During the first week of February we explored ways to practice Ahimsa (non-violence) towards ourselves. In this second week, we start to develop our skills of ahimsa with others in our life. Ahimsa is the first of the Yamas, or ethical rules of Yoga. Meditation assists us in examining patterns in our lives that we keep repeating over and over. Negative self talk, blaming others for things that go wrong in our lives, and oh yes, let’s throw in a healthy dose of judging others,…Read More
This is what weekdays are like: get to class, get to work, get to rehearsal, get to the meeting, get in the car, get some food…go, go, go! You know the feeling. In fact, you might even be able to add a few more things to this list. Faced with such a time-crunched schedule of commitments, who could possibly have time for present moment awareness? The simple answer: you!
Finding present moment awareness – the spiritual gateway drug to meditation and mindfulness is simple. It’s not easy,…Read More
Take a comfortable seat sitting cross-legged on the mat, or in a high-backed chair (with your feet resting evenly on the floor), or lie down comfortably in a bed or on the floor. Let your body sink into your seat, the chair, or the floor, and bring your attention inward to the breath. Let go of your thoughts and concentrate on your breath for several inhales and exhales – following the breath all the way into your body and all the way out of your body.
As you rest here, envision a…Read More
Ok, it’s Day Seven and confession time: I’m not a very good meditator. It’s not for a lack of interest or that I don’t know of its plentiful benefits. It’s more that I’m a little buzzy and tightly wound, a “Type-A” kind of guy who is working on becoming more patient and mindful in my life. This intention is part of what led me to begin practicing yoga in 2002, and it’s only within the past year or two that I’ve felt like I’m really ready to approach meditation.…Read More
Don’t Just Do Something, Sit There! I love this twist on the old saying, and it seems I’m in good company. Open a magazine, turn on the news, or scroll through your Facebook news feed and it won’t take long before you come across a story or a report about the benefits of meditation. More and more studies are proving what yogis and other spiritual seekers have known for centuries: meditation is really, really good for you! In addition to warding off stress and disease, regular meditation…Read More
Imagine…. spaciousness in your body, mind and heart.
Imagine… more gentleness and kindness towards yourself.
Imagine…. an uplifting, contemplative, mini-retreat.
Meditation and Yin Yoga are complimentary mindfulness practices that foster awareness and self-caring. Come experience step-by-step meditation guidance to meet your body, mind and emotions with curiosity, skill and gentleness. Explore yin yoga postures that relax and energize your body, bringing greater ease and depth to…Read More
21-Day Meditation Challenge – Day 21 “Listen, listen. This wonderful sound brings me back to my true self.”
“Listen, listen. This wonderful sound brings me back to my true self.”
– Thich Nhat Hanh
Picture this: you are on a retreat at a beautiful monastery, enjoying your lunch on a grassy hill, chatting with new friends, with hundreds of others around doing the same, until you hear the deep sound of a bell. In that moment, conversations fade to silence, movement turns to stillness, and everyone joins together to simply smile, pause our thinking, and enjoy our breathing for a few moments.…Read More
Many of us have been meditating everyday – all this year! It is exhilarating to be part of such a big community of meditators. There are more than 200 of us participating in Evolution’s 21-Day Meditation Challenge. We have made space for ourselves and are starting to get into a groove. We have definitely overcome challenges – kids and pets sometimes being the biggest.
My kid is off to college, so my current challenge to meditation is a quadruped with a long, wet tongue. As soon as I sit…Read More
“The two parts of genuine acceptance —seeing clearly and holding our experience with compassion—are as interdependent as the two wings of a great bird. Together, they enable us to fly and be free.” Tara Brach, PHD
Meditating On Our Emotions: The Two Wings*
Our mediation practice can transform our reactivity towards our emotions. Two essential ingredients are needed: Seeing clearly and compassion. Oh yes, and a good dose of patience.
- Find your meditation seat. Settle…
We all have experienced at one time or another the quick change of mood or changing of the mind. Growing up with 5 brothers I remember lots of quick, youthful male energy with quick mood changes, developing into spontaneous yelling or actual physical fighting. Not good. I see that if we had taken even a few moments to chill out and get back to ourselves, many of those conflicts wouldn’t have happened.
To me, the most important thing that mediation can teach is that thoughts and…Read More