Vipassana (mindfulness) meditation

The below is a simple introduction to vipassana meditation. This is the formal meditation I’ve practiced mostly for many years. Now my life is a meditation, too. Given a retreat has been imposed upon me with this illness I’ve learned that every moment can be a meditation. Still it’s a good idea to do some formal meditation and this is a nice introduction to the Vipassana style of meditation. It can also serve as a nice little break for any long time meditator. Being reminded of these simple practices can be helpful for anyone.

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I spent a lot of time with Tara Brach’s work several years ago.  Below is the work that brought me to her. I still carry the teachings from Radical Acceptance with me. She is perhaps the first teacher who brought the idea of acceptance of life as it is to my consciousness. I have a post where I talk about the necessity of doing this in order that we might grow and heal. There are many links to many posts talking about many ways to accomplish this sort of acceptance: The practice of accepting that which is

I found both the below book and guided meditations by Tara Brach greatly inspiring as well. These are excellent introductory materials that can apply to anyone regardless of whether one is drawn to Buddhism. Tara Brach is also a psychologist and draws from her therapy practice when sharing her thoughts in the book.

●  Radical Acceptance: Embracing Your Life With the Heart of a Buddha 

●  Radical Acceptance: Guided Meditations (audio CD)

About Monica Cassani

Author/Editor Beyond Meds: Everything Matters