Guest Post: What Is Spirituality?
An excerpt from Spirituality and Intellectual Honesty
by Thomas Metzinger
Here’s something to spend the weekend contemplating…
Can something like a completely secularized form of spirituality exist? Or is this idea perhaps incoherent—something that on second sight cannot be described consistently and without getting lost in obvious contradictions?
10% Happier Podcast Interview
Susan Kaiser Greenland and I talk with Dan Harris on his 10% Happier podcast. Our conversation is wide-ranging—from teaching meditation in schools to careerism in the secular mindfulness movement. Dan is a self-described fidgety, skeptical ABC newsman who had a panic attack live on Good Morning America, which led him to something he always thought was ridiculous: meditation.
He is author of the bestselling book 10% Happier.
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The New York Times Well Guide—Mindfulness for Children
David Gelles has created a mindfulness meditation guide for children, featuring some of my work with Susan Kaiser Greenland. I’m delighted to share this wonderful resource for parents and children!
Click here to see the guide in The New York Times
Mindfulness Lessons for Children: Video #1
We’re creating short animated videos for some of the audio recordings of my “mindfulness lessons” for kids. Here’s #1:
The New York Times: Meditation for Real Life
“How to Be Mindful Watching Fireworks”
by Annaka Harris
When we meditate with our eyes open, we can become aware of visual details we often miss in our daily lives, and we also begin to notice how our environment affects our inner experience. This can help us feel connected to the world around us, as it becomes clear that we are in fact part of the environment we are inhabiting, rather than separate from it…Continue Reading
The Mindful Games Activity Cards Are Here!
I have been volunteering for Susan Kaiser Greenland’s Inner Kids Foundation since 2005, teaching mindfulness meditation to children in schools. This year, I had the privilege of working with Susan on an exciting project — presenting her mindfulness curriculum for children on the Mindful Games Activity Cards. The dynamic and engaging lessons, games, and songs used in Susan’s meditation classes for children are finally available to the broader public!
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Mindful Games Activity Cards!
Mindfulness For Children: Mindful Seeing
I recorded a new guided meditation for children from my InnerKids class.
Click on the link below to listen to the audio recording:
Mindful Seeing For Children
The Cutest Meditation Instruction Ever
Adorable Animated Mice Explain Meditation in 2 Minutes,
by Dan Harris and Happify
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Guest Post: Meditation Retreat
An excerpt from 10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works—A True Story
by Dan Harris
It was the longest, most exquisite high of my life, but the hangover came first…
Busy Life Meditation: A Guest Post By Joseph Goldstein
If it’s hard for you to find time to meditate because you have young children or a demanding schedule, this is a wonderful solution!
Busy Life, No Self
By Joseph Goldstein
Mindfulness For Children #3: Mindful Breathing
Here is another guided mindfulness exercise for children from my InnerKids class.
Mindful awareness exercises help children develop concentration and self-awareness. In this exercise, children are guided through a process of paying attention to their breathing. There are two versions of the guided exercise – the first is the full exercise and is intended for children who have had some practice, and the second is a slightly modified version for beginners. They are both designed for children ages 6-10.
Mindful Breathing For Children
Mindfulness For Children #2: Mindful Hearing
Here is another exercise from my InnerKids class, designed for children ages 6-10.
Mindful awareness techniques help children develop concentration and self-awareness. In this exercise, children are guided through an experience of paying attention to sounds. After some practice, children may find this exercise to be helpful in their daily lives – before doing homework, when they are having difficulty settling down at bedtime, or at other any other time when it would be useful to settle the mind.
Mindful Hearing For Children
Mindfulness For Children #1: Friendly Wishes
Some of you have asked me to share more of my work with InnerKids, so have posted a few of my guided visualization podcasts for children.
Mindful awareness exercises help children develop concentration and self-awareness. The exercises I have chosen to share are called “Friendly Wishes”, and they focus specifically on developing compassion, in addition to concentration and awareness. They are designed for children ages 6-10.
Mindfulness For Children: Friendly Wishes
These are great secular meditation practices for beginners. Start with #10!
UCLA Mindfulness Meditation, By Diana Winston