The mind can be an unruly space of incessant thoughts, distractions, critics, to-do lists, made-up situations, and reliving past experiences. Through self-awareness, non-judgment, and compassion, we develop an understanding relationship with our minds. Meditation practice creates this inner sanctuary. The mind pulls us in various directions and creates inner turbulence, while meditation offers a pathway to observe these thoughts without judgment, allowing us to develop a deeper connection with our inner selves.

Meditation encourages us to be fully present, witnessing whatever arises in our minds and bodies without the added judgment. Regular meditation can significantly alter the brain, increasing gray matter density in areas associated with learning, memory, and emotional regulation while reducing activity in the amygdala, the brain’s fear center.1 Meditation is a training ground for the mind, strengthening our resilience and expanding the space between our experience and our reaction so that we can respond with a bit more alignment, centeredness, and intuition.

Sitting down with yourself for a cup of tea

Meditation is like sitting down with your best friend for a cup of tea. There’s no agenda, no need to impress, and no judgment—just open, receptive presence. We want to foster this same friendliness in our meditation practice, where you can simply be with whatever arises in your mind and body. This practice allows you to become familiar with your inner world, cultivating a sense of acceptance and compassion. By observing your thoughts and feelings without trying to change, do away with, or fix them, you develop a kinder and more understanding relationship with yourself. In meditation, you become the observer, allowing your mind to wander and return, all while maintaining a gentle, non-judgmental awareness.

Meditation cultivates a relationship with the most important person in your life—yourself. Just as a meaningful conversation with a friend can provide insight and comfort, meditation offers a space for self-reflection and understanding. By observing your thoughts and emotions without judgment, you begin to understand the patterns of your mind and the stories you tell yourself. You create the environment to shift the common narratives and thought patterns that form the belief systems. Over time, this practice of non-judgmental awareness fosters self-compassion and kindness. You start to realize that you are not your thoughts; you are the one who listens to them. This shift in perspective brings a profound growth in self-awareness and self-acceptance, transforming how you relate to yourself and the world around you.

  1. Lazar, S. W., Kerr, C. E., Wasserman, R. H., Gray, J. R., Greve, D. N., Treadway, M. T., … & Fischl, B. (2005). Meditation experience is associated with increased cortical thickness. NeuroReport, 16(17), 1893-1897. Link ↩︎

Befriending The Mind