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Meditation Part 3: Contemplative Prayer and "Spaciousness for Peace"

Have you every had someone tell you to "lighten up?"  Did it help, or was it infuriating? 

Do you ever feel like that space between when something happens to you and when you react is very, very thin?  


I think what a lot of us are craving right now is some SPACE to LIGHTEN UP.  The burdens of living in a pandemic and all that goes with it have a lot of us on edge.  This is totally understandable! And I'm here to help you create some space for your mind to relax and your spirit to breathe.  


Today I recalled a time when things were quite hard for me.  Nick and I were starting our restaurant, our kids were very small, and everything was on the line.  Nick had to work long hours every day for several months to get the business going, and my troubles and stress felt BIG.  


For my birthday, my mom gave me a little sign to hang on my bathroom wall that said,

"Put on a little lipstick. You'll feel...

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3 Types of Meditation Part 2: Label Your Thoughts, Thinking

Let me ask you something: 


How's your breath?


No, I'm not suggesting you go grab a mint.  I'm wondering if you've played with the first part of Shamatha-Vipashyana Meditation yet: "Be with your breath as it goes out?"    


My last blog and podcast episode launched us into this exploration of three different meditation techniques I'm learning right now.  This first one I'm learning through the book Start Where You Are, A Guide to Compassionate Living, by Pema Chödrön.  


Call me dense, but it was only this week that I realized this is the first kind of meditation I ever tried!  My first meditation teacher, Sally Kempton, taught my teacher training group back in 2004 to label our thoughts, "thinking."  This is the second part of the Shamatha-Vipashyana Meditation. 

You can try it right now:

  • Sit and notice your breath as it goes out.
  • Try to keep your mind...
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3 Types of Meditation to Consider and Compare, Part 1

Something I've had fun doing this season is reading and trying new things.  I've pulled books off my shelf that I hadn't gotten around to yet, ordered some new ones, and signed up for a couple online classes.  And now they're making their way into my teaching, which is the way it is supposed to be :)


I'm currently practicing three different types of meditation, and I wanted to share them a little more in depth with you here.  If you've tried meditation and didn't care for it, I encourage you to try again! Try a different method or have another crack at a style you've done before--you are in a different place now, and that can make all the difference.


Over the next few weeks I will describe or explain three different types of meditation.  This list is by no means exhaustive, but it's a good start.


First, I'm trying the Buddhist practice of Shamatha-Vipashyana Meditation.  My resource is Pema Chödrön's...

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5 Questions to Ask Yourself When Choosing Your Online Yoga Classes

Yoga is everywhere now!  And its presence online is growing.   Now you not only have choices of teachers and styles at your local studio, but also  from the whole WORLD.  So there is a lot to consider!  In this blog post, I aim to help you narrow it down with these

5 questions I suggest you ask yourself when deciding on your online yoga classes.

I go into this in depth in this week's PODCAST , but here's the quickie 5 for you here right now:


1) Why do I get on my mat? Think back to what got you in to yoga in the first place.  Has that changed? What draws you to yoga now? Tune in to the podcast to find out what your fellow students said in response to that question in my survey! 


2) When is the right time of day for me to do my yoga practice?  Maybe this depends on your work schedule, maybe it's when you have energy. Think for a bit and picture your yoga day happy place.



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