Meditation and sleep

You’ve all counted the minutes that seemingly crawl by when you’re trying to sleep. Sleep is usually in short supply as our lives collectively get busier. Our minds tend to dwell on the pressures and stresses of the earlier day, or the next day. Also, infuriatingly, our minds have an unwelcome tendency to make sleep… Read more…

Top meditation retreats (in no particular order)

Sometimes, you just have to get away. Or, if you’re like me, you want to combine two things you love: in this case, travel and meditation. The world is a big place, and some locales have built and host some truly unforgettable destinations that are also focused on or very meditation-friendly. I’ve not been lucky… Read more…

Top meditation apps

In today’s high tech world, there’s a bit of technology for everyone. Meditation is no different. Many of us rely on our phones and tablets for many aspects of our lives, and there are some great apps for aiding in meditation. In this blog post, we examine some of the more popular meditation apps on… Read more…

Use mindfulness when arguing!

We’ve all had many, many experiences where we are forced to argue.  From disagreements at home, with your spouse, with a friend, at work, almost anywhere, at any moment, someone can strike up an argument with you for myriad reasons. However, arguing isn’t usually a good thing.  Only a select few actually feel at home… Read more…

Mindfulness and antidepressants

In the past, we’ve discussed how mindfulness and meditation can have a positive effect on pain, anxiety and depression, three afflictions that are currently treated with medication, namely antidepressants. It’s great news that there is recent mounting evidence that mindfulness and meditation can help treat these afflictions. Mindfulness and antidepressants — two sides to the… Read more…

Meditation for kids

In a recent article I was reading from Outsideonline, they were discussing the case for teaching meditation for kids in schools. Being a strong proponent for meditation and mindfulness in everyone, I of course had my interest piqued. It’s not something we’ve covered before, and children are not always the focus of meditation studies, but it’s nonetheless… Read more…

Meditation and depression

There may be new findings linking the effects of meditation and depression. A recent study shows that mindfulness meditation can alleviate symptoms of depression, anxiety and pain. The study, conducted by Johns Hopkins University, showed researchers that stronger studies must be conducted to show exactly how much mindfulness, concentration and transcendental meditation have on depression, anxiety and… Read more…

Save your brain with meditation

A recent study by the University of California Los Angeles Brain Mapping Center proposed that long term meditation may have some important positive effects on the brain: over the course of 20 years, participants who practiced meditation had higher brain volumes than those who didn’t meditate. This is strong evidence that you can help preserve your… Read more…

Meditation for busy people

When you think about meditation, you think about sitting serenely for a period of time in a quiet place, listening to music or the sound of your breath. However, setting aside that period of time to devote solely to meditation doesn’t work with some schedules. As a parent, I know this as much as anyone.… Read more…

Game of Thrones star advocates mindfulness

Game of Thrones star Jerome Flynn recently visited students studying mindfulness in the United Kingdom. A longtime practitioner of mindfulness, Flynn dropped by the GCSE students at Ygsol Dewi Sant. The students are currently undergoing an eight week course to help mitigate the stress that exams can bring. The school is located in the UK, as mindfulness has… Read more…

Music and meditation

Music is arguably one of man’s greatest inventions. It can invoke many emotions and stimulate many different kinds of moods. When you think about a serene atmosphere, is there music playing? It’s very common in places such as yoga studios intended to calm one’s mind. However, in certain types of meditation, should music be part… Read more…

Why Omni meditation benches are better!

We have written a lot about different ways one can meditate, the benefits and advantages one can find by meditating, and many related topics. But there’s one question that we’d like to bring up to answer a lot of questions that we get from our customers: What makes an Omni Meditation Bench better than the… Read more…

Nondirective meditation and memory

In case you missed it, a recent study published in the neuroscience journal Frontiers in Human Neuroscience links meditation to an increased function of the brain’s ability to process emotions and memories.The meditation studied is classified as nondirective meditation. This differs from other traditional types of meditation, in this study called concentrative meditation. For those… Read more…

Meditation versus mindfulness

In our last post, we detailed how mindfulness at work can help you lower stress and improve your health. However, we’ve received a few emails asking for an explanation between mindfulness and our other passion, meditation. You’re used to seeing us discuss meditation on this blog, and there are some similarities especially with the end… Read more…

How mindfulness can help at work

It’s no secret that many of us are stressed out at work. Looming deadlines, high workloads, rude customers and more all contribute to a stressful, and sometimes unfavorable, work conditions.  We spend a third or more of our lives at work. Spending that much of our lives means that we should make it as positive… Read more…

How to begin meditating

In other posts, I explain about the many benefits of meditation. Chances are, with all the positive effects that meditation has, meditation is gaining popularity as a way to reduce stress and gain mental focus. I welcome all newcomers to the meditation lifestyle, and I’m happy to see so many new inductees. However, meditation can be… Read more…

The benefits of meditation chairs

We’re all aware of the benefits of meditation, but what about the obstacles that those who meditate, newcomers and veterans alike, come across when meditating? Nearly by definition, the simple act of meditation is intended to be a comfortable, relaxing endeavor. However, too often, our bodies are too accustomed to be in motion – which can work… Read more…