RSS Facebook RSS

My Meditative Moments

Archive for March, 2010

Insight- Impermanence

Monday, March 29th, 2010

To see clearly is to see the world as ever changing… moment to moment. As you look, the more closely you observe, the more you realize that everything you look at is in change.. seeing changes- hearing changes- smelling, tasting, and physical sensations are changing- all the experience in the body and mind – all […]

"Real Time" Connectivity

Monday, March 29th, 2010

Mindfulness is desperately needed in effectively relating to our new frontier of “real time” connectivity. We have been so caught up in adapting to all of our new possibilities and challenges, learning to use the new technologies to get more done- faster and perhaps even better. However, in the process, seemingly to have become completely […]

Some Common Meditation Distractions

Monday, March 29th, 2010

“We need a cup of understanding… a barrel of love… and an ocean of patience”. ~ St. Francis de Sales When beginning the practice of meditation, the most common distraction is the “wandering mind”.This is where the mind keeps drifting off. In your practice, simply allow whatever physical sensations (i.e. tingling, pressure, hot, cold, pain, […]

Exercise- Pebble Meditation

Monday, March 29th, 2010

[Audio clip: view full post to listen] Attending to the question from Jon Kabat-Zinn’s “Pebbles & Pearls”… Let’s sit in this meditation in a posture that is both comfortable and stable. Again,we will begin by just tuning into the breath for a moment or two and the body as a whole, and dropping into silence- […]

Exercise- Body Scan

Thursday, March 25th, 2010

~Adapted from Jon Kabat-Zinn [Audio clip: view full post to listen] Introduction and Guidelines– In this meditation, we are still going to use our breath as an anchor, but we are going to expand our field of awareness and attention to include a body scan. This particular meditation exercise typically requires at least 45 minutes […]

Insight- Letting Go (Non-Attachment)

Monday, March 22nd, 2010

To grow into who you actually are, you need to learn how to let go… Cultivating the “right” attitude- the “right” orientation of letting go or non-attachment is fundamental to a mindfulness practice. It is a practice in itself. When we start paying attention to our inner experience and to our inner landscape, we rapidly […]

Insight- Non-Striving

Monday, March 22nd, 2010

The doing comes out of being. This is an art form… Non-striving seems paradoxical for a culture, a people who are habitually, go getters and doers. In our meditation practice, there is nothing to do- no place to go- nothing to attain. You are simply present in the moment, but not to trivialize non-striving as […]

Exercise- The Body As A Whole

Monday, March 22nd, 2010

[Audio clip: view full post to listen] Be open & receptive to your present moment as acceptance not resistance is your path… In this meditation, we are still going to use our breath as an anchor, but we are going to expand our field of awareness and attention to include the whole body and sensations […]

Insight- Acceptance & Trust

Monday, March 15th, 2010

Mindful intelligence transcends beyond the act of mere acceptance… Acceptance is more often than not misunderstood- “just accept it.” Just accepting the way things are can be extremely challenging. It’s not saying that you should be passively resigned to the way things are. If things are going horribly wrong in the present moment- that knowing […]

Stress Hearty II…

Monday, March 15th, 2010

Stress resilience through the comfort of wisdom, inner trust & being whole. How do we consciously cultivate the stress response in daily life? The same way we cultivate mindfulness in the formal meditation practice that is moment by moment- grounding ourselves in our body and in our breathing. When your buttons are pushed or you […]