In this month’s series, we have already explored several tools we can use to help us reconnect to ourselves. We discussed the importance of loving kindness and simply being still {part 1} as well as cultivating freedom through generosity {part 2.}

In this third and final piece of our Disconnect to Reconnect meditation series, we are discussing integrity and how it fits into our meditation practice. We can’t just “do” meditation. To practice it fully and effectively, we must do the groundwork first that allows us to process information in a new way. One part of this important groundwork is integrity.

Brené Brown defines integrity this way:

“Integrity is choosing courage over comfort; choosing what’s right over what is fast, fun or easy; and choosing to practice our values rather than simply professing them.”

Tune in today’s episode of The Mindful Minute as we dive into what it means to practice integrity and to remind ourselves that we can only connect to others as much as we can connect within ourselves.

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“A meditation master from Thailand’s forest tradition came to visit the US several years ago. After just a short time here, he said rather bemusedly, “In Asia, the classical sequence of the teachings and practice is first generosity, then morality, and then meditation. But here in the US, the sequence seems to be meditation, then morality, and after some time, as a kind of appendix, there is some teaching about generosity. What’s going on here?”  ~Sharon Salzberg, Lovingkindness

In today’s episode of The Mindful Minute, we are tracing our way back to the very beginning… to the first teachings of generosity and why this is such a crucial quality. Some call it the springboard of all liberating qualities. We give to free others and equally to free ourselves. We give to let go, to reconnect.

Jack Kornfield reminds us,

“When a pickpocket meets a saint, all he sees is the saint’s pockets.”

When we are lost in desire our hearts are closed. We are unable to reconnect in that moment. Letting go; giving generously – this is the cure.

Today, let’s start our generosity practice by giving freely of our time. Allowing ourselves the full 20-minute guided meditation at the end of today’s episode. And, let’s continue this generous giving all week. Let me know; how does it affect you?

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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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