A Simple Mindfulness Practice

A Simple Mindfulness Practice

Mindfulness practice can help bring 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 popular 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.

In this episode Richard offers step-by-step instructions for a foundational mediation practice: Mindfulness of Breathing. This simple mindfulness practice helps us learn how to be present as we connect mindfully with the experience of breathing—just as it is happening now.

Meditation Skill: Opening to the Present Moment

Meditation Skill: Opening to the Present Moment

When you’re meditating, does it ever feel like you‘re struggling or working hard? Do you have a sense that you should be having a different experience? Even in times like these you can learn to rest and relax. Today we’re exploring the Buddhist meditation skill of “right effort”—being fully in the present while naturally moving toward more peace, clarity, and awareness.

Today we’re sharing an excerpt from the audiobook “The Art and Skill of Buddhist Meditation: Mindfulness, Concentration, and Insight,” written by Richard Shankman. This audiobook is a practical guide to building a strong meditation practice using mindfulness, concentration, and insight.
 
Developing the meditation skill of “right effort” will help you let go of struggle and fully open to the present moment. You’ll learn to meet yourself with kindness, compassion, and a sense of exploration and experimentation.

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