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Wildmind's Year of Going Deeper
You're warmly welcomed to join in with part or all of our Year of Going Deeper, which is a year-long program of eight FREE meditation events, starting January 1, 2014.
The Year of Going Deeper includes events suitable for you whatever your level of practice, whether you're a beginner interested in learning basic techniques or a more experienced meditator interested in cultivating deep meditative states and insight. You're free to pick and choose which events you participate in.
- Registration for these events is free, although donations are encouraged.
- When you register for an event, you're signing up for a daily practice reminder that will be delivered by email.
- The newsletter will contain practice suggestions and links to guided meditations.
- There will also be some "live" events that you can watch on video, or watch recordings of later.
- For each event there will be an online community where you can share your experience and receive support and encouragement.
Learn more about the Year of Going Deeper by clicking here.
About the meditation practices you can learn on Wildmind.
Our posture workshop
is where we suggest you start if you don't already have a meditation practice (and perhaps even if you do). We'll take you step-by-step through the process of setting up a meditation posture that will allow you to be both alert and relaxed
. Learn more »
The mindfulness of breathing
is a fundamental meditation practice that everyone should know. The benefits? You'll find that this practice helps you to calm your mind
so that there's less inner chatter (especially the stuff that makes you unhappy). You'll find also that you're less distractible
and better able to pay attention
. Learn more »
The development of lovingkindness
(metta bhavana) works directly on our emotional habits, helping us to become more emotionally positive
. You'll learn to be kinder to yourself
: more patient, more understanding. You'll find that you're more considerate to others and that it's easier to forgive
. You may even find (as others have) that others around you mysteriously become easier to be around. Hmmm.. wonder why that is? Learn more »
is a great way to bring more meditation into your daily life; it's a practice that can be done even in a busy city street. In this form of practice we develop greater mindfulness of the body
, but we also become more aware of our thought patterns
, our emotions, and even of the outside world. It's a calming
practice. Walking meditation can also be a lovingkindness practice, especially when you're walking in a public place. Learn more »
Our mantra meditation
section is the most popular destination for our visitors. Mantras are simply phrases that we repeat (usually internally, but they can also be chanted out loud). As well as occupying the mind and thus calming
it by preventing it from getting up to the usual mischief that causes us pain, mantras also have a symbolic value that evokes spiritual qualities
. Learn more »
The six element practice
is a profound reflection on interconnectedness and impermanence. It's a very beautiful form of meditation. It not only helps us to calm the mind
and give us a reassuring sense of our place in the great scheme of things
, but it can be unsettling and challenging as well. Yes, I know. Reassuring and unsettling. That's Buddhist practice for you! Learn more »
about buddhist meditation
In a way there's nothing very "Buddhist" about the meditation you'll find on Wildmind. When you pay attention to your breath, or to the sensations in your body as you walk, or when you cultivate feelings of love for another person, you won't have a sense that you're doing anything very "religious." In a way these are simply "human" meditation practices -- ways that a human being can pay attention to his or her own experience, and gently cultivate greater awareness and love.
The simplest form of meditation we teach here is mindfulness of breathing. The essence of this practice is that we simply bring our attention to the sensations of the breathing, and when the mind wanders, as it will, we gently steer it back to the breath once again. However in the form we teach here, there are four stages, each of which has a specific purpose in helping us to develop calmness, energy, continuity of awareness, or one-pointedness.
The other main form of meditation that we teach is the cultivation of lovingkindness, in which we take responsibility for our emotions, and encourage the development of qualities of empathy, patience, kindness, and compassion.
We also teach you how to set up your meditation posture (an essential consideration in any form of meditation practice), as well as walking meditation.
And outside of these structured guides to meditation, we have a blog with a vast collection of news stories about meditation, articles on practice, and reviews of books, CDS, and videos.