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 care about their mental health, through the creative application of meditation and personal growth practices. I also teach people how to guide and share practices in community.
Forget dissolving my sense of being a separate self. I have two kids now. My boundaries are well and truly dissolved ("trampled" is probably more accurate). What I need now is stability and ground. I need good boundaries, not no boundaries. Here's a meditation to help with this - for everyone, especially parents!
Back in my twenties, I had this idea of living life like an adventure story. So I did. Until I realized the ratio of fun to struggle was moving in the wrong direction. The fun was getting briefer and more desperate; the challenges were getting longer and more all-encompassing.
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.
Healing and growth, self-regulation and self-understanding — these are too idiosyncratic, too personal, too fundamental to depend on specialists-only. We also need to depend on ourselves and one another. In my mind, nothing will accelerate this more than recasting “teaching” as a creative social activity that any informed person can engage in.
To commemorate the 10th anniversary of The Consciousness Explorers Club, my friend Andrea Cohen made this beautiful 2-minute animation. The CEC is dedicated to the playful exploration of meditation, in a way that empowers participants and communities to be their own teachers.
Fine piece in Mashable by Rebecca Ruiz, about how to make meditation practice more accessible to people with physical and mental disabilities.