4 answers

Meditation Freakout

You are not my therapist but maybe you know about meditation? I'm back into my mindful meditation routine and I'm fairly new at it. The last three sittings I've had have brought up intense tears and a body sensation that screams RUN AWAY which usually causes me to stop that session as it is too intense. Of course I'll bring this up with my therapist but that appointment is a wee ways off. Is this common? Something I should be afraid of? Something I should stop meditating because of? Why would this occur? How do I get thru the intense panic and return to the breath?
posted by kanata on Apr 10, 2011 - 15 answers

Seeking Observing Ego

Reaching the observing ego has been elusive recently when months ago it wasn't. I'm not pushing for it, just waiting. Even after 45min sit, it is more common to find emptiness. Suggestions?
posted by 77144 on Nov 16, 2009 - 22 answers

Anti-anxiety options are giving me fits

Questions about mindfulness CBT and biofeedback. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 5, 2007 - 9 answers

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