Keeping to our dedication to National Meditation Month, this week’s Love Note introduces mantras and affirmations as simple tools to add to your meditation practice. What is a mantra? The translation of the Sanskrit word, mantra, is “instrument or tool of the mind.” Mantras are sacred sounds in the form of syllables, words, prayers, phrases, or hymns. They are commonly used in the practices of Hinduism and Buddhism, however, I believe we can use our own language, culture, or
I hope that you’ve taken a few moments each day to pause, breathe, and reflect as we celebrate in May, National Meditation Month. Today I’d like to share with you a simple meditation technique that I have used repeatedly for myself and have taught to many clients. It’s called the 16-Second Breath and it was popularized by spiritual guru, davidji. The 16-second breath is a simple meditation technique to support you in slowing down your breath, your nervous system, and your hea
I hope you’re all enjoying the spirit of this time of year, a season of fresh starts and new beginnings, as well as reveling in the beauty of the cherry blossoms, budding flowers, and spring showers. This month we’re celebrating Mother’s Day, Cinco De Mayo, and Memorial Day. But did you know that we’re also celebrating National Meditation Month? That’s right…an entire month dedicated to one of my favorite practices and one of the most ancient spiritual practices in the world.
When I was 32, I tried to commit suicide. That is a shocking and almost unbelievable statement for someone who feels so happy, self-realized and fulfilled, twenty years after my darkest night of the soul. As millions of women in this world, I was raised to be the wife of a husband and the mother of a family. My rancid traditional conditioning led me to believe that my main purpose in life was to serve and care for all those I loved, without including myself on that list. Afte