Free Meditation and Yoga Resources

“When you meditate you are not required to erase all thought, or see the clear light, or have a big revelation about the meaning of life. All you have to do is relax and sit with a straight spine so that your breath is unimpeded. Breathe slowly, following the breath with your attention. Notice any thoughts or emotions or sensations which arise. Try not to chase after them or reject them—but if you do, that’s not a problem as long as you remain aware of what you’re doing….The problem comes from lack of awareness, from unconscious fixation and attachment, not from the thoughts or emotions themselves. As long as you’re alive, you’ll have thoughts and emotions. But as soon as you identify them without resistance, they dissolve. Just be aware—without forcing anything, without keeping score—of what your mind is doing, of where your attention is going. That’s meditation.” ~Michael Brownstein

 
 

INSITE TIMER

Download the 17 minute “perfect daily meditation” on the Insite Timer meditation app. I am always happy to receive donations. [ link ]

 
 
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MEDITATION BASICS DOWNLOAD

I recommend initially learning from a qualified instructor - someone who has held a long and consistent meditation practice. It’s also beneficial to find a supportive community. (Seasonally I hold group meditation sessions - visit my calendar here.) I made this PDF to help you on your journey.  [ link ]

 

Worthwhile Reading

 

BEFORE WE REINVENT THE ECONOMY WE MUST REINVENT OURSELVES

I urge you to read this article. “To transform our inner nature, it’s not enough we shift our mind-set; we must shift our consciousness. We must come out of our unconscious mode of existence and become more conscious in how we produce, consume, work, relate, and live.”   [ link ]

 
 

THE UNBEARABLE IRONY OF MEDITATION APPS

Funny and enlightening article from Wired Magazine [ link ]

 

THE MINDFULNESS CONSPIRACY

A study of how mindfulness has been coopted by mainstream culture. [ link ]

 

MEDITATION AS A SUBVERSIVE ACTIVITY

“In Tibetan Buddhism there’s something called idiot compassion which says that you must never allow your compassion to make you a victim….Once you’ve liberated yourself from reactivity, once you’re able to separate yourself from your emotions and watch them come and go like clouds in the sky, you discover your fearlessness.” [ link ]

 
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SURPRISING lINK BETWEEN URBAN NATURE and HUMAN WELL BEING

Human health and earth’s health is inextricably linked. An eye opening interview that makes a case for spending everyday time with nature, and ideas for prioritizing access to natural spaces through business, organizations and institutions . “We have found that having contact with nature in the everyday environment is just as important as making special trips to more iconic natural locations.” [ link ]

 
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YOGA PHILOSOPHY for WESTERN YOGA TEACHERS

This may feel like new territory for many Western yoga teachers. It places yoga philosophy in context of systemic, cultural and societal issues. It asks us to see things from the non-dominant culture’s perspective, and outside of capitalism. [ link ]

 

ANTI-RACIST RESOURCES

resources to those interested in receiving and sharing information that can serve to help the people of our country heal from centuries of racism. [ link ]