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3 Types of Meditation Part 2: Label Your Thoughts, Thinking

Let me ask you something: 


How's your breath?


No, I'm not suggesting you go grab a mint.  I'm wondering if you've played with the first part of Shamatha-Vipashyana Meditation yet: "Be with your breath as it goes out?"    


My last blog and podcast episode launched us into this exploration of three different meditation techniques I'm learning right now.  This first one I'm learning through the book Start Where You Are, A Guide to Compassionate Living, by Pema Chödrön.  


Call me dense, but it was only this week that I realized this is the first kind of meditation I ever tried!  My first meditation teacher, Sally Kempton, taught my teacher training group back in 2004 to label our thoughts, "thinking."  This is the second part of the Shamatha-Vipashyana Meditation. 

You can try it right now:

  • Sit and notice your breath as it goes out.
  • Try to keep your mind...
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