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My Meditative Moments

Awakening

Daily Reflection - July 25th, 2016

This quality of awareness is referred to as ‘mindfulness’, and it is a tool that’s always accessible for training our attention to be focused, open, and receptive.

Mindfully Me, ‘Shaping Your Brain’

by meditative - July 26th, 2016

Our brain is always changing with new experiences. By changing the way we pay attention- by shifting or focusing our attention- we are creating new experiences. With new experiences, our brain cells or neurons come to life and ‘fire’ with activation. This integrated activity of neural or brain cell ‘firing’ also leads to new neural […]

Creating Mental Space

by meditative - July 21st, 2016

Our minds are constantly engaged… thinking, planning, analyzing, ruminating, anticipating, reminiscing, etc. As the mind relentlessly runs our internal streams of thoughts, images & memories, our perspective reflexively seems to narrow and constrict. We feel ‘boxed’ in by the walls of an internal ‘dialogue’ that leaves little or no space for the unexpected or unanticipated […]

Mindfully Me, ‘Resilience’

by meditative - July 20th, 2016

Resilience is strengthening our ability to skillfully accept, cope, and adjust to stressful, adverse, or difficult situations. It’s our ability to ‘bounce back’… to recover… and to move on with things. Resilience is nourished with positive emotions and experiences. Kids need to be kids. They need to discover the pleasure & humor of life. They […]

The Path of Humanity

by meditative - July 15th, 2016

It is this ‘human condition’ or propensity to ‘suffering’ that unites us all. Regardless of our dwelling in life, we must all ultimately travel the same path of humanity. Together we shall all cross our paths before we cease to exist with some level of understanding as to why we are who we are… Take […]

Mindfully Me, ‘Storytelling’

by meditative - July 13th, 2016

‘Tell the story’… about what happened and what you may have been feeling when it happened. ‘It’s okay’ to not quite understand our feelings, thoughts, or bodily sensations. Difficult situations can leave us confused and sometimes frightened. As parents we can be attentive by listening closely and by helping our children to facilitate their ‘stories’ […]

‘Aha’- In The Space of Awareness

by meditative - July 6th, 2016

In this ‘breathing space’, we may come to uncover the freedom found in ‘choiceless’ or ‘pure’ awareness. We may come to awaken to a boundless space that is expansive and inclusive. Here, there is no judgment, conception, or opinion. There is simply space & awareness. It is here that we may curiously encounter our most […]

Penetrating Our ‘Negativity Bias’

by meditative - July 5th, 2016

As human beings, we have evolved from being fearful to stay alive as our brains are hard-wired for survival and self-protection. As a result of our evolution to keep out of “harm’s way”, we tend to have a stronger inclination for negative stimuli. Neurologically, our brain is programmed with greater neural activity when it is […]

A Science Brief: Body Awareness

by meditative - June 24th, 2016

In our mindfulness practice, it is very important for us to cultivate and refine our sixth sense- or awareness of body. There are two sensing capacities of body recognized by science- (i). proprioception and (ii). interoception. Proprioception– ‘proprio’ meaning ‘self’- is the sense of knowing & feeling our body’s position in space- both at rest […]

Mindfully You, ‘Be Yourself’

by meditative - June 22nd, 2016

The miracle of ‘you’ is simply being yourself… It’s being comfortable in your own ‘skin’… It’s accepting you are enough without the need to compare to others… It’s perfectly okay just to be ‘YOU’. Take care of yourself and befriend all that you are… Nurture yourself… Be appreciative for who you are and the gifts […]

Practice: A Moment of Thanks

by meditative - June 20th, 2016

A Giving Thanks Meditation~ by Martin Boroson, author of One-Moment Meditation So often we communicate gratitude, but we don’t often stop to feel the fullness of that gratitude. Like mindfulness, the expression of gratitude is an embodied experience- it simply feels good. And when we pause to feel it fully, we give ourselves a very […]