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Finally, an end to suffering in silence on the zafu.

If you have found your way to mindfulness meditation, by any means, and then found yourself struggling with challenges, doubts, obstacles, questions, curiosities or just plain stuck-ness, then you’ve come to the right place. Our intention here is to provide an opportunity for those who are practicing alone (especially those outside of spiritual or religious communities where teachers and guides are readily available), to vent, share, ask, listen, search or lurk in the shadows in search of wisdom, tips, ideas or resources.

Take a look around and see what you can find. If you can’t find it and you need it, then post a comment or question and one of our crack team of meditation teachers will do his or her best to help you find what you’re looking for, even if it isn’t what you think. That’s what we’re here for: to surprise you and support you, and maybe even bring a smile to your lips and lift to your sit.

6 Comments leave one →
  1. November 11, 2013 2:34 pm

    Hi Steve
    Really enjoying reading your posts. Also wanted to introduce you to a new site I’ve created that looks at the growing evidence base for how meditation impacts our minds and bodies.
    http://www.bidushi.com
    Best wishes,
    Adiba

  2. March 19, 2014 11:02 am

    We value your blog post. Wonderful.

  3. February 23, 2016 8:44 am

    Hi Steve! I’m loving your blog pieces and thought you might be interested in an upcoming webinar my company is doing on skepticism as it relates to mindfulness. Details are located at http://mindfulbusinessconference.com/industry-news/mindfulness-business-webcast-series/. Would love to have you join us and share with your readers! Regards, Elizabeth

  4. September 9, 2016 7:18 am

    Hi, my name is Daniyel. I am a mother of two girls and one more on the way. I practice meditation, yoga and spiritual growth and it’s been very life changing on my journey. I started a subscription box service that promotes meditation and serenity so that everyone can experience the gifts it brings. It’s called, Serenity Box. I’m just in the pre launch stages trying to build my audience and gain interest however I wanted to reach out to you for your feedback about what I’m doing. I offer monthly treats like homemade aromatherapy candles and incense, body oils and butters, teas blends and yoni steams, handmade mandalas to color, malas, high frequency music, bath salts, massagers, mats, crystals, etc. Anything really you can think of that promotes quiet meditation time mostly geared towards women because we tend to ignore ourselves while looking after everyone else. I would like to send you a free box for your feedback and review when I’m up and running in hopes that you will share my launch site with your followers. What do you think? Thank you for your time.

    My launch site is at serenitybox.launchrock.com

    Facebook at Serenity Box

    Instagram @serenity_box

    • September 9, 2016 8:52 am

      This sounds like an interesting approach to helping support people in their practice Daniyel, feel free to email me directly at shickman@ucsd.edu about reviewing your serenity box when it is ready. The challenge is always around keeping focus on the practice itself and not letting the trappings (incense, aromatherapy, candles, tea, etc) get in the way of the practice, because then people start to associate practice with having these things all assembled and ready and it becomes more challenging to integrate it into daily life when we can’t always have just the right environment. We need to practice mindfulness when we’re stuck in traffic or in the middle of a meeting, as much as we need to practice it on the cushion at home. Finding the balance is hard, but possible. And making it pleasant when you CAN sit quietly in a favorite space is a nice bonus.

      I wish you the best of luck with your endeavor!

      Steve

  5. October 16, 2016 8:17 am

    I really enjoyed your article , your article says a lot about the mediation and its a very necessary to have mediation. Great work

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