Foundations

Foundations

New to meditation? These brief tutorials explore the basics and address some common meditation myths.

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Foundations
  • What is Meditation?

    Today, we are going to talk about what meditation is. Meditation is a means of transforming, changing, or shifting your mind and it helps you better understand the way your mind works. You’ll start to know what kind of thoughts you think, which ones don't serve you well, and which ones are actual...

  • Don't Expect Your Thoughts to Stop

    Today, we are talking about the myth that our thoughts have to stop in meditation. The truth is, it's our mind's job to think thoughts—they won’t just magically stop during this time. So if a few seep in, that's perfectly normal.

  • How, Where, and When to Sit for Meditation

    Today, we are talking about ideal ways to sit for meditation, as well as when and where to meditate for optimal practice. Remember that meditation is a personal journey and you have to do what feels right for you. So use these tips as a guide to help you along in your practice.

  • The Chatty Mind Versus the Observing Mind

    Today, we are talking about the mind and how we make and manage our thoughts. Did you know that, on average, we think 60,000 thoughts a day? This translates to 35–42 thoughts a minute. That is a lot of thoughts to manage! Let’s talk about how we do that.

  • How to Take a Big Belly Breath

    Let’s learn how to take a deep belly breath. Deep belly breathing helps reduce stress and anxiety and gets more oxygen into our systems to help us focus during our meditations.

  • Meditation is a Personal Practice

    Let’s talk about meditation as a personal journey. Lean in to what feels best for you and use that as a guide. There is no right or wrong way to meditate. Simply taking the time to meditate and focus your mind is a great thing.

  • Our True Nature is Joy

    Let’s talk about true nature. We all came into the world as pure, peaceful beings with joyful, blissful, and happy true natures. This means we don’t need to find happiness somewhere out in the world because it’s already within us. Happiness is us.

  • What Happens to the Brain When We Meditate?

    Let’s talk about what happens to your brain in meditation. Did you know that after meditating for some time, your brain’s biological structure can shift in beneficial ways?