Mental Training and Mindfulness

stone_buddha_faceOne of my favorite Sunday rituals involves listening to meditation insights from TaraBrach with my husband. For us, it’s like going to church or temple, but a whole lot more fun.  We sip our coffee and get to sit on the beach or lie in our bed and just listen and absorb the wisdom. I think of it as a mental workout for my mind because  physical workouts and fitness training will only get me so far. It is the combination of mental training and exercise that will help me succeed at being a better version of my former self.

About Tara

Tara has been  practicing and teaching Buddhist meditation, emotional healing and spiritual awakening, with a focus on vipassana (mindfulness) meditation for over 35 years. She is a senior teacher and founder of the Insight Meditation Community of Washington and author of several books including one that I am currently reading.

Radical Acceptance: Embracing Your Life With the Heart of a Buddha

Tara explains that meditation stimulates our capacity for empathy while improving our ability to collaborate with others while benefiting from mutual creativity. It also has made me a more patient person. Just ask my happy family.

I began meditating for about 10 minutes daily about three months ago and started with the Headspace App. Andy, the surfer turned meditation coach, guides you through calm breathes to soothe the mind. The clarity of mind and inner calm that I received from these brief breaks before I started the day have been astonishing. So much so, that I searched for more and stumbled upon Tara.

While I have been committed to a simple ten minute practice of Vipassana meditation, I do want to try some of the other meditations that Tara mentions in her recent interview on The Tim Ferriss Show.

Specifically the “smile meditation” – to soften my entire face and body and relax throughout the day; “inviting Mara to tea” to help face my enemies and challenges head on and the “body scan to melt away stress” to ward off feeling depleted and exhausted.

Click to listen to this podcast interview with Tara on the The Tim Ferriss Show.

Have you incorporated mindful meditation into your daily routine? If so, what have you found helpful? I’d love to know more.

Had to share this one from Instagram – so #true about me.


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