April 2020:  Meditating in the Time of Corona

April :: Week 1

Daily Sit :: April 2: Compassion: Ground, Breathe, Calm, Settle, Soothe


Ground... Breathe... Calm... Settle... Soothe




Daily Sit :: April 3: Beneficial Presence


ORIENT out of your own way of relating to the world and into a posture of a Beneficial Presence who is watching out for your wellbeing.




Daily Sit :: April 4: The Negativity Bias


NOTICE & NAME this habit of mind.





April :: Week 2

Daily Sit :: April 5: Practicing Equanimity


ORIENT towards equipoise in body and in heartmind. Feel for balance, feel for centeredness.




Daily Sit :: April 6: Creating a Nest


Infuse ATTENTION with INTEREST & CARE




Daily Sit :: April 7: Creating a Holding Environment


Set up the conditions for a space that feels holding inside. Empathetic attunement; how is the moment asking to be met.




Daily Sit :: April 8: Narrow and Soften the Focus


Keep it simple: minimize open awareness.




Daily Sit :: April 9: Befriending the Body


Let go of as much tension as is possible, many times during the day. Shake it off. That is a compassionate act.




Daily Sit :: April 10: Doing What Uplifts the Body


Engage in delightful activities.




Daily Sit :: April 11: Sati: Remembering to Bring Mindfulness to Mind


Take an ordinary mundane task and do as you normally would, then try doing it from a posture of mindful caring attention. See the difference for yourself!





April :: Week 3

Daily Sit :: April 12: Self Compassion


Reflecting on your fundamental goodness.




Daily Sit :: April 13: Check In. How Are You, Right Now?


Meet yourself as you are. Check in. How are you right now? Aim towards wellbeing. Adjust accordingly.




Daily Sit :: April 14: Permission to Savor


Lingering in wholesome mind states for 12 seconds




Daily Sit :: April 15: Let Go of the Story & Stress; Come Into the Present Moment


Notice the story. Take a breath. Let go of the story. Come back into the body, into the present moment. B-r- e- a-t- h- e, Let go of the stress. Come into the present moment.




Daily Sit :: April 16: Interest is the Mother of the Settled Mind


Practicing ‘as if’ the breath were compelling.




Daily Sit :: April 17: Be kind to the EYES!


Notice *reaching* out to SEE. Take a Breath. Settle back, settle down. Soften the gaze. Receive seeing. Less effort, more ease. TECHNICAL NOTE: The audio during this meditation is very faint between time mark 12:45 until time mark 24:39. It is recommended that you listen with headphones if possible. After 24:39, the audio is normal.




Daily Sit :: April 18: Imbuing the Atmosphere of Practice with Friendliness


‘Hey Buddy’ or ‘Hey My Darlin’, how is it going today?





April :: Week 4

Daily Sit :: April 19: Uplifting the Heart with Gratitude and Appreciation


Notice the ordinary blessings--health of body, heart and mind, the basic requisites for living; notice your own efforts to stay safe and keep others safe; notice other's efforts to support our wellbeing. Receive these blessings.




Daily Sit :: April 20: Inviting Wonder


We may not be able to be ‘a bride married to amazement, but let’s remember the ordinary miracle of being here when returning to the breath.




Daily Sit :: April 21: Befriending the Breath


Get to know the breath. Check in. How does it FEEL right now?




Daily Sit :: April 22: Happy Earth Day!


Appreciate our precious planet.




Daily Sit :: April 23: Blow Life Into Your Wind Instrument


This is a wind instrument we have here. Blow life into it! Who else is going to? Play with modulating the breath to bring body-heartmind into ease and harmony.




Daily Sit :: April 24: Tranquility Not Concentration


Calm leads to stability, not striving!
Stead and calm big emotions by narrowing or widening the aperture of attention.




Daily Sit :: April 25: Steadying and Calming Big Emotions


Narrow or widen the aperture of attention. What is needed? Adjust the view to support calming and steadying.





April :: Week 5

Daily Sit :: April 26: Abandon the Unwholesome Kindly


Don’t invite unwholesome mind states to the party!!




Daily Sit :: April 27: Invite the Wholesome and Keep it Around.


Keep wholesome mind states around for 12 seconds to rewire the brain. Savor the flavor!




Daily Sit :: April 28: Using Imagery to Lighten Up


Intentionally lighten and brighten the practice with imagery.




Daily Sit :: April 29: Notice Harsh Self-Talk


NOTICE it. NAME it; INTERRUPT it! Then, SOOTHE the upset.




Daily Sit :: April 30: Search for Delight


Taste the strawberry in front of you.





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