When Tragedy Strikes

August 8, 2019

Today’s episode of The Mindful Minute was recorded just after the mass shootings that took place in Dayton, Ohio and El Paso, Texas. In these moments, when tragedy occurs on a large, national stage or within our own private lives, our practice can be a lamp within that darkness.

In times of deep, conflicting emotions – hurt, scared, overwhelmed, furious – it can be easy to get stuck in a place of feeling frozen. I want to help and I feel helpless in the same moment.

A meditation practice won’t change anything today, it won’t erase pain or anger or fear. A meditation practice will:

  • Offer us a safe space to feel. This is vitally important to keep us engaged and active in world that demands our voices, our care and our action. 
  • Allows us to extend care to ourselves. If we are falling apart and unsafe internally, there is no way to be an effective agent for change. There is no way to care for others if we are unable to care for ourselves.
  • Honors our deep knowing that we are all connected to every single being on this planet. 

I hope you’ll join me in today’s meditation practice for yourself and for every single being on this planet.

Within today’s practice you will hear a recitation of the Shantideva prayer:

May I become at all times, both now and forever

A protector of those without protection

A guide for those who have lost their way

A ship for those with oceans to cross

A bridge for those with rivers to cross

A sanctuary for those in danger

A lamp for those without light

A place of refuge for those who lack shelter

And a servant to all in need

For as long as space endures,

And for as long as living beings remain,

Until then may I, too, abide

To dispel the misery of the world.

I hope it helps your heart as much as it helps mine.

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Just sit. This mini-episode is a meditation only. It is the perfect daily practice to use each week while you wait for the next full episode of The Mindful Minute to air. If you want the full goodness, be sure to listen to the full length episode “Ferocious Joy” to hear the Dharma Talk that inspired this meditation. 

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Ferocious Joy

August 1, 2019

With the unseasonably gorgeous and cool evenings here in Atlanta lately, I’ve found myself called to do some walking meditation in the evenings. Recently, as I mindfully traced my path across my driveway, my present moment was filled with the Blue Star Creeper, the Weeping Peach and the scent of Gardenia. And, in the periphery I kept noticing a fluttering…

At the end of the walk, I sat down for a few final minutes and, as I often do, I pulled an animal spirit card from a deck for guidance. I pulled the hummingbird. The hummingbird represents the sweetness of life. Of being present to the full sweetness of whatever this moment in your life has to offer…

This isn’t to say that every moment could or should be easy. It is a real practice to pay attention, to search for, the sweetness in each moment. 

In our meditation practice, I think the sweetness comes from taking our time. It comes from luxuriating in the stillness rather than approach practice with a “hurry up, I ONLY have 10 minutes”. Instead can our attitude reflect, “I have TEN WHOLE MINUTES to be still with myself.” What sweetness can we draw from this?

As you tune into today’s episode of The Mindful Minute I encourage you to take your time. Listen and luxuriate fully. Draw the sweetness out of the moment.

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Part 3 of my Meditation for Anxiety series couldn’t come at a better time. I am just back from the vacation from hell… truly.

My fournado lived up to his name in every way. 

My baby got sick for the first time with a high fever. 

We were all sharing a room which meant no sleep for any of us. 

Our flight home was delayed… 

Need I go on?

The funny thing is I kept wishing we would get home. It’ll be better when we are home, I kept telling myself. And, then we got home, and you know what? My fournado is still four. The baby is still sick. We still haven’t gotten much sleep…

This is a classic example of the magical thinking that robs us of the opportunity for peace. Join me for today’s episode of The Mindful Minute as we discuss how to deal with the moments we wish we could run away from, how to attend and befriend rather than fight or flight, and how to survive vacations with little kids!!

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All this month, we have been working with meditation as a tool for anxiety. Our daily mindfulness meditation practice is the very best tool we have for managing everyday stress. However, when we are in the throes of deep anxiety or high stress, sometimes we need something a little more specific to help us through the moment.

This mini practice is 10-minutes for the moments of high stress. Use this at the office, after a fight with your partner, after losing your patience with your child…

As we practice in the midst of intense emotion, our only work is to remain in the present moment as much as possible, and to offer some kindness towards our experience.

Give this meditation a try this week and be sure to let me know (Instagram or Facebook!) if you found it helpful!

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Meditation for anxiety is a two-part practice. One, we must have a consistent, daily practice so that our foundation is one of calm wakefulness. Practicing coming back to the present moment without judgment time and again will do more for our stress than any emergency response.

AND, often, we need a practice to help us through the really hard moments. When the stress is too great, the anxiety too high, simply coming to present moment awareness might not be enough. We need something stronger to help us interrupt the fight or flight response. 

In today’s episode of The Mindful Minute, we practice Investigating with Kindness.  We take what we are experiencing and we ask of ourselves, “what am I believing in this moment?” Using this deeper insight to help us understand the actual trigger of our anxiety (hint: it is rarely the traffic, emails or tantrum that is causing your stress!)

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