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πŸ§˜β€β™‚οΈ Meditation: Fix Problems Or Make A Path?

I heard a meditation teacher give an interesting answer to a student’s question. The course was about embodiment and the question was about trauma. The teacher said something like this:

“Don’t make a meditation project out of healing your trauma. Instead, cultivate the qualities that meditation offers, and let them do the healing.”

Some people use meditation as a collection of tips and tricks to fix specific problems. Others meditate as a path taught by the Buddha and other teachers. So which makes sense for me?

There are multiple problems that I’m struggling with, but the one that troubles me the most changes day by day. So there’s a regular feeling of alarm, but an irregular response from my mind about what to do about it. This increases anxiety and damages confidence.

However, if I take the teacher’s advice above, then I have a single problem. Meditation starts quite simply and becomes more complex as you see the options for further practice. But I can take it one step at a time. I can focus. I can think, without being scattered by shifting priorities.

So, I’ll focus on building a coherent path of meditation. And I’ll write about it here.

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πŸ“˜ Mindfulness for Beginners – by Jon Kabat-Zinn

Jon Kabat-Zinn has bridged the gap between the meditation practices of Buddhism and the western, science-based treatment of mental suffering.

In the first two years of my own practice, I followed guided meditations from Jon Kabat-Zinn. This laid a foundation of mindfulness for understanding many other meditations.

The audio guided meditations that come with Mindfulness for Beginners are a perfect way to start meditating. The book itself contains short chapters that help to deepen a practice once it has started to take root.

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