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Getting the Most Out of this Wonderful Life

I was fifteen when I first discovered what is now my favorite movie. It’s a Wonderful Life was the only thing on television and, despite it being in black and white, I was quickly drawn into the world of George Bailey and Bedford Falls. Now my holidays aren’t complete until I’ve seen Frank Capra’s It’s…

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Meditation is on the cover of Scientific American

Meditation is on the cover of Scientific American Science has fully embraced meditation and mindfulness as worthy of study.  This month’s issue of Scientific American features meditation and neroscience. Here’s a link to the cover story: http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/neuroscience-reveals-the-secrets-of-meditation-s-benefits/

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A 500 Mile Meditation

A 500 Mile Walk Along the Camino de Santiago by Michele Mattix Hiking in nature can be its own form of meditation, especially when on a pilgrimage.  In the fall of 2000, I flew to Spain to walk 500 miles along the Camino de Santiago – an ancient pilgrimage route – to help me clear…

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Meditation is Like Fermentation

Meditation is Like Fermentation Here in Boulder, the crab apple trees are dripping with gorgeous red fruit. Being new to the area – and an avid fermenter – my first thought was, “I want to make crab apple cider!” I solicited the help of my willing husband and we harvested some twenty pounds of crab…

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Beyond Bottled Beliefs

Beyond Bottled Beliefs by Michele Mattix This is an article I wrote about an experience I had while traveling in Ecuador.  I was fresh out of grad school and living very much in my head.  South America taught me not everything is as it appears to be. Tesalia is the most popular brand of bottled…

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Why Certification Matters in Meditation Training

As ProMeditate’s lead instructor, I earned my certification as a meditation instructor from the McLean Meditation Institute in 2014. The 200-hour program includes studying meditation and related texts and scientific findings, practicing daily mindfulness meditation for a minimum of 6 months, practice teaching meditation topics and leading group meditation, and mentorship and supervision from the…

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