Archive for the Meditation Practice Category

Adventures in watching the logical mind deal with pain

Was sitting up in bed this morning, listening to birdsong and enjoying the cool (ok, COLD — this is Wisconsin) breeze drifting in the windows…. ahhh…. when my cute little monkey mind noticed that my back hurt. Very slightly. In one spot. The pain had started in January […]

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A secret about clutter: this morning’s meditation insight

My friend is putting together a class on clearing clutter, and this perennial struggle has been top of my mind.  Then this morning, my meditation gave me an unexpected insight into the piles and disorganization we call clutter. As I sat in meditation enjoying an unusually deep […]

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How to get more done in a day

~ Daria’s Wednesday Wisdom column ~ How do you begin your day? For most of my life, I jumped right into a task as soon as I walked in my office. I felt like I was getting more done that way! When that task was done, I […]

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What flavor of psychic are you? Part 2: Clairaudience

This article series is about the many forms of human intuition. Do you know your strongest type? To recap our intro article, intuition is a way you can receive information through the parts of your consciousness other than your physical body or rational, thinking mind. Intuition is […]

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Wide Awake Tip: a.m. Intention-Setting & Inspirational Quote: Ghandi

“I have so much to accomplish today that I must meditate for two hours instead of one.” —Mahatma Gandhi What do you do in the morning to prepare for your day? You likely clean your teeth and wash and feed your body.  But what about maintaining your connection […]

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You are each my favorite… how is that possible?

At breakfast this morning, I told my daughter she was my favorite child and I loved her more than anyone else in the world. She said no, that wasn’t true, I loved all my kids the same. I smiled and said, exactly — I love each of […]

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New FREE audio learning: Healing 101

It’s here — Healing 101! Have a few ideas about how to make the world a better place?  Empower yourself to do that by learning to think waaaaay beyond the box — that is, to think like a healer. Discover how you already have the ability to […]

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NEW Free Call — A Listening Guide to our FREE “I am a Healer” series of interviews

You have a tremendous power within you — right now — to make a meaningful positive difference in other people’s lives.  To move beyond problems to a place where they simply become irrelevant:  to heal. Join us as we celebrate our goal of bringing more healing into the world […]

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Why do you need a spiritual practice?

Have you been guilt-tripping yourself about not having a spiritual practice?  The truth is, you already do have one.  Maybe you’re not meditating like a monk or levitating like a lama, but you do have a spiritual practice. The question is:  is your current practice doing for you […]

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How to do something that’s good for you, even when you are dragging your feet

I used to avoid exercising.  I could not make myself do it.  Have you been in the same boat with self-improvement or resolving a certain problem? Yes, I had the treadmill that slid under the bed.  I had weights and tapes.  But they gathered dust, and I […]

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Great news: even a short meditation program can make you smarter

Are you looking for a way to sail more smoothly through life’s knock-down events, have more patience with your kids and coworkers, and rev up your thinking?  Try mindfulness meditation.  Lots of meditation research has touted its powers to de-stress your approach to life, but new research […]

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Clearing resistance in meditation

I’ve been meditating more and more recently, how about you?  Most of us know meditating can de-stress you big-time and strengthen your ability to hear inner guidance.  But when you sit down, do a million thoughts come flooding into your mind? Me too!  But still I sit down, […]

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Create your best year ever in 2010

Happy new year!  What are your goals and hopes for 2010?  We at Global Institute for Awakening wish for the best and happiest for you and your spiritual journey in the new year, and we would like to share a powerful exercise for spiritual acceleration. We’ve put together […]

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Don’t bother changing your thoughts

Have you been taught to see your thoughts as “enemies”?  As a bad habit you need to “fix”, as the source of illness and imbalance, poverty and unhappiness?  Do you bore yourself repeating positive affirmations so you can develop positive thought habits that eventually can cancel the […]

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How to pray without praying

Does the idea of “praying” make you uncomfortable?  That doesn’t make the process less powerful. For thousands of years sages have recommended spending time each day in prayer, or even living your entire life as a prayer, so you might suspect it has a spiritual benefit.  Anything […]

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Out with the old, in with the Present

by Daria Boissonnas I have a spiritual teacher who says if your goldfish dies, it’s OK to be sad for a while.  If you are still sad 12 years later, something is wrong. Grief and other emotions that drag us down should eventually fade as we come […]

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Why Do I Meditate?

~ Daria’s Pastoral Reflection on meditation, presented at James Reeb Unitarian Universalist Church, Madison WI, on July 29, 2007 ~ So… our topic is meditation. And let me say up front that I do not meditate regularly! Not on a schedule anyway. However, I have definitely meditated, […]

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