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    Commit to Sit: Seated Tips Paid Member

    Experiment with posture. Sometimes, very slight adjustments can ease discomfort. You might also want to try different types of meditation cushions and benches; or see hot it feels to sit in a chair Use what might otherwise be considered "dead" time (eg. in your car, or waiting for someone to show up for an appointment) to focus your awareness on your immediate experience. If you find it helpful, use your breath as the primary object of concentration. This practice will help you to expand the sense of presence and connection you're developing in formal meditation into your everyday activities. Adapted from Insight Meditation: A Step-by-Step Course on How to Meditate with Sharon Salzberg and Joseph Goldstein, an interactive learning program from Sounds True. More »
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    Commit to Sit: Meditation Supplies Paid Member

    The three most common types of meditation support are: More »
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    Commit to Sit: Aversion Paid Member

    Just as with desire, we need not judge our fear, anger, frustration, contraction, irritation, annoyance, or the many other forms of aversion we experience. We simply note the moments of ill will, disappointment, or indignation as they arise. We keep noting these feelings, even labeling them—“anger, anger”—and watching our tone so that we’re not noting in an angry way. We simply take note of our experience as a means of recognition and acceptance. More »
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    Commit to Sit: Hindrances Paid Member

    Recognize sleepiness as something we experience in parts of each day. We practice meditation in order to wake up. By bringing awareness to the state of torpor, you can gain glimpses into those parts of your world you may be excluding from the totality of your awareness. If you find yourself losing interest in your surroundings, wherever you are, focus on just one thing. “Just this sentence.” “Just this step.” Bring yourself back into the present moment by becoming mindful of those objects and events that are actually arising. Surrender. More »
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    Commit to Sit: Sense Doors Paid Member

    According to classical Buddhist teachings, we experience the world through six “sense doors,” or perceptual gateways. They are: More »
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    Commit to Sit: Into the World Paid Member

    Use these exercises for a few days each month to help you maintain clarity, compassion, and mindfulness throughout the full range of your experience. Exercise 1 Practice acting on the thoughts of generosity that arise in the mind. Exercise 2 Determine not to gossip or speak about a third party who isn’t with you at the time. Exercise 3 Pick a person in your life that you usually ignore or feel indifferent to. Consciously pay attention to them and make them an object of your metta More »