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September 18, 2019
my morning practice

Photo by Jonas Weckschmied on Unsplash   Every teacher was once a student. But somehow (prevalence of hierarchical authority and fixed mindset?), this fact fades from notice as soon as a teacher gains students’ respect. Or at least, I never thought about my teachers as students. It wasn’t until I started to teach myself, that […]

September 11, 2019
sat yam kriya + let go a little - episode 377

Practice MEDITATION in a way that makes it just another "everyday" thing. That's what I try to help you do with Esther's Everyday Meditation Podcast. Join me!

September 4, 2019
alternate nostril breathing - episode 372

Esther's Everyday Meditation Podcast. Episode #372 on How to Practice Nadi Shodhana (Alternate Nostril Breathing). Photo by Cassandra Hamer on Unsplash   EVERYDAY MEDITATION PODCAST: EPISODE #372 Listen to "Ep 372 - How to Practice Nadi-Shodhana" What’s this episode include? I talk you through the steps of practicing the breathing technique known as "Nadi Shodhana" […]

August 20, 2019
don't think, just breathe

When it comes to the breath, I’m not a very disciplined yogi. Or at least, that’s what I think whenever I find myself next to an ashtangi who’s even 1:1 inhale:exhale purrs along steadily, pose after pose, sequence after sequence. In ashtanga yoga (**the modern style of asana practice, not the yoga sutra's eight limbs), […]

August 4, 2019
who are truth heroes?

Captain Marvel drawn by Dexter Soy in "Captain Marvel: Earth's Mightest Hero," writer Kelly Sue DeConnick   Who are truth heroes? Truth heroes are my kinda superheroes! I got into reading superhero comics because a) my husband shares from his 31,000+ piece library and b) I am a movement super dork! The action is phenomenal […]

September 26, 2018
mindset + focus - episode 230

EVERYDAY MEDITATION PODCAST: EPISODE # Listen to "Ep 230 - Focus, Mindset, and Meditation" on Spreaker. What’s this episode about? Skill seeking! So you wanna build a new skill, and you want meditation to help. First, do your homework. What skill? What evidence is there to support a certain path to build a skill? Second, […]

September 12, 2018
pain, mindset, and meditation - episode 223

photo by sam manns via unsplash.com   EVERYDAY MEDITATION PODCAST: EPISODE #223 Listen to "Ep 223 - Pain, Mindset, and Meditation" on Spreaker. What does it mean to remove pain? You have pain. And then you don't. Et voila! Pain is removed. So why is it *rarely* that simple? Let's dig deeper and look at […]

September 5, 2018
why change your brain at all? - episode 216

photo by samuel zeller via unsplash.com   EVERYDAY MEDITATION PODCAST: EPISODE #216 Listen to "Ep 216 - Why change your brain at all?" on Spreaker. How does meditation change our brain ... and thereby change our behavior? I've been delving into this question over the past 8 "why meditate?" episodes on the podcast. I have […]

August 29, 2018
I, me, mine and the brain - episode 209

EVERYDAY MEDITATION PODCAST: EPISODE #209 Listen to "Ep 209 - I, Me, Mine and the Brain" on Spreaker. What’s this episode about? What's going on in the brain with our "I, me, mine" system when we meditate... Apparently, the objective of most spiritual systems and their practices is to lessen the "hold" on the self […]

August 22, 2018
meditation and your sense of self - episode 202

EVERYDAY MEDITATION PODCAST: EPISODE #202 Listen to "Ep 202 - Meditation and - WED" on Spreaker. What’s this episode about? Meditation may be able to help you develop your sense of self... or perhaps it's just one sense of self. How? By developing your sense of self as distinct from attachment (ragas) and aversion (dvesha) […]

August 15, 2018
meditation, compassionate action, and unconscious bias - episode 195

EVERYDAY MEDITATION PODCAST: EPISODE #195 What’s this episode about? Compassion meditations can boost your compassion and more. I talk about how that can be useful in your relationship not only with others, but also yourself. Plus, the one reason I'm ready to add a compassion meditation to my regular practice! What can I do with […]

August 8, 2018
compassion and kindness - episode 188

EVERYDAY MEDITATION PODCAST: EPISODE #188 What’s this episode about? What is compassion? What is kindness? I give you my off the cuff definition and, thankfully, the definition used by researchers in studying the effects of compassion meditation. What can I do with that? I'm a big believer in the power of words --and the meaning […]

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