Stop Telling Me My Meditation Practice is the Same as Brushing My Teeth

How many times have we heard this: “You want to get your meditation practice to be so part of your routine, that it’s just like brushing your teeth!” But it's not like brushing your teeth. We don’t brush our teeth for 20 minutes at a time. Let’s not minimize what we’re doing here. I also …

You Can’t Change Your Thoughts

There’s this advice I see popping up on the internet along the lines of “think positive thoughts” but also “don’t think negative thoughts.” I think this really oversimplifies our reality. While we may have some ability to change our thoughts, or stop thinking certain thoughts, that’s a pretty advanced situation. Our thoughts are the results …

Meditation Practice: What Do We Mean When We Say Practice “Without Judgment”?

Mindfulness. Sometimes defined as paying attention, on purpose, without judgment. Without judgment. There are so many layers to this part of the equation. This often repeated instruction comes to mind: “if your mind wanders, come back to the breath without judgment.” i.e. don’t beat yourself up for your wandering mind. Just come back to the …