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  1. Jennifer Hawkins on April 14, 2014 at 12:32 pm

    I’m just starting a meditation practice, so it was hard for me to get calm, but I enjoyed this sit. Having it here on the site motivated me to give it a try. The music was generally good although the occasional loud pings could be startling (Zen-like even, lol). I’d love to be part of the next one.

  2. Mark Knickelbine on April 15, 2014 at 10:17 am

    Thanks, Jennifer. I chose the glock bells because they kinda sound like tingshas and to provide some contrast with all the low end in the tambura and other instruments. Let me know if you continue to find it startling. The program I use to generate the instruments randomizes the volume of the bells so adjusting the audo levels is a challenge!

  3. Jennifer Hawkins on April 15, 2014 at 9:47 pm

    …Wow, you know your instruments, lol. Anyways, this time was different. I was able to relax more fully/sooner and the bells became less distracting. Guess it was just that I was a beginner. Anyways, it was amazing again. I kept seeing your face (from Social Circle, lol) and thought of some loved ones. I felt this inner …wave…of happiness. The professor of that Coursera course on Buddhism and Modern Psych said that he felt a similar thing when he “went too far” into concentration meditation instead of switching over to mindfulness. Does that make any sense to you? Anyways, I did this one again today because I thought, “I’m new, shouldn’t I train with 10 minutes instead of moving on to 20?” but then 10 didn’t feel long enough this time, lol. I know I’m babbling, but I guess it’s just post-meditation bubbliness, lol. My point is, thank you for putting this up, I’m getting a lot out of it.

  4. Mark Knickelbine on April 16, 2014 at 9:15 am

    Jennifer, thanks for your kind words. Wonderful states of peace and bliss can arise doing any kind of meditation — as can agitation, anger, lust, boredom, and wondering what to make for dinner. The trick is learning to be with and befriend whatever comes along in your experience, observe it carefully, and then let it go. Likewise, it doesn’t matter how long your session lasts, but daily practice can help you develop practice as a habit. So whatever encourages you to get in your daily formal practice is good. I find that when I have a question about what I should be doing in formal practice, a little silent listening to my heart will usually suggest an answer. It’s not about following rules or instructions — its about learning to get in touch with the wisdom of your own embodied experience and let that be your guru. Good luck!

  5. Jennifer Hawkins on April 16, 2014 at 6:24 pm

    Thanks. =)

  6. Judy-M on April 23, 2014 at 12:46 am

    I would like to try this – I am an amateur, so….

  7. agamman on April 8, 2015 at 9:06 pm

    Nice guided meditation. I’ve been sitting for a long time and came to this community to share with others because I feel my own practice had hit a wall of sorts. Just trying to expand my own practice as well as my awareness. I’m joining the 2 times a month practice starting this Sunday at a look forward to it at this community.

  8. ryanmfairbank on December 21, 2015 at 10:12 am

    Mark…thank you for producing and posting this guided meditation! I homeschool our two children (14 & 12), and we begin each day with yoga and meditation…I sit by myself earlier in the morning, again with the kids, and alone in the afternoon/evening…and I am always searching for new and different guided meditations to do with the kids…just to keep it fresh…we really enjoyed yours! the music was great, the tone of your voice was perfect, and the instruction was spot-on as well…thanks again!

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