Guided Practices


Below you will find resources to guide and ground you in your mindfulness, compassion and nature connection practices. 

How To’s and Teachings

Building Your Meditation Practice: Learn with (Rev.) Andrew Blake how to build up your meditation practice. Things to consider our time, space, styles, and intentions. All of these, and more, go into creating a meditation practice that really impacts your life and supports you.

18 Min

Everyday Awareness To Change Your Life: The goal of mindfulness is to help you be in the present moment, so that you can choose how you want to respond, instead of react from unconscious patterns and conditioning. So how can mindfully washing dishes change your life? This video breaks it down a little.

18 Min

Working with Difficult Emotions: (Rev.) Andrew Blake takes us through various methods to work with difficult emotions – the ones that block us, make us feel small, and fear change. Using mindfulness, meditation, self-compassion, and Tara Brach’s RAIN method, we hope this supports you in riding the waves that come with being human. 
22 Min

How to Sit: Meditation Tutorial: (Rev.) Andrew shares with us some simple tips for hot to sit in meditation and increase physical comfort and mental focus. 

10 Min

Intro to Walking Meditation: (Rev.) Andrew Blake shares the basics, whys, and how-to’s of Walking Meditation. We explore a range of techniques from Informal – Formal style. Waking Meditation can be a supportive method to enliven your Mindfulness practice.

12 Min

Common Obstacles to Meditation: (Rev.) Andrew Blake outlines the common obstacles you will encounter on the path of meditation. These obstacles can be met anywhere along your journey, whether you’re a beginner or advanced practitioner. This video is here to remind you that you’re not alone, and that there are possibilities to support you.

19 Min

GUIDED MEDITATIONS

Strong Back, Soft Front Meditation: This contemplative meditation is inspired by the work and teachings of Roshi Joan Halifax. Enjoy the nourishing practice of cultivating a wise and open heart. Guided by (Rev.) Andrew Blake.

25 Min

Morning Meditation – Guided Audio: (Rev.) Andrew Blake guides an 11 min Morning Meditation. In those few moments after you wake up you have the potential to enter a powerful place where you can set intentions, align with yourself and reflect on where you’re headed.
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11 Min

Mindful Generosity – Guided Audio: At its core, generosity is the foundation for compassion. It’s the lessons of letting go of our self focus to connect to our greater web. It’s also about being fearless in seeing who we are, and how we can meet life from the place of a loving and generous heart. (Rev.) Andrew Blake guides us in an 8 minute reflective practice. May it serve you and inspire your generous heart.

5 Min

Meet the Present Moment – Guided Audio: A simple and grounding practice to connect to the present moment and what is here for you in the now. This practice is beginner friendly. 

13 Min

Grounding Meditation – Guided Audio: (Rev.) Andrew Blake guides an 10 minute Grounding Meditation practice. Grounding into the here and now through your meditation practice has beneficial ripple effects for being more in tune and centered in your daily life. We hope you enjoy this practice and that it brings you great ease and clarity. Beginner Friendly.
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10 Min

Undefended Love – Guided Audio: (Rev.) Andrew Blake guides us into a practice for cultivating and feeling the quality of Undefended Love (based on a Meditation from Roshi Joan Halifax). The kind of love where we are not guarding or protecting our hearts, but opening right up to the possibility for increased compassion for self and other.

15 Min

Shamatha Calm Abiding Meditation: Shamatha is a foundational skill for formal meditation practice. In this practice you will be guided to bring your mind over and over again into the present moment, utilizing your breath, posture, or something else, as a focal point. Remember – the goal is not to have no thoughts, but to bring yourself present to the Now once you realize your mind has carried you off.
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15 Min

Other Resources to Guide Your Practice:

 

A GLOBAL COLLECTION OF MINDFULNESS AND MEDITATION RESEARCH RESOURCES   

This link connects you to an excellent resource with guided practices, talks and videos from teachers such as Sharon Salzburg, Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ronald Siegel, Tara Brach and our own local teacher of MBCT,  Zindel Segal.


INSIGHT TIMER  

This link to Insight Timer site is home to more than 1,500,000 meditators. Insight Timer is rated as the top free meditation app on the Android and iOS stores.