Happiness Book List And Resources

Here is the wanted list! The books are in no particular order: some were more relevant than others. The teachers I go back to and read frequently are Bhante Gunaratana and Thich Nhat Hanh. The Dalai Lama's words are always wise. Sharon Salzberg and Joseph Goldstein also provided valuable insights. Tibetan Buddhist practices are much... Continue Reading →

Learning To Be Happy

In preparation for a series of three happiness meditations on June 12, 19, 26, I came across these two video clips from the Mind and Life Institute that are really enjoyable and engaging. Jud Brewer, now at Yale, was part of the Coursera course on Buddhism and modern psychology--so he was a familiar to me. The... Continue Reading →

Music For The Brain: Memory and Dementia

Following through on the previous post, music (not just kirtan) can have a profound role in some diseases like Alzheimer's  with the accompanying memory loss and dementia. Here is the lead to a scientific documentary: Slowly, inevitably, Alzheimer's disease robs a person of profound memories, like the names and faces of loved ones. Right now,... Continue Reading →

“Medical Meditation” For Alzheimer’s And Dementia

This is the first time I have come across the term "medical meditation". A specific meditation called Kirtan Kriya (KK) looks very promising if the numerous research studies cited in "A White Paper: Yoga and Medical Meditation™ as Alzheimer’s Prevention Medicine" , by The Alzheimer’s Research and Prevention Foundation's Dharma Singh Khalsa, M.D., are well-designed and statistically valid.... Continue Reading →

Meditation For Chronic Pain

Yoga Nidra, as so many of us know, can be so incredibly effective in dealing with chronic pain, stress, and moderate anxiety. Here, I have a link to a new track, Yoga Nidra for Healing, by Kalpa Taru in Wellington, Australia. The 20-minute track is very soothing. It is also a very familiar format for... Continue Reading →

Links To Forgiveness Meditations

Here are three links to online forgiveness meditations: Bhante Gunaratana: Metta Meditation begins with an extensive forgiveness component and training the mind by reconditioning it through the practice of forgiveness. This website is a treasure trove of teachings and meditations. This is a much longer talk interwoven with practice--a live recording from a retreat. Bhante is an... Continue Reading →

Forgiveness As Resolution Of Grief

As I prepare for tomorrow's meditation, here is a link to a very human and fresh meaning of forgiveness which is different from the article in the last post. I recommend that everyone coming to our meditations read this as it applies to all of us. In "What is Forgiveness?", also from the Greater Good... Continue Reading →

What Is Forgiveness?

To answer this question, a good resource is the article "The New Science of Forgiveness" on University of California at Berkeley's Greater Good blog. It may naturally be followed by, What is unforgiveness? As we continue to go deeper into this emotional state in our meditation practice, it can be very helpful to have some... Continue Reading →

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