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Getting Focused

This week is directed toward calming the mind and doing just one thing at a time. The breath is your anchor this week. You can use it as an ally to quiet the mind, maintain presence and hold your attention on a single object.

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Mindfulness lets us see things in a new light and believe in the possibility of change.

Ellen J. Langer

Mindfulness

Monday

Just after waking up

Three Breaths

00:00 / 02:00

Just before practice

Curiosity

00:00 / 01:58

Just before sleep

Gratitude

00:00 / 01:51

On the one hand, we're teaching ourselves to surrender to the moment, to inspiration, to intuition, to imagination. On the other, a huge part of our day is about discovering and mastering the nuts-and-bolts mechanics of how to reproduce in the real world the stuff we have encountered in the sphere of the imagination.

Stephen Pressman

The Artist's Journey

Tuesday

Just after waking up

Watching Breath Cycles

00:00 / 02:01

Just before practice

Focus

00:00 / 01:57

Just before sleep

Awareness

00:00 / 02:01

The unknown is like a magnet that both attracts and repels. Fear and discomfort turn us back because we don't see a beaten path to lead us to our destination. An anticipation of reward pulls us forward toward the clues that one by one unveil the solution.

Todd Skinner

Beyond the Summit

Wednesday

Just after waking up

Box Breaths

00:00 / 01:59

Just before practice

Patience

00:00 / 01:33

Just before sleep

Motivation

00:00 / 01:50

Things of the conditioned world are constantly changing and are infinitely variable; they have different qualities, quantities, and positions in space. Our minds cannot handle such complexity, so we have to learn from simplicity. We study something as ordinary and seemingly insignificant as normal breathing.

Ajahn Sumedho

The Mind and the Way

Thursday

Just after waking up

Out breaths

00:00 / 02:00

Just before practice

Excellence

00:00 / 01:49

Just before sleep

Release

00:00 / 01:50

...forgiveness is fundamentally for your own sake, a way to carry the pain of the past no longer. The fate of the person who harmed you, whether they be alive or dead, does not matter nearly as much as what you carry in your heart.

Jack Kornfield

A Path With Heart

Friday

Just after waking up

Counting Breaths

00:00 / 02:00

Just before practice

Self-Kindness

00:00 / 01:58

Just before sleep

Forgiveness

00:00 / 02:00