Category Archives: Meditation

Life’s 3rd Act

"Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?"

~ Mary Oliver ~

Life’s 3rd Act

September is my birthday month!  (Scroll down for my gift to you).

Believe it or not, I’ll be 60 years old. This is not what I imagined 60 to be. I’m not old. I’m vibranblack-and-whitetly alive, growing, reaching, learning, and exploring my potential.  I’m launching my teenage daughter, expanding mybusiness, and looking for love. This is not what I expected 60 to look like.  It’s so much better!  This stage of development is called “Life’s 3rd Act” says Jane Fonda in her TedX Women’s talk.  It’s as different from mid-life as childhood is from adolescence. In this stage we are empowered to climb the staircase of the human spirit towards wisdom, wholeness, and authenticity.

So tell me…what do you plan to do with your one wild and precious life? Will you dare to acknowledge your greatest gifts? Will you take the risk to develop and express them? Will you create more happiness by offering your unique gifts to others?  

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The Miracle of Meditation Virtual Retreat

The Miracle of Meditation Virtual Retreat

BuddahA non-residential 5-Day Retreat
In the home meditation studio
of Leslie Raznick
July 1st – July 5th;
9am – 5pm daily
time for questions & answers
1/2 day or full day options
plenty of breaks and lunch

I invite you to come to my home and meditate with me.

Whether you are a beginner or a long time meditator, my teacher Jeff Carriera will guide us virtually during his live retreat in Philadelphia. This meditation journey is simple, self-affirming, and profound and will change our lives in 5 short days.

This “no problem” meditation is the single most important practice I’ve used to fill my life with joy, satisfaction and peace.

What to Expect

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Zen Stone

Why Meditate?

Why Meditate?

Zen StoneThe nature of the mind is to think.
It rarely stops thinking.

The purpose of meditation is NOT to silence the mind. The mind is never completely quiet.

To spend time trying has proven futile for many.

If the goal of meditation is not to quiet the mind, then what is it?

“Meditation happens when you remove your attention
from anything in particular
and allow it to float freely in consciousness.”

— Jeff Carriera

You experience meditation when you remain unengaged with any memory, thought, body sensation, emotion or distraction that comes to your awareness. The position you sit in, the amount of time you practice, or the method you choose does not define it.

My own experience as a 34-year healthcare practitioner has shown me that human beings prefer to experience pleasure over pain. We reach for pleasure in whatever form we can find it, whenever our personal comfort appears to be threatened. We do this by directing our attention toward thoughts that will lead to immediately pleasing feelings and away from those that are uncomfortable.

Reaching for thoughts that lead to the experience of pleasure.
Now why would I want to stop doing that?

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