Pockets of Stillness

January 2, 2020

“In naming things we often come to mistake the names for the things themselves…” 

~Maria Popova⁠

As part of the New Year traditions, many of us are anxious to reflect, to set intentions and goals, to pick a “word” of the year, to name what it is we most want…⁠

There is great value in these reflections and goals, and yet, each of the things we name {even a goal of starting a meditation habit} is standing in for a feeling we are chasing. So, what’s that feeling? And, what’s beneath that one?⁠

There are so many places in our lives when we substitute studying/reading/planning as a stand-in for the actual exploration itself. It can be SO tempting to let someone else tell us the way, to tell us what we should want, or to tell us what we should do. 

Our meditation practice is an invitation to come back to exploring through a new way of listening. In meditation, we watch the beauty of the unfolding pathway of thought as a way of knowing beyond “names”.⁠

Join me for today’s New-Year-inspired episode of The Mindful Minute as we explore, listen, and taste our way to a clear start to the year and the decade. Be sure to grab a notebook or journal and spend a few minutes free writing after your practice so you remember all that unfolds during your 20-minute meditation.

Happy New Year!

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Mini Meditation: Marginalia

December 30, 2019

This week’s mini practice is a drop into spaciousness and then the prompt to journal immediately afterwards. For 5 – 10 minutes after your meditation practice, write everything you can think to write. Write about how your practice felt, what you thought about, how you feel right now, etc. Just keep going until the well is dry or the timer dings. 

Journaling is the marginalia of our meditation practice. It is our chance to highlight, asterisk, and underline important messages, patterns and insights that arise in our practice so we don’t forget them. 

Try it out today and see for yourself… maybe this will be part of your new habit for 2020.

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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Savoring The Pause

December 26, 2019

This past weekend’s Winter Solstice felt particularly potent for me. Some years I reflect and teach on the dark. Some years I reflect and teach on the coming light. This year, I felt drawn to savor the pause in-between. ⁠

There is a space in meditation when “nothing” is happening, there is no loud thoughts, there are no clear insights, there is just a sense of nothingness.⁠

It can be easy to forget that much of our meditation practice rests in our liminal spaces. Especially in times of being overly-busy, our meditation practice can feel like it is spent fighting with the mind, efforting, noting all the thoughts, etc. ⁠

In today’s episode of The Mindful Minute  we explore how to drop a little more easily into a spacious pause and savor these moments of silence & stillness amidst the noise of the season.⁠

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Mini Meditation: Free & Fun

December 23, 2019

In order to feel free, in order to experience FUN, we must be able to be with ourselves without fear of judgment, shame or recrimination. This is possible when we learn how to let our brain take a break from dominating the conversation and we let the body speak. This is possible when we pay enough attention to actually acknowledge how we feel. This is possible through our meditation practice. Join me today for this short practice!

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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I recently stumbled across a 2016 NY Times article about Google’s quest to understand what makes some teams so successful, so productive, so creative while others stumble time and again.

What they found was that it doesn’t matter how smart the individual team members are or their achievements or backgrounds… What matters is Psychological Safety.

In order to thrive, we must be free enough to share the things that scare us without fear of recrimination.

Isn’t this true for us as individuals as well? Isn’t it true that in order to feel free, in order to experience FUN, we must be able to be with ourselves without fear of recrimination?

In today’s episode of The Mindful Minute, we dissect the key elements of psychological safety and apply them to ourselves both within meditation practice and within real life. Tune in today for this discussion and 20-minute guided meditation. 

Last Call: This Saturday {Dec. 21}, I am offering a Winter Solstice VIRTUAL meditation retreat! Visit merylarnett.com and click on “events” to get all the details. Be sure to use code “MindfulMinute2019” to save $5 on registration.

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 ***

Article referenced in this episode: https://www.nytimes.com/2016/02/28/magazine/what-google-learned-from-its-quest-to-build-the-perfect-team.html}

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The first step in awakening is learning how to be with whatever arises in the moment WITHOUT judgment. This is removing the secondary layer of pain to any situation. The first layer of pain is the actual thing that hurts {you stub your toe}, and the second layer of pain is how you feel about yourself for stubbing your toe {i.e. “I’m so stupid for runing into that chair!”}. Join me today for this mini-meditation and practice simply being with your experience and noticing what judgments arise. Curious about the stages of awakening as we work this practice? Be sure to tune into last week’s episode {Finding the Fun part 2} to learn more about what is happening as you practice.

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 ***

#meditatewithmeryl

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