Joy is intrinsic to each of us. It is our birthright. Across time, culture and lineage, meditation texts tell us that as we settle deeper into ourselves, what we discover is joy.

Now, for the joy of it {see what I did there??} perhaps you want to Google the definition of joy. And then happiness. And then happy. And enjoy the lack of clarity that comes with these definitions. So, let us turn to the ever-wise definitions offered by Brene Brown – 

“Happiness is tied to circumstances and joyfulness is tied to spirit and gratitude.”

We need both, don’t we? We need the happiness that comes from a flawless Zoom call or 20 sweet minutes when your kids behave.  Equally, it is deeply valuable, especially in the circumstances of 2020, to foster and grow the connection to the piece of us that is NOT tied to circumstances. That amidst online schooling and cancelled vacations and whatever else, we can still experience joy. 

In ancient Greek the word for joy translates to “culmination of being”. 

Since this trait is intrinsic to all of us, I don’t need to teach about how to be more joyful. I think what most of us need is practice getting out of our own way. Joy can be an intense and vulnerable experience. It often triggers feelings of grasping or of fear of what might come next… The best thing we can do is work with these 3 qualities of consciousness that we have focused on in this meditation series:

  • Be in the present moment
  • Be aware of yourself and everything else
  • Trust the joy that arises as your birthright

Join me for today’s episode of The Mindful Minute for this discussion of joy and a 20-minute guided meditation practice.

You can practice with me live each Monday as I record this podcast. My virtual meditation class includes time for Q&A and a chance to connect with me personally! https://www.union.fit/orgs/meryl-arnett

**Use code: Mindful5 to get your first class for $5!**

Even better, if you enjoyed today’s episode, leave me a review wherever you get your podcasts, screenshot it and send it to meryl@merylarnett.com to get your first live class with me FOR FREE!

Many thanks to our sponsor, Go Zafu – the portable meditation cushion designed for outdoor use. The Go Zafu combination meditation pad & cushion removes the logistical and comfort barriers that stand between you and peaceful meditation in nature.

Use code: Mindful10 to save 10% on https://gozafu.com/

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One of the three qualities of consciousness is a Self that is aware of itself and everything else. What this means in essence is that there is a piece of our consciousness that can see or witness what is happening. This larger awareness knows how we feel about the situation we are in; it knows where we are in space and time; and this knowing is very different from the jumble of thoughts we experience in any given moment. 

Join me for today’s mini-meditation and discover for yourself: what else is happening besides that loud tangle of thoughts and distractions that keeps arising when you meditate?

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.

You can practice with me live each Monday as I record this podcast. My virtual meditation class includes time for Q&A and a chance to connect with me personally! https://www.union.fit/orgs/meryl-arnett

**Use code: Mindful5 to get your first class for $5!**

Even better, if you enjoyed today’s episode, leave me a review wherever you get your podcasts, screenshot it and send it to meryl@merylarnett.com to get your first live class with me FOR FREE!

Many thanks to our sponsor, Go Zafu – the portable meditation cushion designed for outdoor use. The Go Zafu combination meditation pad & cushion removes the logistical and comfort barriers that stand between you and peaceful meditation in nature.

**Use code: Mindful10 to save 10% on https://gozafu.com/**

***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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What is it that you know, and how does that knowing differ from your thoughts? 

What or who gives context to your experiences and your ideas of self?

When you meditate, what else is happening besides that loud tangle of thoughts and distractions that keeps arising?

One of the three qualities of consciousness is a Self that is aware of itself and everything else. What this means in essence is that there is a piece of our consciousness that can see or witness what is happening. This larger awareness knows how we feel about the situation we are in; it knows where we are in space and time; and this knowing is very different from the jumble of thoughts we experience in any given moment. 

In today’s episode of The Mindful Minute, we are going to break down this expansive, intangible idea of self, and try a unique meditation technique for accessing the Self that knows. I hope you’ll join me!

You can practice with me live each Monday as I record this podcast. My virtual meditation class includes time for Q&A and a chance to connect with me personally! https://www.union.fit/orgs/meryl-arnett

**Use code: Mindful5 to get your first class for $5!**

Even better, if you enjoyed today’s episode, leave me a review wherever you get your podcasts, screenshot it and send it to meryl@merylarnett.com to get your first live class with me FOR FREE!

Many thanks to our sponsor, Go Zafu – the portable meditation cushion designed for outdoor use. The Go Zafu combination meditation pad & cushion removes the logistical and comfort barriers that stand between you and peaceful meditation in nature.

Use code: Mindful10 to save 10% on https://gozafu.com/

***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 ***

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

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Our true, deepest Self is ever-present. Always residing in the present moment, which is simultaneously ending and beginning endlessly.

Each moment is infinitely thin, a slender slice of time in the continuum of our lives, and yet, this tiny, tender slice of time contains all that has been in the past as it creates the makings of the future. Equally, the moment is completely fresh. The past has ended and the future has not yet begun.

Join me for today’s mini meditation practice created to help us strengthen our connection to Now. 

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.

You can practice with me live each Monday as I record this podcast. My virtual meditation class includes time for Q&A and a chance to connect with me personally! https://www.union.fit/orgs/meryl-arnett

**Use code: Mindful5 to get your first class for $5!**

Even better, if you enjoyed today’s episode, leave me a review wherever you get your podcasts, screenshot it and send it to meryl@merylarnett.com to get your first live class with me FOR FREE!

According to the ancient sages, the Self has three basic qualities:

The Self is ever-present.

The Self is aware of itself and everything else.

The Self is joyful.

In this month’s meditation series, we are going to explore these three qualities in terms of modern-day life. What do these three qualities mean, and why do they matter to you as you navigate today’s version of ‘normal’?

These teachings help us to access the part of ourselves that provides a steady and calm knowing amidst the constantly changing whirlwind of daily life. Rather than spend all day, every day lost in the circle of thoughts – school, work, bills, health, equity, justice –  we can learn to rest in the steadiness and calm of the true Self. We can touch into the joy that is intrinsic in all of us. It is here that true creativity flows, that connections flourish, and that peace of mind takes lasting hold. 

Today’s episode begins with a settling into the “ever-present” state. Endlessly ending and endlessly beginning.

The present moment is infinitely thin, a slender slice of time in the continuum of our lives; and yet, this tiny, tender slice of time contains all that has been in the past as it creates the makings of the future. Equally, the moment is completely fresh. The past has ended and the future has not yet begun.

“Forever is composed of nows”

~Emily Dickinson

Tune into today’s episode of The Mindful Minute as we have a brief discussion followed by a 20-minute guided meditation.

You can practice with me live each Monday as I record this podcast. My virtual meditation class includes time for Q&A and a chance to connect with me personally! https://www.union.fit/orgs/meryl-arnett

**Use code: Mindful5 to get your first class for $5!**

Even better, if you enjoyed today’s episode, leave me a review wherever you get your podcasts, screenshot it and send it to meryl@merylarnett.com to get your first live class with me FOR FREE!

Many thanks to our sponsor, Go Zafu – the portable meditation cushion designed for outdoor use. The Go Zafu combination meditation pad & cushion removes the logistical and comfort barriers that stand between you and peaceful meditation in nature.

Use code: Mindful10 to save 10% on https://gozafu.com/

***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 ***

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

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If you have never done a sound bath before, be sure to listen to the full length episode on 8/6/20 as Shawn Moore and I discuss the beauty and power of sound-based meditation.

Shawn is a registered yoga teacher, sound practitioner, and meditation instructor, as well as a friend and colleague. He was kind enough to record a sound practice just for YOU! Be sure to grab some headphones for the best sound experience, make up a cozy nest to settle into and listen today!

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.

You can practice with me live each Monday as I record this podcast. My virtual meditation class includes time for Q&A and a chance to connect with me personally! https://www.union.fit/orgs/meryl-arnett

**Use code: Mindful5 to get your first class for $5!**

Even better, if you enjoyed today’s episode, leave me a review wherever you get your podcasts, screenshot it and send it to meryl@merylarnett.com to get your first live class with me FOR FREE!

Many thanks to our sponsor, Go Zafu – the portable meditation cushion designed for outdoor use. The Go Zafu combination meditation pad & cushion removes the logistical and comfort barriers that stand between you and peaceful meditation in nature.

**Use code: Mindful10 to save 10% on https://gozafu.com/**

***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 ***

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

#meditatewithmeryl

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