Why is a day that is intended to be so meaningful often a point of incredible stress and anxiety? Whatever your part in the big day, integrating a mindfulness practice can help bring enjoyment and ease. We have gathered the following resources to support your practice during this major life event:
BrideChilla. Your wedding day is just like any other day in that unexpected challenges will arise causing you to question your cool. A key to maintaining a level head is to press the pause button before reacting – a skill built through daily meditation. In the article Why Meditation Might Be The Key To The Best Wedding Day Ever, author Jessica Zaleski offers tips from meditation teacher Laura Conley of Unplug Meditation in LA to increase awareness and decrease stress on your wedding day and beyond.
Advice from a groom. Sometimes the best advice comes from those with the freshest experience. Newlywed and writer, Alex Tzelnic reflects on the lessons gleaned from his recent nuptials in 10 Steps to a Mindful Wedding, featured in Tricycle.org. Alex’s tips range from intention in planning to managing your parents’ behavior to prepping for the honeymoon. His humorous, candid style makes this a joy to read for all.
Details, details, details. Anyone who has been involved in planning a wedding knows the depth of details that need attention to ensure the day goes smoothly. In How the Wellness Set Weds: Tips for Staying Mindful on Your Wedding Day, Jenny Berg chronicles how couples can bring mindfulness practice to curating the details of their big day. Berg shares tips from self-help author and motivational speaker Gabrielle Bernstein, wellness expert Amanda Chantal Bacon, and others that include creating mindful centerpieces, blessings for guests, and even leaving crystals at each guest’s seat.
Cool boredom. Ethan Nichtern, author and senior Buddhist teacher in the Shambhala tradition, finds the problem with Hollywood’s rom-com movies “is that they end just as the relationship is really getting started.” In his New York Times article Practicing the Perfections of Meditation, and Love, Eric V. Copage hears from Nichtern about how he fell in love with his wife and what actions and elements lead to a fulfilling life and marriage.