It is almost universal for anyone beginning a meditation practice to find his or her mind distracted away from the object of meditation, got lost in those endless loops of thinking, remembering, fantasizing and so on. And there is also the opposite experience–the mind feeling heavy, dull, and drowsy, eventually falling asleep on the cushion.
It is possible to lead your mind down one path consciously in meditation, only to get it to experience something totally different and unexpected as a result of that. You can literally play tricks with your mind in order to explore what is possible.
I am going to tackle a type of meditation that is not very popular here. At least, I confess to not have led or taught it very often; maybe once or twice over last five years. It is the meditation on ugliness or unattractiveness, focusing on the different parts of the human body.
Although it [...]
The name glance meditation may sound strange. After all, we tend to equate meditation with sustained focus, free of distracting thoughts and images. So, why are we glancing at things quickly in a meditation session?
This type of meditation, a.k.a. reviewing meditation, is used in the teachings of the Graduated Path to Enlightenment (Tib. Lam [...]
Quite often when I meditate or when I lead guided meditation, the emphasis is on finding a sense of release from the physical tension in the body that makes for an uncomfortable sitting or the mental agitation that keeps stirring up emotional reactions.
However, relaxation of body and mind is not the primary or only [...]
Quite a number of us come to meditation because we long for a sense of inner calmness and stillness in the midst of our very busy and often chaotic life. We may instinctively sense that this inward-directing action of meditation holds the key to unlock a source of peace and well-being within us.
It is [...]
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