We meditate to train ourselves to be present with whatever unfolds in the senses instead of being caught up in the thinking mind that tears us away from the immediacy of lived experience. As energy flows into and within our ears (sounds), eyes (forms), nose (aromas), tongue (taste), body (touch, emotions, sexuality), and mind (thoughts), it brings the world alive in our experience.
The Insight Meditation tradition provides a way for becoming present with whatever unfolds in the senses instead of being caught up in the thinking mind that tears us away from the immediacy of lived experience.
Gil Fronsdal is the co-teacher at the Insight Meditation Center in Redwood City, California and the Insight Retreat Center in Santa Cruz, California. He has been teaching since 1990. Gil has practiced Zen and Vipassana since 1975 and has a Ph.D. in Buddhist Studies from Stanford. He has trained in both the Japanese Soto Zen tradition and the Insight Meditation lineage of Theravada Buddhism of Southeast Asia. Gil was trained as a Vipassana teacher by Jack Kornfield and is part of the Vipassana teachers’ collective at Spirit Rock Meditation Center. He was ordained as a Soto Zen priest at the San Francisco Zen Center in 1982, and in 1995 he received Dharma Transmission from Mel Weitsman, the abbot of the Berkeley Zen Center. He has been the primary teacher for the Insight Meditation Center in Redwood City, California since 1990.
Practice ideas for heart circles and gatherings.
Practice: We include meditation in Heart Circles and gatherings and encourage faeries to include mindfulness practice in their personal lives.
Walking meditation is the application of mindfulness to movement.
Origins of Mindfulness
Two Buddhist suttas:
Practice: We seek to master the eight breathing exercises in Dr. Andrew Weil’s course on Breathing: The Master Key to Self-Healing.
To learn the art of healthy breathing, Dr. Weil turned to Eastern traditions, including yoga, which view the breath as a vital link to the prana, or energy of the universe. In easy-to-follow language, he explains the secret of breathwork’s power over your health, and its remarkable ability to influence ― and even reprogram ― the nervous system.
By the end of the course, faeries will be able to:
- Explain how overstimulation of the sympathetic nervous system contributes to health issues.
- Describe the relationship between breath and spirituality.
- Apply breathwork techniques to increase alertness and relaxation.
- Practice guided exercises for restored wellness over time.
Three examples of the breathing practices in the course:
Practice: We seek to practice yoga by mastering the poses in the Integral Yoga Hatha by Yogiraj Sri Swami Satchidananda.
- Introduction to Meditation by Gil Fronsdal.
- Insight Timer.
- The Dhammapada, Buddha, Gil Fronsdal (translator), audio.
- Somatic Descent by Reggie Ray.
- The Taoist Way by Alan Watts.
- Tao Te Ching, Lao Tzu, Stephen Mitchell (translator), text.
- Tao Te Ching, Lao Tzu, Stephen Mitchell (translator), audio.
- Integral Yoga Hatha by Sri Swami Satchidananda (Yoga practice).
- Breathing: The Master Key to Self Healing by Andrew Weil MD.
- The Secret Power of Yoga: A Woman’s Guide to the Heart and Spirit of the Yoga Sutras by Nischala Joy Devi (Yoga philosophy).