“..The transformation that the meditation path produces in us…begins when are our minds can stay.” - Pema Chodron
"Our life is what our thoughts make it." - Marcus Aurelius
The practice of meditation creates an opening, a way to access that part of the mind that allows us to name our experience of thought, feeling, and physical sensation. We create space between what is happening in our minds and how we would like to respond. This leads to a greater sense of emotional control. As we continue to practice, we will have glimmers of stillness and later on more time of calm and quiet. We will not rid ourselves of intense emotions and worry, however our interpretation will fundamentally change and we will trust that we are the experts of our lives. We will face our fears in manageable doses. We will learn to accept whatever comes our way rather than avoid and distract. Everyone is capable of learning this skill.
During early meditations we pay close attention to our breath. This keeps us focused on the present moment not the future or past which is our normal tendency.
Click the play button to hear an Introduction to Meditation with Muscle Tension Relaxation:
These recordings were developed to offer knowledge and concrete behaviors to individuals struggling, to minimize suffering. Special thanks to the following authors for sharing their wisdom and insights: Tara Brach, Pema Chodron, Sally Kempton, Jack Kornfield, Salle M. Redfield, and Jon Kabat-Zinn.