Love Letter to the Breath, and a Guided Meditation

Often we can find ourselves striving to “get meditation right”. Ironically this can get in the way of being able to truly engage. Bringing the qualities of love into our mindfulness meditation practice is one way we can generate ease and fully open to the aliveness of the present moment. This post is an invitation to fall in love with the breath. Bringing our attention to the breathing with curiosity and friendliness, we get to really honour where we are and what is happening for us right now. Through this generous and friendly mindful awareness, we can give ourselves a break and be a true friend to ourselves. Not only can this increase the ease and enjoyment of our meditation practice, there are also benefits for our health, and stress resilience. Scroll to the bottom for a guided mindfulness of breathing meditation.

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Learning to Stay. Or, Excuses to Put My Dog on the Internet

In mindfulness meditation, we learn how to stay present with ourselves, even in the face of discomfort, when we normally automatically reach for our favoured ways of tuning out. But cutting ourselves off from parts of our experience can leave us shut down, rigidly trapped in a tight comfort zone. We can mistake comfort for happiness, becoming afraid of opening our hearts and fully engaging with the vibrant, varied life that is here. In learning to stay, we can learn to truly be there for ourselves, like a good friend who cares for you even when you're grumpy, tired, worried,  or sick. Also, Luna's internet debut!

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