Browsing All posts tagged under »Vipassana«

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: 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Don’t believe everything that you think

December 6, 2010


The other day I was stuck in typical late afternoon city traffic, stressing about how I would get everything done this month (because there’re just too many deadlines and not enough time to meet them). The longer I sat there, the worse things got. My thoughts went something like this: Holiday shopping. New additions to […]