All posts tagged: shamatha

Stop, Breathe and Embody…

By Dr. Nashalla Gwyn Nyinda Tibetan Medicine TMD (Menpa~Amchi), MA Acu. LMT & Acupressure Practitioner When was the last time you just sat and felt the diaphragm below your ribs expand and contract? Just place your hands there, on your diaphragm. Feel the air come in, invite expansion in a naturally restful way. Notice if you do, that you more easily breath into the tips of your lungs, which are all the way into your shoulders. Simultaneously you might notice how you allow the expansion of oxygen and vital energy of breath to fill your abdomen below. Rest in that breath. Repeat. Have you stopped to consider the benefits of that deep breath? We do not think about our breath much of the time. It’s run by the autonomic nervous system. Therefore, for the most part our breathing is set on autopilot mode. We do notice it in moments of rest, but more often it is during distress, panic, fear, upset and illness which hampers the breath that we notice. How often do you stop …

The Shamatha Project, Part I

 Editors note: Thanks to a recent $2.3 million Templeton Prize Research Grant from the John Templeton Foundation, researchers are revisiting the results gleaned from Shamatha Project and further analyzing those results. In the first two posts of this four-part series we’re offering people unfamiliar with the project the chance to learn more about the project and its researchers. In our third post we will discuss the next stage of this project funded by the Templeton Prize Research Grant. And in our final post we’ll take a closer look at the lead researcher, Clifford Saron. By Sarah Sutherland If you’ve ever done a retreat at Shambhala Mountain Center, it’s likely that at some point following the retreat, you noticed a difference in yourself. Maybe you felt calmer, or had more patience. Or perhaps you just felt better about your place in the world. And you probably wondered how long the changes would last. If so, you’re not alone. In the Shamatha Project—the largest and most comprehensive study ever done on the psychological, physical, and behavioral effects …

Dathun: Before and After Photos

  Inspired by a piece from a few years back in the Shambhala Times, our fabulous marketing associate, Kaleigh Isaacs, and our equally fabulous development associate, Chris Seelie, put together this series of Before and After shots from participants in the winter Dathun. Really driving home the truth that “nothing is new” the photo collage below is our tribute to the truth of the theme of this past Dathun, that Feeling and Touching and Being (i.e. Shambhala Meditation) — taking time to sit with our hearts and minds for a month is better than a facial and a lot like falling in love. Scientifically rigorous, this is not; but regard the eyes. BEFORE AFTER     And lastly we have Tom the Dathün Coordinator, who would certainly call his experience transformative! We had a lot of fun putting these together and seeing people’s responses. Let us know what you think below in the comments! To learn more about Dathun click here.