Meditation Gratitude Self Love

My meditation for gratitude and self love

My favorite part of every 10-Day Vipassana Meditation retreat is at the end, when you learn to practice a technique called “Metta”, or peace loving kindness meditation.  In a nutshell, I like to look at it as a meditation on gratitude, forgiveness, and love - for myself, for my friends and family, and for the … Continue reading My meditation for gratitude and self love

The things we know we should be doing…but don’t.

There’s an old famous quote that goes something along the lines of “anxiety is living in the future.” I generally believe this to be true. I believe that the root cause of most anxiety is thinking about the future and stressing ourselves out about it. Thinking about the “unknown” and “what might happen”. Visualizing or … Continue reading The things we know we should be doing…but don’t.

Trying to stop thinking is like telling the ocean to stop making waves

Trying to stop thinking is like telling the ocean to stop making waves

In many meditation practices there is a misconception that there is a need to “stop thinking” or “clear the mind” - that you will eventually reach a state of thoughtlessness with enough practice.  I believe that this is an unrealistic goal and the primary reason why most beginning meditators get frustrated. Clearing the mind is … Continue reading Trying to stop thinking is like telling the ocean to stop making waves

Bring it back to awareness present moment muscle meditation

Bring it back – Building the Present Moment Muscle

Today I want to clarify an important point about meditation. For some reason there is an idea that meditation means to “stop thinking” or to “clear the mind”. I've met many people who try meditation for the first time and have this perception of thoughtlessness…and then when they try and notice their mind racing they … Continue reading Bring it back – Building the Present Moment Muscle