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MEDITATION INSTRUCTION BY DAN RODMAN
When people start to try out meditation the usual beliefs that arise are "I'm not good at it" or "I don't have time". For the first belief here's what happens: people try to meditate by trying to think of nothing for 20 minutes. Immediately they find out that their minds are attached to thinking and they get distracted, which is the problem in the first place. Finally, because they can't keep from thinking they think "I'm not good at it". However, the only thing that is truly a sign of is that you are a beginner. Your mind will not be able to settle easily in the beginning, which is why the practice in the beginning is not to stop your thinking, but to notice when you get distracted. That noticing builds in you an ability to be present to your experience that you didn't have before, and that is what we want to cultivate. It allows you to notice that you are not your thoughts, that you don't need to be lost in them, and therefore you have the freedom to let go of them. As for "I don't have time", especially in the beginning it is important not to push yourself. That is why I recommend to do breath meditation, by simply following the breath in the present moment, for only 5 minutes a day. Everyone can find 5 minutes to set aside for a deepening of their mind to the present moment to be able to do the things you do during the day better. Once you build a habit of doing it regularly, then you can increase the time to 10 then 15 minutes and so on. Guided meditations like the one on this website are also helpful to get started. Also take a look at the suggested apps page. Ultimately, it is important to develop your own practice outside of guided meditation to really get to know your own mind. More information about beginning meditation is in the meditation documents section. More questions? Please contact me through the info on the contact page.
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