DAY 3: Dr Elise Bialylew interviews ZINDEL SeGaL
In this video you’ll learn:
- The definition for mindfulness and how it can support improved mental health
- Latest research around the benefits of mindfulness for management of depression
- How mindfulness can help get out of the worry cycles and rumination
- How to work with two different brain pathways to help you stay more present and focussed
Guided Meditation For Setting Intention in Uncertain Times - 15 - 20 minutes
by Ethan Nichtern
N.B This meditation is a for our advanced return Mindful in May participants. It has more traditional Buddhist references. If you're a beginner try listening to the Body Scan Meditation - 10 mins By Elise Bialylew below.
Ethan Nichtern is a Buddhist teacher, and is the author of the acclaimed books The Road Home: A Contemporary Exploration of the Buddhist Path, and The Dharma of The Princess Bride: What The Coolest Fairy Tale of Our Time Can Teach Us About Buddhism and Relationships. He founded the Interdependence Project, a nonprofit organization dedicated to secular Buddhist practice and transformational activism and arts. For the past 18 years, Ethan has taught meditation and Buddhist psychology classes and workshops around New York City, North America and Europe.
Mindfulness Daily Tip
When starting meditation, many of us judge our practice based on how good or bad it feels in the moment. Joseph Goldstein, vipassana meditation teacher and co-founder of the Insight Meditation Society, has some wise words to offer on this:
"Our progress in meditation does not depend on the measure of pleasure or pain in our experience. Rather, the quality of our practice has to do with how open we are to whatever is there."
So today when you meditate, remember that a sign of a good meditation is simply that you were able to be aware of whatever was present – whether positive, negative or neutral. Over time, this builds your self awareness and is a vehicle to greater wisdom and clarity in life.
Mindfulness is a skill we can develop through meditation, but we can also strengthen our capacity to be more present by consciously bringing our attention to the body.
Today, check in with your body a few times throughout the day, and pay particular attention to any unnecessary tension you’re holding (particularly around the shoulders and neck). Actively relax and release it. If you like, set an alarm on your phone to remind you to do this at three separate times in your day.
If you are participating in our Facebook community, share your observations from today’s interview and let us know if you've meditated today. What was your biggest takeaway from today's interview with Jon Kabat-Zinn? One of my favourite quotes from his interview is:
“What we really need is a to-be list, not a to-do list.”
When sharing a post on Facebook or Instagram, use the hashtag #mindfulinmay so we can find you!
If you’re not on social media, perhaps you have a meditation buddy you can chat with about what you learned today, or write it down in your journal. We help lessons settle in deeper when we articulate them.
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