In our last session we heard more about the benefits of meditation practice in terms of health and well-being and learned more about how to place our attention on the breath by using the ‘three principles of shamatha’: mindfulness, watchful awareness and resting spaciously (or ‘spacious abiding’). Mindfulness is placing your attention on your breath. Awareness is being aware of the times when your mind wanders and gently bringing your attention back to the breath. Resting spaciously is resting the mind in the peace that comes when your mind is not distracted. Like anything else, it takes a bit of practice to get the balance right. So, we’ll be practising more in our next session and learning about some scientific investigations into the benefits of meditation which can inspire us to continue with our daily sittings.
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