So I’m Noah Levine — and I teach buddhist meditation
I’ve been practicing meditation for almost 20 years
I’m teaching for about 10 now.
Give a little introduction to Buddhist meditation practice.
There’s lots of different forms of meditation.
Lots of different teachings of the Buddha.
Perhaps the most useful place to begin is simple present-time awareness.
“Mindfulness meditation practice”
With the acknowledgement that our minds wander…
And that we’re almost constantly thinking about the future or the past.
About just training our attention with the breath to come into the present moment.
To break this habit of planning and remembering constantly.
And not in any way to try and stop the mind but to redirect the attention from thinking to feeling the breath.
So just settling in to just where you’re sitting now.
Allowing your eyes to close.
Allowing your body to relax.
Allowing your breath to be natural.
No need to control it.
And as you breathe in.
Feel the breath at your nostrils.
As you breath out, feel the exhale, feel the breath as it leads — right there at the tip of your nostrils.
Simply breathing in, breathing out.
Directing full attention to the breath.
And of course, the attention doesn’t stay and it wanders back into the mind
Back into thinking, planning remembering.
It doesn’t have to be a problem at all.
Simply catch that process as it happens.
And with as much kindness and patience — simply return the attention back to the breath.
The Buddha’s instructions are simple.
He said, “Breathing in, know that you’re breathing in.”
“Breathing out, know that you’re breathing out.”
It takes discipline to return, again and again, to the breath.
to the present moment.
Letting thoughts be in the background.
Attention focused on your present-time experience of breathing.
From this breathing practice as the foundation of Buddhist Meditation.
Then we would expand to the whole body to emotions and thoughts, feelings
But the beginning is simply just arriving in the present.
Just training the mind to pay attention to the here and now.