How does meditation continue to nourish us even as it becomes routine in our lives?

This month’s meditation series is an exploration of keeping our practice fresh and sacred over time, or starting a practice that feels integral to our daily lives.

In today’s episode of The Mindful Minute, we begin, perhaps unsurprisingly, with each of us as individuals. We so desperately want to hand the responsibility of engagement to someone else – a teacher, an app, a group… but, like all hard things, it can only happen within.

Dr. Brene Brown speaks of integrity when she encourages us to

Choose courage over comfort.
Choose what’s right over what is fun, fast and easy.
Practice our values rather than professing them.

These instructions are valuable reminders as we search for ways to stay dedicated to the magical and the mundane within our meditation practice.

The original meditation practitioners had the exact same tools as us and used meditation as a pathway to enlightenment. We, too, must have confidence in our own wakefulness. Trust is built in the most mundane of moments, it is built in the repetition of our practice.

Tune in today as we explore this first pathway towards Nourishing Our Practice.

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Recently, in my readings, I came across this question, “what are you practicing for?” and it stopped me in my tracks.

It made me think back to my very first yoga class. My very first meditation experience. I’ve shared before that it took me quite a bit of exploration to find a meditation practice that actually worked for me. What was it that pushed me to keep exploring?

Then, a few days after coming across this question, my favorite song came on the radio {feel free to take a listen}. It was Sunday morning. Early. Cool, clean air and sunny skies. I was alone {holla, mamas!}. And, as I listened, I cried happy tears over the beauty of the moment.

That is it.

That is why I practice. So that in random everyday moments beauty can move me to tears.

What are you practicing for?

Join me for today’s episode of The Mindful Minute as we explore the reasons we practice, how to keep it sacred, and then sit together for a 20-minute guided meditation.

 

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Recently, I’ve had several students ask about meditating while angry, or anxious, or frustrated… What do we do when we are stuck in a difficult moment? Is it stop, drop and meditate?

Well…. Probably not. Meditation is a tool not a cure. Meaning we can’t expect to sit down in the midst of anger, try to meditate, and suddenly feel better. When we meditate while angry, we are just going to feel the fullness of that anger. Same with anxiety, frustration, fear, or any of the emotions.

The very best thing we can do is to cultivate a regular meditation practice. This daily return to the cushion is a way to build tolerance and resilience for uncomfortable emotions. We do this consistently and gently to build the muscle memory of comfort. Then when the difficult moments arise, as they do for all of us, we have a bit more familiarity, comfort and space around that struggle.

Join me for today’s episode of The Mindful Minute as we discuss a few tips for dealing with anger in the moment, including finding your own personal mantra. I’d love to know, does meditation help you in tough moments?

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This month, our discussion has centered around Reclaiming your Life. We started with reclaiming time; no longer playing victims to our calendar. Next, we reclaimed our bodies; no longer waiting for the magic cure to feel whole, but rather understanding wholeness as the invitation to re-inhabit our bodies.

Today, we are reclaiming joy! I’d like to define joy not as always-feeling-happy but as contentment – a sense of purpose, presence and fulfillment from your life.

Not a victim to your life.

Not trying to control or perfect your life.

Not buried in shoulds…

 

Instead, simply allowing the messy imperfections to be. To live in the realness.

Most importantly, we will explore the paradox of Joy – the more you reach for it, the harder it is to find.

Join me for today’s episode of The Mindful Minute to explore what it might mean to reclaim your joy and to share in a 20-minute guided meditation.

**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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“Mr. Duffy lived a short distance from his body…”

This quote, by James Joyce, is something that plays on repeat in my consciousness. The first time I heard it, it resonated so deeply, and I believe many of us have this experience – of living just outside of our bodies, or living from the neck up, with no awareness of what is happening within our inner bodies.

The reasons for this are too many to count. Perhaps it is from the constant stream of perfectly edited images coming at us. Or injury. Or illness. From birth. From Trauma. From the unkind words of others long ago…. I could go on.

And within all of this, I’ve noticed a common thread. Whenever we speak of healing our bodies, it is almost always accompanied by the words, “I should…”

As in, I should lose 20 lbs, try a new combo of holistic herbs, eat vegan, see a therapist, etc. And, yes. Some of these “shoulds” probably would help, AND none of them is the magic panacea. No one thing can erase our lived experiences.

So what can we do? How do we reclaim our bodies? Tune into The Mindful Minute today as we explore the pathway to reclamation and re-inhabiting our bodies.

 

 

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