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Benjamin W. Decker
“The ancient concept of yin and yang refers to the two fundamental sides of nature—both spiritual and physical, both feminine and masculine.”
Benjamin W. Decker, Practical Meditation for Beginners: 10 Days to a Happier, Calmer You

Benjamin W. Decker
“Yin is the feminine aspect of all things and is associated with that which is expansive, open, and receptive, while yang is the masculine aspect of all things and is associated with that which is precise, active, and specific. Every person has both yin qualities and yang qualities,”
Benjamin W. Decker, Practical Meditation for Beginners: 10 Days to a Happier, Calmer You

Benjamin W. Decker
“Attention is the yin to concentration’s yang. Attention (mindfulness) and concentration (focus) work together to provide a full, rounded experience of being both focused on the task at hand (whatever it may be), as well as having a complete awareness of, and an open mind to, the many aspects of the moment you are in.”
Benjamin W. Decker, Practical Meditation for Beginners: 10 Days to a Happier, Calmer You

Benjamin W. Decker
“This sixth sense of thought often comes to the foreground in mindfulness practices like meditation.”
Benjamin W. Decker, Practical Meditation for Beginners: 10 Days to a Happier, Calmer You

Benjamin W. Decker
“Thoughts provide important information, but they are not fundamentally different from or more important than, say, the taste of a pear or hearing a Mozart symphony.”
Benjamin W. Decker, Practical Meditation for Beginners: 10 Days to a Happier, Calmer You

Benjamin W. Decker
“Just because you think something doesn’t mean it’s true, or even particularly important.”
Benjamin W. Decker, Practical Meditation for Beginners: 10 Days to a Happier, Calmer You

Benjamin W. Decker
“Mindfulness practice can teach us about the nature of thinking, and perhaps even more importantly, it can teach us that we are not our thoughts.”
Benjamin W. Decker, Practical Meditation for Beginners: 10 Days to a Happier, Calmer You

Benjamin W. Decker
“If you’ve been thinking negative thoughts for long enough, you have probably come to believe in and identify with them.”
Benjamin W. Decker, Practical Meditation for Beginners: 10 Days to a Happier, Calmer You

Benjamin W. Decker
“You are not your thoughts; you are the thinker of the thoughts.”
Benjamin W. Decker, Practical Meditation for Beginners: 10 Days to a Happier, Calmer You

Benjamin W. Decker
“Mindfulness meditation practice will help you discern which thoughts support your goals and well-being and which thoughts are destructive or unhealthy and should be discarded.”
Benjamin W. Decker, Practical Meditation for Beginners: 10 Days to a Happier, Calmer You

Benjamin W. Decker
“You should always try to meditate in a place where you will be safe and as undisturbed as possible, but keep in mind that in any meditation practice, a crucial component is to allow—even welcome—changes to the outside environment without interrupting the meditation. Simply observe, experience, and allow things to be as they are.”
Benjamin W. Decker, Practical Meditation for Beginners: 10 Days to a Happier, Calmer You

Benjamin W. Decker
“By holding an open-focus awareness, you create a larger mental “container” for your thoughts to pass through.”
Benjamin W. Decker, Practical Meditation for Beginners: 10 Days to a Happier, Calmer You

Benjamin W. Decker
“The mental perspective to hold here is that you accept and allow the dog to bark and the car to drive by, without entertaining the desire for things to be any different than they are.”
Benjamin W. Decker, Practical Meditation for Beginners: 10 Days to a Happier, Calmer You

Benjamin W. Decker
“We can compare our attention to light: If we focus our concentration on something, we might say that we are “shining a spotlight” on it. When we practice open awareness, rather than shining a spotlight on one particular thing, we might say that we allow our awareness to “shine” in all directions around us, like the glow of a candle flame.”
Benjamin W. Decker, Practical Meditation for Beginners: 10 Days to a Happier, Calmer You

Benjamin W. Decker
“When we simply notice and allow things to be as they are, we naturally disengage from the impulses that would try to control or change things. This is not a practice in passivity or ignorance—quite the opposite. This is a practice in opening your mind and allowing yourself to receive all the information you possibly can before making any moves or taking any action. Notice the word allow. We do not force ourselves to pick up on sensory input; the awareness expands naturally from a practice of calm, relaxed allowing.”
Benjamin W. Decker, Practical Meditation for Beginners: 10 Days to a Happier, Calmer You

Benjamin W. Decker
“Through practicing mindful awareness, we cultivate discernment by being more sensitive to the bigger picture and how the present moment relates to it.”
Benjamin W. Decker, Practical Meditation for Beginners: 10 Days to a Happier, Calmer You

Benjamin W. Decker
“As you practice observing your thoughts, you will become more aware of the tone of your internal voice and the kinds of thoughts you are having and develop the ability to intervene before saying or doing something you might regret.”
Benjamin W. Decker, Practical Meditation for Beginners: 10 Days to a Happier, Calmer You

Benjamin W. Decker
“Envision your awareness as a glow in all directions around you, mentally scanning all directions at once—simply witnessing the moment as it is.”
Benjamin W. Decker, Practical Meditation for Beginners: 10 Days to a Happier, Calmer You

Benjamin W. Decker
“By becoming more attentive and aware of the thoughts arising in your mind, you will create the opportunity to question and reframe them.”
Benjamin W. Decker, Practical Meditation for Beginners: 10 Days to a Happier, Calmer You

Benjamin W. Decker
“If the mind wanders, bring your awareness back to the breath as it expands and contracts, and expand your awareness in all directions around you from there.”
Benjamin W. Decker, Practical Meditation for Beginners: 10 Days to a Happier, Calmer You

Benjamin W. Decker
“Transitioning mindfully out of meditation helps you keep the relaxed state developed during your practice, thus extending the “shelf life” of the benefits of calmness, clarity, and openness.”
Benjamin W. Decker, Practical Meditation for Beginners: 10 Days to a Happier, Calmer You

Benjamin W. Decker
“Do a mindful check-in at work—Take a brief moment to mindfully experience the workplace from your usual spot. Mentally scan in all directions around you.”
Benjamin W. Decker, Practical Meditation for Beginners: 10 Days to a Happier, Calmer You

Benjamin W. Decker
“Do a mindful check-in during your meals—Notice the fragrances, the sounds, and the thoughts arising in your mind.”
Benjamin W. Decker, Practical Meditation for Beginners: 10 Days to a Happier, Calmer You

Benjamin W. Decker
“Do a mindful check-in at the market—When visiting one of the places you usually do your shopping, take a moment to notice the temperature, the smells, the music, and the conversations happening in the background.”
Benjamin W. Decker, Practical Meditation for Beginners: 10 Days to a Happier, Calmer You

Benjamin W. Decker
“Anywhere you find yourself, do a mindful check-in—Whenever appropriate, take a moment to close your eyes and listen in all directions around you. Be present with wherever you are, whenever you are actually there. Take it all in!”
Benjamin W. Decker, Practical Meditation for Beginners: 10 Days to a Happier, Calmer You

Benjamin W. Decker
“Mindful observation holds the same mindful awareness as open awareness, but with open eyes gently directing attention to a specific object.”
Benjamin W. Decker, Practical Meditation for Beginners: 10 Days to a Happier, Calmer You

Benjamin W. Decker
“There is a silent act of will at play when we observe the impulse to allow our eyes to wander, then gently override it. This develops the mental fortitude and willpower to stick to whatever it is that we are focusing on or working with.”
Benjamin W. Decker, Practical Meditation for Beginners: 10 Days to a Happier, Calmer You

Benjamin W. Decker
“By practicing mindful observation, you will become more aware of the virtues and qualities of what you are observing—a simple but useful spoon or a beautiful flower—which unlocks appreciation and gratitude for what you have. Cultivating a sense of gratitude in itself has been scientifically proven to have numerous health benefits.”
Benjamin W. Decker, Practical Meditation for Beginners: 10 Days to a Happier, Calmer You

Patricia Robin Woodruff
“Meditation is a narrowing of focus that expands the soul.”
Patricia Robin Woodruff

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