“When we integrate an activity into the mix, be it running, knitting, dancing, playing the drums, the activity may be meditative but it is not meditation. And honestly, why does it need to be? Apples and oranges are different fruits, but both have value. This is an important distinction to make.”
Limbach says she finds meditation retreats that remove her from city living and take her into nature are the most beneficial. “Not only does it help me to disarm and shed my city skin,” she says, “but I’m also a firm believer that sometimes we need to give ourselves some space away from our habitual thoughts and behaviors—and the environments that created them—in order to untangle our patterns and see them clearly.”
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Allow me to let you in on a little secret: We'll never be totally rid of stress. And trying to live in pursuit of a stress-free state of mind will only continue to infuriate us — and make us feel like we're falling short of an impossible standard. Instead, the key is learning how to effectively deal with those moments of stress (without losing sight of everything else) so we can move on with what really matters in our lives.
In this conversation recorded during the 2015 Aspen-Snowmass Wanderlust Festival, host Vincent Horn, Lodro Rinzler and Adreanna Limbach discuss the challenges of making meditation accessible to a mainstream audience.
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