It's such a hot topic these days, you'd think mindfulness was something new. Of course, it isn't - people have been practicing mindfulness meditation for, literally, thousands of years - but there's been an explosion of research about how it affects our brains in the past ten years. Here are three of our favorite ways meditation has been proven to help your brain.Read More
Meditating together gives you the encouragement, accountability, and guidance you need to start and keep your new meditation habit.Read More
A year ago, Megan and I had just put together our first meditation pop-up event. We were both still working full-time jobs, squeezing in the planning and inviting around the edges of our busy lives. We didn't know what would happen after we did that first pop-up, but we were really, really curious to find out.Read More
If you're feeling the itch to try something new, how can you find the time to explore in a new direction? It can help to get clear on what you like about what you're doing now, what you don't, and what you're looking for. Try asking yourself these three questions, and see where you land.Read More
Around this time of year, I like to up the ante a bit with a meditation retreat. Whether it's a day-long, a two-day, or more, getting away from it all helps me get clarity on what really matters. Here are three of our favorite places to give your soul that deep spring cleaning it's longing for.Read More
Here's an idea to try out: rather than resisting the reality of whatever you're facing, completely accept that it's happening. The energy you gain by dropping your resistance puts you in a much better place to respond to the situation.Read More
Gratitude is one of my favorite side-effects of meditation: getting quiet with yourself regularly creates fertile ground for growing a deep appreciation for life. But you can also cultivate gratitude without sitting on the cushion. Here are a handful of simple gratitude practices you can do during your day, whether or not you have a meditation practice.Read More
In an age of do more, be more, achieve more, it's easy to forget that happiness begins with being present for what's actually happening right now.
I fall prey to this myself. As we're building WITHIN, we need to pay attention to what happened in the past, and plan for what we want to have happen in the future - but it's a fine line between doing that mindfully and getting completely lost in the shoulds, woulds, and mights. I find that I need to consciously remind myself to stop and notice the moment I'm living right now, or suddenly an hour will have gone by while I was hunched over my laptop analyzing the impact of changing locations and adding midday classes (for example). I'll discover that I've become incredibly thirsty, and my neck is cramped, and I've cut off circulation in one leg, I've been so completely not present with my body while my analytical brain was having a field day.
When I realize I've slipped away from the present moment, I find my way back with a healthy dose of self-compassion. Here's how.