Alternate Nostril Breathing

Alternate Nostril Breathing (5 Minute Meditation)

Alternate nostril breathing is balancing for the nervous system and promotes GABA release. Benefits after 4 to 5 minutes: lowers cortisol levels, relaxes the body, enhances mental functioning, soothes nervous system, enhances sleep quality, cleanses lungs, higher levels of GABA and improved mood. Sit in a relaxed position. Close
Centering Prayer Rich Lewis

Centering Prayer with Rich Lewis

Centering Prayer Rich Lewis Awareness Houston, Episode 8: Rich Lewis joins Jennifer in a conversation about beginning a Centering Prayer practice. Rich discusses baby
Keith Kristich

Centering Prayer and the Enneagram with Keith Kristich

Awareness Houston, Episode 5: Keith Kristich joins Jennifer in a conversation exploring growth and healing from the combined perspectives of Centering Prayer and the Enneagram. Keith shares his personal
Loving Kindness Meditation

Loving Kindness Meditation

Join Jen in this guided Loving Kindness meditation. Loving Kindness is a meditation practice that cultivates connection with your heart center. Offer loving kindness to those dear to you, to yourself, to someone difficult, and to all beings everywhere.
Grounding like a tree

Grounding Like a Tree

Join Jen in this meditation that explores what it is like to be deeply rooted and centered in your body. Imagine the deep roots of a tree. With a strong foundation, the tree can endure any weather. Though it may bend and sway, a deep-rooted tree remains

Centering Morning and Calming Evening Quarantine Routines

As this time of quarantine continues, I notice that it is sometimes difficult to focus and begin my day. I also experience excess energy at the end of the day that makes it challenging to sleep well. As part of my morning routine,
MINDFUL: GETTING OFF AUTO PILOT AND LIVING LIFE AS IF IT MATTERS

Mindful: Getting off Auto Pilot and Living Life as if it Matters

Self-Care Houston, Episode 15: Micki Fine joins Jennifer in a conversation about the importance of developing mindful daily living: “Waking up to life
St. thomas labyrinth

University of St. Thomas Labyrinth

A friend of mine recently recommended visiting labyrinths throughout Houston as part of my “healing space” journey. Houston has a number unique labyrinths, located all over the city and surrounding area. I visited the Labyrinth at St. Thomas University, a replica of the labyrinth in Chartres, France. I was deeply moved
Lightstream

Lightstream Meditation

The light stream is a relaxation meditation used to calm distressing sensations in the body. It is also a body scan that allows you to be compassionate and mindful of what you are experiencing and feeling in this present moment. This is an adaptation of Francine Shapiro’s original Light Stream.
Loving Kindness Centering Prayer

Advent Inspired Loving Kindness Centering Prayer

A loving kindness prayer uses words and images to evoke feelings of loving kindness toward oneself and others. According to the article, “18 Science-Based Reasons to Try Loving Kindness Meditation Today,” a consistent practice of a Loving Kindness meditation can decrease symptoms of PTSD, improve wellbeing, and bolster
mindfulness meditations finding peace in a frantic world

Mark Williams Mindfulness Meditations

Mark Williams, a professor at Oxford University, offers a collection of free audio meditations. All of the meditations are taken from the book he wrote in collaboration with Danny Penman: Mindfulness: Finding Peace in a Frantic World.  I have used a number of these meditations with
Light Stream

Light Stream

The light stream is a relaxation meditation used to calm distressing sensations in the body. It is also a body scan that allows you to be compassionate and mindful of what you are experiencing and feeling in this present moment. This is an adaptation of Francine Shapiro’s original Light Stream.