You started the year with great intentions, boundless energy, and ambitious goals. Yet, today you may find yourself back at square one. And on top of that, you’re beating yourself up for the lack of progress. If you’ve veered off your path, it’s not too late to get back on track. Follow these two simple steps, including a meditation for self-compassion.
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.
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 […]
The different seasons lend themselves to different perspectives and activities. To me, the beginning of spring marks the most palpable change in the year. Visibly, our surroundings change in dramatic ways—there are more hours of daylight, flowers blossom, trees turn a bright green. Spring also sparks a certain feeling of excitement. As temperatures rise, we […]
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 […]
When the possibility of success strikes, what do you do with the self-doubt that shows up uninvited? When you throw yourself into a big project, when you open yourself to something new, when you push yourself into a challenge or toward a goal—especially one you’ve had for a long time or one that’s important to […]
“There is one way of breathing that is shameful and constricted. Then, there’s another way: a breath of love that takes you all the way to infinity.” ~Rumi Kumbhaka is the Sanskrit word for this powerful type of breathing exercise, where you focus your attention on the pause at the top of the inhale and/or […]