Mindfulness Meditation Driving

Meeting Your Mind Head On: Mindfulness, Driving and a Weeklong Meditation Retreat

I’ve come to realize that the act of driving is where I crash into all my attempts to be compassionate and full of equanimity toward my fellow humans. It’s where I drive head on into society’s speediness and aggression, its indifference to others, as well as my own impatience and judgmental nature. It’s when I … Continue 

New York City Meditation Retreat

Enlightened Society in the City: Cultivating Kindness to Ourselves

I am looking forward to coming back to New York in August to lead our third annual weeklong meditation retreat. We had a rich time last year, practicing with the intention of creating enlightened society for the week. Rather than being a group of individuals meditating together, we explored how it feels to be a … Continue 

Meditation In the City Podcast

Advancing By Retreating – Deepening Meditation

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How can we deepen our meditation practice? Taking a pause, whether it’s ten minutes or a month-long retreat, has tremendous benefit. In this episode of the Meditation In The City podcast, Laura Simms discusses the power of retreat, at a talk recorded live at our Weekly Dharma Gathering. Meditation In The City is the Shambhala Meditation Center … Continue 

Before & After: Portraits from a Meditation Retreat

Photographer Peter Seidler completed a series of portaits taken before and after meditation practitioners participated in a month long meditation retreat. He wrote about his process and shares several of the images on the Shambhala Times website. While Seidler didn’t offer specifics as to what he believed his subjects experienced throughout their retreat, he lists … Continue 

The Joys of a City Retreat

As urban beings, we need rest: physical, mental, emotional, psychological. And, we need a break from the usual routines of working too much—or worrying about our work or lack of work—and taking care of our family and home. In the Buddhist meditation tradition, we practice sitting still to offer ourselves a change, a break from … Continue