Guided meditation: mindfulness of breathing

bodhipaksaThe video below is another recording from one of the Google Plus Hangout meditations that I lead from time to time.

This one is a form of the mindfulness of breathing. It follows the traditional form that’s taught on this site, but with more of an emphasis on setting up conditions for the jhana factors to arise.

I incorporate a few elements which have become distinctive in my teaching: the principle of paying attention to a broad band of experiences connected with the breathing, so that we use up as much mental bandwidth as possible in order to reduce distracted thinking. This week I add a little twist, which is paying attention to the three-dimensionality of the breathing: something I find really calms the mind, probably because it moves activity from the left to the right hemisphere of the brain.

Enjoy! And remember that we have a thriving community on Google+, where we share what’s going on in our practice and give each other support and encouragement. Please join us!


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