Tuesday, March 20, 2012

So you say you can't meditate?

 3-Minute Video Series

I never thought I could either because what I'd been taught about meditation was this:

If you simply relaxed and focused on your breath, you'd drop into bliss. 

This never happened to me, so I stopped trying to meditate.

Today, I know better. I also know that we have been sold a false bill of goods about how to meditate.

Meditation, as described by someone I deeply admire, Jon Kabbat-Zinn,  is nothing more than "focused attention."

Meditation invites us to a stillpoint where we are focused on one thing, just one. Doing so can actually slow those racing thoughts and eventually quiet the mind down altogether.

Or not. Sometimes our mind still wanders all over the place. We can still meditate. All we have to do is bring our attention back to our point of concentration (a breath, a word, a flame, etc) and the mind settles down once again.

Repeating this process over and over again is meditation.

If you're lucky, and faithful to meditation practice, your mind will become more stable and steady. You will be able to access greater peace, see yourself more clearly, and gain insight. But only with time and practice.

This week's Vlog features my favorite technique for beginning meditation. It can be done anytime, anywhere—an airport, your garden, in your bed. It is easy and enjoyable.

Listening Meditation.

This form of meditation (again, focused concentration) brings me back to the present moment wherever I am—and when that happens, I am more at ease with my life—one of the wonderful benefits of meditation. This can be true for you too!

Why don't you try it and see?

If you can do this very simple practice for "Portable Peace," you can meditate. 


Portable Peace: "Listening Meditation"

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On March 24 OR 25 (you choose your date) I am offering a Metta Retreat--online! 

Come, learn, practice Metta with me: how to be unconditionally friendly to yourself and all beings through a profound and centuries old blessing practice. 
Metta is often called "Loving-kindness practice."


 If you're interesting in reading an article I wrote on Metta (loving-kindness practice), you can read the article here.
This is my primary form of meditation and it has brought me the greatest peace I have ever known. 
I guarantee Metta (and the retreat) will open your heart wider than it has ever been opened before! Learn more here.

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