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lxpeers's picture

Wonderful. I like the idea that you can always begin again.

chelseandy's picture

Thank you all. I have been meditating now for the past few months , and have just discovered Tricycle and it's wonderful content. Thanks again for showing me that there is a way to come to terms with oneself , through meditation and awareness which directly affects those people around us.

rodney.orr's picture

As another beginner (who is seemingly is always in remedial practice), I very much appreciate you doing this retreat again. The video and written materials are wonderful.
With mettā.

Dot Luce's picture

Sharon, it is so good to see your real face again. Would you tell your agent/promoters not to use a 20 year old photo? The reality of aging for all of us, is the vital teaching of impermanence. Thank you.

jayne's picture

I completely agree with this, it's very odd to see this and it;s worrying, and no I'm not being insensitive, they don't do this with mens photos I don't understand why they do it with Sharons.

maze4muz's picture

That's a little bit insensitive, no? I'm not sure you intended to come across that way.

onelove's picture

Thank you, Sharon, for always coming to the calm essence in your teaching, you always inspire confidence and renewed dedication in this way. Especially meaningful was your explanation that we see the benefits of developing this skill not in the actual meditation session but by looking at our lives.

SloanMls48's picture

I always enjoy listening to your teachings and reading your books. You are a wonderful teacher.
Thank you. MLS

massrunner's picture

Thank you so much Sharon and Tricycle for offering this online retreat once again this year.
I look forward to the retreat every February. I can not express the value of meditation in my daily life.
At work, time and again, I've seen stress and tension melt away from a simple breathing practice. I've seen spaciousness bloom where hardness and stubbornness threatened to squelch it time and again.
At home, in caring for an aged parent with ALZ, I've seen patience and true love take the reins instead of impatience and frustration. All this is a result of the dharma, the teachings on meditation and mindfulness and the kindness of teachers such as Sharon who have walked the Path, sharing with me and with us over the years. Bless you, Sharon and Tricycle. Here is to another year of learning, growth and perhaps even liberation.

beckerjoy's picture

This has been so helpful to me. I started my day at work listening to this teaching, and will listen to it again, tomorrow. JB

softwear1's picture

as a beginner i know they recommend that you start with a good 5 minutes instead of 15 minutes or a half our of not being very good, no being grounded or always being destracted instead of a good meditative valmenss. i hear the dali lama mediates 2-3 hours a day or more, one hour in the morning.etc.
how many hours does sharon practice for the most part, since she' studied buddhism and developed a process, path and is still adding new programs and teachers at her center in barre mass. as an advancedinstructor and student hersefl, How many hours a day is she doing ?

thank you

Sharon Salzberg's picture

I too have come to believe that the most important thing in practice is regularity. I'm a big advocate of daily practice -- it might be sitting, or walking, or standing, or lying down. It might be 20 minutes or longer, or just 5 minutes. Concentration will also vary. But the everyday ness of the commitment seems the most important factor in transformation.
I practice every day, usually in the morning first thing, and my goal is to sit for 45 minutes. But if on some days I only have a few minutes, I practice for those few minutes.
I also have a resolve to do Lovingkindness meditation whenever I'm waiting -- and I count every mode of transportation as "waiting." So walking down the streets, each taxi and subway and airplane ride I silently repeat the phrases of Lovingkindness -- May I be happy. May I be peaceful...or, "May you be happy. May you be peaceful."
It's a wonderful way to spend time with ourselves and the world around us.

jeevinesh's picture

Hi there, I would like to share my limited experience in this field. I have recently begun meditation for 20 minutes twice a day. Like softwear1 did mention, initially this was ten to fifteen minutes of "quality" meditation. The difficulty in "quality" is not judging the process as it occurs. Fatigue is fatigue. Flurry of thought is just that. It does not indicate failure.

Based on this, if five minutes is all that is possible initially, then do five minutes daily. Hence if you don't have a session with good concentration/mindfulness, you don't have to beat yourself up over it. You know that you have a foundation to fall back on the next day. Slowly it begins to be enjoyable and then the practice is looked to as a refuge, not as a disconnect to the real world but to connect even more deeply with it.

My yoga teacher told me that the most important thing initially is regularity. Once that happens, everything tends to flow. Its almost like breaking a negative feedback cycle of anxiety and heedlessness and encouraging a positive feedback cycle of listening to ourselves and giving to others.

So in response, it doesn't matter how many hours Ms Salzberg or even the Dalai Lama is doing every day. Most of us have selected the householder path and hence are not training to be professional meditators (if there is such a thing). :-)

From my limited experience, the answer is not to look outward but rather to look inward. Daily.

I hope this helps.

Eternal Sunshine's picture

Interesting point of view Jeevinesh.