Life brings with it inevitable challenges, yet today it can seem as if those challenges are being presented to us at an increasing rate. How many of us are familiar with feeling overwhelmed physically or mentally, or have the sense that the changes we want for ourselves, our family and our society appear to be out of reach? Challenging conversations and uncomfortable feelings seem to greet us daily with little time to gather our thoughts before responding from a place that can sadly be driven by anxiety or defensiveness.
One of the best ways to nurture a meditation or prayer practice is to create a place within the home that is dedicated solely to this purpose—an altar.
Plants purify the air and cleanse away stress. They create a feeling of sanctuary. A small potted houseplant can also be a lovely reminder to pause throughout your day. In four easy steps, here's how to bring a little mindfulness and beauty into your day.
Whether today is an epic list of to-dos, a routine you know by heart, or the unexpected, it’s always a good time to pause. I call a pause any intentional shift in behavior that allows you the space to experience a mental shift in attitude, thoughts, or emotions that otherwise wouldn’t have occurred.
Google “meditation studio” and you’ll likely find one near you – they’re popping up all over the country. Most studios have classes from 15-90 minutes, with some led by teachers and some self-led. Either way – and no matter if you’re a meditation newbie or a seasoned practitioner – you’ll enjoy a quiet break in your busy day.
If you’re like me, you’re not the best at meditation or deep breathing exercises. Fortunately, that doesn’t mean you can’t find ways to relax and bring mindfulness into your day—which is sorely needed in our fast-paced, always-connected world.
There’s more advice out there about the mechanics of sitting in meditation than you can even imagine. Sit cross-legged in lotus to hold steady... place your hands in your lap in symbolic position to focus the mind... sit with a straight spine so the energy of your body flows more freely.
What makes life meaningful? I’ve spent the past few years absorbed in that question while writing my new book, The Power of Meaning: Crafting a Life That Matters.
Meditation doesn't have to be a thing. You don't have to sit on a cushion before an altar with incense burning. You don't need to dedicate an hour (or even 30 minutes!) of your day. As the earth turns inward in autumn, we have a chance to get quiet, calm, grounded. We'll show you how with these meditations for fall.