Often when teaching yoga or breathing meditation, students approach with questions on “being good” (or bad) at meditation. How do I get better at it? seems to be the general theme. It’s a tough question to field, because, the truth is that there’s nothing to get “better at” or “be good at.” That’s the whole point of breathing meditation. It’s a simple act of being present. Probably for the first time our day or perhaps lives, we don’t have to do anything. We just be.
For the first time in my life, I experienced 10 days of silence and meditation. I attended a 10-day vipassana meditation retreat at the Miguel Pereira vipassana center, Dhamma Santi, just outside of Rio de Janeiro. My days were meditate, eat, meditate, eat, meditate, sleep, repeat.
For those of you who know me personally, also know that I like to talk and share stories, so I thought 10 days of silence would be the toughest part. However, the silence was easy and beautiful. Of course, not talking to your roommate whose name you don’t yet know or to say excuse me, sorry, thank you, or bless you was a bit strange. The common social norms in society through the power of speech were set aside for a greater experience. So one would imagine life would be pretty quiet and boring, but no, life is quite loud and interesting. Here are ten takeaways from these 10 days of silence and meditation. more “10 insights from 10 days of silence and meditation”
After more than a year traveling through Asia and South America, I’m finally coming back home — California! It’s been well-overdue, and I’m super excited to visit family and friends. For those of you following this blog, you know that I’ve had quite a lot of interesting experiences from surviving Earthquakes and supporting victims to teaching yoga in Indonesia and Thailand to volunteering with people suffering from addiction and burnout to seeking my own ground in meditation and yoga.
In efforts to share these experiences, knowledge, and philosophy, I’m hosting my very first meditation and yoga workshop tour in Los Angeles and San Francisco. For each city, there will be two workshops, one focused on meditation and the other focused on yoga. But before I get into all of those details, I’d like to tell you a little bit about Meditation and Yoga.
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It’s all too easy to slip up and fall into a negative pattern and to ignore body signals, and other physical cues that let you know something is, well, off. I know I’m quite prone to thinking negatively, and one of the best gifts I gave to myself was the belief that I could change this pattern. I can be a positive person, and it won’t be too cheesy. This became a mindfulness practice in the power of belief.
In a previous post, I talked about how changing your words can change your world. This post is an elaboration on how to do it and why it’s so important. more “Mindfulness practice in the power of belief”
For the whole month of February I took part in a meditation challenge: #monthofmeditation, where everyday I sat and meditated for 5-15 minutes. Over the years, I’ve developed my own meditation practice, and much like meditation itself, I’d leave it and come back. So I thought that this would be a good way to bring consistency back to my practice.
There are many things in life that we cannot control. However, we often forget that there are a lot of things we can control. Coincidence is one of them, and you can attract positive coincidence to your life.
We define coincidence as an accidental sequence of events that appear to have been planned. There is, however, another definition: the state of occupying the same relative position or space. This second definition may be more prescriptive, but it is much more interesting. Occupying the same space or relative position indicates that a coincidence is more or less planned. It coincides with our current state and our beliefs in that state.
Since I left my nestled home of San Francisco, one point became abundantly clear: every morning I have a choice. Right now my choice of “what to do today” seems a lot more mystical and vague, simply because I can go anywhere and do anything. The power of choice in of itself is daunting. I used to always say, “When I have more time I’ll do…” Now I have created that space and have that time, and I must remember what to fill it with.
Choice is something powerful and something we often take for granted. more “The power of choice and how to use it to your advantage”
Taking meditation and yoga classes in Ubud is easy, available, and relatively affordable. As I mentioned before in my last post, I’ve taken it upon myself to explore new types of meditation and yoga. I’ve previously found one that works for me, which is the moving meditation of yoga, particularly ashtanga vinyasa. Still, I believe in exploring and understanding other types as long as I find them interesting. more “Taking meditation and yoga classes in Ubud”