Meditation + Short talk on the Fourth Hindrance in Meditation: Restlessness and Remorse

What a fun class we had today with our regular meditators and many new faces. We talked about ways the fourth hindrance in meditation shows up in our practice as well as in our everyday life.

Key takeaways:

+ forgiveness is the antidote to remorse and
+ contentment is the antidote to restlessness

I have a recording of today's session as well as a two page PDF handout as well. Take a listen as we share some laughter before and after the meditation session

Handout From Meditation Class:

Fourth Hindrance - Free PDF Download
When you click the link above , you can download and print it freely there.

Watch the Recording below:

Coming up Next Week:

  1. I will be doing live meditations on YouTube for two weeks starting October 1st. I will send you an email invitation to it on Sept 30th. In that email, you will be able to click a link to let me know if you want daily reminders.

    The live meditation will happen at 7 am Eastern and you will be able to interact with me live via chat. But if you cannot make it, you can watch/meditate to it any time in the day or night you like.

  2. The next in-person mediation class is happening on Tue, Oct 1st, 11 am at the Senior Center! We'd love to see you there.

Much love and peace to you,
Sophia + Cristof

Meditation + Short talk on Third Hindrance in Meditation: Sloth and Torpor - Sophia Ojha Ensslin - 3 Sep 2019

We were able to record today's session which was all about the third hindrance, Sloth and Torpor. Take a listen as we share some laughter before sliding into the meditation session:

Also, the handout that goes along with today’s class is here:
Third Hindrance: Sloth and Torpor [PDF]

Watch/Listen Below:

Do join us for next class which is happening on Wed, Sept 25th, 2pm! 

Much love and peace,

Sophia + Cristof

Reducing the Third Hindrance in Meditation: Sloth and Torpor

Yesterday we had a lovely meditation session led by my husband, Cristof, talking about how to handle the third hindrance of "Sloth and Torpor" And thanks to the gentle nudges of Jo Ann, we have a recording!

It is an audio recording of the class so those of you who were not able to make it can enjoy it. I, myself, was not able to attend as I got signed on a big project this month and yesterday was one of the first important deadlines that I wanted to meet. Later in the evening, I had the pleasure of participating thanks to this recording. 

Cristof added his charm and his own approach to leading a meditation class, which I found wonderful and refreshing. I hope you benefit from it too.

Watch/Listen Below:

Much love and peace,

Sophia + Cristof

Stopping the freight train of the mind

It is not always easy to meditate in daily life. There are responsibilities and commitments that are so time-consuming. 

But when there is a group of like-minded people who all want to train their minds in a conducive environment together, that's a golden opportunity. So finding a group locally in your area to meditate with is very helpful for your practice. Meditating together helps us water the good seeds within us - that's because your presence in the circle helps each one of us feel a sense of community and belonging, something we all yearn for. 

If you cannot make it to a group meditation due to other commitments and reasons, or there isn't a group nearby, do take time to refine your practice, nevertheless. Use a guided meditation from YouTube or sit quietly in your room and gently bring awareness to your breath for 10 minutes. 

These 10 minutes will go a long way, especially when done every day. And it is not about having the perfect 10 minutes - that's too heavy of an expectation for our practice. The only thing to do is - Show Up to our meditation practice. Even if those 10 minutes are full of a wandering mind, so be it. At least you showed up and made a meaningful effort to calm the mind. 

This reminds me of a story I heard one of the monks relay. There was a man who got a job and he showed up on Monday for work. At the end of the day, he returned home to his wife and complained that he didn't get paid and was thinking of not going to work the next day. On Tuesday, he did go to work but came home empty-handed. The next day, he did a whole day's of work yet no paycheck. He told his wife that he still didn't get renumerated for his hard work and was thinking of quitting. On Friday, he managed to bring himself to work and put in an honest effort. 

As he was leaving, he was stopped by his boss. She gave him his paycheck! Delighted, the man went home happy to his wife.

Sometimes, we too, think of our meditation like this man. On day one we want a calm, peaceful mind and go into deep meditative states. Each day we think - ah, it's not bringing me any results, why meditate? But it is only after repetitive training of the mind that it learns to quiet down. How quickly it calms down has at least something to do with how long and how fast it has been running around all those years. Just like bringing a bicycle to a complete stop is far easier than bringing a freight train to a stop, bringing a mind habituated to wandering takes longer to slow down than a mind that has been practicing for a while.

Eventually, one day you will experience peace and serenity and delight of the mind that surpasses all other worldly pleasures and comforts. So let's help ourselves now by training our minds slowly and gradually.

Much love,

Sophia

I realized the power of meditation when I experienced intense pain

Last week, I had to undergo an unexpected surgery. An intense pain developed over the weekend which sent me straight to the Urgent Care who sent me to see a surgeon. The reason I am telling you this is because it happened just before my March 27th presentation which is all about navigating pain through meditation.

Now, I felt that I was fit to talk about this subject because I used to have extremely debilitating menstrual cramps for years before I began using meditative techniques to reduce the pain and stress. But life had a different plan. 

Before the surgery was conducted, I went through excruciating pain over the weekend with nothing but my meditation practice and a loving husband to get me through it. Having never gone through anything like that before in my life, this was a brand new territory for me and a very potent learning ground. I hope to tell you more about the fruits of that experience in a future blog (or if you are in the Boone, NC area then on March 27th), but all I want to leave you with is this:

Meditation is not a luxury. It is a vital tool for navigating the real mess this life we live. Everything may be going well for you now so you may not feel the urgency of developing a meditation practice - I get it. We, humans, tend to do things only when we are fully convinced of its value. And if everything is going well for you right now, then that's really good. Take the opportunity of good conditions and practice meditation as much as you can.

It was when I could continuously place my attention on my breath, that I could feel relief from the intense physical pain. It was in those moments that I realized how far I still need to go in my practice. But I also became aware of how far I had come. Had I not been practicing meditation so far, the pain would have been completely overwhelming for me. 

Meditation is a balm that you can apply now so you can handle any injuries in the future with ease and find relief from suffering.

Love,
Sophia

Daily Meditation with Sophia | Impermanence

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Daily Meditation with Sophia | Just the breath and you

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Daily Meditation with Sophia | One thing for the mind to do

Daily Meditation with Sophia is a daily 15-20 minute meditation session with Sophia. If you'd like to join in live so you can share your comments and ask questions, go to my YouTube page and join the next live session. (Usually, these sessions take place daily at 12 noon ET).

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Daily Meditation with Sophia | Is My Meditation Practice Working?

I start off with an excerpt from Sakyong Mipham's book, "Turning the Mind into An Ally"  about Mindfulness and Awareness. Have a listen and then dive into a quiet breath awareness session.

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Daily Meditation with Sophia is a daily 15-20 minute meditation session with Sophia. If you'd like to join in live so you can share your comments and ask questions, go to my YouTube page and join the next live session. (Usually, these sessions take place daily at 12 noon ET).

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Daily Meditation with Sophia | Mindfulness and Awareness

I start off with an excerpt from Sakyong Mipham's book, "Turning the Mind into An Ally"  about Mindfulness and Awareness. Have a listen and then dive into a quiet breath awareness session.

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Daily Meditation with Sophia is a daily 15-20 minute meditation session with Sophia. If you'd like to join in live so you can share your comments and ask questions, go to my YouTube page and join the next live session. (Usually, these sessions take place daily at 12 noon ET).

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Daily Meditation with Sophia | Breaking Free of the Mental State of Boredom

Daily Meditation with Sophia is a daily 15-20 minute meditation session with Sophia. If you'd like to join in live so you can share your comments and ask questions, go to my YouTube page and join the next live session. (Usually, these sessions take place daily at 12 noon ET).

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Daily Meditation with Sophia | Impermanence + Being Fine With Reality

Daily Meditation with Sophia is a daily 15-20 minute meditation session with Sophia. If you'd like to join in live so you can share your comments and ask questions, go to my YouTube page and join the next live session. (Usually, these sessions take place daily at 12 noon ET).

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Daily Meditation with Sophia | Loving Kindness Towards Yourself

Daily Meditation with Sophia is a daily 15-20 minute meditation session with Sophia. If you'd like to join in live so you can share your comments and ask questions, go to my YouTube page and join the next live session. (Usually, these sessions take place daily at 12 noon ET).

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