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Do you meditate? Or, do you wonder why people bother with meditation? After all, most of us are not concerned with reaching some higher plane of existence or gaining some "special powers." We have relationships to maintain, jobs to perform, and bills to pay. Meditation does provide us with some tranquil time, but we still have to function in this world—and cannot, therefore, go floating around in some "la-la" frame of mind. So, what does meditation really provide us? What if, we are able to not only reach our personal meditative goals, but also see the growth and change that is actively occurring? If I, personally, were to have a personal growth goal, it would be about connecting ...

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By what measure do you love? If you are like most people, you probably keep some score of reciprocity, monitoring whether or not others are giving as much as you are in your relationships. Granted, no one likes to feel that a friendship or partnership is one-sided, but this typically self-referential approach to love does not really serve our highest good, and keeping score never feels good. It is true that the feeling of love we have will fluctuate based on how balanced the giving and receiving is between us and others. But if we instead approach love as an action rather than a feeling, then we can be grateful, either for what we may be receiving, or if we are not, then for the ...

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Meditation can be defined in a literal manner as an exercise of focusing the mind on one thought, image, feeling, or concept. In the concentration-oriented meditation methods, the mind focuses on a word, a prayer, a visual image, a spiritual concept, or the breath. With the mindfulness type of meditation, you may simply set the mind in observer mode. Each of the literal definitions of meditation works toward a similar goal of quieting the mind. Another version to this question could be, "What is meditation in terms of how it relates to daily life?" Suddenly, the literal translation of an activity extends into the relationship between the practice of meditation and life. At this point a ...

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Here is a simple Taoist meditation technique that, with practice, will enable you to find balance and the power to deal with any kind of situation. It only takes about thirty seconds to do and you can apply it anytime, anywhere— even while driving. Nothing feels better than when you are in the zone. You feel calm and in control, alert, and ready to deal with any situation. In Taoist meditation, the two primary guidelines are jing (quiet, stillness, calm) and ding (concentration, focus). These are the same two characteristics required for being in the zone. There are two versions of this exercise: the first for normal situations and the second for exceptional situations. Three ...

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