Big Sky Meditation
If you’ve been practicing mindfulness for some time, you may have come to a place where you’re ready to achieve a deeper state of awareness. Perhaps you’ve been engaging in a daily mindfulness practice, and you’re ready for something different that can help you go further. Or, maybe you’re in need of a relaxing guided meditation that can assist you in tuning in to the world around you.
The following mindfulness exercise features a guided meditation by renowned spiritual teacher Jack Kornfield. In it, you’ll be led on a journey into deeper awareness with the help of relaxing meditation bells.
Meditation for Deeper Awareness
Jack Kornfield is an American author and teacher. He works in the vipassana movement within American Theravada Buddhism, having been trained as a Theravada Buddhist monk in Burma, India, and Thailand. Jack has been teaching meditation around the world since 1974, and is widely considered one of the first people to introduce Buddhist mindfulness meditation to the Western world.
Jack Kornfield co-founded the Insight Meditation Society with Sharon Salzberg and Joseph Goldstein in 1975, and was also a founding member of the Spirit Rock Meditation Center. One of Jack’s primary focuses has been on making Buddhism more widely available to Western audiences. His teaching combines compassion, loving kindness, and mindfulness training. Jack’s unique approach to mindfulness combines both the wisdom of the East and some of the most powerful and useful currents in Western psychology.
Jack Kornfield is a prolific writer, and has published a variety of bestselling books. Titles include The Path of Insight Meditation, Seeking the Heart of Wisdom, After the Ecstasy, the Laundry, and Meditation for Beginners.
In the following mindfulness exercise, Jack guides us on a slow, relaxing mindfulness meditation. In it, Jack Kornfield uses his voice in combination with peaceful meditation bells to calm and still the mind.