It’s healthy to strive for excellence, but perfectionism can set you back in more ways than one. And learning that less-than-perfect and excellence can coincide harmoniously is a useful lesson. Whether you’re a full-on perfectionist or just have some tendencies, this meditation will help you loosen up and let it go.
Sometimes you just don’t have time to meditate. When you find yourself in a mid-day slump, stressing out over an impending deadline, or waking up too late for your normal meditation practice, that’s when bite-sized meditations can save the day.
Trouble keeping yourself on track with meditation? You’re not alone. Finding self-discipline is one of the biggest obstacles when you’re getting started. Check out one of these strategies to find discipline with your meditation practice.
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.
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 […]
I’m a writer, so focus is the number one factor that determines my own productivity. If I can’t find focus or get into the writing and thinking mode, I won’t be successful. The problem is, finding focus is harder now than ever. Sometimes when I sit down to write, I find myself realizing that my […]
If you live in a civilization of any kind, you probably find yourself with space between moments and events in your day. And chances are, you’re not always happy when you have to wait in line at the grocery store, stop at a red light, wait for a friend “running just 5 minutes late,” or […]
This is a guest post, written by Sara Schairer, founder of Compassion It, a nonprofit and global social movement that inspires compassionate actions and attitudes. Take it away, Sara … Research indicates that compassion makes us happier, healthier, and even more attractive to others. So how can we begin to incorporate more compassion into our […]