Sorry, no Mindful Meditation video today, due to a number of reasons. Instead, enjoy this shot from my moody afternoon walk on the Camp Chase Trail. See you tomorrow!
It breaks my heart when students tell me they don't meditate because they can't empty their minds. Well, of course you can't...we live in a chaotic world full of life, energy, and action. We are no longer required to take time away to become monks in a monastery by denouncing everything and everyone in our lives in order to explore ourselves and our spiritual path.
I had fun with this one. We frequently spend so much attention on releasing and letting go of thoughts and emotions that block our path that it's easy to overlook the option to spend time basking in the bliss of the things we love. The promise of coffee, a pen, and a blank notebook did …
Let's use the power of the Aquarius full moon tonight to release whatever we're carrying that no longer serves us in this moment. https://youtu.be/rV2_GdmJYvc
Monkey mind. Let's look at the idea of divine wholeness despite our human perception of brokenness. https://youtu.be/V7pJ_dQHiFM
As it turned out (unbeknownst to me), this morning's regularly scheduled 30 minute practice was a continuation of yesterday's theme of giving ourselves grace. I woke up later than usual, again due to not sleeping well, but made up my mind that I'd get back on the cushion despite a gnawing headache. I am a …
Today's practice almost didn't happen. Thanks to a sleepless night from feeling ill, I was in no shape to meditate this morning. I put it off and put it off, and finally, as the sun set, settled down for my 30 minutes. I didn't have much of a direction or even intention, but it was …
How do you create physical space for yourself? What about mental space? These are places where we can begin our meditation practice.
Developing the habit of naming our gratitude, of connecting with those things that bring us joy, peace, and meaning, is the first step in aligning with their energy to bring us more of that energy in our every day.
Are we imperfectly perfect or perfectly imperfect? Is this all in our semantics? I see these as the same--we work to be perfect outside of ourselves (where we perceive imperfection) while at the same time, we are simply perfect. This duality is incredibly hard to comprehend when we have come from the traditionally trained and conditioned mindset that we are in no way, shape, or form perfect in anything, which is the cause of so much of our own self-inflicted suffering.
Some days the 30 minutes seems like hours, but when I opened my eyes to rejoin the world, the sunrise spotted my floor, filtered through the crabapple tree leaves outside my window, and I felt refreshed. The headache lingered, but it didn't stop me.
What an interesting meditation practice this morning. Despite having the background and training of being a meditation teacher, I'm always curious about new experiences in my process, and today what I realized was how the energy of one singular day--less than 24 hours, actually--can be so intensely and drastically different. Yesterday's practice was fairly light, …
That was the purpose of my practice, though if you watch my wrapup video below, you'll see that I also explored the idea of meditation being a place in which we can invite the feelings we attempt to outrun in an effort to fully feel, learn from, and ultimately release them.
Do you have a meditation practice? Are you curious about developing one? Take ten minutes to watch and accept my invitation. I'd love to have you along for the journey.
My dog sitting gig with the lovable and laughable Miss Curly is over, since her family of boys come home this evening from their trip to Florida. I know she'll be over the moon. I'll miss her tail therapy and walking wisdom, for sure.