Meditating Mama: 100 Days!

Mama Meditation

For 1 month about 10 years ago, I had a daily meditation practice. It was required as part of my yoga teacher training, and though I didn’t mind it, it didn’t do much for me at the time. We sat every morning, and truthfully, I dozed through a lot of those sits. The room was warm, it was early, I got drowsy and dreamy and a little slumpy in my seat. Mostly, I felt I should meditate, but guilt has never been a huge motivator for me. And so, I didn’t. Nearly a decade later, I have a marriage, two kids, and all the stuff that comes with a life full of relationships and responsibilities. And … [Read more...]

How to Meditate

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My friend Laura visited for a couple days this week, and she reminded me of something I experienced a few months ago: Meditation practice is simple. I got that message from Zen priest Karen Maezen Miller, too, in her blog post “A Glimpse of Mindfulness.” Laura said she’s been meditating for about 15 minutes each day, and lately, she’s noticed that she’s longing for even more time in meditation. That was all the reminder I needed. A few months ago, I set a pretty-sounding alarm on my phone for just 5 minutes. I put my bum in a chair, feet on the floor, my hands in my lap, my spine up … [Read more...]