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Meditation Made Simple: Seven Considerations to Get You Going :: Part Two: Meditation Is Neither Complicated Nor Mystical

The instructions for meditation couldn’t be simpler. The instructions are as follows: Pay attention to what is happening now, when you’re attention moves into the future or past or starts talking about the present, bring it back. Repeat as necessary. Got it? Not too complicated. Focus. Get distracted. Return your attention. Repeat.

Something called “awareness” can notice and redirect attention. And that is what we cultivate when we meditate – awareness. Awareness is psychological, not mystical. It’s a faculty that we all have, and, as noted above, we all have the ability to mindful in some circumstances. Meditation will make it available in all circumstances.


There is nothing mysterious about this. Nothing that can’t be observed directly, right here, right now. In fact, if we start to talk about things that we can’t observe right here and right not then we’re not talking about this kind of meditation. This meditation is simple, portable, and durable.  We can take it everywhere and it holds up to any circumstance and challenge. We don’t need to get into the ineffable, the unknowable, or the sublime to be awake in our own lives. We just need to be breathing.


  • Salinya

    Hello! Very recently have I began reading about mindfulness and meditation, and although without seeking professional opinion, I have already identified that should I enroll in a meditation course, I will be unable to focus. As I learn more from books and blogs (like this one) I tend to think that I have been living life mindlessly, doing things merely because it has been my routine for my whole life. I seriously am considering going into a meditation class, changing my perspective in life and being aware of myself and the life I am living. I have always had questioned whether I will be able to attain the state of “inner peace” by being mindful, but I guess I wouldn’t really know until I try. I do hope I will be able to be fully aware, “mindful” of myself. I just need to know the first step.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment risa

    I have begun meditating recently. I find my thoughts often stray and was wondering if I would ever be successful at letting thoughts go. So thank you for this… It reminds me that meditation is about being aware and in the present moment which is what I struggle with and am trying to work on. It will take some time to be aware and Im a bit impatient. But reading this reminds me to go with the flow and keep checking my thoughts as I meditate. Thanks again :)

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