You Are Ok

August 22, 2019

In the midst of our Miracles in the Mundane series, I am home this week with the kiddos while my partner is away for work. I’m re-releasing an old episode that ties in perfectly with our focus on being R E A L this month:

For most of us, we operate with some level of “I am not ok; this moment needs to be FIXED” more often than not. We are continually editing the story of our lives, and we do it in a thick, red Sharpie. With slashes across the page, giant X’s through words/moments/experiences and lots of notes in the margins…

Now, imagine for a moment you simply chose to throw away your Sharpies. Truly, you click the cap back on and dump them (ALL of them) in the trash can. How would that feel? How would it be to simply decide you are ok in this moment and all the moments of your life?

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This moment is all anyone has. So, if beauty/grace/joy are to exist, they must exist now. In this everyday, commonplace moment.  In an ordinary moment.

Tune in to today’s mini-meditation from The Mindful Minute for a short guided meditation inviting us to come fully into the present moment and to savor the grace within it.

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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A friend recently sent me an article about Toni Morrison’s parenting advice. In that article, Morrison asks what happens when your child walks into the room – does your face light up? Or do you jump to fixing what needs to be fixed?

That advice hit home for me as a mama, but equally important, that advice hit home for life in general – 

When you wake up in the morning, does your face light up? Does your heart? Or do you jump into fixing the moment immediately?

If you only listen to one episode of The Mindful Minute this month, I hope it is this one, because this class truly gets to the heart of why we meditate. There is a reason every single wisdom tradition has some version of this teaching – 

“How we spend our days is how we live our lives.”  ~Annie Dillard

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Morning Coffee Meditation

August 12, 2019

Some days it just too much to sit down for a full meditation practice. Maybe one of the kids is home sick. Maybe the work day or school day is too full. Maybe you just aren’t up for it… 

This practice is one of my FAVORITE ways to sneak in a meditation because you better believe no matter what is happening in my life, I’m going to get in my morning cup of coffee!

Take five minutes today to grab a warm cup of coffee or tea, pop in your headphones and take the time to come to presence.

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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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