January 31, 2014

February is Meditation Month!

We're challenging ourselves and our readers to meditate every single day.

This year, a few of us in the Tricycle office promised ourselves to spend a little less time stalking getting to know others online and a little more time getting to know ourselves on the mat. Well, a month has passed and we need some help committing. Lucky for us, it’s Meditation Month!

What is Meditation Month, you ask? We’re committing to sit every day in February, rain or shine, good days and bad, through headache, hunger, and polar vortexes. No excuses. We’ll be sharing our victories, failures, and everything in between right here on the Tricycle blog.

Throughout the month, we’ll also post meditation tips, tricks, and articles to help you—and us—along on our meditation journey.

Here are the specifics:

  • This month, we’re happy to feature meditation teacher and best-selling author Sharon Salzberg as our online retreat leader. Be sure to tune in to her weekly episodes, debuting on Monday, February 3. Salzberg will explain how to bring your practice from your cushion to your work desk. Here’s a taste:

  • Have the basics of meditation down? Time to bring your mindfulness toolbox into harsher circumstances. In our latest episode of Tricycle Talks, we spoke with Salzberg about generating compassion and remaining mindful in the workplace.
  • Become a Supporting or Sustaining Member and download our newest e-book, Tricycle Teachings: Commit to Sit (available on February 3!). This e-book, originally an at-home retreat manual from the minds of Salzberg and fellow meditation instructor Joseph Goldstein, is for those who want a more structured and intense meditation program during the month of February. The e-book includes week by week meditation instructions, challenges, and tips for whatever meditation mood you’re in.
  • Want more e-books? We have them. Be sure to download Tricycle Teachings: Meditation and Tricycle Teachings: Meditation, Vol. 2, featuring articles and advice from Martine Batchelor,  S. N. Goenka, Thanissaro Bhikkhu, Judith Simmer-Brown, Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche, Roshi Pat Enkyo O'Hara, Jack Kornfield, and more. How can your practice go astray with all these wise and experienced teachers behind you?
  • The Meditation Doctor is back by popular demand! Throughout the month, Zen teacher Brad Warner will answer any and all questions you have about your meditation practice. We’ve grown from his advice before, so here’s to hoping he'll cure our meditation ailments this time around, too.

We hope you'll join us for February's meditation challenge! Check out our journal entries below and let us know if you'll be participating in the comments below:

Day 4 | Day 6 | Day 7 | Day 11 | Day 13 | Day 14 | Day 18

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ingridew's picture

I'm in. It's never too late to start : )

michaelatmo's picture

Yes! Hoping this will revive my home practice, which has been sporadic at best these last several years. Guess I'll subscribe so I can view all the "retreat" materials as well.

beanteam's picture

Yes, I'm present and participating. This is just the incentive I need to be more committed to daily practice. Thanks!

Raleigh's picture

I'm in. Did the "great sit" several years ago and found it a great way to reinforce my practice.

fharrisa's picture

Meditation and metta for a month, for life.

Tbergstrom's picture

Yes! I'm in!

bodmud's picture

I will join as well. Keep me posted

wormtowngirl's picture

Yes! I'm joining you