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About the meditation practices you can learn on Wildmind

At Wildmind we’re committed to bringing practical information on meditation to anyone who has internet access. We realize that not everyone is able to get to a face-to-face meditation class (although if that’s possible we recommend that you make the effort) and we want the benefits of meditation to be available to all.


postureIf you don’t already have a meditation practice (and perhaps even if you do) we suggest starting with our posture workshop, which takes you step-by-step through the process of setting up a meditation posture that will allow you to be both alert and relaxed. Go there! »


mindfulness of breathingThe 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. Go there! »


metta bhavanaThe 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? Go there! »


walking meditationWalking meditation 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. Go there! »


mantra meditationOur 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. Go there! »


six element meditationThe 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! Go there! »


future plansAnd in the future, we plan to add more information on other practices, including the Brahmaviharas (the development of compassion, joy, and equanimity as well as lovingkindness, which we already cover), and more on the mindfulness of breathing as an insight (vipassana) practice.


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Comment from Love machine
Time: June 7, 2008, 9:23 am

I love you all

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Comment from Lars
Time: August 19, 2008, 1:35 pm

The guide would have saved me a lot of time had it been available when I started out. Thank you for the work you have done here.
Lars

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Comment from bodhisagar
Time: August 28, 2008, 2:11 pm

it is very helpfull for the students and peoples in oll over the world

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Comment from Isabel
Time: December 19, 2008, 7:58 am

Thanks very much for this page and all your efforts to help us learn meditation, it is helping me big time in my daily life. I wish you all the best.

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Comment from Rachael
Time: June 26, 2009, 10:14 pm

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Time: February 10, 2010, 2:26 pm

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Comment from ranganatha
Time: February 4, 2014, 9:08 pm

Dear Bodhipaksha, I am deaf but I can read. kindly give me step by step loving meditation instructions that you have made in the audio. I will read, take notes and remember and practice this meditation. thanks. Ranganatha from India.

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Comment from Bodhipaksa
Time: February 19, 2014, 2:45 pm

Having a transcription would be a good idea. I’ll give that some thought, Ranganatha. Thanks for the suggestion.

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Comment from Steve
Time: August 1, 2014, 5:04 am

I have been reading Trungpa’s Cutting through Spiritual Materialism, and I find it very challenging. One thing that has confused me is the idea to give up “the watcher.” I am confused perhaps because of semantics, but my practice for years has been to try to “watch” my thoughts (or breath) during practice. What I think Trungpa means is a propensity for constant self-judgment, which I have. When I attempt to suspend this and quiet it (at those times I am aware of this tendency), the result is indeed spaciousness and clarity without bliss and without depression (at times…). I would appreciate your thoughts on my confusion as I try to deepen practice. Thank you.

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Comment from Bodhipaksa
Time: August 2, 2014, 10:56 am

I haven’t read the book, I’m afraid, so I don’t know what Trungpa meant by giving up “the watcher.”

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Comment from Steve
Time: August 2, 2014, 7:06 pm

Thank you anyway. I read a lot; Hindrance of Doubt was helpful.

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