Loving-kindness meditation can be brought in to support the practice of ‘bare attention’ to help keep the mind open and sweet. It provides the essential balance to support your insight meditation practice.

It is a fact of life that many people are troubled by difficult emotional states in the pressured societies we live in, but do little in terms of developing skills to deal with them. Yet even when the mind goes sour it is within most people’s capacity to arouse positive feelings to sweeten it. Loving-kindness is a meditation practice taught by the Buddha to develop the mental habit of selfless or altruistic love. In the Dhammapada can be found the saying: “Hatred cannot coexist with loving-kindness, and dissipates if supplanted with thoughts based on loving-kindness.”

We published an article on Loving Kindness meditation and the practical benefits of a routine practice on our sister website I Ching Guidance. Click on the button below to read this short article.

 

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gaiam #20x20meditationchallenge is here❗️Check out our post on 1/7 for more details on how to join and win some Gaiam gear + check out our live stories for guided meditations 

   

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#20x20meditationchallenge is here❗️Check out our post on 1/7 for more details on how to join and win some Gaiam gear + check out our live stories for guided meditations.

 

#20x20meditationchallenge is here! 
Excited to join and kick off the new year by joining this group of amazing Gaiam yogis on a New Year meditation challenge! The goal is to meditate for 20 minutes for 20 consecutive days! This is the best way to create a habit! We are kicking it off this Wednesday 9th with a live meditation at 10am @gaiam live stories. So, if you wanted to start a daily meditation practice or feel supported on your daily practice this is a great and fun opportunity with daily guided meditations on each of our channels + tips to start you off on your meditation journey. You can do it on your own or with the help of our daily guided meditations. You in?! PRIZES! For a little extra motivation, we will be giving a weekly prize. We will announce the winner on @gaiam ‘s stories so keep an eye out. Things like yoga apparel and props. A bigger prize at the end for the one who shares the most of their journey!

 

 

The Benefits of Daily meditation

 

There is a certain mythology that seems to have attached itself to the practice of meditation. There are also a few myths that keep people from enjoying this ancient and life-enhancing daily ritual. Watkins will debunk the 5 most common myths and show you how you can benefit from very simple meditation in just 10 minutes a day. Light Watkins is one of the world’s leading experts in meditation and creator of The Inner Gym book series. He has taught meditation in several countries, festivals, corporations, community centers and schools. His diverse list of clients include everyone from Oscar-nominated actors to stand-up comedians, dentists and lawyers. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community

    

 

 

 

Gaiam Restore Products BannerFocus on deep thoughts with ease in our best selling, new and improved, meditation chair. This chair now offers a taller back, a more generous seat, and a twice-as-thick cushion. Sit longer and more comfortably on an eco-friendly rattan base and cushion filled with sustainable kapok.

Tall back for ergonomic support
Designed to sit cross-legged
Machine washable cover
Made in Indonesia
Measurements: 34″W x 25.5″D x 19.5″H; 28lbs. Seat height is 8″.

Weight Capacity: 250 lbs.

Material: Earth-friendly rattan base. Natural cotton cushion filled with sustainable kapok.

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Rattan Meditation Chair

 

Gaiam Elevation Meditation Chair

 

 

At just 10 pounds, our Elevation Meditation Chair is our newest lightweight way to build proper meditation posture at home or on a retreat. The chair’s design—the result of years of research—lets you meditate comfortably for almost any length of time. A touch of low-back support built into the bentwood bamboo-and-rattan frame encourages upright sitting without impeding free movement of spinal energy. And the curved, cushioned shape for your seat and feet supports you in a cross-legged position, relieving weight on your ankles to prevent your legs from falling asleep.

Manufactured in Bali
Made of all-natural bentwood bamboo and rattan
100% cotton covers remove for washing
Soft, organic cushion filling from tropical kapok trees
Provides light back support and unique leg support
10-pound weight for easy mobility
12″ seat height, 19″ seat depth
Includes one-year warranty for materials, workmanship
Measurements: 29″W x 25″D x 22″H. 12″ seat height off the ground, 19″ seat depth from the front of the chair to the backrest.

Materials: All-natural bentwood bamboo and rattan. 100% cotton cover.

Weight Capacity: 300 lbs

The Serenity Meditation Chair is our original and still most popular chair. People love the Zen like simplicity and relative light weight of this meditation chair. Some also like the armless feature which allows for maximum freedom of movement as well as making it lighter weight when moving or carrying to a retreat. The front of the seat of the Serenity Meditation Chair drops 3 inches from either side to the middle to allow for the feet to rest more comfortably below the knees while the back of the seat remains straight across to raise the hips above the legs. The straight back of the chair provides an upright support for meditation not found on most chairs, but is still comfortable enough to allow for multi-use everyday sitting. The feet can be tucked up on the chair as shown or placed easily on the ground in front. Now made from woven Banana leaf weave and solid mango wood the Serenity Meditation Chair is an ecological and elegant seating concept for meditation or every day use. The cushion are filled with natural Kapok for a firm and supportive feel. The covers available in "cream" or "olive" colors are 100% cotton and removable for washing. Dimensions: 30"W x 27"D x 19.5" H. Seat Height: 8"H with cushion. Weight: 25 lbs.  
      This Premium Crescent Zafu Meditation Cushion is designed to improve your spinal alignment, give you proper height, and provide a more comfortable and deeper meditation. Used with or without our coordinating Zabuton Floor Cushion, your knees, ankles and back are relieved from pressure. This premium cushion is packed tightly with kapok filling that will gently conform to your body's shape and is wrapped in an ultra-soft microfiber cover with a hidden zipper and convenient carry handle. Improved spinal alignment and proper height Comfortable and deeper meditation Relieves pressure from back, ankles, and knees Soft microfiber cover and convenient carry handle Measurements: 17"L x 11"W at center and 7" thick. Weight: 4lbs. Materials: Microfiber shell filled tightly with kapok.
This Zafu Meditation Cushion will bring a soft touch and comfort to your practice. Designed to improve your position during meditation by stacking your spine while relieving pressure from your knees, ankles, and back. Filled with buckwheat hulls that gently conform to your body's shape and a removable microfiber cover with an easy-to-carry handle. The internal fill bag also have a zipper so you can add or remove filling. Use with or without our coordinating Zabuton Floor Cushion. Add comfort to your meditation practice Improve posture and relieve pressure Filled with body forming buckwheat hulls Soft-touch and machine washable cover Easy-to-carry external handle Add or remove buckwheat fill Measurements: 5"H x 15" diameter. Weight: 4lbs. Materials: Microfiber suede cover with organic buckwheat hull fill.
MEDITATION HARDWARE MARK I MEDITATION BENCH Mark IW WalnutMaple This handmade seat—available in maple or walnut—looks and feels like no other meditation bench. It’s designed with a contoured base and a steel spring underneath that’s incredibly responsive to movement, ultimately helping you to sit still. Developed by trained makers of fine furniture with help from ergonomics engineers to ensure ideal alignment for extended periods in the kneeling posture, this is one seat that doesn’t compromise on form or function. The steel is powder-coated in white, providing attractive contrast to the wood, which is finished with an award winning, eco-friendly oil/wax blend. Pair it with a Woven Blanket for the ultimate portable meditation kit, sold separately. Handmade in Portland, Oregon Contoured base with steel spring for responsive movement Ideal alignment for extended periods of time Designed for a comfortable kneeling seat Made from steel, wood, and an award-winning eco-friendly oil/wax blend Measurements: 17"W x 10"D x 9.5"H, 4lbs. Weight Capacity: 250 lbs. Materials: Poplar, American Maple or Black Walnut, Steel. This product ships directly from the manufacturer and is exempt from all promotions.
Add a soft touch and comfortable cushion to your practice with this Zafu & Zabuton Meditation Cushion Kit. The Zafu is designed to improve your position during meditation by stacking your spine and relieve pressure from your knees, ankles, and back. It is filled with buckwheat hulls that gently conform to your body's shape and features a removable microfiber cover with an easy-to-carry handle. The internal fill bag also has a zipper so you can add or remove filling. The Zabuton Floor Cushion is designed to add extra cushion and space, filled with body conforming cotton battling and a soft-touch microfiber cover. Kit comes with a Zafu and Zabuton Floor Cushion Add extra comfort to your meditation practice Improve posture and relieve pressure on the body Filled with body forming materials Soft-touch microfiber cover Zafu Product Specifications: Measurements: 5"H x 15" diameter. Weight: 4lbs. Materials: Microfiber suede cover with organic buckwheat hull fill. Care Instructions: Remove zippered cover and turn inside out. Machine wash separately in cold water, gentle cycle, using liquid detergent. Hang to dry. Buckwheat hull fill should not get wet. Avoid direct sunlight for prolonged periods of time. Zabuton Product Specificatons: Measurements: 35"L x 24"W x 4"H. Weight: 5.5lbs. Materials: Microfiber suede cover filled with cotton batting. Spot clean only.

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