Author Archive | Rob Bonstin

Loving Kindness

Practicing loving kindness and compassion in meditation is one of the cornerstones to the Theravada school of Buddhism. A famous quote by The 14th Dalai Lama is “My religion is simple, my religion is kindness”. In the practice of Buddhism, Read More

Working With Emotions

Working with emotions for me can be challenging while meditating. As I indicated yesterday, strong emotions don’t tend to show up for me while meditating. They are most powerful in the moments I’m feeling them. I do try to work Read More

Difficult Thoughts

When difficult thoughts arise, it’s more of a challenge than anything to keep from letting them pull you away from practice. It’s hard enough just to stay focused but when anger or fear arises it feels nearly impossible. So what Read More

Day 17: Challenging Emotions

One of the main reasons I began a daily meditation practice and what mindfulness helps me quite a bit with is anxiety. Like a lot of people, I have some anxiety surrounding certain situations. Namely for me these anxiety-inducing situations Read More

Washing Dishes

This morning I emptied the dish washer and cleaned up the dishes mindfully. It was a challenge to be sure but when I found myself drifting into thoughts I just noted them and returned my attention to the dishes. With Read More

Day 13: Drinking Tea

I lifted the cup to my lips. Noticed the warmth and heat of the cup and the steam rising from the light colored liquid. I took a sip. The flavor of lemon was immediate but not too strong. The lemon Read More

Day 12: Mindful Eating

This morning I got up early and went downstairs to fix myself breakfast before the rest of the house woke. I quickly and quietly made and ate breakfast. Completely hurried and distracted. So when I started today’s meditation I imagined Read More

Day 11: Walking

Today returns us to a walking meditation. This time is a more global approach as we soften our gaze and notice the sensations of our whole body as we walk. Just noting our steps without judgement. Lifting, placing, lifting, placing. Read More

Day 10: Body Scan

The Body Scan meditation technique is an excellent way to get reacquainted with our physical selves and relax into meditation. It can help keep oneself mindful of everything that’s going on and note areas that may be tense without us Read More

May all beings be happy ♡