meditation

Quit Stressing About Meditation

I’ve always wanted to like meditation. It looks so peaceful, so picturesque—sitting cross-legged as deep breaths filter in and out of a blissfully calm face—it’s the epitome of what I imagine someone who has their life together looks like. Meditation has stepped into the spotlight as one of the more prevalent types of alternative healing… Read more »

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Yes, Meditation Can Help Your Eating Disorder Recovery

“If you just sit and observe, you will see how restless your mind is. If you try to calm it, it only makes it worse, but over time it does calm, and when it does, there’s room to hear more subtle things – that’s when your intuition starts to blossom and you start to see… Read more »

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7 Ways to Increase Self-Awareness in Writing

Whether you are a seasoned or emerging writer, the start of a new year is a good time to become self-aware. Being self-aware stimulates the mind-body connection. It is also a way to monitor what works in our lives and what does not. Self-awareness can also lead to positive thinking. In doing so, self-awareness can… Read more »

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Mindfulness Can Quiet Down the A**Hole Voice in Our Heads

I was recently interviewing ABC News anchor Dan Harris, author of 10% Happier, for an upcoming online symposium on Uncovering Happiness. I really enjoyed spending time with him rapping about what happiness is really about and why mindfulness and compassion can help inspire it. But one of the things that really made me laugh was… Read more »

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What Drew Me to Meditation

In her interview with PsychAlive’s Dr. Lisa Firestone, Dr. Donna Rockwell talks about what drew her to the practice of meditation. Lisa Firestone:  When did you first become interested in mindfulness and what attracted you to that practice of meditation? Donna Rockwell: Well, it was quite interesting really because I was a journalist in Washington,… Read more »

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VIDEO: Meditation as a Way of Being in the World

In her PsychAlive interview, mindfulness expert Dr. Donna Rockwell talks about meditation as a way of “being in the world in an existential sense.” We don’t even know our own minds, you know, it’s interesting.  We live externally and it’s all about getting the right job and the right husband and the right house.  And… Read more »

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VIDEO: Sitting Meditation Practice

In her interview with PsychAlive Senior Editor Lisa Firestone, Dr. Donna Rockwell talks about the significance and effect of the posture assumed during sitting meditation practice. The other thing that’s interesting in sitting practice is, you know, when we’re sitting on the cushion, we find that we’re either shlumping this way or this way and… Read more »

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VIDEO: Mindfulness Meditation and Happiness

In her interview with PsychAlive Senior Editor Lisa Firestone, Dr. Donna Rockwell talks about mindfulness meditation as a shortcut to realizing happiness. It increases our overall sense of wellbeing and allows us to be here.  You know, we can’t be happy if we’re thinking about what happened yesterday and what might happen tomorrow.  There’s no… Read more »

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VIDEO: How Mindfulness Meditation Allows You to Embrace Yourself

In her interview with PsychAlive Senior Editor Lisa Firestone, Dr. Donna Rockwell talks about how mindfulness meditation allows you to embrace yourself more authentically and tenderly. You know, when you sit there – I meditated, I don’t know, for 15 years before I could really have this have this sort of breakthrough, which is all… Read more »

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VIDEO: Mindfulness Meditation and Stress Reduction

In her interview with PsychAlive Senior Editor Lisa Firestone, Dr. Donna Rockwell talks about the powerful impact mindfulness meditation has on stress reduction. You know, so much of this is really physiology and biology in that we have the sympathetic nervous system and we have the parasympathetic nervous system, which produces cortisol and the fight… Read more »

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