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Lesson #4: Putting it into practice

May 18, 2012


In my last post, I discussed one of my favorite lessons from a Vipassana mediation course. The lesson that we can choose whether or not to accept someone’s anger and/or rotten attitude. But sometimes, when I’m sharing this with clients, there’s a tendency towards misunderstanding. Because it’s a completely new way of thinking about our […]

Lesson #4: You don’t have to take it.

May 17, 2012


Each evening, in a Vipassana meditation course, the students listen to an hour-long lecture from the teacher, S.N. Goenka. The lectures aren’t like the lectures you sat through in grad school. They are stories and explanations, and most are usually pretty funny because they point out our universally irrational habits. One of my favorites reminds […]

Lesson #3: Putting it into practice

May 11, 2012


This is a pretty mountain, isn’t it? That’s because it was created by nature. The other kinds of mountains, the scary kind that your mind creates, aren’t so nice.  As you go throughout your week, watch how your mind will take one, small thing and snowball it into something much bigger than it deserves to […]

Lesson #3: Molehills into Mountains: The Mind’s Metier

May 10, 2012


One of my favorite spiritual gurus, Byron Katie, constantly challenges her clients to explore the question,”Who would you be without your story?” And by that, I believe what she’s asking is who would we be if we started to examine the destructive narratives our minds come up with? Who would we be if we stopped […]

Lesson #2: Putting it into practice

May 8, 2012


In my last post, I discussed how humbling it is for me to realize how many assumptions I make about others during a meditation retreat. Assumptions that are often totally off-base. Without direct communication, it’s easy to just start projecting one’s insecurities and fears onto other people. In life, there are many times when we […]

Lesson #2: We make a lot of erroneous assumptions about people.

May 7, 2012


During a Vipassana retreat, there’s no communication with anyone else allowed. And when I say no communication, I’m not just talking about talking. You aren’t supposed to have any non-verbal with any one else, either. No eye contact, no gestures, no mouthing, “No coffee?!?” to the person next to you when you realize, at 5 […]

Putting it into practice

May 3, 2012


One of the things I love most about Vipassana meditation is that it’s just so pragmatic. Sure this is a 2500 year old technique. But so much of what I’ve learned is directly applicable to my everyday life. The lessons I’ve learned in Vipassana will probably continue to serve me forever. Which is why I’m […]

Vipassana on Oprah

May 2, 2012


Because I’m sharing the personal lessons I’ve learned from my Vipassana practice with you this month, I know that some of you may be interested in learning more about it. There’s a great documentary about how Vipassana changed some of the lives of prisoners in Donaldson Correction Facility, a maximum security prison in Birmingham, Alabama. […]

Lesson 1: Stop talking so damn much

May 2, 2012


When you take a Vipassana meditation course, you sign up with the understanding that for ten days you won’t be talking. And I don’t just mean you won’t be talking. You agree not to have any verbal or non-verbal communication with anyone. No eye contact, no hand gestures, no raised eyebrows or rolled eyes. Zip, […]

Lessons from Vipassana

May 1, 2012


A few weeks ago, when one of my clients asked me about the most effective coaching tool I’ve used in my own life, I told her about Vipassana meditation. Then I realized that I’ve never written about it here. In this blog where I share some of my best coaching tools, tips and strategies. That’s […]