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In this second of two parts, Sean Lindsay continues his discussion of the benefits of meditation and gives listeners a guided meditation exercise.
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What a great podcast! It’s thrilling to hear people in my own Mormon culture discussing mindfulness and meditation. I have been a tentative and inconsistent practitioner of vipassana and this gives me a stronger desire to buckle down and do it again as part of a daily routine. Thank you Andrew and Sean! Your experiences and insight are much appreciated.
Thank you for this episode. I’ve been practicing yoga regularly for a little over a year and just started practicing vipassana meditation this year (from the encouragement of the book Everyday Zen by Charlotte Joko Beck, which I highly recommend). I came to meditation and zen practice because of intense anxiety after a very trying 2015. I have already found the benefits to go far beyond just helping me with my anxiety and thought-spirals. It has been transforming for me already. Even when I don’t get to the meditation every day, the daily practice of mindfulness as I’m going about my tasks is extremely helpful. Zen thought and practice + vipassana has also transformed my experience of yoga and turned it into much more than just a cool way to exercise.
I am a beginner at meditation and mindfulness, though, so it was very helpful to get to hear both parts of this interview. Thank you! I wish Sean a long active life with Parkinson’s. My dad had it for many years. I hope he is able to continue yoga practice for a long time, and that the practice will help him maintain more physical function for a longer amount of time.
I’m glad this has been of use to you. And thanks for the kind words and thoughts regarding Parkinsons. I’ve got an odd relationship with my disease at this point. When I first learned of it, I was a bit intimidated, but an acquaintance with PD gave me great advice: she said, “Take your meds and give the disease no respect whatsoever. Live your life.”
I’ve taken that to heart in several ways. One is that I’m scheduled to be in New Orleans on April 17 for a half-iron length triathlon. (Yes, this might be foolish, but how can you know until you try?)
I found that it really took me quite a while to feel the strong impulse to get into a steady, daily meditation practice. If you’re feeling some of the urge, but not strongly enough to dive in consistently, I’d generally encourage you to dabble when and as motivated. The dabbling will have limited effect as far as deepening your meditation practice goes, but it will keep you close to the practice until the practice becomes a priority — or, as sometimes happens, a necessity. All that to say this: no need to push terribly hard to get started. Once you start in earnest, then yes, pushing and persistence can be very important elements. But this is definitely follow-your-heart kind of work.
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