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How did the Mindfulness Movement start?

The idea of Mindfulness has gained so much traction in the last several years, even garnering an exclusive issue of Time Magazine.  We couldn’t be more excited that conscious thought is now a buzzword.  Yet, if we are left to believe that simply “being present” during daily activities leads to a calm mind, we risk moving backwards as a society.  We don’t want people to become frustrated and dismiss consciousness as hogwash (again). How did the Mindfulness Movement start?  In the ... Read More
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5 Reasons to seriously consider learning how to control your thoughts

There is a belief that our brain is largely unruly and we don't have control over our thoughts. Or, if we believe that our thoughts are within our power to change, we beat ourselves up for having bad thoughts or an erratic mind. Through meditation and awareness practices we can slowly begin to bring our mind under control What is often needed is the buy-in to get us going. Here are five reasons to work to control your thoughts.   1. Your ... Read More
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Quieting the Mind : 4 Factors that May Be Holding Us Back

Do you have a mind that races endlessly?  Join the club, right?  Stopping the brain's eternal discourse might not be entirely possible but know that there are people who experience less of it, they do experience breaks in thinking, and their thoughts are genuinely happier.  Here are four reasons why you may not have experienced as much success at quieting the mind as you would like: 1. Most resources treat mastering or calming your mind as a single topic with a ... Read More
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4 Myths about Becoming Conscious and Quieting the Mind

There are many myths about becoming conscious that I believe are holding many of us back.  We don't feel that we are worthy, that we know how to do it, or that we have enough time.  These myths about becoming conscious would all be fine if it weren't for the fact that they are halting individual's progress.   Myth # 1:  Mastering your mind - becoming conscious, takes a long time In our culture and folklore we see consciousness or divinity as some ... Read More
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What do 3 Main World Religions say about Consciousness (in 82 seconds)?

I am writing this article as a quick thought, as an epiphany that dawned on me as I worked to unravel this “consciousness” thing.  I realized that my religious exposure (Christian) did not give me any space to accept that I could evolve into something greater or experience something greater.  That was the stuff of God, not lowly me.  So, part of my not waking up to my potential was not understanding that it was possible. Know that the way western ... Read More
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What Being Aware or Conscious Really Is

There is a lot of confusion about what it truly means to be conscious, aware, or present as well as confusion as to whether this is even obtainable by the average person.  Images of spiritual leaders sitting cross-legged for hours have pervaded our culture. When we think about obtaining a calm, focused, even powerful thought process it is often seen as something that is outside of us, something that is greater than us, or something we are not worthy of.   Also, ... Read More
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New content on consciousness and “waking up!”

Hi TCB community! A quick note on the posts that are going to be coming out over then next several months. We launched this survey "Deepen Your Tai Chi Practice" and had a really great response from many of you in the community. In putting together what people are struggling with and what people want to improve, we saw some significant trends. People shared that they want greater connection, both physically to chi and to life itself. People wanted more knowledge on being ... Read More
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Are you New to Meditation?  

Whether you are experienced or new to meditation, let’s talk about meditation in a new light.  It has long held a reputation in the west that makes it seem mystical, difficult, culturally different, and not something people routinely add to their day. If you were to interview 1000 of the ultra-successful people you would find that the vast majority have a practice based on meditation.  They will refer to it in different ways.  Usually it will be described in a way ... Read More
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What is Meditation and Why Should I Meditate?

Mediation is a process of awakening.  Awakening to what?  To the truth, to your thoughts, to the great aspects of your life. To whatever you want to accomplish.  It is designed to give us a greater awareness of something important to us.  It has been practiced throughout history and is enjoying a resurgence in popularity in the west. That sounds esoteric doesn’t it?  Hang with me for a second.   We all have a sense of who we are and what it ... Read More
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The benefits of meditation: 5 Reasons to seriously consider beginning today

Meditation sounds really good for us and who wouldn't want to emulate the peaceful people we always see in pictures of meditation.  Unfortunately, meditation is not like a crossfit workout where the results of your efforts are painfully evident the next day and visible over time. The benefits of meditation are reaped after a period of consistent practice.   With pursuits like this, it is hard to begin and sometimes hard to stick with it.  In this essay, let's provide some ... Read More