Friday, February 26, 2016

Meditation & Eclectic Spirituality, Volume 2

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.


7 Sneaky Ways to Meditate Every Day Because Even 10 Minutes is Beneficial: I'm big on easing into meditation and making it a natural part of your life. One of the beauties of mediation is it's simplicity; no fanfare is required to practice. So don't worry if none of the specific tips in this article appeal to you, its a great starting point for getting creative with your own mediation practice.

California 'church' caters to millennial appetite for awakening: Nearly 30% of folks under thirty in the U.S. are "nones", i.e. they have no religious affiliation but don't necessarily reject religion outright. I love the idea of "a spiritual community center" and totally agree that "the old paradigm, having someone to follow who’s more enlightened than you" is over.

Teens navigate own path when it comes to religion: Will encouraging and supporting folks to research and deeply consider their own questions about god, faith, and religion lead to the next Age of Enlightenment?

Why you should try meditation to chill out: A great personal account on easing past that initial resistance. One of the biggies: The first time you meditate don't try to sit for forty-five minutes!

Science and Meditation: Integrating a First-Person Experience Into the Scientific Process: A neuroscientist talks up meditation and how it alters the structure of the brain, for all you skeptics;)

The Mindful Couch Potato: I don't watch a lot of athletic events on TV, but if I ever do, this sounds like a worthy experiment! As someone who lived without a TV for years, I love the idea of transforming that much-maligned medium into a useful arena for developing connection and empathy.

Tech to help with meditation: More than half of Americans meditate or are interested in mediation? Wow. That is A-W-E-S-O-M-E! Being able to hear the chaos in your brain shift to clarity sounds intriguing (and pricey!).

A Blog Series About Spirituality

If you'd like to submit a link for a Friday post, please email me at Heidi _ g @ comcast . net, thanks!