Meditation Quickens the Pace at Which We Are Able to Forgive and Let Go

Last weekend my husband and I were in Nantucket. Out to dinner at some bustling bistro in the downtown area. And we got into a tiff. And in the process some ancient wound that I hadn’t felt in a long time was reaggravated and I felt myself sink into a place of coldness and anger. …

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 …

Lovingkindness Meditation: Consider the Ancestors

There are many ways to practice loving kindness meditation. We can direct lovingkindness toward our loved ones, our enemies, the entire world. But vitally, we also direct lovingkindness to ourselves. It can be hard to access lovingkindness for ourselves, but I’ve found a way that’s been especially helpful for me: Imagine a loving being. It …