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Attending: A Day In Nature

Sunday, September 4th, 2016

Inspired by Mark Coleman’s “Seven Meditations for Connecting with Nature” Here is a simple “attending” practice to help you reconnect with your natural surroundings… Take a day to be alone in nature. Select a location where you are not likely to be interrupted by many people. You might divide the time of this practice between […]

Practice: ‘STOP’

Saturday, June 11th, 2016

  This simple informal practice can be done anytime throughout your day. With just 60-seconds of self-care, you can START to create more ease and less stress in your day. The acronym “STOP” refers to the following reminders… “S”- Step Back “T”- Take a Breath “O”- Observe What Is “P”- Proceed with Response We must […]

Practice: Absolute Stillness

Thursday, June 2nd, 2016

~ An Excerpt by Lama Surya Das, “Be Still” When the mind is turbulent and distracted whirling with thoughts, images, memories, and inchoate feelings, then the winds of internal energy and self-seeking—analyzing, evaluating, pushing and pulling, based on likes and dislikes—are what keep things stirred up obscuring our inner landscape. If you wish to cultivate […]

Practice in Concentration: Cloud in the Sky

Monday, May 30th, 2016

Inspired by “Child’s Mind: Mindfulness Practices to Help Our Children Be More Focused, Calm, and Relaxed” ~ Christopher Willard Take a comfortable sitting position outside and simply pick out a cloud in the sky. Allow yourself to bring your full attention to that cloud and just breathe into observing it. With each breath, watch and […]

Mindful Eating: Slowing It Down

Sunday, April 3rd, 2016

Simple as it may sound, we are sometimes not very mindful of the way we eat; what we eat; and how much we eat. Slowing it down is a great way to transform the way we relate to our food, and the way we consume our food. Here are some mindful tips to help slow […]

Taking Your Seat – “Counting Breaths”

Saturday, January 23rd, 2016

  We have highly developed thinking minds that are easily distracted from objects of attention- and for those who are new to meditation this persistent “thinking” has a way of making it quite difficult if not impossible to relax and remain focused on anything let alone our own breath. An effective technique to help keep […]

It’s More Than Just Food

Monday, October 26th, 2015

This food that we bring into our bodies is more than just nourishment… sustenance… and palpable enjoyment. This food that we bring into our bodies each and every day has a story behind it. More often than not, we take the convenience, safety, enjoyment, and wide availability of so many different foods we consume for […]

30 Seconds: Mini Mindfulness Break

Tuesday, August 25th, 2015

With this intentional respite, we bring our awareness & attention back into the moment… relaxed, calm, and focused… here & now. After reading this brief instruction, gently close your eyes and center your attention on the breath (on the inhale & exhale- nostrils or belly) allowing awareness the open invitation to simply ‘NOTICE’- observing or witnessing without […]

Morning Metta

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015

  May I (you) be free from suffering. May I (you) be strong & healthy. May I (you) be loving & compassionate. May my (your) life be filled with happiness & ease.

A Mindful Walk

Saturday, March 21st, 2015

Next time you are out for a casual walk, take 10 minutes or so to allow your attention to focus openly and spontaneously to the following sensory experiences- remembering our ‘meditative moments‘ are experiential and sensual in nature. • feeling your body walking- its movement through space-lifting & grounding; • feeling the sensation of your breath […]