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What is meditation?
"Straightforward and simple (but not easy), meditation is essentially training our attention so that we can be more aware - not only of our own inner working but also of what's happening around us in the here and now." - Sharon Salzberg, 2011, p. 7
Salzberg, S. (2011). Real happiness: The power of meditation. New York: Workman Publishing.
Basic Mindfulness Meditation
There are a number of resources available that teach basic meditation practice; please see the tabs in this guide for suggestions. The guidelines below are the foundation for most basic practices:
- Find a comfortable seat. Relax into an upright position.
- Take normal, even breaths.
- With eyes open or eyes closed, bring attention to any thoughts, feelings, or sensations that arise.
- Slowly bring your attention to your breath.
- Continue re-directing your focus to your breath and let thoughts, feelings, and sensations pass.
- The goal is not to eliminate your thoughts or any immediate distractions, but instead to train yourself not to become attached to them by bringing your focus back to your breath.
- A basic meditation practice is most successful if practiced consistently, preferably each day. One could aim to begin with 5 minute sessions and work up to 30 or 45 minutes.
Adapted from Salzberg, S. (2011). Real happiness: The power of meditation. New York: Workman Publishing.
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