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.
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.
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, […]
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 […]
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 […]
Oxygen is the most important element to us humans—far more important than even food and water. After all, we can go for days without water and some can go weeks without food. Humans can’t go more than a few minutes without air. What many people don’t realize though, is that there are different ways you […]
I’m not going to recommend that you head down the highway, kick it into high gear, and slip into meditation. That would be a really bad idea. But you can practice being mindful while you drive. The act of driving can be incredibly stressful, and practicing mindfulness is a way to cut the edge off […]
As the weather warms up and spring edges in, it’s the perfect time to take your mindfulness practice outside. Walking meditation is a great way to anchor your attention into your physical body and slow down your mind and movements. We spend too much of our time rushing from point A to point B. Walking […]
I’ve been a fast mover for as long as I can remember. My mind moves fast and my body follows. I get things done quickly, and finding efficiencies and shortcuts in work and life brings me great satisfaction. The thing I’m not good at is taking a break—or even just a short pause between moments. […]
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 […]