“Mindfulness” is a word we hear all the time. But what does it really mean? In her second guided meditation, Spirit Rock teacher Spring Washam explains the importance of knowing what we’re practicing when we meditate.  

“What we’re doing is developing concentration, we’re developing a mind that is paying attention, versus a mind that is lost,” Spring explains in the video. “It’s a bit like working out at the gym—if you went to the gym and you hadn’t been there in five years and you sat down and tried to lift a huge weight, you’d find that challenging. But over time, the more you practice mindfulness . . . your mind develops this muscle of paying attention.”

Learn more from Spring in her second guided meditation for Tricycle’s Meditation Month:

Download a transcript of this retreat. It has been edited for clarity.

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