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Prime your mind to investigate the BIG questions in life with meditation

This article goes out to all of the deep thinkers, philosophers, spiritual seekers, existentialists and lovers of truth out there. Below we discuss one of the TOP reasons to have a meditation practice: to qualify your mind for insight and understanding. Meditation boosts your mental acuity so that you can ponder those BIG questions in […]

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Sensitize yourself to the subtleties of experience with meditation

We have described meditation as an exercise that helps you develop “life skills” for your mind. Here we will look at life skill #2: sensitizing yourself to the subtleties (of experience): what these subtleties are, how meditation sensitizes you to them, the dangers of letting them go unnoticed, and the benefits of identifying them. You […]

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10 Micro Meditation Lessons Livestreamed from Facebook

Welcome to this very first installation of our 10-day Chill Pill Challenge: a series of 5-minute mini-lessons on meditation that are available as Facebook Live Streams (on our FB page) and instructive blog articles (like this one). The objective is to help you use meditation to cultivate: Peace of mind Clarity Focus Lucidity about your […]

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So here’s what went through my mind yesterday evening at 5:15pm: “Oh, Jesus. Here he comes.” Broad-shouldered, wild-eyed, screaming incoherently at the top of his lungs, the man a-few-sandwiches-short-of-a-picnic was coming straight at me on Connecticut Avenue. I did what any sensible, self-protective pedestrian would do in that situation—I crossed the street as quickly as […]

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How acupuncture works for stress, anxiety and depression: the physiology

Stress (along with anxiety, and depression) is one of the most common issues that patients come in for at our Washington DC acupuncture clinic. Their chronic stress manifests as a wide range of emotional, physical, cognitive and behavioral symptoms. In many cases, they are able to find relief through acupuncture treatment, reporting: More stable mood, […]

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Calming herbs for stress and anxiety

Modern city life has a lot to offer, sometimes even too much. Many people find themselves frazzled and exhausted at the end of a long work day, wanting nothing but a good night’s sleep, only to find themselves lying in bed for hours watching their minds race like a runaway train. This is because we […]

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Acupuncture and Psychotherapy: Healing Mind and Body

By Jeremy Riesenfeld, L.Ac. and Hannah Braunstein, LICSW, MHA “The majority of physical diseases are caused by internal emotional factors.” – Classical Chinese Medical Saying As holistic medical systems such as acupuncture and Chinese medicine have emphasized for more than 2000 years, the state of the mind and emotions is intimately connected with the health […]

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Meditation: Learning to Welcome Difficult Emotions

Why do many people turn to meditation?  They are interested in relieving their suffering. Suffering comes in many forms – physical, emotional, and mental.  As I mentioned in a previous article about finding a meditation style that is right for you, there are many meditative approaches to healing on all three of these levels. In […]

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Meditation: Which Style is Right for You?

When I first started meditating and studying spiritual philosophy in earnest, about 12 years ago, my goal was spiritual enlightenment.  I clearly remember, in 2000, participating in a group meeting at the Heartwood Institute, a holistic healing training center where I was doing a work-study program right out of college.  Everyone in the group was […]

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