A spiritual high in the temples of Takayama

Jun 18, 2016

A spiritual high in the temples of Takayama

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Isolated from the pulsating sounds of pachinko parlors and the neon lights of Tokyo, the small, laid-back city of Takayama in the mountains of Gifu Prefecture offers something that visitors to Japan's urban hubs don't typically find: quiet. Caught in the bustle of the modern ...

A recipe for sanity: water, salt and nothing else

Sep 30, 2013

A recipe for sanity: water, salt and nothing else

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This summer, I spent an hour floating in a 1.21 × 2.4-meter isolation tank filled with tepid salt water in a basement in Manassas, Virginia. Floating in a tank of skin-temperature water saltier than the Dead Sea is said to induce an ethereal, meditative state ...

| Jul 19, 2013

The influence of sports on meditation

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"Running meditation." It's almost a cliché. Many people describe their running activity as a form of meditation. There are even articles that will teach you "how to meditate while running." The Tendai-shu monks of Mount Hiei in Kyoto do a walking meditation, called jogyozanmai in ...