Meditation is a simple, effortless process for some, but can feel like a daunting challenge for others. If you’re struggling to get over the hump of beginning a practice, start with some alternative activities—like playing music and coloring— that can incite a clearer state of mind. Here are some ideas.
Want to quiet your mind? The So Hum mantra has a special meaning and is great for those new to meditation—find out why.
If you’ve ever felt your blood pressure rise behind the wheel or on public transport, you may need to learn how to upgrade your commute. 500 million people around the world commute to work, for 40 minutes on average—each way. Not only that, but many consider it the worst part of their day. If you’re […]
I know you’re busy. We all are… The question though, is WHY. How did we evolve into such busy creatures? Are we so busy because we really have so much to do? Or are we busy because it makes us feel important? Or because we’re avoiding something? Americans are especially obsessed with this idea of […]
Contrary to popular belief, meditation is simple to learn. You can learn without a teacher and at your own pace. There are myriad techniques and as you begin to cultivate this wonderful habit, you will eventually stick to a technique that works best for you. By setting aside between two and five minutes each day, […]
This week’s post is by guest blogger Giovanni Dienstmann, a fantastic meditation teacher with a lot of wisdom to share. Please enjoy his perspective. There are countless ways a meditation practice can benefit you in your life, from physical and mental health to emotional life and performance. But the real point that meditation addresses, and that makes it widely relevant and universal, […]
The Mettā, or Maitrī, meditation is a loving-kindness practice. Mettā is the Pali word, Maitrī is the Sanskrit word, literally translating to mean unconditional friendliness to oneself and others. The practice is ancient and stems from the Buddhist tradition of cultivating compassion. But really, a Mettā practice need not be affiliated to any religion, culture […]
When I was young, my mom had a terrible fear of flying. She would clench up on the way to the airport, gasp during the smallest air pocket mid-flight, and sigh with utter relief when we deplaned. Needless to say, we did not fly often. Looking back, I wish I had known what I know […]
A post-work meditation will help you ease the transition between work and home life. For many of us, we play very different roles at work and at home—meditating between the two is great way to transition from one chapter of your day to the next. Think of post-work meditation like a reset button to create […]
Want to reap the benefits of a mindfulness practice, but can’t seem to sit still? Meditation is the most studied and well-known tool to for mindfulness, but it’s not the only one. You can practice doing anything with 100 percent of your attention to find a mindful state of being. Check out one of these non-traditional ways […]