Mindfulness of Gratitude (9 minute audio) ~ Richard Johnson

The practice of gratitude has been strongly linked to happiness in emotion research. In gratitude practice we focus on what we're grateful for in our lives which can gradually shift our baseline orientation in life towards a spirit of gratefulness. For more on being...

RAIN Meditation (12 minute audio) ~ Richard Johnson

The R.A.I.N. practice is a 4-step process for meeting the challenges of life in a spacious, curious, reflective way. The four steps of rain are: (1) recognize, (2) accept and allow, (3) investigate, and (4) non-identification with the challenge. We've been amazed by...

Standing Yoga (28 minute audio) ~ Richard Johnson

Think of Mindful Movement as a "body scan in motion" where we practice deeply feeling the sensations in the body as we move it and as we hold different postures. We offer a few suggestions for getting started as well as diagrams of our standard full mindful movement...

Body Scan (24 minute audio) ~ Richard Johnson

The Body Scan is a mindful tour through your body. This practice deepens awareness of the body, strengthens attention, and supports a more grounded, present-centered feeling for life. The Body Scan can also reveal stresses and emotional issues that you haven't become...

Compassion for Couples (19 minute audio) ~ Richard Johnson

Richard Johnson is a Senior Teacher at Mindfulness Northwest who has taught classes and workshops on mindful relationships for many years with his wife and fellow MNW teacher Teresa Johnson. Practice this Compassion for Couples meditation with a partner or on your...

Loving-Kindness for Couples (14 minute audio) ~ Richard Johnson

Loving-kindness stengthens the natural human desire that you and others be well. A core part of our Mindful Self-Compassion program as well as other compassion cultivation programs, loving-kindness meditation uses a combination of imagery and language to open the...

Levels of Practice

by Richard Johnson Types of Practice As you contemplate putting together your own ongoing mindfulness practice, you might consider these three building blocks: (1) formal practice on your own, (2) group formal practice, and (3) informal practice. Group Practice: You...