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How to Meditate - A Guide to Formal Sitting Practice

What is Mediation?

"Meditation is commonly described as a training of mental attention that awakens us beyond the conditional mind and habitual thinking, and reveals the nature of reality. In this guide, the process and the fruit of meditation practice is understood as Natural Presence. Presence is a mindful, clear recognition of what is happening- here, now- and the open, allowing space that includes all experience.

There are many supportive strategies (called "skillful means") that create a conducive atmosphere for the deepening of presence. The art of practice is employing these strategies with curiosity, kindness and light touch. The wisdom of practice is remembering that Natural Presence is always and already here. It is the loving awareness that is our essence."

~Tara Brach, Ph.D.

Tara is the founder and senior teacher of the Insight Meditation Community of Washington, and teaches Buddhist meditation at centers in the United States and Canada. A clinical psychologist and author of Radical Acceptance - Embracing Your Life with the Heart of a Buddha, she has taught extensively on the application of Buddhist teachings to emotional healing.