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THIS Is My Best Meditation For Dealing With Strong Emotions
The different emotions during COVID can be difficult to handle. Meditation can help.

THIS Is My Best Meditation For Dealing With Strong Emotions

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According to new research, Body Scan Meditation is arguably the best meditation for dealing with strong emotions. I don’t know about you, but the effects of the pandemic have started to affect my emotions. It doesn’t help that I’m thousands of miles away from my family, here in Canada, with no chance of safely returning to the UK anytime soon. The feeling of disconnectedness and isolation has been slowly creeping up on me, and it has begun to affect my feelings. Over the past few weeks, I’ve experienced strong emotions like loneliness, sadness, and anxiety, and I have been trying…

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Tone It Up App & Website Review
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Tone It Up App & Website Review

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If you’re looking for a truly inspirational and motivational app and website to get in shape, you definitely have to check out Tone It Up, the creation of two friends, Katrina and Karen. These two beautiful women are so encouraging and positive they will fire you up with motivation to get in shape, lose weight and feel good. The Tone It Up app features different programs tailored to your individual needs. There’s the Summer Tone It Up (8 weeks), Beach Babe (4 weeks), Love Your Body 2020 (4 weeks), Toned Body, Tone It Up mama (12 weeks), Tone It Up…

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Mindful Eating App Feast Launches With Food Tracking
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Mindful Eating App Feast Launches With Food Tracking

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LOS ANGELES, July 14th – If you’ve been looking for a new way to get into mindful eating and you enjoy using meditation apps, the Feast app will be perfect for you. Feast, a food-lovers community, announced today that they have launched their new mindful eating app. It’s designed to help turn calorie counting into a more enjoyable and relaxing experience. And it’s available now on the App Store. Feast tells us that the traditional approach to dieting is unhealthy and boring. The obsession with counting calories and losing weight by simply reducing the number of calories you eat is…

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Listen To Harry Styles Meditation On Calm App & Sleep Tonight
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Listen To Harry Styles Meditation On Calm App & Sleep Tonight

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Calm app releases new sleep meditations with Harry Styles. Do you ever wish you could have Harry Styles in bed with you, whispering sweet nothing in your ear while helping you to unwind? If so, have I got good news for you. While taking Harry to bed with you might not be on the horizon, you can listen to Harry Styles’ meditation on Calm app to help you get to sleep. [READ: Mantras for Sleep] Relaxing bedtime stories are all-the-rage in 2020, as insomnia levels escalate due to stress, and many apps have been released to help, like Calm Kids…

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Hammer Museum Mindfulness Meditation Classes Move Online  
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Hammer Museum Mindfulness Meditation Classes Move Online  

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Los Angeles—Hamer Museum’s weekly mindfulness meditation lessons move online to help people deal with stress while staying safe Take a look at our list of free online meditation & yoga lessons and you’ll note that a lot of teachers are now giving free online lessons. One such institution is Hammer Museum, who have moved their mindfulness meditation series online, in partnership with the UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center. Hammer Museum mindfulness lessons are now available on Zoom. Usually, Hammer Museum Mindfulness lessons take place at the museum’s auditorium at 10899 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles. But Claudia Bestor [director of public…

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Dalai Lama Teaches the Eight Verses for Training the Mind

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India—Dalai Lama shares his teaching on the ‘Eight Verses for Mind Training by Geshé Langri Tangpa. As meditators, we are ultimately interested in learning how to train the mind. Whether it’s to be strong, to find happiness, to lose weight, to attract what you desire, or to be positive, mind training is what we here at THE DAILY MEDITATION are most interested in. Today, the Dalai Lama has shared his invaluable insights on how to train the mind. As the Dalai Lama celebrated his birthday (born July 6th 1935), he shared teachings to mark the occasion. Greeting a group from…

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New Anxiety-Tech Device Uses Guided Breathing To Reduce Stress
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New Anxiety-Tech Device Uses Guided Breathing To Reduce Stress

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Melo, a new piece of anxiety-tech, uses guided breathing exercises to help reduce anxiety. Over the past few years we’ve seen the release of all sorts of meditation devices, things like the Muse Brain-sensing Headband and meditation pods. Now, a new and cute little piece of technology offers to help us to reduce stress by giving meditation breathing exercises. Stress and anxiety are the two most common mental health problems in the world , especially since the craziness that has been 2020. Melo, a new form of anxiety-tech has been designed to help reduce stress and anxiety by getting us…

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Imperial War Museum Holds Yoga Classes Next To Bombed Cars & Spitfires

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July 1st, U.K—The Imperial War Museum (IWM) is holding yoga classes in a room decorated with bombed out cars, missiles, and Spitfire planes used in World War II. Despite protests, the Imperial War Museum is defending its right to hold the yoga lessons. Normally, yoga and war do not go together. In the Bhagavad Gita, Prince Arjuna is taught to perform his warrior duty by performing yoga and meditation. This is the historical beginnings of yoga: as a “warrior duty”. However, the Gita explains that the Warrior Duty is about slaying the enemies of the mind, as opposed to literal…

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Buddhist, Hindu Leaders Disgusted By Music Group’s Disrespect

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Christian, Hindu, Buddhist, Jain, and Jewish religious leaders are disgusted at what they see as a lack of respect from a night-club operator regarding its handling of religious statues. Night-Club operator Live Nation is being demanded to remove Buddhist, Hindu and other religious statues that they have placed inside night-clubs. Religious leaders are demanding a public apology for the desecration of sacred statues. The statues are featured in night clubs in eight major US cities in the Foundation Room night-clubs in House of Blues. The Foundation Room clubs are part of a group of night clubs called the “House of…

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Guided Body Scan Meditation Script From Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche

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Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche has uploaded a wonderful guided body scan meditation script that will help you to relax today and to feel a sense of balance. Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche is a Tibetan teacher and master of Karma Kagyu and Nyingma. He is also the author of two bestselling meditation books and the overseer of the Tergar Meditation Community. I’ve shared both the video and the script below, so you can follow along with Yongyey or perform the meditation on your own by reading the script. Guided Body Scan Meditation Script & Video httpv://youtu.be/5GSeWdjyr1c Script I’m very happy to share with…

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Tai Chi For Immune System & COVID-19: Research Reveals Benefits

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June 30th—New research highlights significant benefits of Qigong and tai chi for immune system functioning and prevention and survival from COVID-19. Qigong and tai chi help immune system functioning Qigong and tai chi do not reduce inflammation Qigong and tai chi could potentially help in preventing COVID-19 The events of 2020 have left health officials searching for ways to advise individuals to improve their health and well-being without requiring professional aid. Numerous studies in the past have suggested that there may be benefits of qigong and tai chi for immune system functioning and for the reduction of inflammation. Plus, as…

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Sharon Salzberg’s New Meditation Book & Real-World Mindfulness

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New meditation book by Sharon Salzberg, Real Change: Mindfulness to Heal Ourselves and the World, will be released in September. Sharon Salzberg is, without a doubt, one of the best meditation teachers in the world. The New York Times bestselling author and Buddhist meditation teacher, Salzberg has been one of the leading voices in bringing meditation to the West (and personal inspiration to me, inspiring me to become a meditation teacher Sharon began learning about meditation after taking an Asian philosophy course. She went to India to study meditation as a junior in college. One of her big motivations was…

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Benefits of Dispositional (Trait) Mindfulness For Health

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Ohio, U.S. –New research has revealed significant benefits of trait, or dispositional, mindfulness for health, sleep, and other aspects of wellbeing. Mindfulness is the state of being consciously aware in the present moment. There are two forms of mindfulness. The first is the traditional Buddhist meditation called mindfulness, which is a technical form of meditation. This method is also called “State mindfulness”. Dispositional mindfulness, or “trait” mindfulness, is the general quality of being consciously aware and without judgment. It is not a specific exercise but rather the mental characteristic of mindfulness. To compare dispositional mindfulness VS state mindfulness, we can…

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Plum Village Virtual Meditation Retreat Taking Bookings Now

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Plum Village, the Buddhist monastery created by Thich Nhat Hanh and Chan Khong in 1982, has started taking booking for its online meditation retreat. Thich Nhat Hanh [Vitenamese Thien Buddhist monk and peace activist and one of the best meditation teachers ever] once dreamt of creating an online monastery, and now it is happening. The Plum Village virtual weekend retreats will be streaming live from France. Brother Phap Xa will be leading a deep listening dharma sharing circle. At this time of year, the Plum Village monastery would be receiving visitors from all around the world for its usual annual…

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Free Meditations From J Balvin, Deepak Chopra, UCSD, & Tara Brach

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  This week, we have many new live stream yoga & meditation classes, including ones from J. Balvin, Deepak Chopra, the University of California: San Diego, and American Buddhist author and meditation teacher Tara Brach. As mindfulness and meditation continue to become ever more popular, more and more teachers are producing free classes. Here’s what you can look forward to this week. J. Balvin & Deepak Chopra 21 Day Free Meditation Balvin [Columbian singer] and Deepak Chopra [author and spiritual guru] team up to produce a free 21-day meditation available in English and Spanish. It’s called “Renew Yourself: Body, Mind…

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Chinese Man, 27, Dies From 54 Day Water Fast Prescribed By Qigong Master

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China—27 year-old man Li dies after 54 day water fast prescribed by Qigong Master at a rehabilitation center Liu Shanglin. Shangling recommended that Li drink only water for 70 days.   Qigong is a traditional Chinese meditative movement exercise that is more than 5000 years old. It is often used as part of traditional Chinese medicine and scientific research reveals that there are indeed significant benefits of Qigong.   Qigong is often called meditation [READ: To Tai Chi & Qigong Meditation Tutorial]. It is a traditional part of Taoist meditation. Dr. Roger Jahnke [The Healing Promise of Qi] explains that…

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Virtual Mindfulness Community Helps Depression, Anxiety [Research]

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  Over the past few years, we’ve seen the rise of many mindfulness communities around the world, with notable mindful communities in Toronto, Houston, New Orleans and other cities, and some specialising in communities for blacks and women. New scientific research reveals big benefits of mindfulness community intervention for stress, anxiety, and depression, and especially for university students. It’s no surprise, but we are currently in the midst of a mental health crisis, made worse by the current pandemic. This has led to a rise in stress, anxiety and depression. And many of the sources of help that people turn…

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Listen To GatherNYC “Mindful Minutes” Morning Meditation Music

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New York—GatherNYC, a weekly concert series in New Work, launched “Mindful Minutes”, a series of meditation music live-streams to help us all relax. GatherNYC is a “revolutionary weekly concert experience” that is usually held in downtown Manhattan and seeks to “evoke the community and spiritual nourishment of a religious service—but here is the religion is music.” The live spring concert season in New York has been postponed due to the pandemic, but the team has moved the concerts online so that even if you’re on the other side of the world you can still enjoy the meditation music. Due to…

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Farrah Abraham’s Meditation Series Has Fans Flummoxed

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There’s a new meditation series from Teen Mom Farrah Abrahams, and fans can’t tell whether it’s a joke. Farrah Abrahams [American reality television personality, singer, writer and adult film actress] is basically obsessed with attention (even uploading videos of herself to adult video sites). She’s also an entrepreneur who makes money doing… well, seemingly everything, including selling products, being an Instagram influencer, TV appearances and more. And now she’s turned to meditation. Farrah Abrahams' meditation series, which is weirdly called “Farrah is My Spirit Animal”, offers meditations for single moms, parents, and kids (if you want an adult film actress…

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Social Distancing Yoga Domes Take Over Toronto
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Social Distancing Yoga Domes Take Over Toronto

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Probably the coolest solution to social distancing, “yoga domes” have started popping up around Toronto as a way to let yogis like you and I practice yoga safely during quarantine. Yoga studios have been searching for a way to continue to teach yoga during social isolation. Many yoga studios have been forced to close. And some have started teaching yoga online. But a new solution is now allowing people to do yoga during social distancing: Yoga domes. A new pop-up intervention installs fifty of these domes—which look like they came right out of Avatar The domes are clear and frameless…

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