Mindfulness of Emotions – RAIN – Short

“RAIN” is a well-known meditation acronym that stands for Recognize, Accept, Investigate and Non-Identify. It’s a helpful way to explore – and, sometimes, process – any sensation, thought, or emotion. Even hard ones. The practice helps in a couple of ways. First, it boosts our emotional literacy. Instead of being lost inside a big reaction, … Continue reading “Mindfulness of Emotions – RAIN – Short”

Mindfulness of Urges

Psychologists use a version of this meditation to help people with their addictions, including our technology addictions. The idea is the faster we are at noticing our urges, the less likely we will be to helplessly act on them, and thus the more quickly they can pass, allowing us to reset.  It is extremely hard … Continue reading “Mindfulness of Urges”

Ten Good Breaths

This is a busy person’s meditation. Ten breaths. That’s it. A modest one-minute reset intended to take some of the wind out of the sails of whatever story line you’ve been racing around inside. The idea is simple: wherever you are, in any situation or mental state, count ten long, slow breaths. From the book Meditation … Continue reading “Ten Good Breaths”

Finding the Right Practice

This talk and meditation are a distillation of some of my core ideas about what meditation practice is, and how we can find the right practice for each of us: the right attitude, the right object, and even the right balance of stillness and movement / activity. It talks about the core skills of every successful practice and how to make sure they are activated in the meditation itself.