This moment, right here, is what exists... like it or not. Sometimes we find ourselves fighting to get out of this moment, wanting to be somewhere else, sometime else. What happens when we choose, willingly, to surrender?
Meditation isn't about achieving a perfect "blank slate" mind, a state of perpetual calm... no matter how attractive that might sound. In meditation, we are opening— opening to the curiosity of "What is happening now?" "What is unfolding in this moment?" Come take a seat in the river of this moment and have a look at what is floating through.
Are things feeling busy right now? They are in my corner of the world! Let's explore how we can respond and adapt to the circumstances of the moment, with the time and energy that's available. Bringing wise compassion into this moment allows us to release judgment and take a broader view.
FLOW is the opposite of resistance, and often in times of challenge, when things are not unfolding in the way we expect, FLOW is exactly what we need. When we flow, we accept and open to what is occurring and we work with it rather than pushing (futily) against it. By letting go, we have access to more peace and ease. Join me for this exploration and meditation on flow.
I am feeling a distinct pull inward, to recharge, refresh, re-set. And as you will hear me explain in this video, that’s exactly what I’m going to do. I’m listening in to my intuition. I’ll be taking some time to travel, which offers time away from the routine, to look at things with new perspective, to lean into my own practice, growth, and learning.
The movement of the breath is not so different from the movement of waves: there's steadiness and a soothing quality to the movement... and within this movement, there is also change ever-present. Take a few moments at the beach with me.
Pema Chödrön writes that to stay with the shakiness is the path of true awakening, the path of the warrior. Join me in sitting with emotion and sensation, in offering kindness and compassion to your own dear self.
Being in nature refreshes our whole being. Have you ever gotten a teaching from nature? Maybe it's to be rooted and calm like a tree, to flow like water. I invite us to slow down and pay attention in order to really absorb all the goodness of nature.
If you're feeling busy, overwhelmed, or jangled today, I see you, I'm with you, and I've got your back. By taking time for this short practice, you offer yourself time to tune in, to calm your body, mind, and heart, to be refreshed.
Join me for a unique practice of meditation: awareness of the body in stillness AND in gentle sitting movement. Tune in closely to the sensations of your body with kindness and care.
Finding yourself rushing through the day? Wishing for more time, more rest? What if it isn't so much about WHAT we're doing but HOW we're being within it? In this post, I offer thoughts on how to cultivate a sense of ease and calm no matter what's occurring.
Have you noticed a tendency to clench or contract throughout the day? Perhaps you notice tightness in your neck, or racing and fearful thoughts. Join me to take a moment to invite EASE throughout your whole being... and see what changes occur!
Just in case you think you're not "cut out" for meditation... if you think your mind is too busy... if you think you're not doing it right... I want to help to set your mind at ease: Meditation isn't "supposed" to be a certain way. It's impossible to do it right or wrong. You're doing great, really. :)
Do you ever get these little flashes of intuition, thoughts or emotions asking you to change your path a bit, to connect, to rest? When we practice acknowledging the tiny voice of intuition, there's no telling what will happen!
When we begin to practice mindfulness, we soon discover that our whole life, our way of being in the world, is made up of many, many moments in which we can choose to be present. In this short video I offer an invitation to choose your own "mindfulness bell" to bring you to present-moment awareness throughout the day.
A short practice of taking in what's good... and a whole host of other ideas for shifting out of our negativity bias and into a more spacious and balanced view.
Do you have some area of your life that you're working on changing? I keep returning to this metaphor of a path in the woods as a useful one to understand the slow and deliberate process of change, and to stay motivated to be patient and persevering.
Rainer Maria Rilke wrote, "Let everything happen to you, beauty and terror, just keep going. No feeling is final." It can be a great comfort to sense how emotions are always on the move, passing through like waves. We can be in touch with our emotional state AND know that it will change. This helps us to hold ourselves with more lightness and curiosity. Join me for this meditation, an opportunity to practice tuning in to the feeling tones of this moment.
Are you craving quiet? Wanting to be still... and perhaps also feeling a pull toward distraction and busyness? In this video, I discuss this paradox and offer a taste of silence. Join me for 5 minutes of quiet. :)