In last week’s episode we talked about the breath as a tool of both discipline and devotion within a meditation practice, and, naturally, the question arises, “why does this matter?”

Ultimately, one of the outcomes of a mindfulness practice is a cultivation of equanimity – a mental calmness, composure or evenness of temper. Gil Fronsdal, a meditation teacher, defines equanimity as “This is what is happening now. Let’s see what happens next…”

We can use the breath as one way to stay in the present moment long enough to actually see “this is what is happening now,” and  we can use the practices of both discipline and devotion to guide us in cultivating the ability to stand in the middle of it all and see with patience.

Patience is a virtue I personally struggle with so I’m particularly excited to share today’s discussion and exploration with y’all. Join me for today’s episode of The Mindful Minute as we think through and then experience the qualities of equanimity within our practice, and, maybe one day, within our day-to-day lives.

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Today’s mini meditation is inspired by the breath and by Rumi’s beautiful words:

“With every breath, I plant the seeds of devotion. I am a farmer of the heart.”

Join me for a 15-minute mindfulness-based meditation.

These mini meditations are meant to support a daily home practice. Tune in every Monday to find your practice for the week! Full episodes are released every Thursday for a longer, deeper practice.

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This class is THE class. The start of this month’s meditation series is all about the breath. Because, I know you’ve tried to meditate, and you’ve gotten all the way until the point when the teacher says, “now feel your breath”… and you think, WTH does that even mean?!

I remember that point so well! It took me ages to understand how to feel my breath, what it means, and why on earth it is part of a meditation practice.

In today’s episode of The Mindful Minute, I am breaking down ALL the info behind why we pay attention to our breath, how to do it, and, most importantly, how it becomes a pathway to devotion.

If you’ve struggled to meditate before, this episode might be just the tool you need to get started meditating and to feel good doing it.

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When faced with any disharmony, our tendency is to blame what is outside of ourselves, looking for any means to justify our feelings and thoughts. This mini meditation is a reminder that we are not meant to be perfect, over-achieving robots. We are messy, we are human, and we suffer because we forget this. Join me in this 10-minute meditation as we allow ourselves to live the questions rather than search for answers. 

These mini meditations are meant to support a daily home practice. Tune in every Monday to find your practice for the week! Full episodes are released every Thursday for a longer, deeper practice.

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Well… I started my planning for this week’s episode weeks ago. Drafted my talk with the best of intentions. And, then I went on vacation {again} and my baby got sick {again} and now we are home and no one has slept. We are all grumpy, tired and needing space.

And, a few hours before I left the house to teach this class, I lost it on my kids… Ugh. I mean totally lost my patience and yelled over nothing {shakes head}. 

Then, as I drove to the studio, I realized that it is exactly this type of moment we need to talk about. This series is all about “deepening” your meditation practice, and it occurs to me that we can easily mistake what growth really looks like… Like somehow if I meditate enough I will never lose my patience again. Or get angry again…

Growth isn’t linear, my friends, and, far too often, our belief of what growth should look like is the very thing that stops our growth in the first place. 

We can’t be afraid to practice when it is messy or unclear. We can’t be afraid to honestly say we don’t know the answer. Ultimately, we are to learning to be with ourselves in a friendly, curious way. We are learning to live the questions.

Join me for today’s episode of The Mindful Minute as we talk about what a deep practice really is, why the messy moments can be our greatest teachers, and have a 20-minute meditation practice together.

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This week’s mini meditation is inspired by… YOU! Well, one of you. I got the nicest email from one of you listeners telling me about the happy struggle to meditate while on a vacation in a beautiful location. As I enjoy my own vacation by the ocean, I, too, felt the pull to enjoy the view, and happily, this is actually a traditional form of meditation. You can keep your eyes open! Some people will find they respond much better to this style, while others will find it to be a little more difficult… Either way, go sit outside today, if you can, and enjoy the chance to experience your meditation practice with your eyes open. The present moment with a view!

These mini meditations are meant to support a daily home practice. Tune in every Monday to find your practice for the week! Full episodes are released every Thursday for a longer, deeper practice.

Connect with me on Instagram {@merylarnett} to get bonus meditation tips, mini-meditations, and the occasional baby spam: https://www.instagram.com/merylarnett/ 

***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! –> http://bit.ly/meditationstarterkit ***

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