With these basics, you’ll be certain to have a successful meditation. Photo by Daria Obymaha from Pexels As a society we’re so busy trying to accomplish and do things, we often forget or skip the fundamentals of stuff we’re working on. The same is true for meditation. My partner, Ula, kindly reminded me of this the other day. That said, I thought I’d quickly review some of the basics to consider before and while meditating to help cultivate a solid meditation practice. With t
The 10-day silent meditation course. Audio version of this post, plus meditation. While Vipassana has been taught for thousands of years, in the last 50 or so years it has slowly picked up greater global recognition. With this growing interest, I thought I’d write a concise summary for folks who may have heard about Vipassana, but hadn’t had time to do much research yet. “Vipassana means to see things as they really are.” Vipassana is a meditation technique rediscovered by Si
The sensation of no conflict,
A forest as it was designed,
A clear sky, on an empty beach. What I’m describing shouldn’t be mistaken as perfection.
No. It exists here. In between the bustling city streets,
And the quarreling remarks of companions. A long pause,
That tastes like vacation,
And looks like the quiet of a distant skyline.
That stillness. So still it’s easily missed,
And usually is.
This is where we are,
By our nature,
Out of balance. But while the
“That’s been one of my mantras — focus and simplicity. Simple can be harder than complex: You have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple. But it’s worth it in the end because once you get there, you can move mountains.” — Steve Jobs “Most people have no idea of the giant capacity we can immediately command when we focus all of our resources on mastering a single area of our lives.” — Tony Robbins Whether it is a business leader, pro athlete, artist and any
Last summer while at my second Vipassana course, I learned one of the most important lessons of my life. I was shown what compassion means.To be honest, I didn’t realize at the time how important of a lesson it would be or even adequately understood the concept, but since it is a rare day where the lesson doesn’t apply in my life.I now see compassion as central to bridging the divide that has occurred between countries, political parties, and down to our own families and frie
At the end of 2019, a friend suggested that I try to create some kind of holistic wellness program connected to New Year’s resolutions as a way of trying to share my passion.New Year’s is always a good period for people to try new things so I thought he might be right.With only a few weeks to create something, I rushed to come up with an idea for what I’d share and how I’d execute it. I had ideas like getting a temporary space for 30 days and sharing a different wellness prac
If I told you that you weren’t capable of playing tennis or writing a poem, no matter how hard you tried you’d likely tell me, “I’ll show you!” Now if I said the same thing about meditation, many people seem to be willing to resign to saying that they aren’t capable. Providing reasons like their mind being too busy or that they simply can’t sit still. While I don’t know the inner workings of anyone else’s mind, I’m pretty certain most people have very active minds and have a
As the New Year approaches, we often set resolutions in areas we’d like to improve or focus on. Considering the fact that sleep takes up a quarter of our day (and life), making sure to get good quality sleep is essential to achieving these resolutions and generally living a healthy and happy life. Below is a list of recommendations accumulated from various sleep experts. We’re all designed differently so I find experimenting on myself is the best way to determine what works b
Based on the data it is pretty clear that stress and anxiety issues are on the rise across America and other parts of the world. While both stress and anxiety are creations of our mind, we must find and share solutions to deal with this growing mental health epidemic. As someone who has personally dealt with anxiety most of my life, I have tried many things to help me find my own internal peace. Below are my favorite hacks to deal with our sometimes unfriendly mind. Don’t alw
Imagine your local Chipotle, Sweetgreen or deli around 12:30/1 pm Monday through Friday and the hundreds of people that grab lunch to go from these places each day with a bag for their burrito, salad bowl or sandwich. It’s estimated, that globally we use 1 TRILLION plastic bags a year. If you think about it, the life span of those bags is literally, 1–10 minutes. Max! The time it takes to walk or drive from the restaurant to the office. And why the bag? To be honest I don’t h
People often tell me before considering Vipassana or starting a regular meditation practice that they find it extremely difficult to meditate. Let’s be clear, I don’t know anyone who was born able to meditate (okay, I guess Gautama Buddha). Meditation isn’t a magical ability that some are born with and others not. Meditation is a skill, just like playing soccer, cooking, playing an instrument, or being a leader. It requires practice and proper training. While I have been medi
Friends often tell me when discussing Vipassana that they are scared of becoming “mute” to the world by meditating too much. If you are wondering why mute, meditation (broadly speaking) teaches people not to react to the emotions that they feel or notice. While this description is generally true, it is missing a few things. Firstly, the word “immediately” before “react” in the description. It’s not about not reacting; it’s about not having a “knee jerk” reaction to what we ex