Meditation. . .
Mindfulness meditation is often taught in steps. Instructions begin with mindfulness of the breath, followed by mindfulness of the body, emotions and thinking and conclude with concentration and the application of mindfulness in daily life.
We have several types or forms of meditation practice which include:
Buddhist Meditation – Key elements of Buddhist meditation, include mindfulness, concentration and liberation. We can consider this the foundation of all meditation styles and practices.
Concentration Meditation – Concentration is not only a meditation practice, but it is also a key part of the Buddhist path of practice. In this practice we concentrate or focus on one topic and explore it fully.
Lovingkindness (Metta) Meditation – Metta, or lovingkindness is the heartfelt wish for the well-being of oneself and others. The practice of Metta meditation, the systematic cultivation of our capacity for lovingkindness, is an important partner to mindfulness meditation.
Guided Meditations – Guided meditations are available from a number of different teachers, with a number of different emphases. Just search around and you will several. I hope to create my own series soon.
Integrating meditation practice into our daily lives can be difficult. Many of us need support for this challenging but rewarding aspect of practice. Start slowly with five minutes in the morning and five minutes before bed. Separate your two short sessions with one being a slow breathing wake up in the morning to center up for the day and then end your day with a session that clears your mind and preps you mentally for rest.
Meditation is a process of lightening up, of trusting the basic goodness of what we have and who we are, and of realizing that any wisdom that exists, exists in what we already have. We can lead our life so as to become more awake to who we are and what we’re doing rather than trying to improve or change or get rid of who we are or what we’re doing. The key is to wake up, to become more alert, more inquisitive and curious about ourselves.
Peace and Love, Jim