The ideal of meditating for long stretches of time, for 30 minutes to an hour, is often difficult for people to realize. For that reason, I have always recommended that beginners start out with three to five minute meditation sessions and expand as their commitment to meditation grows.
A meditation teacher from Burma, when asked about how busy people in North America could meditate, recommended short periods of meditation in the morning, afternoon, and evening. These meditations could be focused on activities that we normally perform. For instance, when getting dressed, do so in a mindful fashion, paying attention to what you are doing and noting each activity (e.g., bending, stretching, reaching) as closely as you can. When going from the house to your car and preparing to drive the car out of your garage and then your driveway, focus on what you are doing rather than where you are coming from or where you are going. Throughout that transition focus on seeing, hearing, and touching.
This blog chronicles the activities of a meditation group in Bancroft, Ontario and provides instruction in insight meditation. Meditation concepts are explained in terms of Western psychology and in terms of the Buddhist concepts from which this style of meditation derives. Dr. Alan McAllister, a psychologist practicing in Bancroft, is the author of the blog and the facilitator of the group which meets periodically for 8-10 sessions twice a year.
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Friday, April 27, 2012
Meditating just a little
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