Basics of Meditation
Meditation is a simple practice available to all, and there are countless ways to go about it. Mindfulness can reduce stress, increase calmness and clarity, and promote joy even in the face of suffering. Learning how to meditate is straightforward, and from there, you can create a personal practice that fits your life.
Here, we offer basic tips to get you started on a path toward a greater sense of groundedness and wellbeing. Take a deep breath, and get ready to let go of stress and tension – maybe not all of it, yet enough to feel less anxiety and more ease through your day-to-day life.
What to expect
Every meditation leader brings something different to the way they practice. Below is a agenda of 5 activities and their estimated length for a typical night.
1. Metta (10 mins)
2. Body Meditation (8 mins)
3. Walking (5 mins)
4. Audio (15 mins)
5. Dharma Sharing (10 mins)
Donations will go to our leaders for QTPoC Meditation in Brooklyn, as well as to the original resources here on Rest for Resistance, including guided meditation recordings and videos.
I’m not doing it on purpose, I promise. But when I’m in the bathroom alone I look at myself in the mirror and I go to a dark place within my own body, somewhere that I haven’t yet exorcised and burnt incense in.
Once I began to receive my benefits, I began to distance myself from an idea that productivity defines whether I am deserving of respect.
I don't know what God meant to do by putting something so un-straight on top of a head so un-straight, but there are reasons they say this is unmanageable / Not because it is impossible to love, or to care for, but because it is impossible to subdue.
I’d like to think of this as a chance to force people to confront the differences between sex and romance. They don't always coexist.
I know that I am good enough. I am whole. I am beautiful as I am. I am love as I am. I look in the mirror and see the spark in my deep brown eyes that reflects all the love I feel in my heart. I’ve come Black to Peace. Black to Power. Black to Love.
Dissociation makes perfect sense when folks have constantly been abused, silenced, socialized a particular way, oppressed, and constantly have had boundaries broken, or don’t even know what their boundaries are.
It took me a long time to adjust. To re-adjust. To redefine. The moment I started to speak in a language for myself, that was crafted around the way I want to understand myself, the clock began moving at a pace that felt eternally sacred.
Yes, you are smart. Yes, your friend is smart. Yes, your loved one is smart. And yet, the act of using our emotional intelligence rather than logic in supporting each other is truly one of the smartest ways we can respond to life’s challenges.
We all deserve healing. Yet many of us are still fighting for that basic ingredient, rest. Each decision to resist capitalist pressures, to disengage from harmful systems of power and truly rest, is a transcendental moment. But who has the power to make that choice?
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