Meditation: Where to Begin?
This course is meant to kick-start – or refresh – peoples’ meditation practice, by giving them both a clear understanding of four core meditation styles – concentration (leads to simplicity and peace), mindfulness (leads to insight and perspective), loving-kindness (leads to friendliness and compassion), and “just sitting” (leads to acceptance and deep connection) – and how they can all be mixed, matched, and integrated into a single practice routine.
Every morning for five days, our little group put on our climbing harnesses, clipped into a long snaking rope, and began our glacier ascent. As we explored the mountain peaks around us, we were also exploring a dimension of human happiness that depended on our body's capacity to get absorbed in experience.
This deceptively simple practice is so simple most folks write it off without giving it a sincere shot. Like meditation, it can take a while to get the hang of. Its many proponents argue no other practice can change your relationship to hardship and suffering so completely in such a direct way.
The world is filled with so many interesting things! People doing stuff, going places, making things happen. It’s all very exciting. This is not about any of that.