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Lions Roar : September 2016
IN MINDFULNESS MEDITATION, we are trying to achieve a mind that is stable and calm. What we begin to discover is that this calm- ness or harmony is a natural aspect of the mind. Through mindful- ness meditation practice we are just developing and strengthening it, and eventually we are able to remain peacefully in our mind without struggling. Our mind naturally feels content. Creating a Favorable Environment for Mindfulness Meditation When you create the right environment, it’s easier to practice. It is good if the place where you meditate, even if it’s only a small space in your apartment, has a feeling of upliftedness and sacredness. It is also said that you should meditate in a place that is not too noisy or disturbing, and you should not be in a situation where your mind is going to be easily provoked into anger or jealousy or other emotions. If you are disturbed or irritated, then your practice is going to be affected. Beginning the Practice I encourage people to meditate frequently but for short periods of time—ten, fifteen, or twenty minutes. If you force it too much, the practice can take on too much of a personality. Training the mind should be very, very simple. 2. HOW TO PRACTICE MINDFULNESS Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche • Sharon Salzberg • Jack Kornfield James Ishmael Ford • Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche • Born I Music The Basic Instruction SAKYONG MIPHAM on when to sit, where to sit, and what to do when you get there. LION’S ROAR | SEPTEMBER 2016 49