Return to the Breath

In our everyday lives, we spend so much of our waking hours running away from the present moment. We run around making ourselves busy, chasing whatever’s next. When we have a chance to stop this rushing and running, our thoughts are often consumed with fears about the future or regrets about the past.

The practice of conscious breathing is a way for us to stop running, quiet our minds for a moment, and fully inhabit the present moment with our body and mind. It can help bring us into a state of calm and ease, and leave us better equipped to face life’s circumstances as they arise rather than losing ourselves in constant worry about what *might* happen.

This brief meditation episode is highly influenced by Mindfulness of Breathing by Brother Phap Dung of Plum Village. Listen to meditations by Brother Phap Dung and others on the Plum Village Mobile App, available on iOS and Android.

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Polarization and Introduction to Metta

There’s no denying we live in a highly polarized political climate. Families and friends are splitting up over ideological differences. What can we do in the midst of these circumstances?

In this episode, we discuss polarization and the teaching of metta, or lovingkindness.

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Non-self and Emptiness

Have you ever been confused or puzzled by the mention of non-self or “no self?” What about the teaching of emptiness? The Quieted Mind’s first dharma talk of 2020 is up, and it is about non-self and emptiness. Check it out and share your thoughts in the comments!