Despite popular belief, the goal of meditation is not to clear the mind. Surprised? I can't tell you how many times I've been asked about meditation and people say, "I could never do it, because I could never erase my mind." Obviously! I don't think it's humanly possible to clear your mind, which is good news, because meditation then, may just be for you.
Isn't it funny how our calendars fill up like crazy during the holidays? It's not even Thanksgiving yet and the season is already in full swing, which for me provokes a great deal of anxiety. Already on our calendar are attending family dinners and parties, jazz concerts, the NYC Ballet's performance of The Nutcracker, and this year Joe and I are looking to move apartments in December too, which just adds to the craziness. With what feels like a suffocating calendar full of fun events, the only way I can truly enjoy the season is by focusing on the moment and calming my anxiety. Here's a easy breathing meditation from Dr. Andrew Weil that I incorporate into my day. Hope it helps you, too!
Social media doesn't destroy our psyche all the time. In fact, there are apps that can help you fit a mediation session into your busy schedule. Many people are hesitant to give meditation a try, so apps provide opportunity for individuals to discover the power of meditation on their own. Here's a list of some of the hottest meditation apps right now to discover which one is best for you...
When I was invited to sit down with Mattheiu Ricard, a Budhist monk who acts as the right hand to the Dalai Lama, at The Players Club in NYC for an exclusive interview I jumped at the chance. Despite the fact that I interview celebs for a living, I was super nervous to meet Mattheiu. Thanks to Muse, a new device to help people meditate, and The Path, a group that brings meditation to the masses, I had my one-on-one. Being in his prescence alone was an honor. Here are his thoughts on cultivating happiness, his Ted Talk that has over five million views and alturism.
Since writing about my migraines and how they've affected my life, many of you have been asking how I'm preventing them from coming back. Truth is, I still get them, just not as much. I wish I could pin-point one thing and had an easy answer, but I believe it's my lifestyle that's keeping them at bay – a combination of things I learned through trial and error. Here's what helps me. Maybe some of them will work for you, too.