Dreamy Waterfall

Guess How Many Thoughts You Have In a Minute?

The average person has 50 thoughts per minute!! Just notice the wondrous waterfall of your mind tirelessly generating thoughts just as effortlessly as your heart pumps blood — moment after moment after moment. This video “What Your Body Does in 30 Seconds” is an astounding overview of what’s happening inside you. Do not be dismayed…

Flor

Put a Trance on Me

Meditating and being in a trance are related states.In both meditation and trance, you: -Close your eyes -Still your body -Don’t do anything else -Cultivate focus When we meditate, we do one thing with all our mental ability and naturally enter a trance state during which many beneficial changes take place in our bodies: our…

Slumber

Feeling Drowsy zzzzzzzzzzz?

Alice enjoys meditating in the evenings, but is often beset by sleepiness. This is one of the most common challenges of meditation, often called a hindrance in Buddhist teaching. Here are 5 tips on how to deal with drowsiness during your meditation practice: 1) Sit up straight, so that your back is not supported by…

Afternoon Tea

Guilt-Tea

I like to break up the work day by having a cup of tea in the afternoon, around 3pm. It’s a real treat and the little ritual of boiling and brewing is an opportunity to practice a few minutes of mindfulness. Plastic baggies of different organic black teas (Earl Grey, English Breakfast, Darjeeling) from the…

Mike and Casey

Beginner’s Mind

Welcome! Yesterday, 2 friends asked for tips on how to start meditating. Meditation is a simple and easy practice. The purpose of meditation is to cultivate a calm and happy mind. Here’s how to get started: -sit comfortably in a chair -feet resting on the floor -hands gently on your thighs -close your eyes -with…

Clover Blossom in Grass

What Does ‘Pismire’ Mean?

One of the ways I meditate is to look up words I don’t know. The word ‘pismire‘ appears in Walt Whitman’s eternal shocker Leaves of Grass (that link includes the full text of the poem). Pismire means ‘ant’ and the etymology comes from Middle English pisse (meaning urine) + mire (meaning ‘ant,’ likely Old Norse).…