Today was the 21st day since I’ve made it a practice to start my day with meditation. I feel like I’ve made some progress. I’ve built up from about five minutes to going for 10 minutes. I have learned a lot from the practice, but obviously I am also now aware of what a novice I am at meditation. I plan to keep this up because while it takes just a short… Read More

Day 19 I realized the practical benefits of having a daily meditation practice today in a surprising way. I had a conflict with someone, where I thought perhaps they weren’t being totally fair. I ended up having a brief disagreement with this person: someone I respect, and afterwords realized that I had gone into the situation in the wrong way. The specifics aren’t important here. What I realized, thinking about it later… Read More

Day 15 & 16 (I usually try to avoid getting on the internet at all on Sundays, which is why I didn’t blog yesterday.) I found myself wondering what the brain chemistry is behind meditation. A quick search on the internet reveals a smattering of different articles, but nothing that clear cut. 1. The most straight forward research suggests that regular meditation raises serotonin levels. Serotonin is necessary to feeling stable and… Read More

Meditation day 13 “Sitting and breathing mindfully brings four important elements into our lives: peace, clarity, compassion, and courage. When we are peaceful and clear, we are inspired to be more compassionate. Compassion brings courage and courage brings true happiness. When you have great compassion in yourself, you have the capacity to act with courage. You have enough courage to look deeply at old habits, acknowledge fear, and make decisions that cut… Read More

Day 11 This morning meditation went really well. Too well! Let me explain what I mean. First of all why did it go well? I think because I took a little extra time to get set up. I did a few Sun Salutations and other yoga poses to get started, including a nice long head stand which is always great for clearing the morning cobwebs out of the brain. And then I… Read More