Most importantly, we hope for your well-being and respect for your personal needs and desires, and that you are able to choose how much time and energy you can devote to the practice. We encourage our students to focus on the present and not necessarily the future.
What is the process of meditation? What is the goal? How is practice different from ordinary activities?
Practice is a way of experiencing the present moment, of living in the present moment. It does not involve some sort of effort to reach some unattainable goal. It is the practice of experiencing the present moment in an unmeditated or meditative way. The goal is simply to use meditation to explore the present moment.
The process of meditation involves following the breathing of a still body. In other words, the breath is still. The breathing in meditation involves the following:
The mind enters and remains in the present. It is the moment it is not being influenced by thoughts or expectations, or by anything else.
The mind is calm and still. It is the state it is in to help us feel less stressed or worried.
The mind experiences happiness. It is joy that arises and subsides for you.
The breath enters through the nose. The brain enters the mind by activating its centers and regions of the brain. Thus the breath is “experiencing” the present moment.
The breath is very shallow. It is a sort of mental equivalent to the breath of someone who is listening to music. (The difference is that the breath of someone listening to music goes all the way through the nose, while the breath in meditation goes only through the nostrils.)
This may sound confusing, so let the breath help you and don’t try to change it. You can do it.
How can I learn meditation?
The process of meditation is a very simple one, if you have the time, especially in summer, when breathing practices are particularly active. We have many books that deal primarily with the practice, particularly the three that are published with the practice. These are The Four Streams, The Four Kinds of Awareness, and The Four Kinds of Mindfulness. Please see the section “How to Choose Between the Four Streams and Mindfulness” for more information.
The first step in the process is to develop awareness throughout the body. This involves knowing the breath. We ask ourselves, “Where am I?” We observe, “I feel my heart