Inside

Inside

Miranda shares a poignant piece of wisdom which arrived to her recently during a time of deep struggle. Sometimes we tend to cope by telling ourselves a story about our current situation and looking on as if a bystander. Other times, we are graced with the ability to go directly inside our turmoil and simply float in it, rather than fight it. In this podcast, Miranda discusses her experience navigating these emotional reactions.

Beginnings

Beginnings

Miranda discusses the origins of beginnings.  Just as our practice adapts with advancements in our world, it can also adapt with each person, finding a new way in for each individual. Each person’s entrance into practice looks different. There is not one correct way into mindfulness practice or into relationship with ourselves and the present moment. 

Obstructions

Obstructions

Miranda discusses her experience with internal obstacles. Like leaves getting caught in a stream, parts of our inner journeys can barricade our experience, building up over time and creating obstructions in our lives. With our practice, we have the ability to work with each “leaf” and remove them gently over time. 

No End

No End

Miranda discusses the concept of finding rest within the busy nature of today’s society. There will always be something more to do; our work is never completely finished. Despite this, we often feel a desire to be resolved. But when we can learn to rest amid the ongoing presence of to-do’s, we often find that important, unseen work is being done when we give ourselves this quiet time.

Elasticity

Elasticity

Miranda discusses the elasticity of her work and the idea of finding connection even in situations that might not seem ideal for practice. As human beings we are incredibly adaptable, yet can become stuck in a particular mindset about the way mindfulness should look. This podcast explores the opportunities we are given in each moment to find connection, even in settings that may not “look” like our mental image of practice.

Pruning

Pruning

Miranda discusses her experience with "pruning" of the mind during meditation. Just as we can prune a tree, we can prune away unhelpful thought patterns or identities. "Pruning" can be a beautiful exercise of cleaning our inner environment and gently removing the things that are not fruitful for us.

Shelter

Shelter

“Most of us need to be reminded that we are good, that we are lovable, that we belong.” -Tara Brach

Miranda expresses the incredible resource that is within us to create our own shelter and reach out our own hand to hold. How often do we hear that voice or those stories that tell us we’re not enough? How can you let your practice help you cultivate this inner home space? Though you can’t control the weather you can always be the shelter that you need— the one that offers a quieter place to understand what’s real and what’s imagined. Listen to this podcast now.

Paradoxes

Paradoxes

Miranda discusses the idea of paradoxes and shares her experience with holding space for both intent and impact. Holding paradoxes is not an easy practice but there’s something in this idea of embrace- that we don’t have to be one or the other. How can you have an embrace so large that you can just let it all be here? It’s about understanding that we can’t sort and separate. It’s just not how it works. Are you willing to hold both and trust in infinite possibilities? Listen to this podcast >>

Bloom

Bloom

Miranda talks about the power of patience and what proceeds the practice. She contemplates the quote, “And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom,”— Which essentially sparks the question— how much contemplation is too much contemplation? She encourages us to reflect but also to listen to where we’re being guided to and to ultimately take inspired action. Listen to this podcast >>

Activism

Activism

Miranda shares the poem: “What I Have Learned So Far” by the beloved Mary Oliver. May her teachings and insights live on.

“Be ignited or be gone”

Are you acting when you feel called to act? Miranda discusses and invites thought around what you’re doing with what you’re waking up to. Activism can show up in so many different ways. This concept of Meditation as a practice of radical activism is apparent. How can we care about ourselves and others simultaneously? There’s this special place right between giving and receiving that may invite us into action. What does that look like for you? Listen to this podcast >>

Love

Love

When life gets stressful, what space are you creating for yourself— one of unconditional love or one of isolation?

Miranda talks about how we often let all the ways we love and care for ourselves fall away when life gets challenging. What would it take to say in those moments of deep uncertainty, of challenge, of tragedy, whatever it may be, “can I keep letting the wellspring of lovingkindness flow?“ Listen to this podcast >>

Pause for Peace Guided Meditation with Dr. Paul Epstein

Pause for Peace Guided Meditation with Dr. Paul Epstein

Listen in to this relaxing guided meditation. Dr. Paul Epstein, ND, has been leading the charge to bring awareness to the mind-body connection for over 30 years and he will be at Copper Beech Institute in a few short weeks! In his private practice, Dr. Epstein integrates naturopathic principles with mindfulness meditation and other life-changing mind-body therapies. Listen to this podcast >>

Enough

Enough

Miranda discusses her recent moments of feeling deep satisfaction around “enough”. This sense of “this is plenty” and encourages us to ask ourselves what’s enough for us? The sense that right now is enough is a choice. Often times, we get caught up in a certain way of thinking and being that moves us away from our joy and satisfaction. But if we tenderly climb off the hamster wheel, the joy of this practice is that we can learn to be with those parts of ourself that crave feeling enough and actually have it now. We can in fact, learn to cultivate the sense that what’s here right now, is enough. Listen to this podcast >>