Grow is the word I chose for my 2019 intention, and as I started working with this word, what arrived was to rest more, savor more and laugh more. Not items I would typically associate with growth, but as I explore these individual ideas, the ways they support growth became evident quickly.

In today’s episode, we explore REST – not sleep rest and not chilling-on-the-couch rest, but the deep rest that comes from getting still.

As she describes the sacredness of the ordinary, author Deborah Adele says, “I have found that when the sense of wonder leaves me, when everything becomes dull and ordinary, it is because I have kept too fast a pace for too long. I have pushed past my own boundaries and now I am out of balance. It is time to rest.”

Let’s start this month’s meditation practice with the concept of rest and reclaiming our boundaries and our balance. Join me for today’s talk and 20-minute meditation practice. Then, let me know the ways in which you rest {@merylarnett}.

**In this class as well as a few upcoming classes, you will here some student-teachers co-teaching with me <3 So proud of these students for deepening their practice and taking this next step. The sound quality is a touch off for this first one. I'll be sure to manage better for the next one 🙂 ** ***Did you know I have a FREE Meditation Starter Kit on my website merylarnett.com? It is full of my favorite tips, stories and ideas for starting and maintaining a daily meditation practice. Grab your copy today!*** #meditatewithmeryl

In today’s practice, I am sharing a bit of my own personal practice of self-compassion as a final wrap-up to our month of being At Home In The Heart. The work of self-compassion is integral to our practice of mindfulness and hugely important for the difficult moments –

The feelings of failure, fear or vulnerability rise up time and again throughout our lives, and self-compassion is one of the tools to help us move through these moments with more ease.

We will be guided by the words of Mark Nepo, “Our challenge each day is not to get dressed to face the world, but to unglue ourselves so that the doorknob feels cold, and the car handle feels wet, and the kiss goodbye feels like the lips of another being, soft and unrepeatable.”

This work is an intentional softening of the armor around our hearts and a tenderness sent towards all our thoughts and feelings. Join me today for this brief talk and 20-minute guided meditation. Let’s make self-compassion part of our day today <3 *** Did you know I have a FREE meditation starter kit on my website? It is full of my best tips, explanations and stories to get you meditating TODAY! merylarnett.com to download #meditatewithmeryl Photo by Giulia Bertelli on Unsplash

This month, our meditation series has worked on arriving home in the heart. Week one, we focused on the simplicity of claiming our hearts as a rightful home. Not just for yoga gurus and earthy-hippie types, all of us intrinsically know our hearts as home. How easily we forget though…

Then, we talked about the discipline of staying once we make the bold declaration to claim our hearts as home. We have to stay even when things get vulnerable and uncomfortable. For it is only in staying that we can truly know the comfort, safety and joy of home.

In this last piece, we will look at renunciation, but not in the ways you might think! Traditionally, part of the meditation practice was to give up all distractions and non-essential activities so focus could remain solely on meditation. As we practice being at home in the heart, our renunciation looks a little different. We must invoke Marie Kondo within our practice!

Marie Kondo, an organizational expert, is known for her credo to only keep things that “spark joy” and for everything else, thank it and release it. My invitation today is to do this for all that we store in our hearts – the stories, beliefs and memories – if it sparks joy, keep it! If it doesn’t, thank that piece of yourself and release it. Uncluttering our hearts so we can be clearer and more connected with ourselves <3 PS. Did you know I have a FREE meditation guide on my website? It is a must-have for starting a home meditation practice! Grab it via merylarnett.com #meditatewithmeryl Photo by Dan Gold on Unsplash

“Attention without feeling is merely a report.” ~Mary Olivier

In part 1 of this series, we talked about the value and simplicity of claiming our hearts as home. We are doing the work of reclaiming our bodies, our feelings and our intuition as necessary tools for a fully lived life.

And, now, now that we have claimed it, we must have the discipline to stay. There is real value to staying when things get uncomfortable. If we constantly leave – if we run away or ignore or pretend – then we never learn of our own strength and resilience.

In today’s episode of The Mindful Minute we discuss discipline as a key tool to arriving home in the heart. Join me for today’s talk + practice, and then jump on Instagram {@merylarnett} and tell me about your experience with staying when things get uncomfortable…

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Our meditation practice is a tool to help us reintegrate within our own being. To learn how to feel again. To listen to our gut, our intuition, and our hearts.

Many of us start a practice wondering, “ what does feel my breath mean?” “What do you mean feel the center of my chest?”

We learn at an early age to modify, tamp down or ignore emotion to fit in socially, and without practice, we can go our whole lives without tapping into our own inner wisdom. Happily, learning to feel again is a simple practice.

To be at home in the heart, we simply need to take up residence there. A house is a home because our coffee mug is sitting on the counter where we left it this morning. The kids’ artwork is on the fridge. And the couch sags a bit in the corner where we snuggle up to unwind each night…. It’s home because we know it deeply and intimately. We spend time there.

The same is true of our hearts. We can know our hearts as home when we claim it to be home.

Tune into today’s episode of The Mindful Minute as we explore the heart space in talk and in practice. And, be sure to join me next week as discuss the discipline it takes to stay. ♥️

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How Is This My Life?!

January 31, 2019

I’ve been in a reflective mood lately – a new baby and big birthdays will do that to you… And, this past weekend, I caught myself wondering “How is this my life?”

“How did I get here?”

These questions were asked with joy, amazement and gratitude for this moment in my life, and I was aware that often these questions are asked amidst suffering. Often this questions hurt because

1. You LOVE the moment you are in and don’t want it to change {and you know it will…}

2. This is a difficult moment and it feels like it will NEVER change…

Two sides of the same coin – impermanence. Everything changes.

In today’s episode we will discuss this ever-changing life, how to approach change without despair and instead to approach by just doing the next right thing. Join me for discussion and a 20-minute meditation practice at the end.

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