Meditation

Zen out listening to guided meditations, inspirational audio and relaxing interviews with experts broadcast on leading podcasts.

A highlight from Let Go of Anxiety, Day 5 Lean Into Life's Challenges

The Daily Meditation Podcast

04:05 min | 5 d ago

A highlight from Let Go of Anxiety, Day 5 Lean Into Life's Challenges

"You acknowledge how you're feeling. It doesn't mean the pain or feeling will go away, simply means that you're awareness and attention to how you're feeling allows you to process the emotion. Moods are like waves. They come and go. Sometimes you need a little extra support during these times. That's when you may meditate a little longer. You may try herbal teas you may try. CBT Stella mints, you may want to reach out to someone to support you. Listen to the kind of support that resonates best for you. Now allow yourself to notice the rhythm and flow of your breath. I'll guide you as you inhale to the count of four. And exhale to the count of 6. Inhaling through your nose, exhaling through your mouth through pursed lips again as if you're blowing out a candle. Inhale, exhale. Inhale. Exhale. Inhale. Exhale. Continue with this breath. Adjusting the pace. Continue this breath. For as long as you feel comfortable doing so, spine straight, eyes uplifted. Practice it as often as you can. You are so worth slowing down for.

A highlight from Daryl Davis - Healing Hate with Friendship

Untangle

07:24 min | 6 d ago

A highlight from Daryl Davis - Healing Hate with Friendship

"I have the most amazing guest for you. He is a man that really shows us the possibility of how two disparate sides can come together. His name is Daryl Davis, and he's a black man who is convinced over 200 Ku Klux Klan members to give up their robes by boldly and bravely walking in deep into their lives deep into the heart of the Ku Klux Klan, becoming friends with them and showing them his sheer humanity. Today we're going to hear Daryl's story and learn how it is that he threw his empathy compassion insight and bravery has been able to really embrace a methodology that allows people from opposite sides to come together, learn from one other, become friends heal and grow. Welcome, Daryl. Thank you, Ariel. It's a real pleasure to be here with you. Thank you for having me. It is such a pleasure. You're such an extraordinary human being. Sorry to embarrass you. I am so excited to be able to share your story and your insights today. Oh, it's my pleasure and I hope your listeners will enjoy it. Thank you. Why don't you begin by telling us the backstory to how and why you were able to penetrate the clan? Okay, I'm age 62 currently. And as a child, my parents were in the U.S. foreign service. So I spent a lot of my formative years starting at the age of three, and on through elementary school, traveling abroad, living in various foreign countries. You go to a country for two years, then you come back home here to the states, and then you're reassigned to another country. So back and forth back and forth during my formative years. While overseas, my classes in elementary school and things like that were filled with kids from all over the world. Anybody who had an embassy in those countries out of their children went to the same school. So my classmates were Nigerian Italian Russian Japanese French, you name it if they had an embassy there. I was in school with their kids. And to me, that was the norm. That was my first exposure to school. And so when I would come back home at the end of the two year assignment, I would either be in all black schools or black and white schools, meaning the still segregated schools or the newly integrated ones. What year was this? Well, I left Chicago shortly after I was born. But we would come back and we would be like in Washington, D.C. or we'd be in Massachusetts, different places for a short time before being reassigned. Every other two years. So I was back. I know I was back for part of the second grade. I was back for a fourth grade. I was back in 6th grade, and I was back here in 8th grade. When I would come back to schools were either all black or black and white, meaning still segregated or nearly integrated. And there was not the amount of diversity in my classroom that I had overseas. So in one case, I was in fourth grade, 1968. I was ten years old. And I was one of two black children in the entire school. Myself in fourth grade and a little black girl in second grade. So consequently all of my Friends were white. And many of my male friends were members of the local cub scout group. And they invited me to join, which I did. And during a march we had from Lexington to Concorde to commemorate the riot of Paul Revere. Suddenly I was being pelted with sort of pop bottles and cans and Ross and Joseph debris from the street by just a small group of the white spectators on the sidewalk. Not everybody. Most of those people were cheering us and waving. And all that kind of thing. But there were about maybe 5 people off to my right. I remember there being a couple of kids, perhaps a year or two older than myself and a couple of adults who were throwing things. And when I first began getting hit and looked over and saw this, my first thought was, oh, those people over there don't like the scouts. That's how naive I was. Because I had never been through that kind of thing before. And it wasn't until my scout leaders came rushing over and these were white people, my den mother, my club leader, my troop master, and they huddled over me with their bodies and escorted me out of the danger. And I realized then that I was the only person being targeted because nobody else was getting this special protection. And I asked him, I said, why am I being here? Why are they doing this? I didn't do anything. And all they would do was kind of shush me and rush them along, telling me everything would be okay, just keep moving. And so they never answered the question. At the end of the day, when I returned home, my mother and father who were not at the parade were fixed me up cleaning me up putting band aids on me and asked me, how do I fall down and get all scraped up? I told them I didn't fall down until the what had happened. And this was the first time in my life that I heard the word racism. They explained what racism was to me. And my ten year old brain could not process this definition. It made no sense to me whatsoever. I'd been around white people from all over the world at this point. And none of them, whether they were my fellow Americans, my French friends, my Swedish friends, my Australian friends, none of them treated me like this. So my parents were making this up because people don't do things like that. And the issue that not all white people do this, but there is an element of some they do. And I just could not wrap my head around it. So I didn't believe them. Well, about almost two months later, that same year, 1968, on April the fourth, Martin Luther King was assassinated. And every major city in this country burned to the ground. All in the name of this new word that I had learned called racism. So then I understood that this phenomenon does exist. But I did not understand why. Why are people raise this? What makes them that way? So I formed a question in my mind at that age, which was how can you hate me when you don't even know me? And now, for 52 years since then, I've been looking for the answer to that question. So how better would you get an answer and who better to go to to get it from, then somebody who would go so far as to join an organization whose whole premise has been now for a 155 years practicing hating people who don't look like them or who do not believe as they believe. So I began to question Klan members and clan leaders to get the answer to this question. And as a result, not only did I get some answers, but I also changed some minds along the way. Now, I don't like to say that I converted them what I want to say is that I was the impetus for them to rethink their ideology. And then they would make the change or make the conversion themselves. I planted the seed. It's amazing. Can you tell us some of the stories? I know I've heard some of them before and they're extraordinary. Top clan members that became like family to you. Sure, absolutely. The first leader that I interviewed was a grand dragon, which means a state leader. What you and I would call a governor, and he would later the one to become an imperial wizard, which means national leader.

Daryl Davis Daryl U.S. Foreign Service Washington, D.C. Ariel Paul Revere Massachusetts Lexington Chicago Ross Joseph Aids Martin Luther King
A highlight from Breathing to Calm Your Heart, Day 3 Lean Into Life's Challenges

The Daily Meditation Podcast

03:55 min | Last week

A highlight from Breathing to Calm Your Heart, Day 3 Lean Into Life's Challenges

"This is episode 2476 of the daily meditation podcast. I'm Mary meglen and I'm honored to share with you today's episode. You're going to be guided in a meditation using a breathing technique that has been thoroughly researched to calm your mind and body. This is a breathing technique. That is considered to be so effective that a psychologist wrote an entire book about this breathing technique and put together a program where you follow along doing this breathing technique twice a day for 20 minutes at a time to calm your mind and body at a deep level. This is the book that our mindfulness based entrepreneur, you may have listened to in the very first day of this week's series, Brandon nolte recommended this breathing technique that he discovered from the book heart breath mind by doctor Leah Lagos. This is a simple breathing technique. It has you inhaling through your nose to the count of four and exhaling through your mouth to the count of 6. Before I guide you through this breathing technique, it's important to understand heart rate, variability. And this is the time it takes for your heart to beat from one beat to the next. A strong, steady, heart rate variability or HR V with more time between each heartbeat improves your ability to manage stress. So if you notice that when you're nervous or anxious, you will sweat or your heart will race, or maybe your hands even trimble. You may notice a physical response in your body, and this is what doctor Lagos talks about in her book. She says that it turns out that you can control how your body responds to stress and it all starts with your heart. And this is a breathing exercise that is very helpful, especially during these more challenging times. And that is the theme for this week's series. It is to lean into the challenges you face. You have a challenge this week to follow every single day, and that is for you to own your emotions. When you feel as though you're triggered by stress, allow yourself to sit with your emotions and reflect on how your emotions are coming from within you, not from the outside world, outside of you. See if you can own the feeling you are having within yourself. So this is what I encourage you to do as you get ready to settle yourself down to meditate. As you settle yourself down with a straight spine, your eyes closed and gently uplifted. Begin to notice the rhythm and flow of your breath. How you breathe, affects your heart rate, variability. On your next

Mary Meglen Brandon Nolte Leah Lagos Trimble Lagos
A highlight from Kyle Gray | Winding Down with the Angels

Hay House Meditations

01:38 min | Last week

A highlight from Kyle Gray | Winding Down with the Angels

"Hi, this is he high author Kyle green. I'm going to share with you my evening meditation to wind down with the angels. So many of us are sensitive. And we don't even realize how sensitive we are. I've come to understand that so many of us because we are so sensitive, we are picking up on carrying the energy of our day with us. If we do not make a conscious choice to disconnect from the energies of our D, which at times can be quite dramatic and overwhelming, that's the energy that we bring to bed with us, and that's the energy that we take into the sleep state. That energy can affect us and negative ways and can impact our sense of relaxation and rejuvenation. So this meditation is going to welcome in the presence of angels. We're going to disconnect from any unwanted and unnecessary energies that could be hooking into our energy field and draining us. Then we're going to connect with our intra self and remember that we are the keeper of our mind and body, and then finally, we're going to clear the space around us before welcoming in a bubble of light from the heart of source. You deserve to feel safe, you deserve to go to bed knowing that you are protected. And you deserve to go into the sleep state so that you can claim a sense of rejuvenation and replenishment. This is

Kyle Green Angels
A highlight from Overcoming Challenges, Day 1 Lean Into Challenges

The Daily Meditation Podcast

01:47 min | Last week

A highlight from Overcoming Challenges, Day 1 Lean Into Challenges

"We are launching into a series to help you lean into life's challenges. We launch into this series with a very special interview with a mindfulness based founder Brandon nolte. He is the founder of stello mince. That's stello STE LL OO mins am I NTS and these are CBD infused mints and you'll hear in the interview how Brandon struggled with social anxiety and how he overcame it and how this inspired him to launch a mindfulness based business. I'll be sharing with you occasionally, interviews of mindfulness based founders of companies that share products that you may already use or that you are interested in on your meditation journey. And all of the founders that I interview walk their talk. That's why I pursued them for an interview because they meditate and the businesses they created are truly passions. So I'm excited to share with you Brandon's interview. Now, throughout the rest of the week, you'll be guided in your regular short ten minute meditations and you'll be using the different meditation techniques that Brandon has selected. He also selected your challenge for this week. The challenge is a fun one. It is a lean into it challenge. And he'll explain all about it in the interview.

Brandon Nolte Brandon
A highlight from Positive Thoughts, Day 7 Recipe For Gratitude

The Daily Meditation Podcast

02:41 min | Last week

A highlight from Positive Thoughts, Day 7 Recipe For Gratitude

"If you weren't so consistent with the challenge, no worries. You can start it. Now. Let go of a negative thought. Or pattern or habit. Think about what your big wins. Or this week, what made you feel great? And empowered. Think about what you like to change. How you could have made the week better. No regrets simply and awareness. Self improvement. Beautiful. Now, sit in silence. Allowing yourself. Inner stillness. And simply to be this is true meditation. I have so enjoyed sharing. This week's recipe for gratitude, series with you. Go now in peace, knowing you are so worth slowing down for.

A highlight from Believe In Yourself, Day 6 Recipe For Gratitude

The Daily Meditation Podcast

02:57 min | Last week

A highlight from Believe In Yourself, Day 6 Recipe For Gratitude

"This is episode 1632 of the daily meditation podcast. I'm Mary meckley and welcome back to day 6 of our series we're exploring this week as a way of saying thanks to you for listening along to the meditations right along with me. I do these same meditations with you and also for those of you who are showing up day in and day out as you meditate. If you've been a longtime meditator or your brand new, it's all good. I want to share my gratitude with you. So I'm sharing with you the meditations that I share on the sip and om meditation app. These are the fuller longer meditation experiences. You can listen to the inspiration I share at the beginning of every episode, as I do here, but I do go a little more in depth on the app. It's for those who want to go more deeply into the rich tradition of this ancient ritual we're all doing, meditation. You are guided through a full body relaxation. That might be just enough for you. That's an incredible way to start your day or to end your day. You might enjoy being guided through the techniques you might enjoy being guided through the full meditation experience and even to sit a little longer as the music continues to play, and you sit in silence on your own. So these meditations are structured to meet you where you are. You can do part of the experience or the full experience. So in today's episode, I hope that you will give yourself a chance to enjoy it and I know it's a busy day for many of you if you live in the United States, especially because we're launching into the rush of the holiday season. It's official. And you are going to be bombarded with all kinds of advertisements and the shopping and the preparations that take place from now until the end of the year. So this is one reason I wanted to share this series with you in hopes that you'd give yourself permission to slow down before this rush begins. So in today's episode, you'll be guided as you layer together. The meditation techniques you've been exploring all week long. It's one of my favorite episodes day 6 layering the techniques together. So go at your own pace honor yourself and allow yourself this time. You are

Mary Meckley United States
A highlight from Thanksgiving Gratitude Meditation, Day 5 Recipe For Gratitude

The Daily Meditation Podcast

01:12 min | Last week

A highlight from Thanksgiving Gratitude Meditation, Day 5 Recipe For Gratitude

"Inspires you in regard to your 7th chakra at The Crown of your head. The color is light pink. The element is ether. It's so light, lighter than air. So sit up straight. Close your eyes. Keeping them elevated at the point between your eyebrows. Your face is relaxed. Your jaw is soft. Your chest is relaxed. Your shoulders feel relaxed.

A highlight from Ground Yourself With Gratitude, Day 4 Recipe For Gratitude

The Daily Meditation Podcast

04:06 min | Last week

A highlight from Ground Yourself With Gratitude, Day 4 Recipe For Gratitude

"Meditation podcast. I'm Mary meglen and welcome to another episode of the series I'm sharing with you this week. These are the meditations I share on this sip and om meditation app. And this series I'm sharing with you, I recorded two years ago, so it was just before the pandemic. And I was also at yoga teacher training. I remember that was a really challenging certification for me. I hope you are enjoying the series and I hope you're giving yourself a little extra time to meditate a little longer. Although what you will notice on these full guided meditations is that I always share inspiration that relates to the theme, the theme you're exploring is creating a recipe for gratitude. And then you're guided with the technique of the day. Today's technique is a mudra, so I hope you enjoy doing that as you meditate. You also are guided through a full body relaxation. If that's enough for you, you can stop right there. You might want a little more, so I guide you through more of an in depth experience. And then you can meditate in silence on your own. And I play the music extra long for you. So you can break off at the point after the inspiration, maybe you don't really have time to sit down to meditate, but you can still stay attuned to the theme by listening to the inspiration that I share each day. Sometimes that's enough. Or you might stay around for the full body guided relaxation, that's always a great experience to give yourself every day. You might stop there, you might continue through the full meditation, so it's designed to break off at whatever point you want. So go ahead, settle yourself down. Give yourself some time today to slow down. This is episode 1630 welcome to your daily guided meditation. How are you doing today? Are you able to detox in your own way negative thoughts, habits, patterns in your life? A little at a time, each day moving you forward. Once you start the process, it becomes a pattern in your life. And that's what this week's series is all about. A recipe for gratitude, putting it all together. You've explored releasing guilt. How that's so heavy and it drags you down. You've also discovered the importance of right attitude. And you will discover in today's episode how meditation is so important in feeling gratitude in your life. When you meditate it actually changes the neuropathways in your brain right at your prefrontal lobes. That is more or less in the same area as your spiritual eye. So when you lift up your eyes and focus on your spiritual eye, this is where you are receiving the benefits of meditation. And in India, you will notice they have a bindi right at their spiritual eye that is the circle or sometimes. There's a jewel there if it's for a special occasion and

Mary Meglen India
A highlight from Shelly Tygielsky - How Meditation and Radical Self Care can Lead to Activism

Untangle

01:22 min | Last week

A highlight from Shelly Tygielsky - How Meditation and Radical Self Care can Lead to Activism

"People could help one another. Her organization has had more than 2 million peer to peer transactions worth over 60 million in donor recipient transactions. Her mantra, show up for yourself with radical self care and for others in any way that you can. You'll hear much more about her life and what inspired her here. Now, here's Shelley. Shelley, it's really great to have you on untangle today. Thanks so much for being here. Thank you so much for having me. I'm excited to be here. Yeah, it was really fun to read your book. I had heard about the pandemic of love, but I didn't really know all of the details that I learned from reading the book. I'm curious about what inspired you to write the book. Tell me a little bit about that. I'd been thinking about for pondering writing a book for several years and was get this failure to launch moment because I felt like have I lived enough is there something specific that I want to share with people what's it going to be about? How would this all be laid out, especially if the intent was not for it to really be memoir, if you will? So I've

Shelley
Finding Your Personal Pathway To A Quiet Mind with lllustrator Kyle Webster

The Mindful Minute

01:57 min | 3 months ago

Finding Your Personal Pathway To A Quiet Mind with lllustrator Kyle Webster

"I think so. Many of us myself included. We start meditating. We think we're going to have this amazing peaceful lovely experience and ends up being the polar opposite. And we're having a little battle inside ourselves the whole time and so finding some pathway in to that quiet space for yourself you know. I think the gift is. It gives us muscle memory right leg. You you know that quiet space by we ha- we know how to access it whether it's through drawing whether it's through running god forbid or seeded. Whatever it is that you find that space through we start to build the muscle memory and then we can apply in other areas of our lives. Yeah i think you snapped into that that mode or whatever it is after having done it so many times if of course it takes practice. So that's why you know people describe innovation as a practice. And i literally is that the practice and the repetition leads to that facility and that that the speed at which you can access that that state of mind. My brother is a runner. He was a competitive runner division. One college still runs and and he does absolutely find that that peace of mind if you like her gets into that space when he runs and i think he was aware of that from the beginning and that is why he for years and years has been between the two of us. I have a twin brother. By the way he's been the more balanced more relaxed less neurotic twin. Whereas i always buzzing around my brain is never stopping and i have trouble sleeping and everything just didn't realize i had access to that even though i was doing it frequently i just didn't i wasn't aware of it

Resting Your Heart in Presence

Tara Brach

02:46 min | 3 months ago

Resting Your Heart in Presence

"One of my favorite teachings from not han. Who's a zen master is that it's not enough to supper. We also have the touch piece. We also have to touch wellbeing sir. Today's meditations really an invitation as much as possible for our own body. Mind to just let go and relax abed to taste that timeless peace. It's here when we begin to settle a bet. And so in that spirit will begin in a very simple way where you might just invite your attention and word invite yourself into the present manned and sometimes that means i checking your posture higher sitting and making yourself comfortable adjusting in the way they give you a sense of balance and uprightness sarah alert and also real ease settling your body as you become more still physically. Allow your attention go in work. Just notice what it's like right now. Notice the feelings in your body. Notice your body's breathing then with a conscious intention begin to length in your bra. So that it's a long slow in brow you might count to five with the enbrel and then a matched out breath counting to five with the out breath mila slowing down this breath the nice full in breath again coming to five a slow out. Breath measure release really become aware of the suit stations of letting go gan along deep in breath yelling the chest in the lungs the out breath again that sense of letting go of release

Sarah Mila
How to Say Yes to Life

Tara Brach

01:06 min | 3 months ago

How to Say Yes to Life

"Take few moments if you'd like to. Maybe adjust higher sitting so. Your posture supports meditation. The guidelines for sitting. Meditation are simple in the sense that the posture upright so that there's a quality of being tall alert and also relaxed alert and relaxed alert and relaxed. Eyes are closed. Unless you'd prefer to have them open that's fine too. There's no rules on it. Often the mind quiets more easily with the is close. You might feel this life breath and fuelled at your heart and bring a kind of inner listening to your heart syncing. What mood is here.

Meditation: Trust the Journey Tonight

Sleep Meditation for Women

02:28 min | 3 months ago

Meditation: Trust the Journey Tonight

"Rave indeed relax tonight are always in the middle of your journey and sometimes it can feel frustrating. Like you're not getting to where you want to go her. Seeing the results result want to see but trust the journey. Because when you keep showing when you key gaining hilarity. I near vision. You keep taking intentional. Actions the flowers of years desire her sure to blossom so free lance yourself. Relax craving out. All of pieces of li- veteran settled inside of you all the pieces that feel anxious or stress in feel your body relaxed deeper with every breath. Ow

Lance LI
18 Reminders to Listen to When the World Feels Heavy

Mindful Productivity Podcast

02:49 min | 4 months ago

18 Reminders to Listen to When the World Feels Heavy

"Today i'm about to walk you through eighteen lovely reminders about the world about yourself and hopefully these things will allow you to do a little bit of re framing and hold space for what you might need this week now. These reminders aren't going to solve everything necessarily but they can be so lovely to come back to from time to time. And i hope that you listen to this episode whenever you need these reminders. So let's go ahead and get started so there are eighteen of these today that i wrote and i'm just gonna go ahead and begin with number one. Number one is that rushing often feels like a fast paced way of avoiding self awareness. When you rush you are running through and avoiding self awareness in your body and your mind and it's why when we rush through things we make mistakes we we. There are oversights that we experienced right and we tend to be irritable. So your reminder with this one is that rushing is only going to prevent you from being able to self assess and self correct as needed so if you need to slow down. Here's your reminder number two if you feel overwhelmed it can be helpful to ask yourself the following question. What's the true outcome that i am seeking. I mean keep it simple here. Omit whatever editions you've added to your plate that don't truly aid in keeping an helping you reach your goal so again asking yourself. What's the true outcome. That i am seeking with business with work with life. We often add in additional steps or additional things. We think we need to do to reach our goal and they might just not be necessary. Omit what you don't need number three you cannot please everyone nor should you try. Keep on doing your best. Take it step by step. Make sure that you are putting yourself first where you need to so that you can take care of your mind and your health so that you can show up for others right so that you can contribute to society and community care but don't have the goal to please everyone because it will never happen and there's a little bit of liberation in realizing that

A Meditation for Back Pain Relief

Sleep Meditation for Women

02:28 min | 4 months ago

A Meditation for Back Pain Relief

"Oh pin yourself to the healing touch at night him. feel it. Relax you and relieve you from your back pain so pre and settle yourself t. Tear bad him by cherry attention to come inside away from the streaming in your head and on tier body. Listen no aces denied around you. The smooth ocean she her playing as they touch your skin. P. the motion severe breathing arising in fine of your bali the air flow in now very no cheer senses pre new here

What Is Lovingkindness and How to Implement It in Your Life

10% Happier with Dan Harris

02:45 min | 4 months ago

What Is Lovingkindness and How to Implement It in Your Life

"How'd you describe loving kindness or meta m. e. t. t. a. practice. What is it so metta practice as opposed to just meta itself. Either or both. Well i mean say. That's even a really important distinction from me. So there's a traditional meta practice. we call it. Traditional the booted did not teach it. But it comes from. I think about five hundred. Eighty the surrey margareta so the path purification which was a commentary on the teachings of the buddha and in that we find this practice which really was made most famous by sharon salzberg. Who i know it you know. And it's a very intentional way of trying to develop loving feelings and it uses phrases where you repeat phrases. Typically may i be happy may be peaceful may be safe. May you be happy. May you be peaceful may be safe and there are many other variations on the phrases but along those lines. So they're just noticing that they are not sort of exactly prayers and they're not demands but they're sort of requests the systematic part. Besides the phrases is that we go through different categories of people starting with the self not necessarily often starting with self. Some people prefer to start with something easier like your cat. You know which is not a person. I guess but Could be helpful easy one to feel love towards so we kind of start with the easy ones and then work with our dear ones and then work with what we call neutral people just just sorta like everybody that you don't know essentially and then into difficult people and often it's just you pick one difficult person and so after you've gone through those categories repeating these phrases and kind of feeling the breath and your body feeling the breath in your heart center in the middle of the chest so you're trying to kind of connect with this feeling. Then once you go through those categories than you do a practice called radiating to sort of radiating loving kindness out to all beings ultimate land and i. I like to do that. Sort of almost geographical way imagining where i live my neighborhood and then my city and then outward around the planet and you can do the whole universe. If you're you know

Surrey Margareta Sharon Salzberg
Yoga & Meditation Teacher Tracee Stanley on How She Was Pulled Into Meditation

The Mindful Minute

01:46 min | 4 months ago

Yoga & Meditation Teacher Tracee Stanley on How She Was Pulled Into Meditation

"Interested in that you were really pulled into meditation. I in yoga. Second that's the opposite for me. I found meditation through yoga. And so i'm curious just a little bit about what were those first practices like. What were you practicing. I love this question. So one of the books that i was given by my friend and doni anatazio. Who was the one who gave me all these books. When i had that spontaneous meditation moment was a book on a tantric. Meditation by harish johari and so this is before the time of having any kind of audio so basically you would read the practice and then you would just do the practice based on what you remembered from reading and so i remember doing this practice. I was sitting in my apartment. I was living in south africa at the time. And i was doing this this practice. And you know. In retrospect it was a chucker meditation. But i did not know that until later and i had no idea what a chocolate was. Even though it was explained in the book it was like Way over my head. And so i did this meditation focusing on different parts of my body. Which were the talk rose and visualizing different colors and i believe that there may have even been like Shapes or geometrical shapes that were being visualized. And i did this meditation. And at the end of the meditation towards the end of the meditation this vibrant rainbow of colors and magic. It was like this mystical experience. I was like wow. This is what meditation is you know. This is incredible and so that was the first hook into

Doni Anatazio Harish Johari South Africa
Meditation: The Space of Loving Awareness

Tara Brach

02:48 min | 4 months ago

Meditation: The Space of Loving Awareness

"Meditations a little bit of a different format than some. You might be familiar with. I will just sat ourselves. You might find a comfortable way of sitting saddling. You might close your eyes. You'll find that meditation asking you kind of repeating question so you can explore that as we go for now you might start by taking a nice full deep breath and with the out breath letting go letting go and breathing naturally scanning the body and noticing if there's any obvious areas of tension or tightness and taking a few moments to just let go wherever you feel holding be sure to soften the shoulders relaxed the hands softening the billy relaxing your heart. Can you imagine the space between your eyes. Can you imagine the space fills the nostrils in you. Imagine and sense the space that fills the lips. Can you imagine and sense space. It fills the tongue. Can you imagine the space fills the whole mouth tongue. Gums teeth lips. Can you imagine the space that fills the brain letting the throat fill the neck. Can you imagine the space fills the neck.

Dr. Kristen Neff on the Interplay Between Personal Work and Collective Work in Meditation

The Mindful Minute

01:36 min | 4 months ago

Dr. Kristen Neff on the Interplay Between Personal Work and Collective Work in Meditation

"One of the things i noticed in this book was the interplay between personal work and collective work and i think that sometimes that gets lost within just meditation practice. It seem so solitary. You're doing it for the most part in your house by yourself on your own cushion for yourself except that it's not actually for yourself and so how does that interplay show up three. Oh yeah we'll so you know if you come from a perspective that in for me it does come from a buddhist perspective. But it isn't be buddhist if he come from a perspective where you see yourself as a larger interdependent all right then this idea that what we do only if excess or the you know we just turn inward and not outward or we outward tonight inward none of that makes sense right when you when you change your mindset so that you realize for all part of a larger hold then of course you know we. We work with their cells due date set for after work dacian of suffering of others of our planet. We also understand. We have the wisdom to know that what we cultivate inside impacts people outside and vice versa. I that wisdom of inter connection is really key to self compassion or compassion for others. In fact this is what differentiates compassion from assessors. Pity feeling sorry for with is not the understanding of common humanity interconnection and which is essential for compassion

Nourishing Happiness With RAIN

Tara Brach

02:01 min | 4 months ago

Nourishing Happiness With RAIN

"It's just as important to open to the moments of goodness in your life as the moments of suffering tech not on Many of you know vietnamese meditation master. He said it's not enough to suffer. You also have to touch peace and happiness and injuries. So that's all to say that we're going to be doing a short meditation and that's really had nourished. Happiness nourish our hearts with rain. Please find a comfortable position. You may already be in it but do whatever adjustments allow you to feel. Perhaps that you're sitting in a way that's alert you're upright but there's also some ease you're comfortable let your attention go inward takes a moment to settle with the brass. You might san says. The breath comes in that. You're receiving this life breath opening to receive feel it enter your body into the cells nourishing and then with the out breath. Essentially of releasing letting go whatever's not needed kind of like a balloon opening to receive expanding and then the deflating releasing letting go unnoticed. You can really relax with the press to relaxing open and a relaxing as you release

SAN
Getting Over Yourself With Insight Meditation Society Co-Founder Joseph Goldstein

10% Happier with Dan Harris

02:50 min | 5 months ago

Getting Over Yourself With Insight Meditation Society Co-Founder Joseph Goldstein

"I had the pleasure of watching some talks that you had given recently where you were talking about. What are known as the three proliferating factors. I think i have that right. Am i using the terminology correctly proliferating tendencies. What do you mean by that. And then what are they. Okay so i just out of general interest. I just want to mention the pali word for that. For liberating tendency polly's the language you know of the ancient buddhist tax because it's it's one of those terms that comes up frequently even in our modern discourse on the teachings so just to familiarize. I'll listen to that term. It's puncher and i like the pilot because it sort of as onomatopoeia sort of sounds like what it is. I'm it's just the mind for liberating elaborating from the bear elements of our experienced from the building blocks of our experience. We then build hold worlds and then get meshed in one way or another in those worlds and so there are three main tendencies which lead us in that direction. It's very helpful to become aware of them to distinguish between them and to learn how to free from them if not completely at least to have more wisdom in relating to them when we see them rising to let's basically what poncho these proliferating tendencies of mind it expands in quite a powerful way just the complexity of all lives particularly with regard to how sufferings created and how we can Become a little more free. When i've used the word historically. I must be using the sanskrit version. Because i have often said pro-panchayat it sounds like that. Difference between pauline since group which are very close. I love the term pro poncho or puncher. We're however you want to pronounce it or spell it and i've heard a translated as the imperialistic tendency of mind in. And that you hugh you take a data point from the present moment like you stub your toe and you colonize the future with his holy. Why am i always the guy who's stubs toe you know. This is gonna hurt forever and what you're talking about here. Are these three sort of runaway trains of punch that are really three of the main contributors to how we suffer as humans.

Polly Hugh
Taming Repetitive Negative Thoughts, a Meditation for OCD

The Daily Meditation Podcast

02:51 min | 5 months ago

Taming Repetitive Negative Thoughts, a Meditation for OCD

"I invite you now to settle yourself down and get ready to meditate. Know that as always if you wanna go a little more deeply into this week series. You can always find more support on the no meditation app. You can try it for a week. Free and their you receive thirty minute guided meditation experiences as well as a daily journal reflection question and a slowdown guide with all the techniques and additional ways to manage. Ocd you can try it for a week. Free as you sit down and straighten your spine closing your eyes gently. Elevate your eyes port to keep your thoughts uplifted actor. Face your shoulders and your stomach. Your hands are arrested on your lap upward or downward whatever feels best for you began to notice your breath with each inhale and exhale through year. Now notice where you may feel tense in your body and gently. Release that tension notice if that tension is associated with particular. Is this a thought that is supportive. More negative skippy. Your first days journal entry becoming aware of any thoughts are distracting are negative notice. What thoughts seem to bring you down on a regular basis.

The Wisdom of Buddah

The Daily Meditation Podcast

02:12 min | 5 months ago

The Wisdom of Buddah

"In today's episode. You're going to be guided in a breathing technique as you meditate with a technique from none other than siddharta gautama. Buddha buddha lived in ancient india it was during the fifth to fourth centuries b c e. He is considered to be the founder of buddhism. He's often referred to as the enlightened one but he didn't start his life out enlightened. He was born into an aristocratic family but eventually he renounced his aristocratic upbringing and followed his own path which took him through many states of being he lived as a regular lay person working exploring getting into a little trouble here and they're getting married and having a son. He went on a quest to find the he traveled throughout the gung as plane in india. Teaching and building irreligious community. There's so much to the life of buddha as you can imagine and his teachings so this is a very brief synopsis of his extensive life and teachings. I want to share with you. Though the concept of three universal truths that's attributed to buddha's teaching the first one is everything is impermanent and changing the second one is impermanent leads to suffering making life imperfect the third is the self is not personal and unchanging.

Siddharta Gautama India
What To Do With Worry

The Mindful Minute

01:56 min | 5 months ago

What To Do With Worry

"I'm a total warrior. Like i absolutely and utterly worry about things and i thought maybe that shouldn't be a secret and maybe we should talk about it like maybe we should talk about. How worry works within a meditation practice because the truth is you know when we study the teachings of meditation all of the teachings bring us to equanimity. All of the teachings bring us to. We wanna get to this place where were able to experience everything and be felled by nothing. And i think we'll get there right one day. We're all going to be equity adminis- qantas but also there's right now. There's like the moment that we're in right now and we're all doing our own little. Meditation practices in our own little homes. Doing the best we can and there are days when we worry and feeling is so interesting right so on the one hand worry is at least in my experience. Worry where can be incredibly overwhelming. An almost suffocating like all consuming. This is the thing i am thinking about. There is nothing else that can take its place and on the flip side of that with worry. Is this knowing that the thing or person that you're worrying about if somebody that you love or care about immensely so it seems almost like we'll worry just is an unavoidable consequence of caring right. It's just part of our lives because we care because we're engaged. And i thought maybe we should talk about all right if this is gonna show up if this is going to be part of our lived experience. How might our meditation practice. Support us in it.

Qantas