This month’s meditation series is a look at the many facets of disconnection, and how we can use it as a tool for reconnection.

One of the things I discovered on my own personal meditation journey is that I misunderstood disconnection as a tool for self-care.

When I felt stressed, overwhelmed, and feeling the need to unplug, my method of disconnection was actually a method of distraction – binge watching TV, reading, listening to a podcast… Things that let me either ignore what’s stressing me out OR end up inspiring new ideas and things to do!

But when we have moments of overwhelm, we don’t need more ideas or inspiration.

We need quiet.

In order to reconnect with the calm center in each of us, we must actually disconnect. Meaning not fill the space with anything. Simply relaxing into what is and allowing it to be so. This is the method of care that enlivens and restores us to back to ourselves.

Tune in to today’s episode of The Mindful Minute as we begin this first exploration into Disconnecting to Reconnect.

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Ride The Waves

May 30, 2019

This meditation was originally recorded while on vacation a few years ago. For the holiday week and the start of our summer, I thought it would be fun to revisit this ocean-side meditation. Short, simple and peaceful, this is a wonderful way to start or pause during your day. As we meditate together, we are reminded of the gift of meditation by this quote from Jon Kabat-Zinn,

“You can’t stop the waves, but you can learn to surf.”

We can’t stop the thoughts, but we can learn how to breath with them rather than get swept away…

Join me for today’s episode of The Mindful Minute as we learn to ride the waves.

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Isolation, community, and meditation practice.

How does practicing something like meditation, a solitary practice, improve by practicing with others?

In this final piece of our Nourish Your Practice meditation series, we share the benefits of practicing in a community. We’ve already explored confidence in our own wakefulness {part 1}, the importance of keeping the teachings fresh {part 2}, and now the importance of having a community.

Whether you’ve had a hard day or a fantastic day, by practicing with others you not only have others to hold you accountable but get to share in their energy as well. Each of these tenants re-enforces the others. Practicing in community keeps the teachings fresh & inspires confidence in your own practice. Being confident in your own practice allows you to practice in group. Having a grasp of the teachings enhances your confidence…. It is a self-supporting cycle that naturally uplifts and sustains a meditation practice.

Practicing in a community, no matter how often, is the piece that will keep our practice from falling away and keep us inspired.

Tune into today’s episode of The Mindful Minute as a part of your community practice and tell me, does practicing with us online enhance additional practices for you during the week?

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How do we continue to practice day after day? How does our meditation practice continue to nourish us long after it has become routine?

Well, the beauty of this practice is that it isn’t our responsibility to make-up the spiritual path. We don’t have to continually hunt for something new, unique or different. This practice, this path, has been around for 2500+ years, and those that came long before us have laid out the teachings fully.

To Nourish our practice, we must stay curious and continue to explore the teachings.

When we are new to a practice, we come to it excited and inquisitive, and over time, we subtly take on the attitude of “I know.”… We lose the open eyes and open mind of a beginner.

To keep the practice fresh, we must continue to study as well as practice. There are texts, books, podcasts, talks… If we can keep the teachings fresh, we keep our practice fresh.

As with everything in life, we must also be mindful of balance. We can practice without studying. We can study without ever practicing. But, only with both will we continue to experience progress and growth.

**In this class as well as a few upcoming classes, you will hear some student-teachers co-teaching with me <3 So proud of these students for deepening their practice and taking this next step. Thank you for allowing them to join our practice**

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How does meditation continue to nourish us even as it becomes routine in our lives?

This month’s meditation series is an exploration of keeping our practice fresh and sacred over time, or starting a practice that feels integral to our daily lives.

In today’s episode of The Mindful Minute, we begin, perhaps unsurprisingly, with each of us as individuals. We so desperately want to hand the responsibility of engagement to someone else – a teacher, an app, a group… but, like all hard things, it can only happen within.

Dr. Brene Brown speaks of integrity when she encourages us to

Choose courage over comfort.
Choose what’s right over what is fun, fast and easy.
Practice our values rather than professing them.

These instructions are valuable reminders as we search for ways to stay dedicated to the magical and the mundane within our meditation practice.

The original meditation practitioners had the exact same tools as us and used meditation as a pathway to enlightenment. We, too, must have confidence in our own wakefulness. Trust is built in the most mundane of moments, it is built in the repetition of our practice.

Tune in today as we explore this first pathway towards Nourishing Our Practice.

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