Matthew Sockolov

Home » Blog » Archives for Matthew Sockolov

About Matthew Sockolov

Matthew Sockolov is a Buddhist meditation teacher and author. He was empowered to teach meditation by Spirit Rock Meditation Center, and is the founding teacher of One Mind Dharma. His new book, Practicing Mindfulness - 75 Essential Meditations is now available on Amazon.

Guided Meditation – Mental Responses and Reactions

Today's meditation is a bit of a different practice. We will be observing our experience in an open awareness practice as we often do. However, we are adding in a piece that is often left out: recognizing mental responses. We will observe this through the lens of leaning. That is, are we leaning toward or [...]

By |2019-07-04T10:20:36-07:00July 4th, 2019|Weekly Meditations|0 Comments

Mindfulness and Thinking

This episode of Dharma Talk covers a few different questions related to the thinking mind. Can we meditate with an active mind? What do we do with "negative" thoughts? Thinking is a huge part of our experience, and we can bring mindfulness to the experience in order to dramatically change our relationships to the thoughts. [...]

By |2019-07-01T08:00:06-07:00July 1st, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Listening Meditation – Mindfulness of Hearing

We have somebody in our online meditation group who has requested mindfulness of hearing practices before. She finds it to be an effective way to be present, practice mindfulness, and collect the attention. Although everyone does not have the same experience as she, I happen to agree. Listening meditation can be a powerful way to [...]

By |2019-06-17T17:32:38-07:00June 17th, 2019|Mindfulness|0 Comments

Body Scan Meditation

Today's meditation is a guided body scan practice. We move through the body, observing each part with mindfulness. This is a practice in the First Foundation of Mindfulness, Mindfulness of the Body. To start, we'll cultivate the intention of metta, or loving-kindness, toward the body. This helps us set the foundation of gentleness as we [...]

By |2019-06-17T09:49:14-07:00June 17th, 2019|Weekly Meditations|0 Comments

Internal and External Resources

Today on Dharma Talk, we're discussing resources that we can build. We'll cover some of the traditional resources we build in dharma, as well as some that may be outside of the scope of traditional dharma teachings. Visit to subscribe via email, iTunes, YouTube, and more. You can also now listen on your Spotify [...]

By |2019-06-05T11:13:03-07:00June 5th, 2019|Dharma Talk|0 Comments

Simple Yoga and Mindfulness Practices For The Office

Going to work shouldn’t prevent you from developing your spiritual awareness. In today’s fast-paced business world, it’s easy to forget about meditation and yogic practices and focus on increasing your productivity instead. But it doesn’t have to be this way. There are many small things you can do throughout the day to boost your mood [...]

By |2019-05-23T08:18:03-07:00May 23rd, 2019|Mindfulness|0 Comments

5 Ways to Design for Wellness

Adopting a healthy, natural lifestyle is an ever-increasing popular choice.  Making a conscious decision to eat better and exercise are often the first topics that come to mind when setting out on a healthier lifestyle.  One way to give yourself a boost is by designing your home to have a natural, relaxing feel. With the [...]

By |2019-05-22T13:52:40-07:00May 15th, 2019|Mindfulness|0 Comments

Guided Gratitude Meditation

Today's meditation is a guided gratitude meditation. Although this is not a traditional Buddhist practice, gratitude is a quality that can support our wellbeing deeply. We will use the same format we often use when working with the brahma-viharas, repeating phrases to cultivate the intention. If there's a topic or meditation you'd like to see [...]

By |2019-05-08T07:09:57-07:00May 8th, 2019|Weekly Meditations|0 Comments

Metta (Loving-kindness)

Today's meditation is a metta meditation. Metta is the first of the brahma-viharas, or heart practices. Often translated as loving-kindness, metta is a quality of the heart in which we care for the wellbeing of ourselves and others. Metta is a practice, and it takes effort and time to cultivate this quality of the heart. [...]

By |2019-04-26T09:00:43-07:00April 26th, 2019|Weekly Meditations|0 Comments