On Music and Meditation

On Music and Meditation

On Music and Meditation

Mindfulness Provides the Harmony of Our Lives.
from “Wings to Awakening, by Thanissaro Bhikkhu:
“. . . we can say that the Dhamma — in terms of doctrine, practice, and attainment — derives from the fully explored implications of one observation: that it is possible to master a skill. This point is reflected not only in the […]

Who We Are

Who We Are

Here is a draft of a beginning template that we can read at the beginning of each meditation group. Feel free to add and create, change and give feedback of what works and what doesn’t.
Mindful Valley is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience strength and hope with each other that we […]

The Swing of the Moment

The Swing of the Moment

Hope you are doing well. I thought I share a moment of joy, peace and awareness that I experienced this morning as an example of what mindfulness might look and feel like as we practice our meditation.
This morning as I was doing a little gardening I noticed so many lives at the mercy of my […]

Scratching Problems Away Like An Itch

Scratching Problems Away Like An Itch

Today, I spoke to my Mindfulness at Work students about a concept I’ve developed around the mindfulness of “Scratching Problems Away Like An Itch.” What is so important about an itch or scratching it? Well, many of us react to many aspects of our lives including our work in the same way we react to […]

For Beginners (or, “What have I gotten myself into?”)

For Beginners (or, “What have I gotten myself into?”)

Have you had the thought yet, “What have I gotten myself into?”
Maybe you’ve had this one, “I can’t do this. Everyone else can but not me!”
You may know this one well, “What’s the use?”
Occasionally some of you may even think, “I’ve got this down. I’ll be enlightened by the third class!”
If any of these or […]

Sangha Notes for April 12, 2011

Sangha Notes for April 12, 2011

On Tuesday nights, our sangha or meditation community meets in Sherman Oaks for a 40 minute meditation, a check-in (where members tell about the progress of their meditation practice or ask questions) and about a 30 minute lesson from our instructor, Daniel Davis. Here is what we learned this week:
All the choices we make in […]

Learning to Fly

Learning to Fly

Mindfulness is one of those skills that is both difficult and extremely rewarding to learn. It is simply difficult because we’ve lived unskillfully in the area of awareness all our lives and now we try to learn it. So, be patient, allow yourself to fail and expect it to be difficult, but every moment you […]

Sangha Notes for April 26, 2011

Sangha Notes for April 26, 2011

On Tuesday nights, our sangha or meditation community meets in Sherman Oaks for a 40 minute meditation, a check-in (where members tell about the progress of their meditation practice or ask questions) and about a 30 minute lesson from our instructor, Daniel Davis. Here is what we learned this week:
In meditation, what is skillful and […]

Changing Your Relationship to Food Through Mindfulness

Changing Your Relationship to Food Through Mindfulness

Manijeh Motaghy on Real Food Inspired Blog Radio.