As a follow-up to Sunburned: A Blog Series About Spirituality that I wrote while doing some research for War & Grace, the final installment in my epic fantasy trilogy Daughter of Light, I'll be posting links to articles about meditation (and spirituality) from around the web every Friday.
Political Staffers Find Their Zen The "Quiet Time Caucus" is a great "real-life" example of how meditation can be effective in active/hectic/real lives. It also touches upon the "they'll think I'm weird" factor, and provides a vision for the broader application of meditation and its benefits.
These 10 Tattoos Have Deep Spiritual and Religious Meaning As someone with three tattoos, I related to the: "they are in fact, 'road signs' that mark a person's spiritual journey" angle of this article.
Here's How Meditation Can Help You Study Smarter Any type of work involving complex mental processes can benefit from the mediation habit!
If Mindfulness Makes you Uncomfortable, It's Working I consider mindfulness, meditation's sister, as a secondary practice, i.e. I make my meditation my priority and tap into mindfulness as needed, remembered, etc. The beginning of this article brings forward an excellent point that applies to meditation as much as mindfulness: Sometime's it's just going to feel uncomfortable. When I'm meditating and I would prefer to jump up and run from the room screaming to remaining still, if I can just stay there in that desire to "run", something particularly juicy invariably surfaces, some deep treasure rises from the depths. So, yes, meditation/mindfulness practices are as much about expanding the parameters of our ability to experience all spectrums of emotion, thought, etc. as they are about experiencing bliss, joy, peace, zen.
7 Ways to Meditate While You Move Sometimes we just can't sit still and movement can calm our minds. If you already participate in any of these activities, they're also just a great way to enter/integrate a meditative quality, state into your life.