Founder of sip and om and The Daily Meditation Podcast
Let’s Get You Meditating!
sip and om is the home of the complete Library of Meditations from The Daily Meditation Podcast. Every day a brand new meditation awaits you based on a weekly theme to keep your meditations dynamic. You’ll discover a different meditation technique every single day for more peace, energy and clarity. Whether you’re brand new to meditation, or an experienced meditator, you’ll explore fresh approaches to crave your meditation ritual so you can keep meditating. After all, meditation isn’t suppose to interrupt your day… it’s supposed to be a part of it.
Your Meditation Guide
Meet your meditation guide, Mary Meckley. Mary is a certified meditation teacher with a diverse background in all things peace and calm. It was tea that initially slowed Mary down over two decades ago when she studied Chado (the Japanese tea ceremony) in Japan where she lived for five years. Mary also received certification in Ikebana (the art of Japanese flower arranging), and Feng Shui (the art of space arrangement). She has a graduate degree in International Relations and has worked with people all over the world in both corporate and teaching settings. Mary teaches thousands of people each week how to meditate, reduce stress, and sleep better through her digital training programs, private coaching, and through The Daily Meditation Podcast. Get to know more about Mary here.
WHY DID YOU START SIP AND OM?
Sip and Om is the resource I wish I would have had when I first started meditating. I created sip and om and The Daily Meditation Podcast as a resource to show people how meditation can be so much more than a way to manage stress. Meditation can be a whole new way to approach your life.
BIGGEST CHALLENGE MOST PEOPLE FACE WHEN THEY MEDITATE?
There are two — finding time to meditate, and being consistent with it. This is the ongoing battle all meditators face. To overcome those challenges it’s important to create a meditation ritual you can take with you on-the-go so that no matter where you are you can still meditate, even for 5 or 10 minutes. Meditation techniques are also quick ways to calm yourself when you don’t have time to do a meditation. I share a different meditation technique every day that you can do when pressed for time.
IS IT NECESSARY TO BE TAUGHT TO MEDITATE? CAN’T YOU JUST SIT DOWN AND DO IT ON YOUR OWN?
When you’re new to meditation it can be challenging sitting still for even 5 minutes. You may not be sure what to do, and this can feel like you’re just zoning out instead of experiencing peace. It’s helpful to have an experienced guide to support you through the meditation process. When I first started meditating I attended meditation retreats where I experienced the peace and calm of meditation. But when I came home to my regular environment my ritual seemed to fall apart. I share a daily guided meditation so you always have the support you need.
HOW DO YOU MAINTAIN CONSISTENCY WHEN YOU MEDITATE?
I simply show up. My meditation ritual is my spiritual and emotional hygiene. I wouldn’t go to bed without brushing the plaque off my teeth. Likewise I don’t go to bed without meditating to release the stress of the day.
YOUR TOP STRESS TRIGGER?
Hands down, negative people. Spend time with positive people and watch your life and your meditation ritual flourish.
FAVORITE PLACE TO MEDITATE?
In my backyard garden.
MOST UNUSUAL PLACE YOU’VE MEDITATED?
I’ve actually had some pretty good meditations on crowded public transportation, and in airplanes.
BEST ADVICE TO NEW MEDITATORS?
Know you are worth slowing down for. The 10-15 minutes you spend in meditation may be the most important part of your day.