Coming Back

Tara Brach leads a guided meditation about Coming Back. In the coming back, the key piece is the quality or attitude that is attending. In mindfulness, this is something that resonates.

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Coming back is one of the most important concepts we can remind ourselves of when we are practicing meditation or any other mindfulness exercise. Whether we are beginners or advanced practitioners, we all need reminders from the awareness within us to simply come back, or return to, awareness of the present moment. Tara Brach explains that is it as simple as that.

Releasing Judgment

Often when we are meditating, we can slip into ideas of our being ‘able’ or ‘unable’ to meditate properly. However, in and of itself, there is nothing wrong with our wandering mind, or our inability in a particular moment to concentrate; it is how we relate to these tendencies that matter.

We can improve our relationship to our mental tendencies by compassionately and non-judgmentally observing the movement of attention as something that quite simply is, refraining from silently labeling it as right or wrong, good or bad. As we do this, we find ourselves opening up to the present moment – regardless of how the mind might assess is.

Coming Back to Awareness 

Over and over again, we can call ourselves back to focused awareness simply by returning to our direct sensations or to the breath. When the mind wanders, we can refrain from judgment, instead compassionately inquiring, “Am I present right now?” Even if emotions or challenging feelings arise during meditation, we can explore these with awareness by tuning into the direct physical experience that is present alongside whatever thoughts have arisen.

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Sean Fargo is the Founder of Mindfulness Exercises, a former Buddhist monk of 2 years, a trainer for the mindfulness program born at Google, an Integral Coach from New Ventures West, and an international mindfulness teacher trainer. He can be reached at [email protected]

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