I was afraid to teach meditation until I remembered the nerves were part of the experience

When I was 23 and alone in a cold basement apartment struggling through The Way of Zen by the British-American philosopher Alan Watts, how could I have known that one day, ten years later to be exact, I’d be teaching meditation to others? A few nights ago, I taught my first full meditation class. Not …

If you’re scared to meditate or think it’s for hippies, read this

What do you imagine when you hear the word meditation? An Asian monk with a shaved head sitting a cave? A white woman doing yoga in her expensive condo beside a Whole Foods? Yes, meditation — at least the kind that produces mindfulness — derives from Buddhism, an ancient Indian religion. And yes, mindfulness, like yoga before it, is …

What being “mindful” really means, and why you should try to be it

Mindfulness continues to blow up, so much that the rich and powerful have caught on. A recent Forbes column argues that “mindful leadership” leads to an “improved bottom line and more fulfilled employees.” Researchers have found that meditation “significantly enhances the performance” of elite US special forces. But forget the hype. Let’s get down a …