Allow yourself to simply be in this moment. Do a body scan and release tension, if you notice any. Take three deep breaths and embrace the present. See if you can infuse your day with the awareness that this moment has brought.
In 1993, my first year at Georgetown University, I realized that, although I knew how to get an A, I knew little about how to be comfortable, relaxed, and happy. I wanted to feel more at ease. I wanted to feel more loving and free-spirited. So I decided to do experiments in order to learn [...]
by Jonathan Foust (Sudhir) When I’m sitting with a group of people who are brand-new to meditation, I ask them to close their eyes and call out words that come to mind when they think of meditating. Often they come up with words like bliss, ecstasy, no thoughts. And then there’s one person in the [...]
I’m a very grounded person. People use that word to describe me all the time. I’m down-to-earth, practical, not easily swayed by trends. I have a strong sense of self. While I appreciate my inner sturdiness, I know that my spiritual muscles, so to speak, are weaker. I don’t feel a strong connection to that [...]
“Feelings come and go like clouds in a windy sky. Conscious breathing is my anchor.” ―Thich Nhat Hạnh, Stepping into Freedom: Rules of Monastic Practice for Novices Yogic breathing is a fundamental practice in the study of yoga. As one of the limbs of Patanjali’s eight-limbed path, yogic breathing, or pranayama, is defined as the [...]
A couple of days ago, I embarked on yet another major life change. I left Los Angeles, where I’ve been living for the last two and a half years, and returned to the Boston area. Though I’m coming back to a familiar place, I’m not sure how I’m going to support myself here. As a [...]
The temperature was only 39 degrees this morning, the lowest it’s been in months. Walking the dogs at 6:00 am, I huddled into my insufficient fleece jacket, hands punched deep in my pockets. Where were my gloves? Scarf? Hat? It seems like only a few minutes ago that I put all those wintry things away. [...]