Welcome back for week two of Tricycle Meditation Month, our annual challenge to sit all 31 days of March.
If you’re just joining us, our Meditation Month teacher Guo Gu is leading a series of four free guided meditation videos. Guo Gu is the founder of and teacher at the Tallahassee Chan Center and the Sheng Yen Associate Professor of Chinese Buddhism at Florida State University. Each Monday, we’re releasing a new video, which builds on the previous week’s lesson.
This week, we will continue to explore the sensations in the body, using what Guo Gu calls somatic integration. After a week of practicing the progressive relaxation meditation, you may have begun to notice how the breath influences the body and how the sensations of the body influence the breath. In this video, Guo Gu asks us to focus on our awareness of these sensations and simply experience them as they unfold. He also shares some tips for settling a scattered mind and keeping track of the breath to help us as we continue to develop our meditative awareness.
Download a transcript of this talk. It has been edited for clarity.
Mark your calendar:
- Ask Guo Gu any questions about your meditation practice on Friday, March 19 at 5:00 p.m. EST.
- Missed the first live call? Watch a replay here.
More meditation material to support your practice:
- We began Meditation Month with some very practical advice from Buddhist teacher Valerie Brown: “instructions on how to breathe when you feel like crap.”
- Could using Zoom’s “Hide Self View” feature serve as a helpful way to decenter the ego-identified self?
- How to gently tend to your body during meditation.
See all our Meditation Month offerings here.
This week’s Meditation Month articles:
- “Accept Whatever the Mind Is Doing” by Mark Van Buren
- “Three Methods for Letting Go of Thoughts” by Haemin Sunim
- “Stop and Breathe” by Gary Gach
- “Meditation for Eco-anxiety” by Dekila Chungyalpa
- “To Drink Tea Is to Taste the Earth” by Zenju Earthlyn Manuel
- “Give Yourself a Breathing Room” by Thich Nhat Hanh
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