Vipassana Meditation Indio CA

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.

Empty Gate Zen Center
(510) 845-8565
2200 Parker Street
Berkeley, CA
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Zen - Kwan Um

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Bay Zen Center
(510) 482-2533
5600A Snake Road
Oakland, CA
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Zen

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Windsong Sanga
(209) 384-2835
Merced, CA
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Zen

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Pacifica CA Kadampa Buddhist Center
(415) 503-1187
3324 17th Street
San Francisco, CA
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Kadampa Buddhism

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Vairotsana Foundation
(805) 899-8177
1524 Anacapa St
Santa Barbara, CA
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Tibetan Nyingma

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Dhammakaya International Meditation Center USA
(626) 334-2160
801 E. Foothill Blvd., PO Box 1036
Asuza, CA
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Theravada Buddhist

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Hartford Street Zen Center - Issan-ji - One Mountain Temple
(415) 863-2507
57 Hartford Street
San Francisco, CA
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Zen - Soto

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Alameda Sangha
(510) 917-6119
Alameda, CA
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Zen

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Sixth Patriarch Zen Center
(510) 486-1762
2584 Martin Luther King Jr. Way
Berkeley, CA
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Zen - Rinzai

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American Buddhist Seminary
(916) 371-8535
2717 Haste Street
Berkeley, CA
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Theravada Buddhist

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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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