If you have ever lain down on a blanket, eyes taking in the dome of the night sky above, then you are familiar with the sensation of wonder and peace that the cosmos brings.
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.
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.
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.
Eating only clean food, doing yoga and meditating every day, walking a straight-and-now spiritual path ... it can all be a bit much, especially when we take ourselves too seriously. JP Sears has set out to change all that. He pokes fun at everything from essential oils to veganism to yoga selfies to having a spiritual guru. It's time to put the 'light' back in enLIGHTenment! Watch this video and laugh a little.
The end of summer and the coming of fall can sometimes feel sad or heavy. These five easy practices will help you celebrate the way autumn invites us to gently turn inward. It's all about getting cozy, enjoying sensory pleasures, and making our space (inside and out!) free of clutter.
I used to carve out 90 minutes every morning to do yoga and meditate. I loved it. It was amazing. It was also unsustainable. So I created a 15-minute morning routine that works. It’s so quick and easy,, I can do it every day. It’s all about creating just enough quiet space in my morning to set the tone for the rest of my day.