How is Bird Watching Different From a Guided Meditation?

Q: Dear Todd, I am sitting in front of my window watching the birds at my bird feeders. I was wondering what your thoughts are about this morning activity which I do every morning over coffee. How different is this compared to a structured guided meditation? I think they’re both very similar in that they keep you in the present. It’s a very calming thing for me. Yes, my mind…

How to Observe Your Thoughts: Path to Peace

We hear the phrase, "Observe your thoughts,"  but how do we do that? What does it mean? Aren't we always observing our thoughts? And what the heck are thoughts?!Normally, we don't watch our thoughts, we think our thoughts. And we think, "I am the thinker." In spirituality, we dig down deeper. We recognize thought patterns and we observe how the mind really works. We discover the nature of thoughts and…

Toughest, Most Difficult Silent Meditation (Vipassana) Retreat Experience

I'd ran into a guy in India who told me about this Vipassana retreat he'd done. He told me it was super difficult but really great. You have to wake up at 4am everyday and meditate for 12 hours a day.  No phones, no reading, no talking, no writing, don't even look other students in the eye. Eager for real, transformative experiences, I signed up the first chance I got.…

Does Universe Understand Negation as if in Mantras?

Q: Dear Todd, Does universe know a negation or a negative? If you say it does the universe hears the opposite? I really get so confused sometimes with all the spiritual understanding. TODD ANSWERS: That’s a great question. Negation only happens when there is suppression or repression of a concept. For example, don’t think of a monkey. The mantra, “I do not need to be perfect, I do not need…

The Fastest Way to Experience Stillness

Q: Dear Todd, how can I practice stillness? TODD ANSWERS: It is much better to practice watching your breath because your breath is always with you. You don’t have to try to freeze, because your brain will always be receiving information (light, sound, etc…). But what you can practice is stilling your focus. Focus on one thing very intently, whether it’s your breath, a mantra, or a flower. And just…

Teaching Children Mindfulness: Fun & Easy Ways

Kids are much smarter than most people realize. They have a deep understanding of their feelings and an awareness and sensitivity to the world around them. This is why children are never too young for mindfulness and meditation. Young children may not understand big words like interconnectedness and consciousness. But, they do understand the meaning behind these terms when explained to them properly. Better than even some adults who have…

Have Anxiety and Fear, What to Do to Feel Calm?

Let’s face it, fear and anxiety levels are higher than they’ve ever been for most people around the world since the COVID'19. We were all brought down to the knees owing to the pandemic. But since we can’t control many aspects of our lives, and we can’t run away from our worries, the best thing to do is transform the way we perceive these constant threats, face and overcome our…

Employees Need Meditation, Not Just Happy Hours

These days, employees are thinking not just about ways to let off steam. They’re thinking about ways to let go of their stress that won’t leave them hungover, tired, groggy and unhealthy. That’s why more and more employees are looking for healthy ways to improve their lives, not just their nights. And it’s why employees need meditation more than company happy hours. The Benefits of Corporate Meditation for Employees When…

How to Manage Severe Anxiety to Live a Peaceful Life

Q: Dear Todd, I suffer from severe anxiety. I meditate regularly and I can relax and get into some deep states but when I finish up, I just go back to that state of hypervigilance. Have you got any advice?TODD ANSWERS: So often our anxiety gives us anxiety. The best thing we can do besides practicing meditation is to turn our anxiety into curiosity, really examining it when it starts…

My Spiritual Journey Has Left Me Confused

Q: Dear Todd, I'm really going through a lot since I embarked on this spiritual journey. My life changed drastically. I have so many questions about what is going on with me. I do meditation but how can I turn this confusion around? Todd Answers: Luckily, only the mind creates confusion. When you let go of the desire for answers and clarity, not only do answers and clarity appear, but…