Inherent within our mindfulness meditation practice is an element of devotion. Not of religion, not necessarily “greater being” based, but certainly an ever-expanding sense of loving connection to the world and our place in it. As our practice opens our eyes to the beauty of everyday, messy moments, our devotion to being continually awake deepens. Join me today for a short 10-minute meditation as we remind ourselves to stay awake to the beauty of this human experience.

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A student once asked the Buddha:

“Are you a god?” He responded, “no.”

“Are you a regular person, then?” He responded, “no.”

“What are you?” He responded, “I am awake.”

In The Way of the Pilgrim, a story about a Christian Monk, the only instruction he receives from his teacher is to pray without ceasing. When we practice mindfulness, our instruction is to be awake without ceasing. 

In a recent newsletter, Maria Popova of Brain Pickings {http://brainpickings.org} wrote of fall and impermanence as a time that “reminds us to cherish the beauty of life not despite its pershability but because of it.”

When we think of the element of devotion within a mindfulness practice, it is all of this and more. It can be a practice of prayer. It is a practice of awakening. Devotion appears in many forms but all of them share the thread of love. Devotion within our practice is an inherent quality as we grow our awareness of connection, compassion and everyday beauty. 

In today’s episode of The Mindful Minute, we are wrapping up our series on Discipline & Devotion with a deep dive into what it means to practice devotion within our meditations. Tune in today for our discussion and 20-minute practice.

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Equanimity is a mind-state that is often defined as calmness, composure, or an evenness of temper, especially in difficult situations. Within our meditation practice, 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.

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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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