Guided Audio Meditations
This meditation is recommended for beginners new to meditation. A concentration practice with labeling can also be useful to experienced practitioners as a means of stilling the mind during the first few minutes of a seated practice and/or for the duration of practice when the mind is particularly active or difficult emotions are arising.
Meditation: Breath Concentration Practice with Labeling
Referred to as “Dhāranā” (“dha” is “to hold”) in Yoga, the intention with this practice is holding the mind’s focus in one direction. In cultivating a one-pointed focus, we practice stopping the mind’s habit energy from constantly running into the past or future or jumping from one thing to the next. Labeling is offered as a tool to help practice this pattern of concentration. Cultivating a concentrated mind is the first step towards deeper stages of meditation (Dhyāna, Samādhi).
Once the mental fluctuations have stilled, we open up our capacity to truly see. Imagine you had a desire to see something very beautiful or important to you lying at the bottom of a freshwater pond. It is only until the water becomes quiet enough for the currents to still and any sediment on the surface to fall, that it becomes possible to accurately perceive your object of focus – what which is resting on the bottom.