[TMA Recommends] Meditation for the mama actor
The thing about meditation is, you become more and more you. –David Lynch
The benefits of meditation are so well documented by now that you’d have to be living under a rock to say you’ve never thought about trying it out, but sometimes it just feels like one more thing you should be doing. And then you feel inadequate and totally non-zen, and like if you could just get it together to meditate for 5 minutes a day your life would completely change. Right?
I’ve flirted with my meditation practice on and off for close to 10 years now, but only recently have I really committed to a daily practice, and, at the risk of being annoying and making you feel inadequate (you’re totally not, you special, fabulous, mama you), it has changed my life. And my art, and my parenting (which, let’s be honest, that’s 95% of my life).
If you’re interested in dipping a toe into the meditation pool, or want to up your commitment level to your practice, here are a four mama-actor-approved meditation resources…Four mama-actor-approved meditation resources. Click To Tweet
Sip & Om, A Daily Meditation Podcast. Mary Meckley has a FREE daily meditation podcast that is suberbly organized and executed. Each week has a theme, and every day of the week uses a different meditation technique to explore that theme. She also has a free 100 day meditation quest at her website. This is perfect for you if: a) you like variety and want to mix up your practice; b) you want a guided meditation, not just a timer; c) you want practical ideas for integrating meditation into a modern, busy life.
Building Emotional Intelligence: Techniques to Cultivate Inner Strength in Children by Linda Lantieri and Daniel Goleman. This book is a quick read and comes with a fantastic CD of short, guided meditations for kids, organized by age range (5-7, 8-11, 12+). My son loves to meditate with this CD, and it has become a treasured bonding time for just the two of us. Contact me if you’re interested in the specifics of our routine.This is great for you if: a) you want to introduce your kids to meditation but don’t know how; b) you know how to use a CD–LOL.
www.leftbrainbuddha.com has a great blog post on creating a meditation space that pretty much says it all—the why, the what, the how. Our meditation space has become like a little haven in our busy house, and has helped to ground and habitualize my practice. This is for you if: a) you ascribe to the “if you build it they will come” mentality; b) you don’t have a ton of space and need guidance.
Wendy Braun’s Actor Inspiration. Wendy is a working actor who creates meditations and guided visualizations that are designed to address the specific patterns of monkey mind that tend to plague actors due to the unique nature of our profession. I am a member of her Mindset of the Month club, and it’s really helping me up my inner game and take my work to the next level.
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TMA Recommends is a series about sharing stuff. The best stuff. The kind of stuff that helps make my life as a working mama actor not just do-able but delightful. They’re not reviews or critiques, because why would I waste space talking about stuff I don’t like. I only recommend stuff that I use and love, and unless I explicitly mention it, I’m not compensated for my opinions in any way.