Photo by Moyan Brenn

Just a quick note — here’s a website devoted to meditators sharing their experiences and connecting.

Here’s some text from their About page:

“This movement reflects a wider cultural change in our understanding of meditation. The practices and doctrines of hundreds of previously esoteric traditions are now available to us, and we are free to verify their practical aspects whilst taking apart the unhelpful myths, superstitions, dogmas and falsehoods that prevent the free discussion and dissemination of authentic meditation.

This shift towards transparency and honesty naturally emphasises practice over belief. Journalling your practice is a great way to reflect on your own journey, and sharing your notes is a great way to get support and feedback. OpenSit is firmly built around the practice journal, with an added social element so that you can follow other peoples journals.

The culture surrounding meditation is evolving. OpenSit is community exploring what modern meditation practice means to us, the ways we can support each other, and the effects of meditation itself, from equanimity, to energetics to enlightenment.”

23 Types of Meditation — and a Recommended Website

Just a heads up about a website I really recommend. I first came across it from a link to the 23 Types of Meditation posting from the excellent website Live and Dare: Meditation Blog and Non-Sectarian Spirituality. If you’ve ever been confused about all the different types of meditation, what distinguishes them from one another, or just what defines meditation at all — this is a terrific resource.

Author Giovanni Dienstmann methodically lays out the general types, religious groupings (Buddhist, Hindu, TM, Yoga, Self Inquiry, Chinese meditation, Christian meditation, guided meditations). If you don’t learn something after you’ve read this post, then you’re already an expert on meditation.



A Little More Lodro

After quite enjoying Rinzler’s Sit Like A Buddha, I wandered over to his website and discovered he has a nice little “TEACHINGS” page. There you’ll find links to periodicals. Here are the results from Sonima. There is also a section of guided meditations, and one of recorded talks, one entitled, “How to Stop Being A Jerk.”  Unsurprisingly, Rinzler’s tone keeps to his easy to digest, down-to-earth approach I found in his book.

Here are the TEACHINGS.

mind training

Would you do mind training if it helped you with the endless, pointless thinking? A Sakyong Mipham quote courtesy of meditationSHIFT, on their daily musings page, August 12 entry.

“Many of us are slaves to our minds. Our own mind is our worst enemy. We try to focus, and our mind wanders off. We try to keep stress at bay, but anxiety keeps us awake at night. We try to be good to the people we love, but then we forget them and put ourselves first. And when we want to change our life, we dive into spiritual practice and expect quick results, only to lose focus after the honeymoon has worn off. We return to our state of bewilderment. We’re left feeling helpless and discouraged. It seems we all agree that training the body through exercise, diet, and relaxation is a good idea, but why don’t we think about training our minds?”

Sit Like a Buddha

photo by Phil Warren (creative commons)

I’ve been reading a charming little book by Lodro Rinzler, Sit Like a Buddha. When I say little, I do mean little. The text itself runs a scant 90 pages, but it is pithy. I haven’t finished it yet, but it strikes me as the kind of book you might re-read every now and then. In particular, I like the fact that it addresses some of the emotional obstacles to meditation. Worth a look.