Summer of Meditation Challenge Week 6: Use Breath as Your Ally

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As summer goes on I’m feeling an overpowering urge to hibernate with my little people, to enjoy Topo Chico (our favorite Mexican sparkling mineral water) with paper umbrellas, and catch up on Downton Abby episodes. Nothing noble happening over here, other than rest and unstructured time. It is the season for, as my son Coleman puts it, chillaxin.’

However sometimes something messes with your relaxation time: perhaps a thought, concern or feeling of tension in the body are intruding into your long summer days and disturbing your inner equilibrium.

Today’s practice is your ally for such moments.

This is actually the most popular practice I’ve shared with coaching clients and meditation students. It is adapted from the teaching of Marion Gilbert, a Body Wisdom expert and one of my favorite teachers from the Enneagram in the Narrative Tradition Community.

Even when you are in a lot of physical or emotional pain, there is already a part of you which is experiencing a sense of wellbeing. This inner resource is like an oasis, and if you can train your attention to rest there it has powerful repercussions. Watch the above video for all the details and try the accompanying guided meditation practice (it only takes 10 minutes) today!

Here is the Breath as Your Ally Meditation which walks you through this practice.

As always let me know how it goes! Leave a comment below or connect with me on Facebook. xo Courtney

Summer of Meditation Challenge 2016

Come on in. Feel the fresh and verdant air. Let’s detox your brain and nervous system so new ideas and iterations of you can bloom!

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Xo Courtney


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Photo Nov 12, 6 14 05 PMCourtney Pinkerton, M.Div & M.PP, is a holistic life and leadership coach and the founder of Bird in Hand Coaching. She holds dual masters degrees from Harvard Divinity School and Harvard Kennedy School, is the host of the Summer of Meditation Challenge and publishes a popular blog on soulful living. Courtney teaches regularly on the Enneagram, meditation, and MindBody practices as well as supporting other “soulpreneurs,” aka women who want to lead with heart in their work + lives. She lives in Oak Cliff, Texas with her husband Richard Amory where they try to keep up with their three children and remember to water their garden boxes. Courtney can be reached at cp@courtneypinkerton.com.