Vipassana Meditation Burnsville MN

When they try to empty their minds, all they can do is think about the Visa bill that's due, the kids' next soccer game, the sneaking suspicion that they're about to be broken up with.

Dharma Field Zen Center
(612) 928-4868
3118 West 49th St.
Minneapolis, MN
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Zen

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Minnesota Zen Meditation Center
(612) 822-5313
3343 East Calhoun Parkway
Minneapolis, MN
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Zen

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Common Ground Meditation Center
(612) 722-8260
3400 East 26th St.
Minneapolis, MN
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Vipassana

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Blooming Heart Sangha
(612) 724-8168
Heartwood Mindfulness Practice Center
South Mpls, MN
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Mindfulness / Thich Nhat Hanh

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Twin Cities Vipassana Cooperative
P.O. Box 14683
Minneapolis, MN
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Theravada Buddhist

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Minnesota Sakya Center - Sakya Thupten Dargye Ling
(612) 827-3345
3441 Bryant Avenue South #101
Minneapolis, MN
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Tibetan

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Rivers' Way
(612) 253-5133
3357 36th Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN
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Buddhist (non-sectarian)

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Diamond Way Buddhist Center, TwinCities
(612) 825-5055
1701 W. Lake Street
Minneapolis, MN
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Tibetan Karma Kagyu

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Compassionate Ocean Dharma Center
(612) 825-7658
3206 Holmes Ave.
Minneapolis, MN
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Zen - Soto

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Chagdud Gonpa Practice Group
(612) 724-4899
Minneapolis, MN
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Tibetan Nyingma

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Meditating with an Open Mind

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Some people find the quiet rhythms of meditation just plain annoying. When they try to empty their minds, all they can do is think about the Visa bill that’s due, the kids’ next soccer game, the sneaking suspicion that they’re about to be broken up with. For folks like these, there’s another option.

It’s called mindfulness meditation, also known as Vipassana, and according to researchers at the HealthEmotions Research Institute at the University of Wisconsin, it may bring just as many health benefits as more mainstream meditation. In Vipassana, you don’t exactly embrace your anxious thoughts, but you don’t have to push them out the door and move the dresser in front of it, either. Instead, you observe and appreciate the distracting thoughts for what they are: part of life, part of the moment.

By not resisting, you can quiet your mental chatter for a time, gain some perspective, and continue to move toward a more relaxed state. To test the effect of mindfulness meditation on overall health, the researchers assembled 25 members of a study group that was trained in the ancient practice by researcher Jon Kabat-Zinn, who tailored it as a remedy for stress back in the 1970s. Before starting to meditate, each person was given a flu shot to stimulate the immune system; that way re-searchers could compare their bodily responses pre- and post-meditation.

Sixteen people who didn’t meditate were given flu shots and included for comparison. The change was dramatic: The study group developed a significantly larger army of flu antibodies than did the nonmeditators. Also, tests showed increased electrical activity in their frontal lobes, the part of the brain associated with happiness and other positive emotions.Next, the researchers plan to study a group that’s been meditating mindfully for 30 years. In the meantime, don’t let unwelcome thoughts keep you from giving this technique a try. (But do pay that Visa bill!)

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