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If you’re just getting started with meditation, there are all sorts of techniques and options available to you. Some people prefer to engage in short, guided mindfulness exercises as a means of introducing themselves to some of the ideas and techniques that we associate with mindfulness.
Others prefer more elaborate guided meditations as a means of exploring their inner lives, or as a way to calm and center the mind. Guided meditation can be especially helpful for this, as being faced with pure silence for any length of time can set our “monkey mind” into a frenzy of chatter.
There are still others who enjoy listening to talks and lectures on mindfulness, or who dedicate significant amounts of time to reading books and articles written by mindfulness teachers. The internet is full of these kinds of resources, and utilizing them can be a great way to familiarize yourself with various meditative practices and spiritual schools of thought.
All of that said, there comes a time when you’ll want to begin to incorporate silent meditation into your practice. While guided meditations are an excellent way to dive into the world of mindfulness — and while it often makes sense to continue using them indefinitely — there’s also something to be said for fully surrendering yourself to thirty minutes of silent seated meditation.
It’s true that sitting in silent meditation can bring to the fore the “monkey mind” mentioned above, and this can be extremely frustrating. All you want to do is quiet and still your mind; but, the more you try to bring it under control, the more it resists you. It’s precisely for this reason that silent meditation is so important: it forces us to confront our own restless mind and nature.
This thirty minute silent meditation begins and ends with a gentle, relaxing bell. By using this video, you won’t need to worry about a watch or timer. Simply sit, relax, and breathe gently and deeply until you hear the second bell.
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