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Meditation Workshop - Five Breaths

by Amaragita

As a companion to her talk, The Possibility of Practice and her guided Meditation on the Three Bodies (physical, emotional, and mental) this workshop is indispensable. Amaragita explodes and expands notions around the practice of paying attention via awareness of the breath, using the deceptively simple exercise of taking just five breaths through the day.

We hear how the practice relates to the theory of Buddhist meditation and are encouraged to choose and learn from our direct experience of how we respond to our breath in the moment. There is also a chance to try it out as you listen - and we highly recommend that you do! A moving, quietly revolutionary take on practice for parents, and for anyone who has a full, busy life and needs some tools to take on anxiety and stress. Just five breaths...

Workshop recorded on the Mothers Retreat at Traloka Retreat Centre, 2015.

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1. Meditation off the cushion; going beyond a survival perspective (4:22) 
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2. What are we doing when we meditate - three principles; concentration; clarity - looking and untangling; equanimity (6:23) 
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3. A Five Breath practice; five emotions - glad, bad, mad, sad, afraid; thought; finding spaces for the breaths (6:45) 
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4. Practising the breaths with a witness; with physical, emotional, and mental centres (5:31) 
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5. Questions - process and result; working with expectations and thoughts (4:55) 
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6. Choosing the practice, doing it without expectation, assessing the fruits; questions - relief (2:09) 
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7. Five minutes of just sitting meditation (7:34) 

Total running time: 37:39