By Joseph Goldstein.
Earlier this year Joseph Goldstein, co-founder and a guiding teacher of the Insight Meditation Society (IMS), spent several months in silent retreat. Described below is an approach to meditation that came to him during this time. It is especially suited for those wanting to deepen their practice in the midst of everyday life.
Recently I was thinking about some close friends who are younger than I am, raising families, with busy lives in the world. I could appreciate that it might be quite some time before they would be able to sit a long retreat. So I started wondering if there was a way that people in those circumstances could integrate some kind of meditation technique into their daily activities that could really touch the transformative power of the practice. On longer retreats it’s easier to access meditative depths; but when we’re otherwise intensely engaged, it can be quite a challenge.
Before I describe the approach that occurred to me,….
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