We enjoyed seeing so many of you last night and look forward to continuing our series on Calming the Mind next week, when we focus on using the body as the object of meditation.
The first "assignment" is to try and practice meditating a little bit each day, and to make your goal doable. Mingyur Rinpoche emphasizes "short periods, many times" as a good approach for beginning a meditation practice. If that means 3 minutes, that's ok! Whatever you do or don't do, the intention is to be kind to yourself about it. The morning is considered the ideal time of day to meditate, when the mind tends to be a bit calmer and other daily distractions are minimal. If that doesn't work for you, pick a different time of day. It does help to establish a routine however, with a regular time and place. Forming the habit of meditation is really the first step--even if the meditation itself is short.
If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to us anytime.
Best wishes along your path,
Max Maksimik & Amy Reyer
Hudson Valley Meditation Practice Leaders