The goal for Black Zen is that anyone who reads the wellness, listens to the podcast, and/or downloads the beginner’s guide to meditation walks away with new insight or reminders about how to live their best life. With all of the topics we discuss, this week we wanted to re-emphasize and focus on the real root of all lasting change - developing a meditation practice. Fam, we're getting back to basics!
Insider Tip #1: If you can, avoid music and opt for silence instead. Any music (or even voices from guided meditations) that pull our focus and attention from a central or internal focal point (such as the breath, or the body, etc.) can sometimes hinder progress. Not sure what it is, but there is something transformative and special about silence.
For the seasoned meditators looking to grow deeper in a practice, start with better consistency. It’s with regular practice that you become less likely to chase incessant thoughts or battle with your mind to settle down. This paves the way for you to fall more easily into silence and stillness and sets you up for the opportunity to go beyond the initial point of establishing concentration.
Insider Tip #2: Know that a consistent practice doesn't mean that every sit will be centered. Just like life, your practice will fluctuate. There will be times when no matter how hard you try to silence the mind, thoughts will still race. It's inevitable, so don't panic when it happens. Simply sit with it and observe it with nonjudgmental curiosity.
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