How The 8 Minute Meditation Program Works

The 8 Minute Meditation program is designed to be user-friendly, easy, and effective. Here's all you need to do Read Part I thoroughly. Don't skim or skip to Parts II or III. Familiarize yourself with the Meditation Operating Instructions. These are your ground rules, designed to keep you on track and maximize your meditation period. Meditate once a day for 8 minutes. Part II is divided into 8 sections, one for each week of the program. Each week has its own specially selected guided meditation...

Qa Setting Up Getting Started

Each week of the 8 Minute Meditation program contains a question and answer (Q& A) section.The Q& As aren't here to test you or to see how far youve come. Rather, they are designed to help you over the predictable speed bumps encountered in meditation by everyone, from beginners to masters. Don't feel embarrassed to go back and consult the Q& As over again. Doing so doesn't mean you're meditation challenged. On the contrary, it means you're just plain smart. Let's take a look at our...

Begin To Meditate Right

Meditation has never been simpler than the 8 Minute Meditation way.You won't find a single word in this book that requires a spiritual or Webster's dictionary, an instruction you can't understand, or a meditation technique you cannot do simply, easily, and the first time you attempt it like right now. As they say in Hollywood, it's time for a Preview of Coming Attractions. Over the next 8 weeks, we will be getting into things in a lot more depth. But for right now, I want you to get an idea of...

Congratulations Youre A Meditator

Well, you did it Its easy, right Not some big deal or something you aren't capable of doing. Actually, meditation is just the opposite the most natural thing in the world. So are you ready to do something this pleasant and simple for 8 minutes a day Of course you are. Just follow the 8 Minute Meditation program game plan. In 8 weeks, you can have a meditation practice that can last you a lifetime. I've already said that if you're reading these words, something has attracted you to meditation....

Minute Meditation Operating Instructions

These days, everything from bagels to SUVs comes with its own set of operating instructions.These are the instructions you usually don't read, and then do whatever the heck you want. Please don't follow this practice with your 8 Minute Meditation Operating Instructions.They are critical to your meditation practice and as germane to Day One as they will be to Week Eight and beyond. Read your operating instructions now. Bookmark this section so you can return whenever you need to. In time, they...

Q How Do I Know This Meditation Technique Is Right for Me

There are hundreds of meditation techniques to choose from. Once you complete the 8 week meditation program, you'll be in a much better position to seek out and choose techniques that resonate perfectly with you. But for just this time, allow me to choose for you. It's important that you follow the program the way it's presented and give each meditation technique a full seven-day trial period. This will hopefully discourage the growth of the widespread affliction I call Contentment Shopping...

Q How Will I Know If Meditation Is Working

The way meditation works is different from the way other things work. What seems to be happening and what is really happening when you meditate are two different things. Let's say you've just sat down to meditate. At this point you feel, well, like you're just sitting there, like a bump on a log. Next thing you know, you're experiencing a nonstop stream of thoughts, feelings, and body sensations some of which might have to do with meditation, like how you're doing it wrong or that it's a waste...

Q I Fell Asleep While I Was Meditating Is That Okay

Every meditator, at some point, falls asleep on the job.You go into a relaxed state and bye, bye.There's nothing wrong with falling asleep, and you need never chastise and berate yourself for doing so. On the other hand, your snooze doesn't count as your meditation period.The best thing to do when you wake up is you guessed it set your timer for 8 minutes and begin again to meditate. Here are a few simple things that can help you stay awake and alert when...

Q Should I Be Trying Harder To Meditate

Alan Watts, the well-known meditation teacher, wrote that it was impossible to meditate. What he meant by that statement was this You can't try to meditate and be meditating at the same time. In other words, meditation is something you need to allow to happen on its own. Remember when you first learned how to swim In the beginning you struggled mightily to keep your head above water. But then, one day, something amazing happened You gave up fighting to stay afloat. And when you did, you rose to...

Q Should My Eyes Be Open or Closed When I Meditate

It varies according to the meditation teacher, technique, and tradition. One meditation technique called Yogic Skygazing has you keep your eyes as wide open as possible.The Vipassana and Insight Meditation traditions have you close your eyes. Zen practitioners half-close their eyes and gaze down. In the 8 Minute Meditation program, you keep your eyes closed. And although this can be very relaxing, it does not mean that its time for you to space out or take a nap. In fact, just the opposite is...

Q What Can I Do If I Feel Scary Thoughts and Feelings When I Meditate

Feelings of fear and disorientation are common in meditation, whether you are a beginner or master. By the way, so are feelings of bliss, peace, and love. But let's look at the uncomfortable ones and why they might be arising. The practice of meditation can free your body and mind in a whole new way, propelling thoughts, feelings, and emotions up from deep within to the surface of awareness, just as bubbles rise from the bottom of a glass of club soda. Some of these thoughts and memories can be...

Roving Mind What Gets In The Way Of Meditation

This would be a good time to briefly introduce a character you're going to see a lot of in your meditation practice over the next 8 weeks your Roving Mind. Ironically, it will be your biggest hindrance to meditating as well as your path to success. Whether you're a first-time or seasoned meditator, chances are high about 100 that when you start to meditate, you will be subject to what appears to be an incessant and absolutely uncontrollable stream of thought. In the Zen meditation tradition,...

The 8 Minute Meditation Official Pledge

I hereby agree with myself that, even if I am traveling, an vacation, under a million family obligations, or have any other good excuse not to, I will nevertheless meditate for exactly 8 minutes a day, every day, for the next 8 weeks. Escape Clause If, for some reason, my day is so crazy that I honestly cannot find the time and miss a day, I will continue my meditation program immediately the next day. Note This escape clause is valid for two uses only Congratulations You're signed up and ready...

Why 8 Minute Meditation Changes That

Whenever people learn chat I'm a meditator or have written a meditation book, they invariably feel compelled to tell me one of two things I would love to learn to meditate. But I just can't, or I tried to meditate but stopped. My response to these statements is always and exactly the same What do you think is in the way Here are some of their responses. Do any strike you as familiar WHY I STARTED MEDITATION AND STOPPED I couldn't stop thinking. It took too long. I went on vacation and couldn't...

But Isnt Meditation Bubba Meintzes

I've already discussed the two major excuses people have for not meditating They haven't got time, and it's too hard. Now, we're going to spend a few minutes clearing up some other misconceptions about meditation. My nanny, Pauline Spector,called thembubba meintzes.'Tour grandmother might have called them old wives' tales. Buddhist grandmas would call them painting a tiger on your wall. They all mean the same thing You are creating a problem where none exists. Let's take a look at some of the...

This Weeks Meditation Instructions Gracious Declining

Take your meditation position on your chair, comfortable Take a long, deep inhale that sweeps up your current worries, hopes, and dreams. Hold it for a moment. Then gently One more time. Deep breath. Release any remaining tension. Allow your attention to rest lightly on your breath. A thought will shortly present itself in your awareness like an uninvited salesperson, knocking on your door. Be aware that the thought is here, demanding your attention. Firmly yet graciously, decline to engage the...

Beyond 8 Minutes

The two simplest and easiest ways to increase your meditation time are The gradual addition of minutes to your current 8 minute meditation period. The addition of a daily second meditation period. You may utilize these options alone or in tandem. I'll show you how. But first, you'll need to select your favorite meditation technique from the last 8 weeks of the 8 Minute Meditation program.The technique you choose will be the one you stay with as you begin to increase your meditation time.

Meditation Retreat Centers

Permanent meditation retreat centers in America are scarce. But the good news is that two wonderful permanent retreat centers exist, located on both the east and west coasts IMS, in Barre, Massachusetts, and Spirit Rock, in Marin County, California. These not-for-profit retreat centers teach in theVipassana, or Insight Meditation tradition, which is what informs the meditation techniques you have learned in 8 Minute Meditation. IMS and Spirit Rock are impeccably managed and maintained by a...