How I learned to love walking meditation

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Walking meditation is highly regarded in the Buddhist meditation tradition and it partners wonderfully with formal sitting meditation practice. By alternating sitting and walking you can relieve tiredness and restlessness and make use of a natural activity to enhance mindfulness.

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Seeing instead of just looking

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When we look at something we don’t realise that we are bringing all sorts of assumptions to bear on it. So that what we see is already shaped and coloured by what we believe about it. Because of this, more often than not, we don’t see what is actually there.

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Introducing Peppertree

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The natural environment is an important part of the meditation tradition. Being in and around nature can teach us a lot about observation, cycles, the interdependence of all forms of life and the need to nurture not only ourselves but the environment around us. Lifeflow has a long history of supporting and working with the natural world.

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Health and Meditation

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Being able to develop and maintain emotional and mental health has long been the hallmark of meditation, but meditation is increasingly being recommended to help with managing many of the physical health problems that have become endemic today such as pain management, addiction and cardiovascular issues. The key to these physical benefits is a state of deep relaxation, which can keep your body healthy and balanced and can help to heal when you are sick as well.

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Finding an Ocean of Calm and Contentment when Living Alone

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Living alone presents several challenges. When we are able to enjoy the company of family and friends, go to work or participate in a range of activities, these challenges may not be so noticeable. When, however, we are unable to be in contact with others, maybe due to health reasons or are isolated as many have been during the Coronavirus epidemic, the sense of isolation looms large.

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The Luminosity of Love

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Being open to everything, being receptive to everything in yourself and the world, is the essence of love. You discover that love is actually a decision – not just a feeling. It is something you can practice, and so you can learn to sustain a state of love in the same way that you can learn anything else. It doesn’t have to be left to chance.

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Meditation and Stress

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Even people with no interest in meditation will be familiar with, and possibly support, the claim that meditation reduces stress. Here we dig deeper to understand what stress is and how meditation can help.

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Introduction to Advanced Meditations

Introduction to Advanced Meditations

The Advanced Meditations held at Lifeflow provide a way of training yourself to be able to understand, access and accept all of the varied aspects of the human mind. By accepting that our minds have many different shades we can learn how to use them skilfully and appropriately. The Advanced Meditation sessions are held twice per year for Lifeflow members at Tara Hills Retreat Centre.

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A meditation on walking the Milford

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My first-born has often hit me with her laser-like-between-the-eyes provocative challenges. “Hey Mum, do you want to come to NZ with me and walk the Milford Track? It’s only 55 km, over 5 days and 4 nights. You only have to carry a daypack that weighs a piddling 7-10 kg and there are superb lodges overnight and all meals are provided”. Awesome!!! But maybe I’m a little old at 71 for that don’t you think?”

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