Meditation destinations
Off-the-Beaten-Path Destinations for Meditation Lovers

Peace, silence, and nothing but nature all around you. How great does that sound for a great holiday?

by Rebecca Pittore
meditation tips
How to Overcome the 3 Most Common Obstacles to Meditation

I began teaching meditation in 2006 and opened a meditation center in Chicago in 2013. The center was specifically geared towards teaching how to develop a solid, reliable meditation practice for total beginners, newbies (those who tried and didn’t continue) and intermediate students.

by Andrew Shykofsky
mindfulness
How Writing Improves Your Brain & Helps You Heal

Humans are the only living beings on the earth who can express their thoughts in the form of writing. Call it an evolutionary success of the higher primates or an act of adaptation, the complex human brains show remarkable feature in terms of superiority in the animal kingdom.

by Kathy Mitchell
meditation tips
5 Great Reasons Why Practicing Meditation in The Forest May Be For You

There are many forms or types of meditation. And thank goodness for that, because there are many types of people afterall! We don’t all fit into the same “category” as we all have our individual identity so it only makes sense that we’ll have different preferences when it comes to forms of meditation that suits us like a glove. If you have yet to find out what yours is, this article may just help to find it. 

by Alexandra Merisoiu
meditation facts
6 Mind Blowing Facts About Meditation

As a yoga teacher and a rookie meditator, I’ve tried to convince many others on the benefit of meditation and urged them to give it a try. Many are receptive to the idea, but many still want to see the cold, hard facts – the scientific proofs that meditation is actually good for you.

by Elaine Clara Mah

On & Beyond Meditation

Explore fascinating spiritual destinations and amp up your mind over body techniques. Learn tips & tricks from yoga practitioners and teachers worldwide. Bring mindfulness into your everyday life.

Top Meditation Styles in Different Parts of The World

Meditation is a great exercise towards becoming present. It teaches us to focus on ourselves, our goals, and our minds. It makes us aware and mindful by developing our senses and broadening our horizons.

The Essential Principles of Lifelong Motivation

If you look up the word ‘motivation’ in a dictionary it is described as ‘reason or reasons for acting in a particular way’. Essentially, motivation is the driving force behind everything we do in life, and the part that states ‘in a particular way’ implies that we can be motivated to make both actions that have a positive and negative outcome. 

Is Meditation Just Another Wellness Trend?

The wellness world has seen its fair share of trends and fads over the years. From ridiculous diets to superstitious rituals, every once and a while, someone comes up with an idea and the masses flock to it like ants to a sugar-cube. 

4 Simple Ways to Be Happier

There’s a term used in psychology called Impact Bias, or our predisposition to overestimate the impact of future events in our current state.

Five Ways to Cope with Anxiety

What's the most lethal health condition that people suffer from these days?  Cancer or other "terminal" diseases are sure to be the first that spring to mind, but there is another silent killer that is rife among many people today. That's right, it is anxiety. People tend to get affected by these major culprits a lot. In fact, I'd say that these seemingly harmless disorders could be the reason people develop other diseases because anxiety develops depression and depression has the ability to eat at your nerves. A weak nervous system could lead to faulty functioning of the body on so many levels that you are prone to catching or developing diseases quite easily.

Live a Happy, Healthy and Harmonious Life with Meditation

We all strive for a lucrative career, luxury, and comfort so that we can lead a happy and fulfilled life. We leave no stone unturned to amass the wealth and materialistic goods for living an opulent life. Many of us believe that money and career growth bring peace and contentment. However, in reality, this is a fallacy. Worldly pleasures might make a life hassle-free but these do not result in long-lasting peace. In this article, we will unearth the deep secrets of meditation to increase happiness and personal growth.

Here's Why You Should Meditate After Your Morning Coffee

There are two kinds of people; those who need to meditate each morning and those who need their ‘coffee fix’ to jump-start their day. But, what if we told you that the two go hand in hand? 

How to Find Time and Space for Meditation in the Office?

Personally, I don’t get why every working space doesn’t already have a meditation zone. To me, it makes perfect sense for offices to set up meditation spaces and encourage (if not demand) everybody to take advantage of them. The health and productivity benefits that they would get would more than make up for the space cost. Unfortunately, that’s not how things are right now.

Attending My First Mindfulness Workshop

I must admit that I didn’t really know much about mindfulness until I started doing social media for BookMeditationRetreats.com. In my day to day job, I get to read quite a bit about it, going through articles I schedule on our social platforms. And while the concept slowly became familiar, practicing it, not so much. Sure, I’d go hiking and I would immediately become more aware of my surroundings but only because I’ve always loved hiking. Same for traveling and exploring new places. But being aware when it comes to my daily routine, let’s just not talk about that.

5 Essential Books on Meditation & Mindfulness Beginners

The coming of spring is a great time for new beginnings and there is hardly a better way to kick off a fresh start than by cleansing your mind and spirit. But where do you even begin? Meditation is a great way to become in tune with yourself and rewire your brain for happiness and success.

Whether you’re new to meditation or are looking for some inspiration to help restart your practice, here are just a few good books to help inspire your journey to inner peace.

5 Good Reasons to Introduce Regular Digital Detox into Your Life

If you think the entire world might just blow up if you took one second to go off the grid, here are five good reasons to introduce regular digital detox into your life.

How to Create & Decorate Your Perfect Meditation Spot at Home

Meditation is a perfect time to focus on yourself, your needs and your wants, and you surely want to make it special. Meditating can be done almost everywhere, but whether you opt for a meditation travel experience or you prefer to do it at home, it’s important to have your own place to relax without being distracted; your own personal sanctuary where you can be completely honest with yourself.

Off-the-Beaten-Path Destinations for Meditation Lovers

Peace, silence, and nothing but nature all around you. How great does that sound for a great holiday?

How to Practice Meditation Even When You’re Busy

Do you ever wish you could dedicate more time to your meditation, but find out that you are consistently held up? The moment you think of starting your meditation practice, you remember that you should be doing something else.

Differences & Similarities Between Yoga and Meditation

Many people are confused when it comes to yoga and meditation. They think that these two are the same. But the truth is, they are not. When you take a closer look at it, there are many differences between yoga and meditation.

How to Overcome the 3 Most Common Obstacles to Meditation

I began teaching meditation in 2006 and opened a meditation center in Chicago in 2013. The center was specifically geared towards teaching how to develop a solid, reliable meditation practice for total beginners, newbies (those who tried and didn’t continue) and intermediate students.

Top 10 Rest and Relaxation Travel Destinations

What is your meaning of a relaxing holiday? For some, it's lying back, drenching up the sun and disregarding life's anxieties and strains. For others, it's traveling to new destinations; and for some more people, staying at home is the most relaxing thing in the world. 

From Brandon to Jesus: I Went to A Workshop Held by a Charismatic Self-Proclaimed Spiritual Leader

When a workshop on breathing techniques popped up on my Facebook feed, I thought it was a sign. I had just gone through a series of anxiety episodes that manifested in various ways, including a feeling of unease, not being able to focus my thoughts, terrible sleep and bad dreams, chest pains, and my least favorite, controlled breathing – it’s unpleasant and very tiring. The longest it lasted was 6 months, so when it started happening again, I was worried, which is why I was interested in attending the workshop.

5 Crystals and Gems to Boost Your Meditation (+Tips to Take Care of Them)

Crystals and gems have been around since before we, humans, ever set foot on this planet. They’ve been forged in the Earth’s underbelly, under immense pressure, or in various mysterious and fascinating contexts, such asteroid impacts.

How Meditation Will Boost Your Sex Life (6 Ways It Improves Your Intimacy)

In most cases, people tend to think that meditation is just a procedure of clearing the mind from stressful thoughts. However, it is essential to understand that meditation goes well beyond that and among its abundant benefits, there’s an improved sex life!

How Writing Improves Your Brain & Helps You Heal

Humans are the only living beings on the earth who can express their thoughts in the form of writing. Call it an evolutionary success of the higher primates or an act of adaptation, the complex human brains show remarkable feature in terms of superiority in the animal kingdom.

Relieve Winter Congestion With Meditation

Winter months can be considered as the cold and flu season for certain people who look at these months with a sense of dread. An occasional cold is a natural part to develop your immune system. However, congestion could be a struggle if you have sinus problems. The good news is that meditation can relieve winter congestion.

6 Benefits of Yoga Meditation for a Healthy Brain

The ultra-modern world of today is marred by distractions. Our mind and body constantly run a race to meet our needs and desires. Working nonstop is the need of the hour and, if we don’t do so, our survival becomes endangered.

The 5 Key Elementals for Achieving Nirvana

Yoga is a gripping activity due to its various benefits, which we are able to experience in our day-to-day life. Yoga is also something that you can perform anywhere, be it your home or some remote open location, mainly because it needs no equipment.

How Past-Life Regression Can Shift Your Perspective on Life

A close friend once told me about someone who had a life-changing experience during a past-life regression session. I couldn’t have been more excited when she gave me the therapist’s phone number. But the next day, as I stood there staring at that number, anxiety kicked in. It felt like such a major thing to do, with such great consequences, that I waited a whole year before actually calling to make the appointment.

How Meditation Can Help You Through Substance Abuse

Meditation is an ancient art that is still used in our modern day albeit for different reasons. Some find it therapeutic and others use it for physical healings. The art itself is practiced amongst all cultures due to the physical and mental health benefits people obtain from the practice.

What do Meditation and Argentine Tango Have in Common?

Here I am, the perfect example of someone who is impatient. I stomp my feet if things don’t go my way. I fidget all the time. And when I must wait for something, I’m constantly checking my wristwatch. Being delayed when I travel is my worst nightmare. Unfortunately, my attempts at slowing down through breathing have only worked exactly two times when my trusty fitness band guided me. I was never even tempted to try again.

5 Simple Yet Effective Lifestyle Changes for A Happier, Healthier and Successful Life

The way we approach our life is reflected in our lifestyles. Whatever we eat, drink, speak, or decide greatly influences the quality and direction of our lives. As we age, the ramifications of our lifestyle activities, more often than not, start appearing. We either are able to maintain our vitality or develop life-threatening illnesses. 

Keep Stress at Bay: 5 Easy yet Effective Things You Can Try to Reduce Stress Today

Stress – many would argue that it’s the biggest pandemic of modern society. Truth be told, though differing in levels and varieties, we’ve all got them!

Mindful Eating: 7 Healthy Energy Boosters to Empower Your Body from the Inside Out

Unbeknownst to us, we put our bodies through the wringer every day. From working long hours at the office to exercising at the gym, and late nights partying, our bodies work hard each day. Recharging your body’s energy reserves is very important. However, this can only be done by eating energy boosting foods, which should also be healthy enough to keep your body in good shape. 

Letting Go of the Past : 5 Ways to Get Unstuck & Finally Move On

“Everyone’s got a past. But the past does not equal the future – unless you live there.”

– Tony Robbins 

We all have past mistakes that we would rather not rehash. Yet for many of us, the past acts as an anchor that weighs us down, often leaving us feeling stuck and powerless. 

The 5 Best Places to Peacefully Meditate in Your Own Home

Meditation is synonymous to peace, self-reflection, and relaxation. It’s your time away from the daily turmoil created by worldly factors like work pressure, traffic, family issues, etc. In general, meditation has been illustrated as a practice commonly performed in vast, open spaces away from the hustle and bustle of the city – usually in a lush park or a beautiful beach. Though parks and beaches do make an ideal place for meditation, one doesn’t really have to ’give up’ should they fail to find such spots.

5 Easy Ways You Can Practice Self-Love and Be Kinder to Yourself

“The most important relationship in your life is the relationship you have with yourself. Because no matter what happens.. you will ALWAYS be with yourself.”

– Dianne Von Furstenberg

 

While it’s no question that relationships, whether it’s one we have with our significant other, our family or friends, are to be cherished, the most important and by far the longest relationship we will ever have in our life is actually one we have with ourselves.

10 Incredible Benefits of Meditation on Depression and Stress

Whenever we hear the word ‘Meditation’, the first picture that comes to mind is yogis and saffron-robed gurujis sitting quietly on the banks of a river or in an isolated place, trying to connect with the Almighty. We think of it as more of a spiritual practice that is not meant for social animals like us. But, truth be told, meditation is so much more! The practice offers a multitude of physical, mental, and emotional benefits.

Fuel for Meditation: The Health Benefits of Drinking Coffee

The way our body and brain react to meditation is greatly affected by the state of mind we find ourselves in during that particular moment. Believe it or not, a great deal of our mental alertness depends on the food that we consume. According to the Ayurvedic system, there is a connection between how we eat and how we think or react to certain situations.

5 Simple Ways to Achieve a More Balanced Life

Many of us have bought into this absurd idea that in order for one to have a balanced life, one would need to be either a ‘Superman’ or a ‘Superwoman’. We have been lead to believe that we could only attain balance if we were to simultaneously and effortlessly have it together in ALL aspects of our lives. But is this really true? 

BookMeditationRetreats.com’s Top 30 Favorite Wellness Blogs

The Internet is a place of abundant knowledge when searching for all things meditation. But with quality knowledge also comes unnecessary information that we’d wished someone would sieve out.

5 Ways to Feel Empowered Everyday

Ever had one of those mornings where you feel frazzled and out of sorts, where you don’t quite know what to do next after that morning cup of coffee because your to-do list keeps getting longer by the minute? 

6 Tips to have an Extraordinary Meditation Experience

Cursed with the "Monkey Mind"? Well, don't worry you are not alone. Many people find meditation difficult because of the many thoughts that rush through their mind as soon as they attempt to sit completely still to meditate. 

5 Great Reasons Why Practicing Meditation in The Forest May Be For You

There are many forms or types of meditation. And thank goodness for that, because there are many types of people afterall! We don’t all fit into the same “category” as we all have our individual identity so it only makes sense that we’ll have different preferences when it comes to forms of meditation that suits us like a glove. If you have yet to find out what yours is, this article may just help to find it. 

How to Become Your Healthiest Self in 2017

Keeping healthy is important for a number of reasons. Not only does it help protect your vital organs and protects against diseases, but it makes you feel and look great. Over the last 10 years, more and more people are realising the importance of eating healthy, cutting back on the sugar and saturated fats, reducing red meat intake and consumption of animal products. In Britain alone, the number of vegans has risen by 360% in the last decade.

5 Simple Things You Can Do to Become Happier

No matter where we came from or what our backgrounds and beliefs are, we have one thing in common: we all want happiness. Despite our yearning for a happier life, for many of us, happiness can appear to be ever so elusive.

How to Sleep Your Way to Good Health

Do you often work till the wee hours of the night, and then go home to find that though you’re mentally exhausted, you’re still finding it difficult to sleep? 

Productivity Tips: How to Stay Focused Amidst Chaos

Constantly finding yourself with a million and one things to do? If so, you probably know all too well that when we’re drowning in tasks and responsibilities, staying focused and getting things done can seemingly feel impossible.

5 Practical Ways to Take Better Care of Our Mental Health

Though most of us recognize the benefits of investing time and effort on physical health and fitness, this is hardly the case when it comes to mental health. Admittedly, I too failed to acknowledge its importance but it all changed years ago when I found myself working for a non-profit organization which focuses on providing mental health support.

How to Win at Work Through Meditation

Are you constantly feeling stressed at work, getting more and more disillusioned by your job? Or are you feeling demotivated and find yourself dragging your feet to work each day? 

5 Awesome Reasons Why You Should Be Waking Up Early

Before you make the assumption that I’ve been an early riser all my life, let me stop you there, as this was definitely not the case. In fact, I had spent most of my late teen years and early 20’s “thriving” by constantly burning the midnight oil. I was convinced that sleep was overrated, “I can sleep as much as I want when I’m dead“, I thought to myself.  As a result, I was getting by with as little as 3 to 4 hours of sleep each night.

6 Inspirational Quotes to Start Your Day

For most of us, waking up in the morning and starting the day off on a good note can be a challenging task. Our minds are constantly plagued by negative thoughts about the past or the present challenges that we are about to face.

In Search of Happiness – Finding Happiness Through Meditation

If we asked ourselves what is it that we’re searching for day after day, the answer is quite simple. Happiness. Everyone’s goal in life is to be happy and this manifests in many different ways. For some, buying material goods makes them happy. Others find happiness in food.

Why You Should Make Meditation a New Year Resolution

In the blink of an eye, we’re here again, at the very beginning of a brand new year. As we sit down and plan our resolutions for the year, think about what would most benefit us? What do we need in life?

5 Easy Yet Effective Ways to Calm Yourself Down When You're Feeling Anxious

Anxiety is a thin stream of fear trickling through the mind. If encouraged; it cuts a channel into which all other thoughts are drained.

– Arthur Somers Roche

Sometimes nothing feels quite as awful than anxiety. In this state of mind, we tend to think of only the worst case scenarios. It robs us of our joy, makes us lose focus and leaves us feeling as if we have no control over our own lives.

Here’s What Will Happen To Your Body, Mind & Soul When You Meditate

For most people, meditation is a practice to help calm the busy mind. While this is true, we often overlook the other useful benefits that meditation has on our body. 

6 Mind Blowing Facts About Meditation

As a yoga teacher and a rookie meditator, I’ve tried to convince many others on the benefit of meditation and urged them to give it a try. Many are receptive to the idea, but many still want to see the cold, hard facts – the scientific proofs that meditation is actually good for you.

Mindful Eating This Holiday Season: 6 Easy Tips Everyone Can Do

As we gather together with family and friends to enjoy our hearty dinners during this festive season, it is very easy to fall in the trap of over indulging, which can cause queasiness, unnecessary weight gain, and discomfort.

I Practiced Meditation Every Day For a Year. Here's What Happened

Though I’ve been meditating on and off for years, in December of last year, I decided to make daily meditation one of my new year resolutions for 2016. This time around, I set out to instill a positive habit that I will stick to for the rest of my life.

5 Highly Successful People Who Meditate & Why You Should Too!

Meditation has brought about success for those who have been diligent to practice it. Meditation’s benefits, which include increased focus, clarity and calm in times of stress, has made it possible for many to achieve their goals in life.

5 Meditation Books That Will Change Your Life

The meditation journey can be daunting and challenging at times as it is personal and a relationship between you and your inner self. Often, many give up the practice simply because they feel that they are not getting enough support to guide them through.

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Meditation Tips: How to Maintain A Daily Meditation Practice

As with everything else, starting a meditation practice is easy, but maintaining it daily for years to come is when the challenge really begins. The many distractions and obstacles that we encounter can easily set our practice back.

5 Meditation Techniques to Beat Stress At Work

Sitting for 8 hours a day at your office desk can be taxing not only on your body but also your mind. Taking some time off to clear your mind can do wonders for you as it helps increase your productivity and reduce the built-up stress. 

Post Election Blues: 5 Meditation Tips to Manage Stress and Anxiety

For many of us, the shock of the recent US Presidential results has left us in a state of stress and anxiety over the uncertainty of the future. While we can’t control what happens next, we can certainly learn to better manage our anxieties. 

Meditation: Teach Your Children in 6 Easy Steps

It is commonly known that meditation is an extremely beneficial practice. But did you know, that meditation is also beneficial for children? So profound are the benefits of meditation for children that schools across the US have started to replace detention with meditation. 

5 Meditation Styles Suitable For Beginners

Now that you’ve decided to embark on a journey of meditation, it’s time to choose a method of meditation that is best for you. There are many meditation techniques that you can try out, but sometimes the abundance of options can be overwhelming especially if you’re a beginner. 

7 Meditation Apps to Get You Started On Meditating

We’ve heard it a million times over: Meditation is extremely beneficial. But a daily meditation routine can be hard to include in our packed schedules. Even if we were free, there’s still that palm-sized object we call smartphones that takes our time. Good news though, because our phones are now going to help us find time through meditation apps! 

When silence is golden: Vipassana Meditation

Many of us can be silent for an hour a day, sometimes two. Some can go a whole day in silence. But how many of us can do ten days of absolute silence, muting our words and slowing down our pace? 

Going on Your First Meditation Retreat? Here’s What You Need to Know

As the popularity of wellness travelling rises, thousands of travel programs have also emerged to satisfy the high demand. And with more options available, it only gets harder to choose the perfect meditation retreat program, especially for first timers! That’s why, at BookMeditationReterats.com, we’ve consulted with the team of panelist at the 2016 Wellness Travel Awards*, to provide some guidance for travelers looking to go on their first retreat.

5 Steps Towards True Meditation

As a yogi, meditation has come up quite a bit in my practice over the years. My teacher has advocated for at least 1 hour of meditation time in a day, where in that hour I learn to still my mind, chant mantras and quiet the world outside so that the inner self will emerge. 

What Meditation Does to the Mind

Before going into any discussions on meditation, we should try to understand the basic terminology which will be helpful in grasping the fundamentals. What is consciousness? How does it relate to meditation? Read more to find out. 

Benefits of Silence

Meditation is achieving results in children through schools as was proven by vistacian valley school near San Francisco during their quiet time period of 15 minutes plus in adults in maintaining clarity of thinking for making decisions and profound wisdom to name but a few. In patanjali yoga sutras in Sanskrit it says the highest yoga is yoga Chita vritti Noradha to stop the fluctuations of the mind coming from silence and meditation.

The Science of Silence

Silence is golden. Practicing silence is a powerful way to see ourselves more clearly and to observe the relationship between our inner and outer worlds with greater understanding. Time spent in intentional silence can go a long way toward revealing the architecture of our hearts and unfolding a life full of fulfillment and purpose.

Create the Habit of Meditation

You might think that meditation is only for religious people. But that’s not true. Meditation, as well as meditation retreats could be for everyone. For those who are new to meditation, let's start with breaking some of the myths about meditation. 

Transform Your Life with a Meditation Retreat

The Hague, The Netherlands – Today, BookMeditationRetreats.com, a meditation travel booking platform, is launched to offer the largest selection of worldwide retreats and holidays. When travel meets modern technology and an ancient practice, it results in a user friendly site that provides 300 meditation packages where all can browse, compare and book the right experience in just a few clicks.

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