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Although meditation is best learned by attending classes and receiving instructions from a teacher, listening to audio recordings of guided meditations can be an effective way to get started. They can also provide motivation and inspiration for cultivating a regular meditation practice. These guided meditations by Phillip Moffitt were recorded at the Marin Sangha and Spirit Rock Meditation Center.
In the Theravadin Buddhist tradition, this practice begins with the meditator cultivating loving-kindness towards themself, then their loved ones, friends, teachers, strangers, enemies, and finally towards all sentient beings.
Usually when you follow the breath, you are focused on the air element. But, it's also possible to focus on the earth element in the breath. This may bring about new discoveries in your meditation.
New Years Meditation to accompany Dharma Talk: A New New Year
How many of your moments are taken up by judging, comparing and fixing? Your mind can be so spacious when you're not having an inner dialogue.
A 38-minute guided meditation ending with a 10-minute Q&A. Begins with focus on Earth element in the body.
Use your breath as the object of concentration to collect and unify the mind. Return to this practice when the mind is in turmoil or the heart feels vulnerable.
Come fully into the present moment. Be present for the full range of your experience and know your intention. What’s stopping you from being fully present? A 35-minuted guide sit ending with a 10-minute talk.
A 37-minute guided sit. Receive with equanimity the experience of knowing the body in this moment without judging, comparing, or fixing. What's true in the body just now?
A 36-minute guided sit on the cultivation of steadiness of mind using the breath. The more you receive this experience of breath, the steadier the mind will be. Focus on sustaining your attention on the inhale and the exhale.