Surrendering to the moment

The night before last I couldn’t sleep, nor have I been able to sleep more than three to five hours a night for weeks. Meditation usually cures insomnia but whatever hormonally has been happening with me since I was pregnant has made me an anomaly. …

Sometimes it’s easier to access abundance when you’re completely away from everything you own.

This morning, I had poured my daughter some apple cider we had just bought the day before at an apple farm. Her little brother grabbed at her cup to try some and I heard her balk, “heeeeyyy!” I reacted with, “Don’t worry, we have lots more!” With that she handed…

I’m sure you’ve heard and possibly ingrained sentiments such as “Quitters never win and winners never quit,” or “There are no failures, only quitters.” Quitting has always gotten a bit of a bad rap in our achievement based culture. I’m sure you saw what happened to Simone Biles. The world…

An overload of food, or experiences, leave us sick in the belly, or the mind.

Today is the third day of the Ayurvedic cleanse I’m hosting with some meditators, and it’s got me thinking about digestion. Not just what the intestines are doing kind of digestion, but about digesting experiences. …

I’m sure you’ve heard of the “flow state” — the sense that you’re completely in tune with what you’re doing, there’s no friction, you’re “in the zone.” Usually it’s referring to a mental state that comes with engaging in productive action. But I’m going to take it one step further…

We said our first hello and final goodbye to our baby girl a few weeks ago. Her name is Artemis. We feel blessed we got to hold her, take her home and lay her to rest ourselves. I have no words to express my gratitude to those who have created…

Are dreams random mis-firings of the brain or are they telling us something? Given how much I talk about states of consciousness, there’s one state I’ve hardly discussed at all–the dream state. It is one of the four primary states of consciousness, the others being waking, deep sleep and transcendence…

Kids always seem to be in Being

At the beginning of each group meditation, I always check in with everyone and ask how they’re doing, though yesterday, I asked, “How are you Being?” Even though it was a bit of a joke, I’ve been thinking about how it really is a far more relevant question than the…

Mothering by Ganga Ma

This past weekend was Mother’s Day, a day that digs up stuff more than any other holiday. Well, maybe second to Christmas, but still pretty baggage laden. Our relationship with our mother is our first relationship, when we are first born, we do not even realize that we are separate…

Kristen Vandivier

Instructor of Vedic Meditation and Founder of The Vedic Method and Meditation Without Borders. Also, mother to Scarlett, Delphine and Adrian.

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