If you’re anything like me, you may sometimes have the best intentions of meditating, only to find yourself finding excuses to avoid sitting still.
Maybe it’s because the thought of slowing down makes your heart start to race with terror. Maybe it’s because you’d rather sit naked on the subway floor for an hour than sit with your own thoughts for even a minute.
Or maybe your lack of motivation stems from a list of can’ts—a sense that you can’t devote enough time to make it worthwhile, or you can’t do it consistently because some days are busier than others, or you can’t make the time for yourself because other people need you.
Whatever the case may be, if you’ve finally decided to create a consistent meditation practice, now is a great time to start, as you’ll have two amazing free resources to help you make it a habit.
Meditation 101 is a free virtual conference taking place between April 21st and 25th. Featuring interviews with thirty-two experts on meditation, mindfulness, psychology, and neuroscience, this online event will help you learn how to meditate to:
- Reduce stress, anxiety, and depression
- Sleep better
- Feel happier and more present
- Have more energy
- Transform yourself mentally, physically, and spiritually
Some of the experts include:
- Marianne Williamson, spiritual teacher and author of A Return to Love
- Rick Hanson, neuropsychologist and author of Buddha’s Brain
- Tommy Rosen, yoga teacher and addiction recovery expert
- Michael Beckwith, meditation teacher and author of 40 Day Mind Fast Soul Feast
- Stephen Cope, former director of the Kripalu Institute for Extraordinary Living
- Waylon Lewis, founder of elephantjournal.com
- Mallika Chopra, founder of intent.com
Each interview includes a guided meditation, so you can soak up all the information and then immediately reap the benefits of meditating.
Learn more about this event and get a free ticket to the conference, visit Meditation 101.
Mindful in May
If after participating in the Meditation 101 Conference you need some support to maintain your practice, Mindful in May can help.
This month-long event helps you clear your mind with meditation while providing clean water to those without.
Throughout the month, you’ll receive daily emails with resources and support to help you stick to a ten-minute-a-day meditation commitment.
You can either make a donation of any amount, or get sponsored by friends and family, to help raise money for Charity Water.
The program includes:
- Daily guidance through an e-course with clear, accessible tips on how to meditate
- Downloadable, weekly audio meditations
- Daily motivation and coaching to support your new mindful habit
- Exclusive video interviews with leading global mindfulness leaders from around the world
- A meditation journal to keep track of your month
- One month curation of inspiring content including video links, articles, and quotes to nourish your soul and introduce you to world leaders in wellbeing.
- Healthy, quick recipes that can support your wellness and inspire you to practise mindful eating
Join the Mindful in May challenge here.
Photo by Gabriel Rocha
About Lori Deschene
Lori Deschene is the founder of Tiny Buddha. She’s also the author of Tiny Buddha’s Gratitude Journal, Tiny Buddha's Worry Journal, and Tiny Buddha's Inner Strength Journal and co-founder of Recreate Your Life Story, an online course that helps you let go of the past and live a life you love. For daily wisdom, join the Tiny Buddha list here. You can also follow Tiny Buddha on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
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