Meditation practice isn’t about trying to throw ourselves away and become something better. It’s about befriending who we already are.
Formal sitting meditation is Mindfulness practiced seated on the floor, a cushion or in a chair. While Mindfulness training is inseparable from our lives, relationships, work, home, from all of our experiences, sitting meditation offers an opportunity to observe our thoughts in stillness – it is one of many opportunities for us to extend our training the mind.
With great kindness towards ourselves we discover the elements of Shamatha-Vipashana meditation, including seat, posture, gaze, and breath. With practice we observe the ever-changing landscape of breath, sensations, body, thoughts, emotions, and regard these as support for mindful awareness rather than impediments to a calm mind. Post-meditation offers an opportunity to examine and discuss the nature of the mind as we experienced it during our practice.
Understanding that our meditation practice may in reality look different from how we might have imagined it should look, that the purpose of our sitting is to simply sit and observe rather than try to achieve a certain state of awareness, requires patience and precision. We learn that “letting go” is not a goal to be achieved, but rather the effortless product of consistently returning to the breath, to openness, to leaning into pain and uncertainty rather than escaping or seeking distraction. Practical, individualized guidance on setting up your own time and space is an essential part of our work.