Some of these meditations are more about developing a stable focus in the present, others work on our approach/mindset, and others still seek to develop things like loving-kindness or wisdom.
As a way to orient your actual practice, I recommend everyone have some sort of anchoring practice that functions like a “homebase,” as in a method you build a relationship with and can use on and off the cushion to ground in mindfulness. It’s also essential to have the right attitude or mindset towards practice.
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Common Anchoring Techniques
- Whole Body Awareness (16:27)
- Mindfulness of Breathing (16:55)
- Mindfulness of Hearing (14:55)
- Body Scan Meditation (17:16)
- Awareness of the Body (15:59)
Meditation to Broaden and Deepen your Meditation Practice
- Relaxed Awareness (16:22)
- The Right Attitude for Meditation (15:58)
- The Connection of Thought, Sensation, Emotion & Awareness (19:57)
- Gentle Noting (15:56)
- Working with Obstacles – RAIN method (19:53)
- Noticing Awareness – aka Awareness of Awareness (15:01)
- How Feeling Impacts the Mind (15:58)
Loving-Kindness Meditations (aka Mettā)
- Loving-Kindness as an Attitude – my favorite mettā meditation – (19:55)
- Radiating Loving-Kindness – an energetic/somatic approach – (19:59)
- Loving-Kindness for Oneself (20:56)
- Loving-Kindness for a Benefactor or Friend (18:50)
- Loving-Kindness for a Neutral Person (21:40)
- Loving-Kindness for a Difficult Person (20:15)