I was planning to write a post today about holiday gift-giving and how we're all under so much pressure to buy presents that we forget what it's like to be generous. Except on Saturday I started to feel pain around my right eye. I thought it was probably from grinding my teeth (I have TMJ) but by Sunday afternoon the pain had increased and redness appeared underneath my bottom eyelid.
Sharon Salzberg’sReal Happiness at Work points to the possibility that we could experience and engender happiness at work in a myriad of ways. The practice of following one’s breath and returning to the present moment can make us personally less stressed and able to be less reactive; but where the “rubber hits the road” is how our buttons are pushed when we are off of the cushion. The reason that meditation is r
Confession: I have been meditating for almost five years now and I still grind my teeth. My dentist was adamant - stop it (she lamented, how many people are not grinding their teeth these days?). I have resisted getting a night guard, because, holy hell, that sounds incredibly unsexy. But the truth is, I may need to swallow my pride and just get one. Receding gums, due to teeth grinding, are also incredibly unsexy (not to mention, painful).
A power company in the United Kingdom has 16 meditation instructors on staff -- to help ease the stress felt by workers who remain after 1,400 are laid off and 700 more are told they'll lose their jobs if they can't get to new offices that are 30 miles away.
Mindfulness and meditation are getting a lot of press these days, with a lot of new science coming out and people wanting to find sanity in an increasingly complex world. We should not be surprised, then, if the press begin to make hyperbolic statements about them - treating them as if they are the new cure-all for our ills. We should be even less surprised when there is a backlash against it.
Often when we experience pain on the cushion (or elsewhere) we immediately try to problem-solve it away. Should I straighten my back? Do I need a different cushion? We strategize, reaching into our toolbox of body knowledge. What often get skipped over in this process is what Mark Epstein, in "Thoughts Without a Thinker" calls "… The 'I' that was feeling hurt." Our humanity gets lost when we try to tackle every physical problem as if it's just a matter of picking the right screwdriver: Flathead or Phillips?
Somewhere underneath you right now are two protrusions known as the sitting bones. If you cup your buttocks in the palms of your hands (NSFW?), you’ll feel these prominences which form the southernmost points of the pelvis. Try slumping back and you'll notice that the sitting bones rotate forward.