Compassion Meditation

Compassion Meditation

Meditation and Mindfulness
For someone to develop genuine compassion towards others, first he or she must have a basis upon which to cultivate compassion, and that basis is the ability to connect to one’s own feelings and to care for one’s own welfare... Caring for others requires caring for oneself. - Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama Three Minute Compassion Space by Susan Pollack  (Inspired by Zindel Segal and Chris Germer) Start by sitting comfortably, adopting a dignified posture. If it is comfortable, close your eyes. Noticing with Compassionate Awareness Ask yourself, what are you experiencing right now? Take a moment to notice the thoughts that are going through your mind. Greet them with kindness. What feelings are present? Turn toward any emotional discomfort, responding with compassionate attention. What body sensations do you…
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Research Project

Research Project

Connect To The Heart, Meditation and Mindfulness, Sacred Grief Notes
A study to measure the effectiveness of mindfulness as a coping tool for the grieving. Overview Grief affects us all. It is complex and can be debilitating to those who are going through the process. Moreover, grief can be cumulative. When we don't process the grief associated with one loss can be added to the grief of another loss and so on. Creating space for the allowance of people's grief is important in a therapeutic environment. Our grief needs to be witnessed, validated, and then we may be able to move through the experience of feeling into it. Normalizing grief and the wide range of individual responses (and non-adherence to the stages and timelines that have been suggested as normal) is so important for us individually and collectively as a…
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The FUNdamentals of Life: Building Better Habits

The FUNdamentals of Life: Building Better Habits

Habits, Meditation and Mindfulness
The Fundamentals I have followed the work of Brian Johnson for a decade now. And he uses the concept of the fundies or fundamentals, which I too belong strongly in. In fact, I had created a coaching program years ago called the FUNdamentals. 1. Eat Well 2. Sleep Well 3. Move It! 4. Focus 5. Enjoyment The first four are Brian's fundies, I added enjoyment as I believe joy is a fundamental part of living a good life. And a close #6 would be creativity. Having a creative outlet (in whatever forms that takes) is a healthy outlet (and stress management) in our lives. Look at the last week (month) of your life. How would you rate each of these factors on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5…
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Get Over the Busy Already! Perspective is everything.

Get Over the Busy Already! Perspective is everything.

Connect To The Heart, Meditation and Mindfulness
“On any one day you can massively change the direction of your life.” ~Jim Rohn I have written about perspective on many occasions and in different contexts. It was during a conversation recently that I considered how important our perspective is on the entirety of our life and emotional well-being. You can't just snap out of depression or anger or despair. These emotional settings take some time to amp up. But you can certainly help move away from these emotional settings based on what you choose to focus on and your perspective. Someone in my life is constantly in a state of stress and overwhelm. He complains about his job, how busy he is, and has a litany of complaints that are the focus and blame for him never having…
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