In our final installment of The Conditions for Magic series, we are talking about the alchemy, the transformation, that takes place within meditation. I was inspired by a recent interview with Italian Physicist Carlo Rovelli when he said, “we understand the world through interactions.”

I find, in meditation, that the clarity we gain comes from the direct, conscious interaction with our minds. When we meditate, we come face to face with our thoughts, the patterns or habits, the level of noise or quiet we exist with….

We have something like 60,000 thoughts a day and 80% of those thoughts we had yesterday. The magic, the transformation, occurs as we start to see the threads that connect our thoughts. We start to connect the seemingly unconnected – first with ourselves, then with others, to our environment…. It is endless; the connections are there the moment you start to see clearly.

Join me today for this brief talk and 20-minute meditation, and, always, please share your thoughts with me via sacredchillwest.com or merylarnett.com .

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This series, The Conditions For Magic, is quickly shaping up to be my favorite series of all time… Something about it feels, well…, magical 😉

Last week, we started with The Container for magic. The foundation. We talked of magic being a skill, something that is developed through practice. Through the mindfulness of our posture as we sit in meditation.

This week, we talked of The Inspiration for magic. The subtleness of it. There is no TRYING to be inspired; we simply feel the lightening bolt of inspiration strike. Although we can’t force the magical, beautiful moments in our lives, we can prime ourselves to be ready, eyes open, for when they appear.

I share one of my all-time favorite stories and an enticing question… when we are in a hurry, can we appreciate beauty?

And, we talk about the “Noble Failure” of meditation courtesy of Stephen Cope. Curious? Tune into this week’s edition of The Mindful Minute, and, of course, please join me in person for the last class in this series on Monday, May 21 at 6:15 p.m. We will be talking about The Alchemy of magic!

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For The Mamas

May 11, 2018

Happy Mother’s Day, mamas! This short meditation is a chance to sit and be with it all. Being a mother is its own complex mess of emotions, feelings and thoughts. And, we are here for it. All of it. Celebrating the joys, the sorrows, the triumphs and the defeats. Celebrating the mundane and the magnificent. We are here for it. We are here for each other. Happy Mother’s Day.

This month’s meditation series is titled “The Conditions for Magic” and it was inspired by a quote I first heard from Susan Piver and later learned originated from Julia Cameron –

“The first rule of magic is containment.”

In this first of 3 episodes, we will start with our container. With the foundation. We aren’t talking about magic in the mystical sense or the Harry Potter sense…. For me, when thinking about magic, I think of –

A life lived with curiosity rather than fear, with engagement rather than numbness, and with joy rather than judgment.

In the engaged life, magic is a SKILL. And, we obtain skills through practice. In this way, meditation is our container, and even more specifically, the posture we take during meditation is our most primal container. For my personal practice, this realization was a BIG distinction. The meditation itself is not the magic; it is the foundation from which magic is accessible. In our daily lives. In the minutiae.

What does magic mean for you? Join me for today’s talk + meditation and be sure to share your comments with me via Facebook/Instagram/Email {@merylarnett or info@sacredchillwest.com}

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Why We Struggle

May 2, 2018

It is said that much of our struggle is caused by a forgetting of who we really are. A forgetting of our connectedness, and instead being consumed with our separateness.

Our meditation practice, our awakening, is a widening of the lens; it is seeing it all – our limited views, our vastness, our struggle, our hope.

In today’s episode I share a few of my favorite voices, Mark Nepo, Maria Popova, and Natalie Batalha. We’ll look at hope, cynicism, interstellar space, and how we open our hearts.

This final talk about awakening reminds us that this is a heart-centered practice, our vastness, our connectedness is remembered through our hearts not our heads.

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Ordinary Mind is the Way

April 26, 2018

All of April I’ve been talking about ways to Awaken. Simple, real ways to open our eyes and access joy in the moments that make up our lives. And, I feel like awakening is such a perfect topic to tie-into meditation because meditation IS a practice of gently opening our eyes to the possibility of joy. Right here. Right now.

In today’s episode, we will explore the difference between trying to meditate and meditating. We will challenge ourselves with idea that there is no flaw in the moment that is taking place right now.

In a little twist, I’ll share a bit about the Zen practice of Koans. This is not my lineage nor my personal practice, but I was so moved by this particular story and teaching from John Tarrant that I wanted to share it with you all as well!

Join me for a discussion on ordinary mind, awakening and the patience of ordinary things followed by a 20-minute meditation.

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