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.

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.

Richard Shankman

The Art & Skill of Buddhist Meditation

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