Day 2 – Mindfulness Meditation for the Modern Life

Sheila Singh

As we enter week two, we continue our discovery of mindfulness meditation practices, a discovery rooted in kindness and care.  We discussed the importance of a more clear and stable mind before we enter into the practice of vipassana or insight.  Without both stability and ease, we risk being captivated and identified with the experiences that will arise.  Shamatha allows us to cultivate focus and ease so that we can strengthen our capacity to sit with experience more fully before we begin the task of interpreting it.  To this end, we will continue exploring shamatha practice through the course of the series, even as we begin to peel apart the layers of our experience.

Vipassana practice is where we take a steady lens to skillfully investigate various aspects of our experience.  These aspects are known as the four foundations of mindfulness: physical, emotional, mental and environment.  Often we spend a lot time in our heads…

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