We often use several different terms to describe the concept of enlightenment. They include spiritual growth, spiritual development, spiritual awakening, mindfulness, etc. I'm sure you can probably come up with a few more. In essence, we're describing a process of personal realization.
Charles A. Francis is the cofounder and director of the Mindfulness Meditation Institute. His organization has helped thousands of people learn mindfulness meditation through clear and simple instructions. Its rapidly growing following totals more than 80,000 people worldwide, including many high-profile figures. He studied the practice of mindfulness with Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh. Francis is the author of Mindfulness Meditation Made Simple: Your Guide to Finding True Inner Peace (Paradigm Press), the new ebook Mindfulness in the Workplace: How Organizations Are Using Mindfulness to Lower Health Care Costs and Increase Productivity, and numerous published articles. In addition to teaching mindfulness meditation to individuals, he helps organizations develop mindfulness training programs for their staff and achieve cost-saving benefits. He also leads workshops and mindfulness meditation retreats. Learn more at MindfulnessMeditationInstitute.org.
Today, people who meditate are seen as progressive and open-minded. Whatever term we may use to describe them, they are generally loving, kind, generous, insightful, and willing to help others achieve the same rich and fulfilling lives they have.
07/12/2015 09:42 EDT
As we get older, we experience significant life changes, which can be tough to deal with. Without good coping skills, these changes can be the sources of much worry and unhappiness. As many of us are finding out, mindfulness meditation can help us deal with these changes and difficult situations with grace, dignity, and peace.
06/25/2015 06:20 EDT
Devora Zack, a leadership consultant for major institutions and organizations, has written Singletasking, a book based on the scientific evidence that multi-tasking is a myth. Her advice: If you want to get something done, just tackle that and nothing else. In essence, what Zack has developed is a practical form of mindfulness.
06/10/2015 08:58 EDT
In the practice of mindfulness, we take a different approach to finding happiness. Instead of trying to please our senses, we seek to eliminate the sources of our unhappiness. You can find happiness right here and now when you learn how to keep yourself grounded in the present moment.
04/09/2015 12:29 EDT
With the mindfulness meditation practice, we cultivate peace of mind from two sides. First, we identify the sources of mental agitation, and we eliminate, or reduce them, as much as possible. Then we actively calm our mind with various mindfulness meditation techniques.
02/17/2015 08:57 EST
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