Happy New Year! I am so happy to be back to recording these meditations after a brief maternity leave. This week’s meditation is a short one inspired by a conversation I had with my dear friend Octavia.

As we discussed the resolutions, dreams and ideas for 2019, we both agreed that you can name resolutions all day long, but unless you do the work to identify and clear what has stopped you in the past, these resolutions, like so many others, will fall by the wayside sooner rather than later.

Join me today for 10 minutes to hone our “clearing” skills as we set out to create a 2019 that is all we want it to be!

And, be sure to tune in next week as my new 3-week series, Activate, goes live!

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Mindful Living {part 4 of 4}

November 29, 2018

In this final teaching in the Mindful Living series, I’m actually combining two teachings both of which have to do with connection. Connection with others and connection with self.

During the holidays, I find an extra awareness around connection to be an important boundary for me. There are obligations, family get-togethers, school and work functions, pressure to volunteer… And, many of these are either unavoidable and/or good in some ways. And, difficult in some ways… In the midst of this, it helps to make sure to schedule yourself sometime to connect with someone who truly supports and uplifts you, who reminds you of your values.

This teaching is a reminder not to over-commit to the things and people that drain us. Not that you have to avoid them completely, but to balance these commitments with real connection.

Brene Brown defines connection as “the energy that exists between people when they feel seen, heard, & valued; when they can give & receive without judgment; and when they derive sustenance and strength from the relationship.”

What makes you feel connected? Tune into today’s talk and meditation on The Mindful Minute and let me know how you intend to stay connected through the end of the year!

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Mindful Living {part 3 of 4}

November 22, 2018

Happy Thanksgiving my friends! However you choose to spend today (in celebration, in remembrance, with friends and family or without) I hope you take time to connect mindfully to the moment.

This time of year can often feel like a whirlwind and sometimes we look back and think, “did I even take time to enjoy the day?!”. All this month, I’ve been sharing some of the simplest teachings to help make sure we are present and awake for the day-to-day. We cleaned, we’ve clothed, and today, we eat!

Today’s teaching is to Eat Good Food.

Not to eat a certain way because someone told you to. Not to eat fancy. Or More. Or Less. Simply and clearly, eat good food. Eat the very best version you can access of whatever it is you are eating. Eat it slowly. While sitting down. Preferably at a clean table that is set with the tools you need. Maybe a candle or flowers… Take a bite and use your senses. All of them. Experience that first taste. Be fully present to what nourishes you.

Today’s meditation practice is a reminder to connect to our five senses and to use them as an anchor to the present moment. It is short, simple and valuable! Join me, and enjoy your day!

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Mindful Living {part 2 of 4}

November 15, 2018

Today, I’m introducing the second, simple teaching in this series on Mindful Living…

Wear nice clothes.

Why on earth would I talk about clothes right now? I’m clearly not a fashionista and I definitely am not one to do lots of clothes shopping… yet this teaching, Wear Nice Clothes, is a relevant one and especially valuable this time of year.

This teaching reminds us draw our confidence from the outside in when we need it. Dressing in a way that reminds us of our wholeness and value. Dressing in a way that makes us feel at home in our bodies.

Please, please hear me when I say, this teaching is NOT to go out and buy new clothes!!! It doesn’t matter if your clothes are new, old, fancy or fashionable. The only thing that matters is how they make you feel.

Curious about this teaching? Tune in to today’s talk and meditation on The Mindful Minute to find out why clothing matters and what Thich Nhat Hanh has to say about it….

Hello Friends! Happy November!

As we move into the season of giving and getting, I thought it could be helpful to revisit some vital teachings that connect us to mindful living. Our meditation practice this time of year can be more important than ever, and, with so much clamoring for our attention right now, how wonderful to focus on the simplicity of these teachings. They keep us clear, mindful and awake to what really matters.

Now these teachings can seem silly or light at first glance, but in my personal experience, they make a dramatic impact on the feel of our day-to-day lives. Ready to dive in with me?

Join me for today’s talk and guided meditation on The Mindful Minute. This practice includes both a guided meditation AND a short, simple way to create more mindfulness in this hectic time of year. Give it a try and let me know how it impacts YOU this week.

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Some moments feel all-consuming, don’t they? Especially moments of profound hopelessness, despair, or fear. Moments when it feels like there is nothing to be done and nothing will change…. These can be difficult personal moments in our work life or our family life, and they can be difficult times in the state of our world – the ongoing trauma of hatred, the intense feelings of separateness.

As I sat with these feelings this week, I found myself doing a modified lovingkindness practice almost by default. Traditional teachings offer Lovingkindness practices as the antidote to fear, and I as leaned into my practice searching for hope and trust, I suddenly found myself reflecting on The Overview Effect.

The Overview Effect is a shift in awareness reported by some astronauts during space flight. As described by Wikipedia, the Overview Effect refers to “the experience of seeing firsthand the reality of Earth in space, which is immediately understood to be a tiny, fragile ball of life, hanging in the void, shielded & nourished by a paper-thin atmosphere. From space, national boundaries vanish, the conflicts that divide people become less important, and the need to create a planetary society with the united will to protect this pale blue dot becomes both obvious & imperative.”

Take a moment to look at this image taken by the Voyager 1 of our pale blue dot: http://www.planetary.org/explore/space-topics/earth/pale-blue-dot.html.

That is us. All of us. The Overview Effect makes sense, doesn’t it?

Our meditation practice can provide this same effect. We are shielded and nourished by this practice. We understand our connectedness through this practice. We step into a planetary society through this practice.

Join me today on The Mindful Minute as we talk through a Lovingkindness practice as an antidote to fear and then practice together with a united will.

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