Guided Meditation – Existential

Guided Existential Meditation…3-Minute Meditations with Adam Michael Brewer from Adam Michael Brewer on Vimeo.

This brief video is a follow along guided existential meditation, lasting only 3 minutes in duration. The existential meditation is one type of meditation you will practice in my program 3-Minute Meditations.

In the ebook that is a component of the program you will learn more about the existential meditation and other types of meditation. Another component of the program is a simple to do 28-day meditation challenge where you are asked to listen to one of 9 guided audio meditations each day over the course of the 4 weeks.

I hope you enjoy this brief video!

Happy sitting, Adam Michael Brewer

The 4 Ego Hindrances During Meditation

Hard to believe but January is almost over already. More and more these days, I’m coming to understand why so many people say that the more years we spend on this planet, the faster time seems to fly.
The past month or so has been chock full of activity…a silent meditation retreat in the Joshua Tree over New Years, getting back into the flow of life at the start of January, and dealing with a stomach bug that took me down for a couple days.
And let me tell you, that stomach bug was no joke. I can’t remember the last time I had an upset stomach but it’s funny how it can really derail you…physically, mentally and emotionally.
I certainly have a lot more compassion now for those who have stomach issues frequently.

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The “Real World” power of meditation

I hope you’re still regularly practicing your meditation and that it’s becoming more and more a foundational pillar in your day.

For me, I don’t leave home without it (kind of like the American Express card for a lot of folks). This morning was no exception. Shortly after getting up at 4:30 am,  I found my way over to my meditation cushion.

Based on timing, this morning’s sitting was only about 12 minutes or so. Truthfully, my mind was kind of all over the place. But as I do, I sat as an observer and simply let the thoughts come and go, returning to my breath over and over again.

This returning to our breathing when the mind starts to wander is a key tenet of the practice. It is the way to the present moment.

So once I finished up what needed to be done after meditation, I got in my car and headed off to work. As life does, it immediately gave me an opportunity to practice non-reactivity and compassion. You see, at 5:45 am the one lane road I drive is pretty empty and I was simply cruising along at just above the speed limit.

Low and behold, I look in my rearview mirror and a car is fast approaching. I was in a space that was pretty calm, so I was simply going to pull over and allow the car to pass. Before I even had a chance to, the car flew past me using the lane for oncoming traffic.

There was a traffic light about 200 yards in front of us that was yellow and about to turn red. Sure enough, the car had to stop and I was slowly making my way up behind it. However, the driver got impatient and ran the red.

What an A$$ right? Or maybe not.

Without even having seen who was driving, I could feel the agitated mind of this other driver. There was a distinct energy that was coming from the actions I was beholding.

Now, being human, there was a part of me that was a little disturbed by this person’s need to drive that fast right up on my tail, fly past me on the wrong side of the road, then blow through a red light. All of which could endangered someone’s life. And I could have sat there in judgement and anger (which I’m certain I would have done in the past),

But this time, I chose a different response. I decided to wish PEACE to that person. I had no idea why he drove the way he did. Our egoic mind want’s to say, Oh that SOB, what a jerk for being that aggressive and thoughtless, but reality is, we don’t know anything about that other person.

They could have been rushing to the hospital, or yeah, maybe they just got a horrendous fight with their husband/wife, or maybe they were simply being careless. Point is, I don’t know at all.

And rather than reacting and perpetuating the aggressive, hurried, unsettling energy with some form of “What a Jerk” response, I chose to raise the vibration…to remain calm and pray for that person’s peace, regardless of what the reason was.

My mantra in that moment…Let there be peace in my mind, let there be peace in the earth.

The reason, I go into all of this, is because I can say that without a shadow of a doubt, my meditation practice over the years, and specifically this morning, is what allowed me to move into a turbulent moment in my life and remain calm, cool, collected and connected. To care about another human rather than condemn them.

So often I hear folks are expecting their meditation to be some “out of body” experience and if they don’t have it, they think it’s not working. Au contraire my friend.

While it might be amazing to have mind-bending, heart-opening meditations, the real juice is when you can step off the mat and move into the “real world” and have far more compassion for others. To occupy a space where you notice yourself growing in refinement, elegance, civility and wisdom…this is what meditation has the power to do for us.

I know that it can and will have similar effects for you…you’ve just got to stick with it.

Keep on sitting my friend.

All is well, Adam Michael Brewer

 

 

My Own Resurrection

Adam Michael Brewer

I’ll keep this one very brief. I feel very blessed.

Yesterday was a pretty big day for me. At 45 years young, I was able to sprint up a 15% incline at a speed of 12 mph on the treadmill (granted it was only for a few seconds) at the end of a 60 minute circuit workout.

Now this may not seem like much but here’s why it meant a great deal to me.
It was about 10 years ago to this date that my physical life was very, very different from where it is today.

At 35 years of age, I was sleeping about 2-3 hrs a night because my back was in such pain. My weight had plummeted to 138 pounds and I felt like I was disappearing. I had been told I by one doctor I had the body of a 55 year old and that I probably shouldn’t run again based on what was happening with my spine.

I had ‘fallen’ but I was determined to change things. Through a deep surrender to something far bigger than myself, a return to humility, and armed with willingness to ask for help from others, the journey to health and vitality began. I would turn over whatever rock was necessary to find “me” again (but hopefully a new and improved version).

Looking back, I see clearly that there were parts of my “little self” that needed to “die” (arrogance, impatience, judgementalness, self-centeredness, jealousy, exclusivity) so that other more evolved aspects of my “larger Self” could be born (compassion, patience, self-realization, connection, joy, love, inclusivity).

Without going into the details, the road to recovery wasn’t without a lot of challenges, but I have come to believe and know that each and every one of them was absolutely necessary for me to experience, so that I could ultimately be shaped into the person who enthusiastically climbed that hill yesterday and who writes these words today.

I share this story with you so that perhaps you can come to believe/know that anything is possible when we put our heart into it…when we come from love for our selves, others and this life we are living…when we are grateful for every breath we breathe, for every beat of our heart, and for each and every day we get to express life with our own unique gifts, talents and abilities.

May you shine brightly my friend and always believe in yourself, no matter what. I Am AMB