Begin the practice of gratitude by feeling how year after year you have cared for your own life. Now let yourself begin to acknowledge all that has supported you in this care. And Just as we are grateful for our blessings, so we can be grateful for the blessings of others
How do we relate to people who are wildly different? In truth, we have more in common than not. When we can see one another with the heart and eyes of wisdom, we’re reminded that there is something bigger than all our ideas.
Envision a field of goodness—there are a billion acts of goodness happening in the world right now by parents, children, friends, teachers, nurses, doctors, artists, cooks, healers—so many of us tending one another with love.
During these challenging times it’s important to steady our hearts so we can tend ourselves and then respond and tend the world around us from a place of a wiser, more peaceful heart.
Do this grounding practice for 3-5 minutes at different times of the day to steady yourself. With each breath, exhale tension. Let yourself imagine that you have roots that go deep into the soil of the earth, to steady and nurture you. If images...
Meditation is a deep listening with the body, heart and mind to find a graciousness, wisdom, and ease amidst all the change around us. Invite a sense of calm and steadiness with each breath. You are the loving awareness that is tuning in. What does your heart most want you to remember, care for, tend?
This meditation is for calming your heart and mind. Steady yourself by relaxing into the breath. When your breath becomes soft, let your attention become gentle and careful, as soft as the breath itself. You will find awareness of the breath helping to steady and quiet your whole body and mind.
Equanimity is often taught as a complement to the practices of lovingkindness and compassion because it’s understood in Buddhist psychology that if we only practice lovingkindness and compassion, we can mistakenly get attached to the way we think things are supposed to be.
Compassion is the tenderness of the heart when it encounters suffering. For the circle of compassion to flow it requires the care of those suffering around you but that circle must include one other being–yourself.
This healing meditation includes some guided imagery and visualization.
This is a guided, healing energy meditation and metta (lovingkindness) practice. However difficult the times, suffering is not the end of the story—love is. May your spirit be strong. May you be safe and protected. May you be filled with deep...
This talk & meditation addresses heightened anxiety & isolation due to the COVID–19 heath crisis.
Join me and Trudy Goodman for powerful and caring ways to tend the mind and body, and steady the heart in this uncertain time.
Video Series: Awakening Presence & Love During This Time of Global Crisis with Jack Kornfield & Tara Brach
If ever there’s been a time for us to nourish our connection with each other and to explore the ways we can deepen our love and presence, this is it.
During times of difficulty, it is crucial to find ways to steady the heart, to connect compassionately with ourselves and with each other.
You might also like: A Steady Heart in the Time of Coronavirus #1 Visit the Pandemic Resources page on my website for meditations & other materials.
This 13-minute practice is a way to hold yourself and all those around you in a heart of compassion.Visit the Pandemic Resources page on my website for meditations & other materials.
Here is a 13-minute practice to steady your heart in the time of coronavirus. You might also like: A Steady Heart in the Time of Coronavirus #2 Visit the Pandemic Resources page on my website for meditations & other materials.
If you think you’re enlightened, go spend a week with your family. —Ram Dass In Buddhist monasteries when conflict arises, the monks and nuns are encouraged to undertake a formal practice of reconciliation. They begin with this simple...
The art of living wisely requires us to learn to let go. But how can we do so? Sometimes we need more love or forgiveness. This teaching and meditation will help show the way. Letting go does not mean losing the knowledge we have gained from the...
How can we move through our difficult situations with wisdom and graciousness? This meditation, one of my favorites, shows us how to do so in illuminating, empowering ways. It is almost always helpful.Visit the Pandemic Resources page on my website...
In this guided meditation, we will explore how to transform the difficult emotions that arise in our lives. Practicing with the power of loving awareness and interested attention to these intense states in body and heart, we can create a field of...
Remember, wherever you are, spaciousness is always available. We know this, but we often forget. Yet spaciousness is not far away. With this simple meditation we are invited to allow the deep spaciousness of loving awareness to arise.
Eternity is always here. It is always Now. In this simple meditation, we are invited to become "The One Who Knows," the spacious witness to all things. We can take a breath, come to rest, step outside of time, let go of making and doing and...
“Enlightenment is one with the trusting heart.”- Zen proverb You can learn to trust the big picture, you can learn to trust your inner knowing, you can be inspired by trust. These simple meditations invite you to find in yourself a trusting...
Waves arise naturally on the surface of the vast ocean without troubling its depth. This meditation is an invitation to make your mind like the vast ocean.
If there is one thing this world needs, it is more compassion. With tenderness and courage we can learn compassion for ourselves and others.
We are always in transition, each new day is a rebirth. This pith instruction from the Tibetan Book of the Dead invites us to let go into our luminous true nature.
Peace is possible. We can step out of the struggle with ourselves, with our judgments and fears and inner conflicts. We can learn to live in peace and with a kind heart, without believing the reactive mind.
In this meditative practice, you will take time to reflect inwardly,with kindness and with courage, on how and when you are living true to yourself. When you live fully and honestly, it can change your life and all around you.
The gate to human well-being and transformation swings open when we practice living with a grateful heart. When we find gratitude, we find freedom and love. This teaching and meditation invites you to gratitude.
When great loss comes, the heart needs to grieve. We need to find a way to honor and tend our grief, to respect its deep feelings, its time and rhythms. This teaching and meditation can help.
The beautiful truth is that love can be awakened, cultivated, and invited to grow in our hearts. The practice of metta or lovingkindness taught here is a simple, timeless way to open the heart and to move through the world with a loving...
Sit comfortably for a few minutes, letting your body be at rest. Let your breathing be easy and natural. Bring your attention into the present, sit quietly, and notice whatever sensations are present in your body. In particular, be aware of any...
Meditation and reflections on the life and teachings of my teacher Ajahn Chah.
When you meditate, the game is to sit and let the mind quiet, tend the heart, and begin to listen to life itself. The question is not the future of humanity but the presence of eternity.
Having a hard day? Try this meditation and visualization. The compassion and clarity we seek is within us—it is our true nature.Visit the Pandemic Resources page on my website for meditations & other materials.
When after heavy rain the storm clouds disperse, is it not that they’ve wept themselves clear to the end? —Ghalib Grief is one of the heart’s natural responses to loss. When we grieve we allow ourselves to feel the truth of our pain, the...
Forgiveness is both necessary and possible. It is never too late to find forgiveness and start again. Buddhist psychology offers specific teachings and practices for redemption and the development of forgiveness. Like the practice of compassion,...