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Feeling More Grounded
"We are exploring some ancient wisdom for our modern times we're living in because I feel like we could use a little advice. With all the uncertainty going on and if you live in the United States. There's a lot of election tension happening and so. This week we are exploring the fourth. Yama Of the Yoga Sutras from potentially the ancient Indian sage who wrote this classic Yoga Sutras Yoga Means Union and unity and that's what we all along for despite differences that are inevitable. I, think there are certain things in life. That we all agree upon. The. Janas in the Yoga Sutras give us a path. The first yama has to do with. Non violence or loving kindness. The Second Yama has to do with non lying or truthfulness. And that Third Yama we explored in last week's series. had. To do with non stealing which includes taking care not to let negative thoughts. Negative habits negative. People Negative News. Steal. Away One of your most precious commodities, these days, which is your focus. And in this weeks series all week long we've explored Brahmachari. which has to do with restraint eight or living with moderation and simplicity. So, as you are guided using today's meditation technique, you will explore feeling grounded and connected to your values those things which. Make you who you are You May. Recall. Different Times in your life when you may have had to stand up for your values. Maybe your values reflect. Your family of origin values. Even A legacy, your ancestors passed down. This all encompasses who you are, how you live your life and I invite you to visualize these people in your life who may have encouraged you and supported your values. That inner truth that's uniquely your own. So as you settle yourself down and get ready to meditate. Also invite you to focus on your first Chakra. CHAKA's our energy carry within your body that represents your emotions. The first chocolate has to do with feeling grounded these feelings you're focusing on in today's meditation technique. As you focus on your values. Consider, how you can temper your desires. So that, you're more satisfied with your life. What access in any area of your life might detract From your true values. and. Consider how letting go of. This excess. Simplifying living in moderation. Can bring out and enhance. Your true nature. Your values. Those qualities? That ground you. And make you feel more connected with who you are and will others and the world around you. This. Is your meditation technique for today. Listen to your body. Listen to your intuition. Connect with your true inner nature. When you feel your mind begin to wander which you likely will common. Even with longtime meditators. Visualize the person sitting next to you who? Has supported you throughout your whole life. Feel, there's strength. To Guide you back to. Focusing on what matters most in your life You are so we're slowing down for.
Understanding The Minds Natural Processes
"In total meditation, Re take advantage of all the mind's natural processes. To address all imbalances together not just one GITAI. Today. Let's examine these natural processes. So here, we will talk about number of natural processes I number one mindfulness. The way you recover from distraction. Your cell phone rings while driving, you're mindful response is not to answer but stay focused on driving. To Self. Inquiry. This is the way your mind recovers from habits. You complain about work all the time self enquiry ask yourself why you remain in a job that makes you unhappy and but you deserve better. Tre- self reflection. The way your mind recovers from thoughtlessness. You consider yourself a getting but vigilant parent. Recently, your teenage daughter has become secretive. You reflect on whether you have been hovering. Over whether she's acting like a normal teenager struggling to find the right boundaries. Contemplation. This is the way you mind recovers from confusion. You have a new boss who has your job much worse difficult in terms of pressure deadlines and his behavior. You stay there. Tried to fake a walk away. Ugandan plate and read the options. Concentration. This is the way your mind recovers from pointlessness. One of your old friendships has become stale and your friends seems boring instead of leaving things that that you concentrate on what you can do to rekindle your relationship. Prayer prayer is the way your mind recovers from helplessness. Suffered a personal loss and feel depressed and lonely to relieve the suffering. You ask in prayer that it be resolved through grace or through a loving God. Quite. mind. This is the way your mind recovers from overwork. At work you lash out at someone the person is upset and afterward. So you before apologizing you find a quiet place to regroup and let your mind rest. Control breathing. This is the way you buddy recovers from stress. When you feel stress check to see how your breathing. Taking. Regular, Debretts for a few minutes meets the pressure with election response that clears your head and removed. From your body. Bliss this is the way your mind recovers from suffering. Search. Your memory dime sudden joy without really knowing why. The on Kanye the feeling the closer to bliss you came.
How To Bring Mindfulness Into Every Part Of Our Lives
"Seven it is such a pleasure to have you on untangled today. Thank you so much for being with us. Thank you, Patricia for having me. I want to start by asking you a little bit about your childhood. So why don't you tell us what were you like as a ten year old girl? How would you describe yourself? Wow ten years old. So I was born in Ethiopia. My mom was GPO Oban, my dad's Airtran, and we came to this country when I was three. And we moved into a very white upper middle class neighborhood in Washington northwest. Upper northwest DC, and at ten years old I would say I was pretty confused though. I lived at home, which was not very assimilated. So we ate you in food my parents spoke to us in. Iraq, we were part of that point small community of Ethiopian xlt now DC the DC areas large huge argest community business country. But at that time, there were only a few families and. We were all pretty tight and then my world of the neighborhood and school was very white, very upper middle class and it was confusing to move between those two worlds. So I was a Latchkey kid both my parents worked a so at ten years old coming home and spending time with my intellectually disabled sister who I felt pretty responsible for even though she's four years older than me. And I was learning how to navigate these two worlds, the world of home and Ethiopian culture and then the world of school and American media I watched a lot of TV I think I learned a lot about the culture around me from TV in popular culture, which probably not the best place to start understand your life and world so shy introverted. I was smart but did not do well in school at all at that age, and honestly, if there could have been a diagnosis at the time I was probably really depressed or at least Melancholic I. Think it had to do a lot with not understanding how these two different realities together he added. So in writing because at ten years old to feel that split between. Your experience at home in your experience at school can be so overwhelming and do you feel like you tried to Numb your feelings and just do what you need to do every day help your sister go to school what was your experience going through that time in your life I was very athletic kid at that age probably found a lot of release and any joy through sports through climbing trees through riding my bike riding skateboards soberly through my body and I lost that in my early adolescence, which is interesting. That was probably where could find a sense of belonging or connection. But in terms of school and relationships, I was a tomboy. So I didn't fit in with my girlfriends I remember going to sleepovers and friends wanting to play Barbie or dolls, and I just had no interest in that whatsoever. And I in a neighborhood full of boys. So I think I took a lot of refuge in physical play in activity and when I didn't have that I remember being numbed by television I watched a lot of TV as a kid
The Zero Point
"Hello, my friends I'm. This is daily breadth. A new series is called total. Your. Mind hits reset button the instant thought registers. This is like the zero point of awareness. It's almost as if the mind erases thought so a new thought can take its place. Let's discuss this zero point. A little more. The zero point, which is home base is alive dynamic and ready for anything that we come next. Our. Ideas State of being is that we wanted to feel vibrant and alert. You. Experience Ideas Zero Point State when you are fresh when you feel alert optimistic and ready. For a new experience. There are times when zero point of the mind isn't at to rest. It's dire. It's dulled. Be Sunk in. Routine. Routine thinking resistant to change. and. Because of that, we fall somewhere in the middle when it comes to our. Resting Point. Zero Point. Here, are some ways of noticing it feels like when zero point of the mind is less than idea. Create. An irritating noise in your surroundings blast music. You don't like or turn up TV static. Sit with ice close. And clear your mind. Notice how hard it is to be quiet inside is to reach the zero point. And when you do you feel irritated because of the noise outside. Now, finding acquired, setting where you feel relaxed. Close Your eyes take a few debretts. And suddenly notice that your mind is getting quite. Notice, how easily reached zero point and without irritation. Experiment. With how zero point feels in various situations. For example, that airports waiting for Flight Tedious meetings notice how easily the zero point is thrown off. The mind's inherent said, certificate is an asset. And yet a detriment. For the mind to two to zero point with freshness in Daddy. What we call spacing out is the minds way of coping with too much simulation. Except in cases of inner distress or external stressors. Your thoughts will return to the zero point without any action on your part.
Breath work to Heal Our Heart
"I want to introduce you to the breath work pattern that we are going to be using during this journey. Remembering that this breath is for transformation it's for release for letting go. It's different from relaxation and it is more continual. It is deeper and it is more profound. So find yourself lying down on a yoga mat or on your bed wherever you find it is most comfortable for you. Keeping your legs stretched out in front of you and less you struggle with lower back pain. Then you're free to bend them up. Having your palms facing upwards. And just let yourself. Be At feel into the ground. Having. Your eyes closed palms facing up. So important before. That we just check in with our hearts. Open our hearts. I love to say to myself before I breathe. Thank you I love you. Thank you I. Love You. Thank you for showing up. Thank you for showing up and doing this work. And I love you. It's amazing what happens when we speak softly and gently and kindly to ourselves it's so beautiful. It's so nourishing. So. What we're GONNA do is we're gonNA start our three breath pattern. So this breath is done through the mouth only. So the technique that we use is through the mouth only. So WanNa take one hand place your left hand on your belly place your right hand on your chest. When we actually go to do the patterns were not going to be putting our hands on our body. They'll be at our sides, but I just want to get you familiar with how it feels. So it's a three breath pattern and it sounds like this. It is all through the mouth not the knows. The first breath is when we suck in the air from our belly. The second breath is when we suck in our air from the chest. And the third ex hale is all through the mouth. So, what are you ready just come along with me Just keep breathing. You may notice your. Minds, getting a little busy. You may notice yourself getting dizzy right away. That's totally normal. Just keep breathing. Now. Place your hands down at your side. That's it. Just, keep reading you are safe to breathe your safe to feel. Today. We are working on opening up our hearts vase for healing. So, often, we have a closed down hearts potentially we've experienced so much heartbreak so much pain so much stress in our lives where. Sometimes. You just don't feel safe to be in our heart and live from our heart. And I just want you to take a deep breath right now. I just want you to feel in your heart space. Feel into the power, the frequency the love. That is so abundantly there. Everything becomes so much more clear when we are living from that heart centered place.
Samantha Skelly Onn How Breathwork Helps Heal Emotional Eating
"So, welcome onto the podcast. Samantha thank you so much for having me. I'm so excited. Yeah. I'm really looking forward to talking with you about meditation and in particular breath work and I thought that we might want to do it in that order as it seems to be the trajectory in your soon to be released book hungry for happiness, stop emotional eating, and start loving yourself that that book is coming out at the end of September. So this is the this podcast is to dropping a couple of weeks. Before that. So I thought that we would talk about this. Is that okay with you haven't lately unless to excellent. Excellent. So let's begin with with hungry for happiness this the book I I read it It's it's part healing memoir. Can Apart guided introspection and meditations and and also this sort of. Part can a best friend encouragement like you're like this not really a coach like this like your your girlfriend come on. Let's do this. You know so. Can You? Can you tell us about your healing journey that we read about in the book? Absolutely I love how you explain it like that you know my my intention for Reading For writing that book was to write it to just my best friend you know that that felt sense of. I understand you I get it. I was there I know how terrible it can feel when you are in a battle with food in your body. So I'm grateful that the final product came out like that. So I grew up as a dancer and actress when I was quite young and dealt with all kinds of body image issues growing up. I can remember being very young in the bathtub just feeling. This. Felt Santa, feeling, discuss it in my body, which was a feeling that I felt often when I looked in the mirror at at young age and that then manifested into an eating disorder emotional eating restricting overeating all sorts of things when I was about eighteen. And I entered into this period of my life that I. Call My Diet Depression years where. I was on over fifty diets in less than four years and. Truly had no idea how to just eat like a normal person like that was a impossible task for me at that time, I can remember waking up some mornings thinking to myself like a hi, can I just can't wait to go to bed because the thoughts in my mind were so just honestly abusive and just my level of body image. The the severity in which I hated my body was just through the roof and so. I began trying to try to heal my my emotional eating through dieting. So I was going on all sorts of different diets, and of course, just making the making things worse. What we need to realize what I needed to realize that time is emotional eating and and disordered eating is all in inside job and the Maury trying to manipulate and control and mess with our food the worse it actually gets. and. So I can remember about ten years ago reading eat pray love and. It was a story where she went to Bali and she right? Elizabeth. Yeah and he liked poker with dicks. He she found this healer in Bali. That poker with East Dickson and Blah Blah Blah Blah long story short. So I'm like, all right that's what I'm going to do. So I bought a one way ticket to Bali I flew to Bali and I found this exact healer that she wrote about in her book I drove this I I got I got on a scooter scooter got on like a taxi scooter and drove to this man's home. And he barely spoke any English and he started poking me with his sticks and. He, then just has to be your brains broken. And I was like Oh God. Okay. What's going on here? And so he goes you think too much. You have too much thinking and I was like you're so right I really do. And so this was a point in my life where I I couldn't tell the story I had was I couldn't meditate. And I would say I would sit there and meditation and my brain would be going a million miles a minute. And thinking of all sorts of different things I would get up after twenty minutes and. Feel more stressed out than when I initially sat right because a lot of people's experience. And I know you're a pro meditators I, could've used you back in the day. So for me meditation was a challenge but everyone in their dog was telling me that meditation was going to be the path for me to heal my disordered eating will that mean such an interesting position because here's this thing that apparently has all these amazing benefits which it does and I know that now but I couldn't do it to save my
Finding Your Own Unity
"In this week's ceres, we've been exploring the ancient wisdom of one of the most famous Indian sages. Tanjile who wrote the classic Yoga Sutras Yoga, means, union, or unity and the Yoga Sutras. Are Representative of living a life with a higher state of consciousness. Feeling unified or connected. And in today's episode, you're going to discover a meditation technique to help you. Feel not only united or connected within yourself, but also with others with the world around you. And in these days. Of certainty. where? There's Not a lot of trust at least where I live in the United States and I know in many other countries as well. With many of our major institutions such as our political economic. Health Care Education. Even our spiritual and religious institutions have. disappointed. US In many cases not to say that we have given up hope on everything necessarily I'll vote there is that too where there's definitely that going on today. Potentially, offers with the Yoga Sutras a way for you to feel unified within yourself. To feel connected. This is through living. A life where you incorporate a lot of the principles of. Yoga and meditation which he called the Yomise. And we explored the first Yama. A few weeks ago of non harm or loving kindness. And the Second Yama. In last week's series and that had to do with. Non Line or truthfulness. Well this week you are exploring non stealing. And this is in regard not only to. Taking away something from someone stealing but also Greed. And negative thoughts and actions. which take away from the quality of your life. So think about. Your emotions this week you have had a challenge. Your challenge is to notice when your emotions are. More. In regard to your sympathetic nervous system where you're feeling them spy where you have this. Rush. Shoving Or your para sympathetic nervous system where your emotions can become. Even to allow. Where you feel as though, you just can't get out of bed or you see no hope. This is like a roller coaster. You may feel the you are on these days. And that is norma when we rely on. The world outside around us. To make us feel secure. When you begin to as tangibly was suggesting begin to. Develop these qualities within yourself. That make you a better person. The world becomes a better place, and if enough of us do this, we create a new life. Let me share with you what of Pantano lease quotes? He. says. When you are inspired by some great purpose, some extraordinary project. your thoughts, break their bonds. Your mind transcends limitations. Your conscious expands in every direction and you find yourself in a great new and wonderful world. So. As you settle yourself down and get ready to meditate. I invite you to focus on a chocolate your seventh Chakra, which is at the crown of your head. This is your highest Chakra Chagas are considered to be. Energy within your body were you harbor emotions and
Why Consciousness Upholds Creation
"Hi My friends I'm Deepak Chopra. This is daily breath. Today I want to answer the question that delays everything. Can existence take care of itself. And my answer is, yes. Let's talk about how consciousness. Polls creation. At this moment, we're surrounded by the infinite intelligence and creative bar of consciousness. This is nature's secret life his consciousness. The principles that consciousness follows but. Everything. The most basic light poems follow the principles of consciousness which are self organization. Even, the most basic lifeforms know exactly how to stay alive. Have you ever heard of an organism called the Yellow Blob. Known as Feis Abram. Policy. This organism exhibits qualities of consciousness. It is an example of our existence can take care of itself. If you want to know more about this organism. Beulah read my book but it's a simple fungus like organism that shows all the properties of snus that you and I have as human beings. So consciousness and existence must go together. There's no such thing as blackness consciousness is always a life life was generated in the field of consciousness it is already alive. Life is invisible until consciousness takes physical.
Morning Ah Meditation
"You. Used this meditation every single morning. And while we do this meditation together. I will actually do the sound and ask you to do it with me. You will find it best if you can find a A private place, a place where you're not going to be interrupted a place where you can absolutely put this. Sound out into the world. And not be afraid of. Other people listening to it. As you're doing the sound. I'd like you to begin to think about what it is that you would like to manifest. Some of the things that you may think about manifesting for yourself include. Perhaps they. A DIVINE RELATIONSHIP Or. Improved relationship. Perhaps. You would like to be able to heal a part of your body. That has been resistant to healing or. Perhaps you would like to overcome an addiction. Of some kind. Perhaps, you'd like to lose weight. Perhaps you would like to be able to manifest abundance in your life or create a new job or get a promotion or. Or have. The scarcity removed from your life and have it replaced by a stronger sense of. Security. Perhaps, you would like to have less tension and lowered blood pressure. Less stress and more peace in your love. Whatever it is that you would like to be able to manifest I'd like you to suspend all out. Be Willing. Every morning. To begin your day. With a twenty minute. Meditation. Ancient Wisdom. Comes from the Far East. Where they taught. The meditators. Out to use. This sound. And have it absolutely go from the root Shaqra. To. Third I. And to begin to feel it. Emanating outward. And after twenty minutes of doing this. Your identification with the material world will almost be eliminated. You will find yourself feeling lighter. Clearer. More centered. More focused. But most alarmingly to those of us who've grown up in the West. You will begin to see. Manifesting and materializing. In your world. That which you concentrate on. In Your Meditation. The way that we're going to do this tape. Is Not the way I do it every day. In the tape. I'm going to begin. With a series. Of Long Breaths and meditations that I would like you to do with me. And then. While I continue to do these. I will be putting us some affirmations right here on the tape. For you to consider. As you'RE MEDITATING Suggestions are these affirmations interfere. Simply turn the tape off. And continue the Meditation Until Twenty
Tuning into Our Breath
"Practice. Simple breathing techniques like inhaling through the nose for four count holding our breath for six count and exhaling out the mouth for an eight count. Can have measurable effects on our relaxation response. In fact, let's just do that right now. Just. We're going to just do one just one round where we're going to breathe it in for four hold for six in out for eight. Okay. So. Everybody exhale together. exhale. Now breathing through the nose for four in one, two, three, four, hold your breath for six, two, three, four, five, six, exhale out the mouth for eight three four. Five, six, seven, eight. Even. Just one breath we can feel how the pair sympathetic nervous system that relaxation response. Is affected. So we'll be practicing this method in our facebook live group, this four, six, eight which if you haven't joined the facebook live I encourage you to do. So it's a great way to connect with other meditators in the challenge and to ask any questions you have I'll I'll answer any questions that you have about meditation. But back to the breath now. Why is there so much emphasis placed on the breath in meditation. There's a few reasons, but the principal one is because the breath is what is with us even when we're not aware of it. That is to say is an audit function. This makes the breath the ideal companion on our meditation path because it's so reliable it's always there for us. So I, encourage you to get acquainted with your breath and rely on meditation practices that utilize the breath. Your breath is your ideal ally on the spiritual path. Also, the many scientific studies now show what Yogis and meditators and mystics throughout the ages have known. Focusing on the breath slows down the racine thinking mine because the relaxation response is immediately stimulated when we place our attention on the breath. I often encouraged people when we're practicing mindfulness of breathing. To rest your attention on the breath they're lightly. Like a butterfly landing on a flower, it's very light touch but one that has beautiful results. During the facebook live group, all-share a couple, other breeding techniques and will discuss. Other Meditation Practices. So today's guided Meditations for day three are by a real maestro of meditation. The morning meditation is Who Many of you will know and be very familiar with that's David G. David G shares a beautiful guided morning meditation in his classic style where he brings together. So many gems of instructions into a flow of inspiration, which is an absolutely perfect way to begin your day. The evening meditation is guided by me and we meditate on what I call the spacious out breath. Breath in and out there are slight pauses at the top of the breath and after we exhale. So we use those pauses in our meditation practice we practice resting. Expanding into those pauses in that spacious
What a Buddhist Monk Learned from Nearly Being Assasinated
"Thank you for making time for this. Really excited to talk to you. I really. WanNa. Hear your story because I've read a little bit about it and it's fascinating. Can you tell me how you first encountered Buddhism? Yes the first time I encountered Buddhism is in nineteen ninety. Lift to Uganda in nineteen ninety as students. Still mean for not fair Housing Need Gun Die Scholarship to study. INDIANA. Headed the government of India through in Yemen, extent culture program is going to pay for me to study in India. Business. That was excited. I didn't know anything about Buddhism, but the only thing that is connected to bosoms what Gautama because we studied history about Indian personalities like Mahatma, Gandhi, end Gautama Ferretti that good Mohsini Buddha. So good time. I have ever happy faintly and my story. So when I went to India I. did not that even the religion could Buddhism philosopher David so I just went to study business and until nineteen and arrived. I'm because when I arrived India, they had this strike. And then we we didn't go to school. We did started this school immediately. So then our putting a hostile where there are some people who looked very slim doing and. They have shaved head the they are putting on robes or rose. To say hello to them. So I went there then I sit hot one and the ad it beaming smile had. Happy so we became friends and in A. Long Story Short, the me into the temple I should dig would ask you then they told me about Buddhism there that Buddhists and the they told me don't take Dina just delighted breakfast. Assault then they are the ones who really told me that yes, this region called Buddhism and it took me to the temple for the first time and the temples. Good. Assure the hand. I should be behalf either in Chattanooga and that's when I I really got to know that a temple. So that's how I know about what is him but That Buddhist people edited and those most just wanted to be friends with me. I wanted to be with him and Cindy. GimMe Food they give me a minute things slowly slowly they stop telling me about. What they believe in. On time I went to Brahma, cameras, we just the boost people, but is meant tradition. The told me that debilitate Bra Mars. And I had seen one I was quite or the time in the evening Tony Oh I asked him you. Calm and peaceful way. Have you good evening? He told me he goes to meditate or. Meditation then I went there admitted with Matas and then they have discovered this that you focus on lucrative. And then you really meditated breathing in and breathe out but his commentary, right so your story piece food. Your Com nobody can destroy you. So when I finished that a mid station, I went to the monks again I told them that that'd be meditating this. Who told you to meditate thought that some of the WHO's Viacom common peaceful and told way can meditated. Then I told him what I've been doing the told me no, no, no. No you should meditate weapon go deep meditation, and now doesn't fuss time to get to know what meditation you good. Mom told me the best meditation Vision. So then I to know mutation literal. So from Buddhism. The most yeah. About Communication Gorby. I know you were raised Catholic. So, here you are in a completely different country encountering this religion for the first time a religion you didn't even know existed what about Buddhism and Meditation spoke to you given your history why was it so appealing this practice send this faith. Actually for me into the. Lack. of Meditation when I went to Meditates it was no Malini evening and then I was so stressed out in India, it's hot country I was eating hot foods and I was looking for Chatchai filled to see. Every time I went to look for because I was McCaffery those no jet unfunded when I go to the judge, this was in Hindi, a language that I don't understand. So now we're not going to judge there I was going. To check. So that. Good. That back. Then I believe like that. So now every time I go to check ECHINACEA the English obvious or gotTa salaries so which is my language I was just going to judge People just talking a foreign language and literally I said. This people have also religion could Hindus I to do what they believe in and then slowly by slowly when I went to. The fuss medication do not even a Buddhist one I did a Hindu meditation. So I sat. And mid I feel so much. More peaceful than me. When I was in chat, you know in chat sometime of silk can now is it new? Don they're going to pray things? So but that's a short time in a judge acquitted my bring. But when I was in meditation, I told really give any and. When I came out, it was so peaceful and relied rest of amongst the win admitted. So peaceful.
How to face your inner truth
"So forth, the second yama of truthfulness in last week's. Series we explored I himself, which is non violence. In your thoughts, your actions and your words. While the Second Yama Satya. Is. Also. In regard to your thoughts, your actions and your words I'm going to be sharing with you a breathing technique to help you calm your mind and body and to seek your inner truth. Breeding techniques are powerful ways to tap into your inner truth because your breath is inextricably linked with your emotional state. So when you begin to feel yourself. Thinking more negative thoughts such as worry fear uncertainty. self-doubt. You can do the breathing technique I'll be sharing with you. Before I guy to in today's breathing technique, I want to share with you some insight. About the second Yama. Satya or truthfulness. You may know someone or you might even do this yourself. When you know something. That is true about someone. And even though it might be a little harsh you feel like. You're doing the right thing by bean brutally truthful to them. I have a friend who? Takes a lot of pride in being brutally honest with people. She thinks of that as being brave enough to let people know what's good for them. But when you are considering the truth. Bring in quality of the first Yama. These Yama. are like a code for how to live your life. The first Shama is non violence. Not Harming others. With what you say with what you think and what you too. Well, if you're brutally honest with. And it's harmful to them. Even if it's true. Then, that's not helpful. That doesn't accomplish. Anything except for to injure that person. and. You might think well, they needed to hear it. But sometimes it's best to let. People. Discover their own journey. As long as it's not. A truth that by withholding it will. Truly harm them may be physically or if they're in some kind of real danger. By pointing things out to people. Who might not be ready to hear or consider some truth in their life? Can Be Harmful. Can Be shocking and traumatic for the person. So that's not really. The best way to share truth. Win. You are sharing truth with someone. Consider if the person is ready. Because sometimes. It's best. To let people discover. Aspects of their. Life. At their own pace. I remember growing up and getting really excited about. Doing something and. So I would tell my parents I'm going to do this and. They would get really excited. With me and support me but they knew that it wasn't really going to work out but they let me discover that on my own and looking back I really admire them for allowing me that grace to. Discover my path on my own without revealing the truth that it wouldn't ultimately work out. But it wouldn't cause me any harm that I would learn some lessons along the way and I did. So as you subtle yourself down and get ready to meditate today. Think about. Your inner truth. Maybe. What are some truths that are hard for you to face right now? You don't need to saw. This, right away you can allow yourself to accept things that you're on pace.
Spring Washam And Lotus Vine Journeys
"Hi Matteo. Thank you for having me. It's so nice to have you here. Yes Fun. In reading fierce heart this memoir book. And listening to your teachings. It seems that quite young age you understood the primary role that mind has to play in emotional wellbeing. In, your childhood life, it seems as though it was very, very difficult growing up in the inner city life of poverty and racism, and there were some abandoned men and. And in fact, a lot of violence around you and so my question is, when was it that you began to look inward Lee for your strength rather than blaming the outside world? That's a really, really good question because I think as a child when I was growing up, I did get very confused and I was very interested because the adults around me their behavior and they were suffering so much. So this is very I guess empathetic child. So I could feel what was happening around me I could see the suffering and so that did make. Me Inquire what is causing this and I think I read in the book at just age five years old I turned to my older sister and said, wow, this is gonna be really hard. It's going to be a hard life because I could just see it. You know there wasn't a lot of wisdom we were poor. We were black I was like, okay here we go. There there's you know this is going to be you know a of hill-climb here And I think I just I. Just stayed really interested and as I got older I started to study psychology. Young teenager I got very interested in self-help bugs and Wayne Dyer I was reading in the fifth grade. I read one of his books. How did you come into? Wayne dyers book and were you living in? Compton at the time now we were actually living in a little apartment. We were up in northern California. We had migrated up we back and forth between southern and northern. California and we're in northern California and my mother was depressed and went to the librarian went to the self help section, and of course all back. Then there was Louis. Wayne Tire. And Louis Hayes so I think it was his book you'll believe it when you you'll see it when you believe it. And I remember reading that and I remember saying, yes or something with my mind I knew it and he affirms But I wasn't I. Didn't have the support to go deeper. Obviously I was ten and so but I remember men something like, yes there's something going off my thinking and the people around me, their thoughts it's making them suffer and it's leading to this behavior and addiction, and so the night just continued he knows I got older and older until I really started. Practicing Meditation like Eighteen Nineteen and when when was that that I do you remember the first time you tried meditation. We'll the very first time was when I read. Wayne dyers book and I went in there. Then in there I I the funny thing is I, told my mother was six anyone to go to school. So I played like I was sick to stayed home. and. Had nothing to do at that time our TV was broken and we didn't have money to fix it, and so there was a stack of books that was it and that's let and I tried to practice I. Remember I tried to count down from ten to zero and I couldn't do it. Of course thought came you know I was noticing that and going Oh. Side gave up for that time being but I got really interested a later when I was a part of this church called Gubbay pay here in southern Colorado Beckwith Beckwith who I adore and I've who's been you know great supporter of mine endorsed my book and I started to practice more, and then that led me into different traditional. Hindu. Tradition with Parma's Uganda. Realization Fellowship Centralisation down the street here in Carlsbad. I really got into practice there but then not led me into of the Dharma and I. I long retreat was a day retreat where I learned the pasta meditation, which Cornfield Pasta Meditation Sometimes, a translation is sort of insight meditation insight meditation. What can I before we get there? Can You? Can you describe what led you to the to to that to go on at ten day retreat like why would? Is. Not. Every day that somebody just like is. Packed up and goes to a ten day retreat. So what led you to that we looking for something Well I think when I had joined the self realization fellowship, I was really interested in meditation. I'd read a book somebody left a book on my table, and in this apartment I was living in an Oakland and I opened it and it just. A whole world opened. It was all about meditation. And I realized then that I wanted to live a spiritual life, it was like it was like death rebirth moment and was like goodbye to this. Hello to this. Of course, I want to spiritually based life in years how I do it By circumstances around you where they conducive to that spiritual life. Now I mean, what were you doing? It's crazy town now selling timeshare living with this crazy guy I'm sure. Yeah. Selling timeshares that was smoking weed I. Wasn't you know I had bills. I wasn't responsible everything was you know we're at that time I moved in with him in East Oakland it was just it wasn't good and I got very depressed and self realization fellowship was beautiful. But they didn't have any technique. They just go to these three hour meditation kind of kind of method to apply. Exactly. They would just say love God and I would say, okay, I'm trying but three hours later I didn't know it didn't feel like I was getting where I needed to go. Right? It was like the self realization happening right thought about my issues for three hours. I. Didn't know how to eventually if I sat long enough. Out of sheer to giving up my mind got quiet but I needed I felt as if I needed a teacher, there was an living teacher was just the disciples in the programs that they had it in. You know. So I started praying for a living teacher I need help my brain. Oh, very much I prayed and prayed and prayed, and then sure enough I heard about this ten day retreat in the desert and they said they you. Instructions and there's teachers there and you can talk to them and they're alive. You know it's not just books.
Try This Meditation Before You Try to Change the World
"Hi This is Sharon. Loving. Kindness Meditation for ourselves. is a powerful way to deepen our inner strength. If we grow the sense of self respect to start with. It will allow us to draw boundaries. Responds unfair treatment. And, join with others in a sense of common cause. Let's begin. Sit comfortably. Relax. Can Close. Your eyes if you feel comfortable. We begin by actively taking delight in our own goodness. Think of a good quality that is alive within you. May Be a very small thing, but bring it to mind now. Than silently repeat phrases. That reflects what we would wish most deeply for ourselves. Using traditional phrases like. Man Live in safety. May Be Safe. Have Mental Happiness. Which is peace enjoy May Have Physical Happiness. Which means health and freedom from pain. May I live with ease? which is made the elements of daily life go easily. Not Be such a struggle. You can use these phrases or any others that are more personally meaningful to you. May Be Safe May, have mental happiness. May Have Physical Happiness. Mad Live with ease. Just gather all of your attention behind one phrase at a time. And repeat the phrases of loving kindness for yourself. It is said that we can search the entire universe. For someone who is more deserving of our love and affection than we are ourselves. Only want finding that person anywhere. So as you receive this energy coming towards you. Be In touch with that truth. We deserve to be happy. We deserve to be safe. Just, as all beings do. Maybe. Safe. May. have. Mental Happiness. I. Have Physical Happiness. Man With these. When you feel ready, you can open your eyes. You can see how developing greater self respect. and loving kindness toward ourselves. Is a doorway into deepening our own strength to care for others and the world?
Finding Self-Empowerment When You Feel Powerless
"Hello I'm punctual and this is now for tomorrow. Collection of actions you can do now. During the SIMUL disruption and crisis to make tomorrow better. Today I want you to do a simple exercise to bring out to the personal power that lies concealed inside you. We think of power as a matter of struggle competition and overcoming obstacles. But? There's a deeper power in just the opposite. Not Struggling. So Hug. And attuning yourself to the floor. But the flow what? You can let events passively unfold all around you. But that's not what flow meets. Flow much closer to freedom. In, the floor you are present to the here, and now you feel eager to see what happens next. You can taste the new possibilities that want to wake up in your life. What I've outlined is known as a beak experience and we've all had at least a glimpse of what? So here's your assignment for today. I want you to take out a pen and piece of paper. And close, your eyes for a moment. Jake yourself back to something. Wonderful. That has left a lasting impression. It can be a moment of victory and triumph. The breathtaking sunset over the ocean. The Vista from a mountain peak. Experience of deep love. Once, you had the imaging in mind focus on the bliss and the joy that you fact. Now I want you to pause for a moment. What your recapturing is a beak experience and the expansion it brings. What has expanded is your consciousness. You feed open safe. Optimistic. Fully. Present. And relishing the enjoyment of simply being yourself. This expanded state is true power. Life is going to you without struggle effort or resistance. Now I'd like you to write a one sentence description of that moment on the piece of paper. You could write. My last birthday. Or the walk on the beach during. Or a special dinner with people you care about Write it down. Then for the paper and put it in your bucket. As today goes on. And if you're feeling powerless stop what you're doing and pull out the paper. Goes your is. Imagine that moment again and recaptured that experience. That feeling. That power. I realized that turning inward to your direct experience isn't how we were taught by society to define power. Is said the whole set of external standards was set up? You are powerful if you make other people do what you want instead of the other way around. Your baffled if you had the money to buy anything your heart desires. Your powerful if you come out on top in the struggle to get ahead. Once you accepted that scheme you quickly find that life rewards a small handful of winners only. Everyone else is powerless. Now, you have the opportunity to reframe your situation by no longer thinking in those terms. which were voice it on you second secondhand. The secret is to exchange external power was self embarrassment. Suggested the first step. which is to revisit your peak experiences. which you can do anytime. This isn't nostalgia. You. Are Remembering the state of expanded awareness and in that remembering your awareness expense again. Right this moment. I. Realized that this sounds like nothing to society labels as powerful. But Society doesn't have of course. You do. And once you attune yourself to it. Over time. Flow becomes your default approach to life. In the world's wisdom traditions, it is thought that consciousness is the source of all things we desire out of life. A new. IDEA. A New Opportunity If fresh feeling of love or joy. If you can rest securely in your core south. Letting those things come to you as naturally as breathing. You have discovered the kind of self embalmment most people can only dream about. Your homework from today's episode is your key to recapturing that feeling. Carry it with you and feel it empowering.
"I wanNA share with you as we continue with the journey of loving kindness. That I. received some questions in our private facebook group, which by the way is another way you can connect with other meditators. It's a free private facebook group called the daily Meditation Podcast Facebook Group. Will there I noticed recently too messages from people in the group who were saying that Meditation just doesn't work for them. They sometimes even feel worse from meditating. And these are people who are new to meditation and I remember experiencing the same situation. You might be new and wondering what's going on with meditation because you might not feel that great every time you sit down to meditate. This has to do with our theme this week of the Yomise. WIT You. Sit Down Meditate. Whatever you've been experiencing or feeling is why you bring to your cushion or your chair wherever you meditate. So, just as I mentioned that I like to share something uplifting with you before I guide you. In a technique. That's to help focus your thoughts in an uplifting way. If you're sitting down to meditate and you're frustrated. You've been tense you're feeling depressed or. Worried. Without releasing that energy or at least calming down these thoughts, I Hamza these negative thoughts? This is what you'll take with you. So you can even deepen that experience of negativity when you meditate if you don't release it I at least if you don't soften. So. That's why the meditation techniques are so valuable and I share a different one every day. Tuesdays it's always a breathing technique. So that's what you'll be guided through today. So, when you think about Your time meditating. Maybe think about. How you can. Get yourself primed. Can Begin to play soft music maybe an hour or so before you know you're going to sit down. Can you begin to calm down not have upsetting conversations or check the news or even messages? Can you begin to do some yoga and stretching that's yoga was created for Yoga was created. For Meditation It was created to calm your body. So that, your mind. Could also become as you meditate in stillness. So. Think about how you want to feel when you meditate and cultivate that feeling and don't think of it as I'm sitting here. Nothing's happening because if that is what you expect, that's likely not what you're going to get. Meditation is about giving. And one of the best ways to cultivate. Loving kindness. And to release the qualities of. Nonviolence. Not Harming others of the first Yama. is to Gif. That's why you're challenge. This week is loving kindness to share it in three ways. With yourself. Think right now for one. Loving. Kindness thought you can give yourself right now. Feel, yourself begin to soften. Now, think of someone to send loving kindness to it to that person right now.
How To Stay Centered When Youre Skiing Off a Cliff With Angel Collinson
"Great, to meet you yeah Sundays to meet to shout out to my friend Josh Simpson for mixing our mutual friend Josh MCI totally. Thanks Josh. How did you get into meditation? Well. I was always really interested in Buddhism growing up. I'm not sure why I ski raised at a pretty high level from a young age and I've found that it was just something that I was already doing to clear my mind before competitions. But really what got me into it was when I started doing some more of the quote unquote extreme stuff and also finding my spiritual identity or just the way that I wanted to relate to life in the way that I wanted to find meaning for my own life and I'd heard a lot about meditation and I was dating a boyfriend that helped get me into it and that was about ten years ago. Would your practice look like now? Now, I have a lot of time that I spend on the road and I really liked to use APPs yeah I, really love your up. I also really love Waking Up Sam Harris's up I'm here. I mean he's really good friend and he's a great teacher. Yeah. Both of those are awesome nurtured head space but there's something about the APP that keeps me accountable I. Don't necessarily need it for today practice, but sometimes, it just has more accountability to make me sit down for at least ten minutes every day. But usually I like to do some different sort of breath work and. Short visualization stuff. You know that's really helpful like visualizations, a tool that I use both in my meditation practice when I'm trying to still the crazy chaotic water sometimes that life. Presents us with and you know visualization also like every day in my skiing practice when I'm trying to visualize my lines and stuff I take time in the morning to kind of run through the ideal scenario that my life would like that the run would look like and sometimes it's three minutes and ten minutes sometimes it's forty five, but it's just whatever I can make time for. Okay to use the term line. Yeah. So. What does that mean? So, align basically refers to the run that you ski down the mountain. So what I do is it's called big mountain skiing other people that aren't familiar think of it as extreme skiing, but they get dropped off in helicopters and it's up to us to choose the way down the mountain and. Everyone's second. I'm sorry to interrupt you because you're underplaying this I just watch the videos you you just like casually said, yeah we get dropped off in helicopters like it's no big deal. A helicopter takes you and put you on top of really stand place where nobody's supposed to be like don't even yaks of their. Whatever mount goes nothing. Is like the tip of a sort of a at the top of a mountain but it's kind of like a ridge. It's a running ridge and this line I saw you skiing they dump you out of a helicopter and you ski down and then like there's like a little avalanche following you and you're jumping off rocks. It's crazy. For you. I'm still here. Yes. Don't do it again we'll have to wait. I can't imagine how your parents feel watching this anyway. So you're saying line is they dropped off the helicopter and then you kind of it's actually not a straight line you're skiing down you have to ask you can't. It's not like a well groomed straight line course you're skiing around obstacles Yeah it's pretty challenging art to master because what we do is we fly into the basin of a mountain Rangers Cirque and then all the athletes stand at the bottom and we look up at the face right the mountain face and there's cliffs there's a little sub ridges. There's all these things that you kind of have to get image in your head of how you want to navigate through the obstacles and how you WanNa. Make your unexciting how you're GonNa manage what you just called the avalanche we call it Slough. It's loose moving snow that isn't technically an avalanche, but it can. Sweep you off your feet if you cross under it. So it's this whole navigational plan that you have to make in your head from the bottom. But then when you fly the top get dropped off on top a lot of times, there's blind rollovers you can't actually see the markers and so it's kind of this art form of piecing together. What you thought was that little cliff, the tip of that rock that should be really easy to identify and making share. You know you're fifty feet to the right of that and kind of doing that the hallway down it's yeah, it's exciting. That's one way to. I I watched a video of you and I recommend everybody watch these videos because it's. Just to say somebody. A big mountain skier or an extreme skier does it zero justice? You actually need to see it and we'll put in the show notes. I. Was watching a video of you and you can see exactly what you just described. You're standing there looking at the face of the mountain and you can tell your very concentrated. You're taking it in and it sounds like internally you're visualizing. Go, and then I saw you put abandon over your whole face. Was that part of Leser messing around. Okay. Happens more often than the visualization to be honest. But so you're looking you've been doing this long enough. You've been doing this a pretty a pretty small and you're looking at them. So you you're able to really take in what am I seeing here in is this feasible but then I've also read that you get in the helicopter to go do the thing and sometimes you just referenced it sometimes, you see oh that what looked like a little cliff is actually something different, i? Don't know if there is such thing as a little cliff but anyway and do you ever decide oh? No No, I'm not doing this thing. Yeah. I think that's also where meditation has really helped me because sometimes it's easy to let what you think. You're capable of or what you think. You can accomplish for that day get in the way of the reality of things you know maybe it's the conditions or maybe it's you're not firing on all cylinders or whatever, and being able to back down actually as. People ask you like what's your proudest moment you know and I would say it's times when I stepped away from stuff that I really wanted or knew I was capable of but had to have the self awareness to be like this isn't the day for it and you know we learned the hard way too. That's how you learn how to trust your intuition is. Follow it and things go wrong and then you're like Oh that's what that was trying to tell me
Meditation: Listening to our Life
"Today's meditation is on listening to our life. And you might listen to your body as you feel your way into the sitting posture. And make sure the two qualities really we look for an sitting is at I. Comfortable. In other words a sense of easiest. And also alert. Awake. You find yourself settling in your posture. Literally is closed or partly closed. sear tension to primarily inwardly. Dan, breathing. Together, a long slow breath. So inhaling deeply filling the chest and lungs. Slow out breath. See if you can relax and let go with the out breath. Inhaling deeply again. A slow even out breath letting go. Letting go. Again, breathing in filling the CHASTA lungs. And with the out breath releasing. Relaxing letting, go. Then, allowing the breath to come back into its natural rhythm. Observing the BRAFF observing the body. Noticing if there's any areas of obvious tension or holding in your body. And take some rooms to give yourself that gift of letting go. If it's the shoulders. Since the possibility of relaxing them back down some. Softening. Letting whatever tightness or tension might be there flowed a bit in awareness. It helps to make sure the Hams arresting in a soft easy relaxed way. Let the chest. Be. Open. In. The belly soft loosening relaxing. Continuing to scan your body incense anywhere else that might WANNA. Let go a little. In widening the attention. Listening to the sounds that are here. You can listen not just with your ears. But with your whole awareness. Receiving the close in sounds. Like the sounds of these were. The sound that are in the room. And the space you're in? Spaces between the sounds. including the more distant sounds. Receptive. To the most distant sound you can perceive. Sensing the boundless awareness. That includes even the most distant town. Relaxing back into this openness. Simply listening.
Reflecting on Your Life, meditation with Sebene Selassie
"Hi. This is Ebony. As it three time cancer survivor I've come to appreciate both the blessings and challenges of my life. How it's all contributed to the happiness and well-being I have in this moment. And this meditation you'll be reflecting on your life as a way to cultivate appreciation for the particular roads you've traveled to get here. Let's begin. Find a comfortable seated posture. Your is can be open or closed. said. But make sure your back is not tight or rigid. Take a few moments to settle into your body. Connecting to the breath as a way to anchor and gather your attention. Let's spend some time reviewing your life starting with childhood. Bring to mind a happy memory from when you were a kid. We all have them even if for some of us, they're harder to remember. Try and connect to where when and how it occurred. See, if you can elicit all the sensory recollections of this happy memory. That's just one moment in entire childhood of sensory memories. All the childhood experiences that got you here. Now, let's move onto adolescence. Can you remember the energy of that time? Perhaps. They were insecurities or maybe hope about the future. Neither or both. Bring to mind a memory of a challenge from adolescence. Nothing. Traumatic that something you now see with some more perspective. Can you remember how this challenge made you feel? All these moments from adolescence have gotten you to where you are today. Perhaps, you can even appreciate them. Now, let's move onto current adult life. Everyone has a mixture of happiness and unhappiness in daily life. Is there a particular challenge that you're having a hard time accepting right now? Keep. This particular challenge in mind and take a few moments to settle into an awareness of the body. Just notice what's going on for you internally. Breathing in. Breathing out.
"This. Is Episode Two, thousand, Eighty, four of the daily Meditation podcast I'm Mary Mickley and I welcome you to the next to last episode of our series were exploring this week we're exploring an important theme. This is the theme of you sleeping while you've been exploring all week long a sleep formula. We've broken down the word formula which has seven letters and each day we've. Taken a letter and applied it to? A strategy for you to sleep better. So we started off with F., and we are now today at the letter l. And Represents laughter. All Week Long, you've gone through some tense. Emotional release. As you've explored a different meditation technique. To, help you. Manage your stress. And your emotions so you could sleep better. This is often the missing piece. For different recommendations to sleep better if you google. How to sleep better? You'll come across all these different lifestyle habits which are really powerful and can help you. By regardless of. How well. You set up your room to sleep better. How well you eat that day. The kind of movement you give yourself. All these things can help you. By. The key component to sleeping well, as long as you don't have. Anything medical going on. Is often how you manage Uri motions during the day. When you're stressed and tense throughout the day it really doesn't matter how comfortable your bad is at night. You're not likely to be able to sleep while. So, throughout this week you explored. How to release emotional stress and one of the best ways to do that. Is with a laughter. I always say that. It's good to have a meditation ritual that's a little rough around the edges and what I mean by that is don't be intimidated by your own meditation ritual try not to make it so precious that you can't live up to it. So if you find yourself meditating and a messy room noisy location. You're haggard and you're just. Really filling. Flustered Just know that that is often a perfect time to meditate. It's when your emotions are high high on stressed out distracted over wound emotions. And so when you sit down and allow your mind and body to calm down. If you said for. A few minutes that's great. You're still receiving benefits. You're going to want to sit longer and longer the more consistently use set for even a minute or two on a regular basis. You don't have to sit with your legs crossed on the floor on a meditation cushion with a candlelight and soft music every time you meditate. Meditate on the go doesn't have to be so. Perfect. I remember when my children were young and it was really difficult for me to find. The time or the space. To Meditate. So what I often did, as I, meditate as I waited for them at their different events. When I would sit in the car line that was really slow, and I would have to arrive to their school about half an hour early just to get a good place in the car line. I would meditate. I also would meditate when I would drop them off at their soccer practices. I would just maybe spend ten minutes or so in the car meditating, and then I would get out and watch their practice and it's not like I. got a really deep meditation but I definitely calmed my mind and body. and. The more you do this. The more you train your brain to be able to calm yourself. When you feel frazzled. And this will help you sleep better at night. Now for today. Your laughter. I recommend that you. Take some time today. I'm recording this Friday might be a different Danish listen to this. Do something that makes you laugh. Call, someone on the phone who makes you smile or? Watch a funny movie or read a funny book or listen to a funny podcast. Smile and release tension as you laugh. Laughter is good medicine. And when you do this on a regular basis, especially if you build it into your day. You're going to find that you start looking forward to these times of release. Where you're laughing.
Improve Your Sleep
"Hello the Shobra and this for tomorrow. Collection of actions you can do no during the same of disruption and crisis to make tomorrow better. Today I want you to take a moment to look at something simple and surprisingly powerful. Improving your sleep. You've probably heard that sleep remains a medical mystery. But there is no doubt from the research that eight to nine hours of deep restful sleep is essential to your health. Yet even in normal times, people still don't value sleep enough. Without the proper to sleep the risks mount for many conditions including depression and anxiety. So in this challenging time, it problem arises. How'd you get enough sleep when the troubling situation keeps you up at night? The answer is a consciously program. The. Full, giving you your homework for today. Let me outline the ground Ruth's of the kind sleep that helps prevent insomnia. Depression anxiety. Obesity. Die To. Diabetes. Loss of mental focus. Lured physical coordination and more. In general researchers, tell us to consider sleep the mastery bio rhythm of. whose effects are crucial to every aspect to will be. Careful critical facts I you should go to sleep as closely as possible the same time every night. And Rake up same time every morning. This induces the brain to have a normal sleep rhythm. Second. Don't force yourself into a baton, you aren't genetically designed for. People are naturally of morning larks. And don't pressure family members to adopt just sleep action if it isn't this. The. Sleep, should be deep. Ideally you want to be fast asleep quickly and then entered deep dream sleep. And finally, the grain is extremely sensitive to light and noise. Total darkness in total silence at the best for normal sleep the. Your homework follows from these fundamentals. I establishes said routine for bedtime and waking up. Next. Make you sleeping area totally dark Even. The light from a laptop bedside clock can fool your brain into waking up. And finally make your sleeping area as silent as possible. We, all need to approach sleep as nature's best preventive medicine. Lack of sleep is connected with depression and anxiety. But. The bigger picture is that every chemical level of the body goes out to balance when you're doing sleep Once society becomes attuned to the importance of sleep. There's another horizon which is sleep and awareness. When you are asleep, you're conscious experiences absent and yet metabolic sleep is an extremely active state. More and more it seems as if sleep is the body's most aware time resetting almost every process from detoxifying the brain to building solid. It sounds strange. But when you are asleep, you're in some ways at your most aware. Indian tradition of Yoga Sleep is your consciousness. The absence of experiences like removing deal that conceals a connection to the infinite field of consciousness. That is the basis of all existence. What this means for our Abd`Er life today is minimal at best. But there is a vast region of sadly experience to be explored. INTUITIONS HEIGHTENED SLEEP And so his creative inspiration. But now though the imperative is to pay more attention to good sleep in discussion crisis. Good sleep is into add on to our lives. It can impair many other elements of your life.
Bren Brown On The Power of Vulnerability
"Renee. I know that you have been Y'all eleven count countdown the days till Brunei. Literally on twitter all my twitter rotties here. Twitter by by quit, April. Rene Vulnerability A has. Ability She's really Dr Bernard Brown but we get to call her Brunette because we're that friendly. She is a professor at the University of Houston Grad School and has spent the past decade studying vulnerability studying courage studying worthiness and shame, and she's also the author of daring greatly. Now. Talked about the book as much as we hear to talk about you all now I know a lot of you saw our two thousand ten Ted talk on the power. Vulnerability. You're among the ten million views and counting for that Ted talk, and she has over two hundred thousand devoted followers on facebook and twitter not bad for a girl from ticks. People have been telling me tweeting me you gotta meet Brown and we finally met a few months ago and we just click we're sisters. We're lost sisters and she introduced us to the notion of daring greatly and I was like yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. Could not agree more life is about showing up you say and being seen and daring greatly is the guide for tonight's class teaching us how to bring in everything we've been craving. More. Of everything in our is more joy more trust more intimacy, more empathy, more innovation and creativity. So tell everybody what daring greatly means. Okay. So we asked the life class community to fill in the blanks for US vulnerability. What does vulnerability feel like? Can we see this answer? I grew up thinking vulnerability So vulnerability feels like. Being, helpless. Embarrassed being a small child a lump in your throat emptiness allowing people to judge you letting go the life preserver your first kiss your first kiss everybody remembers that. and. So one of the things I think I've learned the most that was so powerful for me is learning for the first time in my life at forty seven that it is possible to be. Afraid and courageous and the exact same moment bow like i. always grew up believing you're either brave or you're afraid you're either courageous are you were fearful and I think the truth is that most of us are brave and afraid every minute of the day at the exact same time. and to me, that's what daring greatly is. And the truth was that. Up until the Ted Talk I had engineer my career to be very small. Because everyone's sitting in here. Everyone watching. Has something can think of about themselves that would be so hurtful to hear someone else say about you. That, you'd risk anything you do anything to not make that happen like I would never want to hear someone say this about me, and so for me I had that list and in order never to hear those things, I kept my career really small. Then Ted happens and it gets out from underneath me. Then, you get ten million. I love it when she uses that voice. Say. It gives me goosebumps. It just comes over me I can't I know. It's awesome. So. There's like a week where I am everywhere in every magazine and every. News article. And, my husband and my therapist are like do not read the comments online. So I read all the. How many of you can resist show of hands? How many of you think you could resist I have learned to resist? He learns rivals twitter thugs. stugz. Fixing to set them straight. into. Two. Okay. So I read all the comments and on this one day I heard everything. I heard everything that I was afraid to hear my whole life that kept me small. I heard of course, embraces imperfection. What choice would you have if you look like her? She should wait and talk about worthiness when she loses fifteen pounds
Embrace Your Inner Witch
"So, Juliet, as it's a pleasure to have you on the podcast today. It's an honor to be here on your podcast. Super excited. Yeah. I'm really excited to to talk about your work and especially how meditation and mind set an intention ties into effective witchcraft I'm especially interested in that on this on this podcast it is a meditation podcast, but we we've you're out into other realms as well. Amazing and it is such a huge key in manifesting and weaving magic a Lotta people dismiss that part and wonder why what they want or the intentions they're setting aren't coming. True. So it's really important to of talk on this. Excellent. Excellent will we'll get into that for sure. So I want to start out with So I read both of your books, the witchery embraced the which within and the second book which is coming out in September plant witchery discover the sacred language wisdom and magic of two hundred plans are. In those in those books you you spent a fair bit of time actually in the beginning. Explain. What kept isn't Happiness free ourselves of sort of. That are preps not so helpful. So as you as you wrote, it's not about just waving a magic wand as in Harry Potter and we know that they're also are negative connotations even to the word witch, right so right at the start here, I thought it would be helpful. To ask you to to define or just speak briefly about a few terms that we're going to use straightaway. So we all have ground in in what witchcraft is. So can you tell me what you mean by which by spells? Potions and finally magic. So we might spend a little bit of time on this but these these terms I think are important that we're on the same page. Well. The importance of the word, which is that it's not what you think. It's not boxed into one thing on indigenous, which so I come from ancestors who were medicine people aman healers, and for us in our language Spanish it's Brouhaha it's different from English witch but through the generations colonization, the word which has become something now is evil or frowned upon or any woman or man who was able to. Connect with the Earth Spirit great spirit for that matter and divinity and manifesto beautiful life or manifesting into their into their world, and they were able to connect with other people and held a lot of wisdom people were scared of that in that was during all that colonization since our ancestors and people have had a bad taste in their mouth about who are on what they do when in fact. Is Brew has hose. Their medicine. People there. The light keeper's they're the ones who are truly connected to this earth into spirit and who want the best for all of us who want to manifest beautiful is enlightened love and he'll all of those shadows that we have within us in that inner child. So commercial things like movies especially, those are the things that really touched on more of a dark side of what magic or witches can be, and the truth is there is no light without darkness and we do acknowledged that there is a beautiful priority in there's a beautiful balance between light and darkness. Or light and shadow that make up an embody who we are as human beings on this earth and darkness is necessarily it's not necessarily a bad thing. It's where we keep our secret is where we keep our pain. It's where we keep our experiences that we learned from and are able to open up and shine that light that we have from divinity again, movies. Lots of religions and a lot of culture is a frown upon witches because they just don't understand that connection we have with spirit and within ourselves
MORNING MESSAGE | Its a Privilege
"What an extraordinary privilege it has to be alive in this moment. It is almost overwhelming. How carefully we have been chosen. To be awake and alive right now. I sit with you today my friend in Valley Forge Park where I am most mornings for a walk. Where I find so much inspiration from the natural world. The Woods in the grass and the birds. And it just struck me today. and. It has in the past but I don't think I've been able to verbalize it what a privilege. It is to be experiencing this massive massive change. In Our world. And the amazing thing is it's not just one of us. It is all of us. All of us are being stirred awake. All of us are being disrupted. Every single one of us. Has Been inconvenienced in. Some way. Of course, more some more than others. But in some way, inconvenienced world's changed routines completely thrown out. Own My. Gosh. And so I as I sit with this almost too big. Too Big a statement to really. Hold in my little being. As I, sit with this, I just. I. Just. I'm compelled. To. Commit myself. To not wasting time looking backward. To not wasting my time trying to make things the way they were. But to allow myself. To step forward. Step by step. On new ground. In. New Territory. In uncomfortable and unfamiliar. Realms of being. How you. Now, this may be like Cara. You're just a little too out there. And I know that sometimes I go. And I mean not make sense. But I, I have a feeling. That, if it's my soul speaking to me. I'm able to speak it then perhaps it will speak to your soul. Beneath Your Thinking right now. So, there it is. May We not look backwards? May We recognize the privilege of being alive right now. Maybe, we just hold that. For, whatever it means in this moment, put it in your pocket. and carry it with you into your day. And perhaps it'll. Whisper to you and your ear and make sense to you at some point today tomorrow next week next year. It's a privilege for to be experiencing the massive disruption of our collective consciousness if we hold on too tight to the way things were. We may miss the opportunity to express ourselves in our own unique way. Right now. And that expression comes through in an infinite number of ways. I can't tell you what your expression is. It could be just the way you drive your car and I seriously mean. To teach others how to be more mindful. It could be in the way that you that you. Run a meeting, it could be in the way that you care for your child. We each of us have a unique. Divine expression. A creative intelligence. That is just Poking at the. Door. and. So in this time at this time in this moment. Can you just sit with that and trust? Your expression is ready. It's ready to come out and if you been doing it, it's ready to come out even more even more boldly uniquely. Even more spontaneously as I spoke of yesterday. So recognized the privilege. The profound -ness of what we are living through. Check it out if you continue to turn backward. And try to put things in order the way they used to be there's no order. Allow yourself the freedom. And step into your courage. To Walk. Into the unknown uncertain unfamiliar. Territory.
How Not To Be Yanked Around By Your Emotions
"Alot this is Joseph in today's meditation we're going to be exploring the quality of equanimity. This equality of balance and impartiality in the mind. Only. Equanimity. There is an openness to all experience. That allows for wise discernment and appropriate responsiveness to various life situations. In beginning meditation. Settle into the awareness of your body posture. Said No, you're sitting. Might also become aware of different bodily sensations. Sometimes pleasant sometimes unpleasant. Open to the feeling of these concessions. You my note pressure attention or vibration. Heaviness lightness heat or cold. Simply. Be Aware of whatever sensation arises in the body that calls your attention. That becomes predominant in your experience. If different emotions of mind states become predominant. Become mindful of them. Boredom. Interest. Happiness sadness. Fear Love. Simply including all of these different emotions, online states. In the field of mindfulness in the field of awareness. As a way of strengthening the quality of equanimity. It's helpful to periodically check the attitude of the mind. We can do this by simply asking the question of ourselves. In this experience of the breath. Wasn't stations or emotion. What is the attitude of my mind in this moment? Is there wanting? Is Their version. is their expectation. Another way of strengthening and developing equanimity in on meditation. To notice, there's reactivity or non reactivity in the mind. As, we're feeling the breath or different sensations in the body. Or thoughts and emotions. Pay attention to other there's a reactive wanting or version to what's happening. Notice when the mind is in an open economists space. Of Non reactivity. Simply aware of whatever's rising with the pleasant or unpleasant to a neutral. and seeing how all experience as part of a passing show.