I teach meditation. I co-wrote Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics, wrote The Head Trip, and founded The Consciousness Explorers Club. My mission is to empower people to take charge of their own mental health, through the creative application of meditation and personal growth practices. I also teach people how to guide and share practices in community.
Rhythm absorbs attention. It's an old trick – maybe the oldest. Rhythm of the drum, of moving bodies and moving breath. Of voices raised in unison. Find your rhythm. Build your practice. A survival tip for tough times.
What does the practice of dynamic care look like in real life? From protesting to sewing masks, from making documentary films to listening to records to exploring genealogy, in this article I showcase a range of creative practices, submitted by all of you. The community is the teacher.
Jeff and Dan talk all about the wide-world of practice beyond the meditation cushion, about what it means to be your own teacher and Jeff's idea of the different stage of practice that people all go through – regardless of their particular commitment.
There are no guidelines for how to manage the whole world shutting down at the same time. Studies on war and natural disasters don’t speak to the emotional toll of fighting an invisible enemy, one that lives inside ourselves and everyone we love. We’ve been asked to abandon closeness in favour of isolation and withdrawal. For many of us, the impacts have yet to arrive.
When you live on a ship at sea, everything gets amplified in the narrow interiors: ruminations, moods, behaviors. Enter COVID-19, and the fact that many of us are stuck inside. Ping ping ping, go the signals. I don’t know about you, but I’m starting to get a clear picture of what I’m comfortable with, and what I’m not.
Wherever we are on the mind-body roller-coaster, seated and calm, we can suddenly see it. We hadn’t noticed before, in our busyness. We thought life was just like that. But now we realize, actually, life isn’t like that. We’re like that.
An unexpected thing I’ve discovered about meditation – and practice in general – is that one of the best ways to deepen our practice is to share it. And I don’t mean just tell someone about it. I mean guide them in it.