How to Tell If You're Ready for a Meditation Retreat

If you've been meditating for even a short time, you've probably heard whisperings about meditation retreats. Anyone who's been on one will tell you, "Just go," often without much explanation of why. But if you’ve never been on a retreat, how can you tell if you’re ready for that experience?

Here are four questions to help you decide if now's the time to do it.

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How Meditation Does (and Doesn't) Help You Deal With The Crazy

At some point, we've all probably realized that it's just not possible to outrun the tough stuff in life. What if, instead, you knew that you had inside yourself exactly what you needed to meet any situation you found yourself in?

That tantalizing question is exactly why meditation - and mindfulness - have been getting so much attention in the past few years. Here’s our take on how it does and doesn’t help you face those challenges.

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5 Ways Mindfulness Can Help You Keep Your Cool on Election Day

Elections can be such a stressful time. Voting somehow brings out the very worst in us as human beings. We temporarily forget that we're all in this together, and become obsessed with the differences between us.

The good news is that there's a way to save yourself from this quagmire - and it's not by sticking your head in the sand, and avoiding the election altogether. You can vote, engage with people you love, and stay steady through it all. Just apply these simple mindfulness techniques to respond the way you wish you could to election day anger and anxiety.

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How Meditation Can Help You Sleep Better

If you've ever tossed and turned in bed, plagued by thoughts you just can't seem to shake off at night, you're not alone. 20-40 million Americans suffer from some form of sleep disorder, whether it's occasional, or something more serious. Not only is it frustrating at the time, lack of sleep can take a toll on you the next day, affecting your focus, mood, and energy levels.

Thankfully, there's a simple yet powerful remedy for sleep issues: meditation. 

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