Fall is your chance to let go of the old and make way for the new. Try this guided meditation to jump-start your fall journey and face the season with a plan for personal growth.
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.
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 […]
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 […]
After years of meditating, I still have a lot of trouble just sitting down to meditate. I need something to focus my mind before I sit still. So I always begin with a pre-meditation breathing sequence that settles my mind so I can practice seated meditation with ease. One of the most powerful things about the […]
Yoga Nidra—known as yogic sleep—is a meditation and conscious relaxation practice that is intended to induce total physical, mental, and emotional relaxation. I’ve heard that an hour of yoga nidra can be as restorative as four hours of regular sleep (although I could not find the research to back this up). The first time I […]
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 […]
There is a myth that you have to sit in full lotus pose or look like a human pretzel to meditate. The reality is that you can meditate in any position as long as you’re comfortable. With that said, there are some important guidelines when you’re finding a seat for meditation. The first thing is […]
In most Buddhist languages, the word for “mind” and “heart” is the same word: Citta. When meditation moved to the West, we quickly associated it with the mind, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing—meditation is a tool to train the mind. But we left the heart out of the practice, and the heart is at […]
If you tell me that I’ll be speaking in front of a group of people or in the spotlight … I’ll be nervous. It doesn’t matter how well I know the material, who the audience is, how much I meditate, or what kind of presentation or performance I might be giving. I’ve been like this […]