Continuing on the previous session, we are still scratching the surface of concentration (“escaping” the normal) and mindfulness (“facing” it) meditation. But this time, we did try mindfulness meditation, focusing on how our minds wander with various distractions. We noticed the sound of air conditioner turning on, chilled air, medley of thoughts, etc. During mindfulness meditation, distractions are welcome. We simply note as they occur. However, too many of them are simply overwhelming. So, it would be practical to start with concentration meditation and after the mind is calmed, we can shift our attention towards mindfulness or awareness. For more information, we have our Meditation Guide 2: Concentration and Mindfulness.
During the next session on Saturday, September 18 (2:00 – 3:30 pm at the Lawrence Community Center [map]), we will discuss the connection between meditation and everyday life. For this topic, there is Meditation Guide 3. A new feature from the next session is that we will have a relaxation practice during the first 30 minutes or so. Please bring a yoga mat or a towel, if possible.
For the links to the recommended books (available at the Mercer County Library System), sample meditation web sites, free local meditation activities, etc., please visit our group page. If you have questions/comments/suggestions, please leave a comment so that other participants can share yours.