In September, I started a daily meditation practice. It was part of my effort to build more positive routines into my life. While I do faithfully sit quietly for 15 minutes on evenings when I’m home, I have not yet noticed any major life changes. I do notice that when I’m done, I feel more relaxed, and my creative juices flow a little more easily. It must be all those alpha waves. Being a life-long overachiever, though, there’s some part of me that feels I could be better at meditating. This is where Danielle Mika Nagel, today’s guest on the Strocel.com podcast, comes in.
Danielle is the Studio Director with the Chopra Yoga Center here in Vancouver. As the mom of two, and a yoga and meditation instructor, I thought she would be a good person to turn to for tips. While I do realize that trying to be “good” at meditation runs counter to what you’re going for when you meditate, I think we can all benefit from more insight. I was interested to hear how Danielle structures her own meditation. I also wanted to hear about how she meditates with her kids.
During the podcast Danielle talks about how and why she started meditating, and gives some suggestions for how you can start your own meditation practice. We discussed the benefits of meditating, and she very kindly reassured me that even when my inner zen remains elusive, I’m still doing something good for myself. And, really, what parent couldn’t use a little more good stuff? Whether you’re a meditation pro, you’re just thinking of starting out, or you’d like to meditate with your kids, you’ll want to listen to the podcast:
Next week I’ll be sharing an interview with Lori Alper of Groovy Green Livin. She’s a green mom who isn’t afraid of taking on big companies in her efforts to create a healthier world for our children. Whether you’d like some inspiration for using your own voice on behalf of a cause you believe in, or you’d like some tips for greener living, you’ll want to tune in. Subscribe to my podcast in iTunes and you won’t miss a minute!