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Step-by-Step Instructions for a Simple Mindfulness Practice
Mindfulness practice can help us transform our relationship to the way we feel, think, and relate to others. It brings us, moment by moment, into a greater sense of spaciousness, calmness, and a deeper connection with ourselves and the world. Today we’re offering step-by-step instructions for a simple mindfulness practice you can return to over and over again.
Today we’re sharing an excerpt from the audiobook The Art and Skill of Buddhist Meditation: Mindfulness, Concentration, and Insight, by Richard Shankman. This audiobook is a practical guide to building a strong meditation practice using mindfulness, concentration, and insight. New meditators will find step-by-step instructions and hands- on skills they can easily put into practice. Experienced meditators will find a complete guide for deepening insight and cultivating deeper stages of concentration.
What’s in this episode?
In this episode Richard offers step-by-step instructions for a foundational mediation practice: Mindfulness of Breathing. This simple meditation practice helps us learn how to be present as we connect mindfully with the experience of breathing—just as it is happening now.
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The ultimate goal of Buddhist meditation and teachings is to guide us toward a nonreactive equanimity and inner peace in the midst of all aspects of our lives. Buddhist teachings are asking us to make a shift in how and where we look for happiness, with far-reaching and profound consequences for our well-being.