Meditation for fidgety skeptics

“When you can have some distance from your repetitive grim thought patterns, your inner neurotic programs, then they don’t control you as much. That’s all that meditation is — a systematic waking up to this reality so that you can surf it rather than be drowned by it.” – Dan Harris

A friend just loaned me Dan Harris’ most recent book, Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics and I am loving it. Light, full of humour and humility — it’s a wonderfully accessible book for those interested in starting a daily meditation practice.

In the video below, Dan has a long and wide-ranging conversation with Rich Roll, on the power of meditation to live and be a little bit happier, tailored to the skeptics and those who mistakenly believe they can’t or don’t need to meditate.

 

Dan is the co-anchor of ABC News Nightline as well as the co-anchor of the weekend edition of Good Morning America. He is the author of the NYT bestseller 10% Happier and his newest book is 10% Happier: Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics.

Plus, there’s a 10% Happier Meditation app. Maybe it will be just the thing to get you sitting!

(via Rich Roll and Dan Harris)

Resting in love

When we meditate, we settle into stillness and meet our experience directly as it arises, moment by moment. When we notice suffering and struggle, we’re advised to ‘move closer’ to it, ‘explore’ it, ‘allow’ it. But what do we do when the pain we meet is too strong? In this short video, Tara Brach offers a nuanced alternative to working directly with pain.

 

 

“There are times that it’s not even wise or compassionate to be with pain at all…there are times when you’re in so much pain that it’s throwing you totally off balance and right into reactivity. And trying to be with it, is going to drive you more into being exhausted or uncomfortable.”

(via Tara Brach)

Love as a revolutionary act

“Forgiveness is not forgetting. Forgiveness is freedom from hate. Because when we are free from hate, we see the ones who hurt us not as monsters, but as people who themselves are wounded, who themselves feel threatened, who don’t know what else to do with their insecurity but to hurt us, to pull the trigger, or cast the boat, or pass the policy aimed at us. But if some of us begin to wonder about them, listen even to their stories, we learn that participation in oppression comes at a cost. It cuts them off from their own capacity to love.”

 

 

(via The Revolutionary Love Project)

Meditate + feel great!

Best new thing in my life? Yoga with Adriene! She’s wonderful! I’ve got my at home yoga practice off to fresh new year start with her TRUE: 30 Day Yoga Journey. Here’s my fav video so far:

The course is offered freely, and I would say jump in at Day 1 anytime – there’s no late to this party.

I love Adriene’s calm, centred, gentle approach, and am super grateful to have found such a great way to start 2018!

In her words: “Yoga is really the art of waking up. Getting back to the true you. It can be that simple. Yoga offers up a way for us to see a world that is working for you instead of against you.

(via Reddit)

Random act of lovingkindess

My heart opens when I watch this simple kindness unfold.

It’s when he goes back and gently places the hat on the man’s head that I see it is like the act of a mother caring for her child. One YouTube comment I came across reads ‘this man is surely going to heaven.’ But I think if we are this open and allow our natural innocence be our first response, this earth is heaven.

(via The Telegraph)

Let’s make happy

‘Let’s make happy’ is the slogan over at Mochimochi Land, where Anna Hrachovec, a knitter who lives in Chicago, showcases her original designs.

I love this joyful, sweet & funky video she made in collaboration with Maureen Boyle (music by William Steffey).

Don’t be ashamed if you, too, like cute things. Have you heard about the 2012 study conducted to examine the effects of viewing cute images on subsequent task performance? Basically it concluded that cute improves concentration. Which leads me to conclude that you should view adorable, sweet, heart-warming things before you sit on your meditation seat.

(via Mochimochi Land on Facebook)

 

Mindfulness is a superpower

Another sweetly animated and succinct mindfulness video narrated by Dan Harris, the practically-minded author of the New York Times bestseller 10% Happier.

“Mindfulness is not going to solve all your problems. It’s not going to render your life a non-stop parade of unicorns and rainbows. Nonetheless, this is a superpower. And one that is accessible by you immediately.”

I sure do share Dan’s view on the future of mindfulness and meditation:

“It’s going to join the pantheon of no-brainers like brushing your teeth, eating well and taking the meds your doctor prescribed for you.”

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If you missed it, enjoy Dan’s and animator Katy Davis’s: Meditation 101: A Beginner’s Guide

(via happify.com, video animated by Katy Davis gobblynne.com)