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Each week there will be an opportunity for anyone who wants to participate online in a community sit. This weekend I will be practicing with IDP Sangha on a mindfulness retreat. There is still room to join us in person or you can practice from home or wherever you are for our Saturday morning Daily Sit. As I will be at IDP on retreat from 10am - 6pm Saturday January 19, let's set the community sit time for 10:30am EST for those who have been joining in on Insight Timer or participating anonymously. 

Daily Sit invites you to practice meditation with a live online community. Inspired by "Sitting Project," a daily meditation piece, Kim Brown and I thought it would be supportive to the community to offer an online interactive presence for meditation. I will post each week a photo like the one below and a thought (just a thought, right?). If you would like to share a peek at your experience or a simple notation that you sat, please do so in the "comments" section.

How to add a friend on Insight Timer

The app is not necessary to participate with the community meditation and this blog. If you can't make 10:30am join in whenever you can and stay as long as you like. I can be found by my name on Facebook and Twitter. If you don't have an FB or Twitter account you can use an email address to help you find a friend on Insight Timer. Anyone in the community is welcome to friend and connect with others who want to log in during Daily Sit.

The weekend retreat will focus on The Buddha's original teachings of the Four Foundations of Mindfulness: Mindfulness of body, mindfulness of feelings (sensations), mindfulness of mind (thoughts), mindfulness of Dharmas (phenomenon).

If you are already working with a technique, then continue. If you are new to meditation, I encourage attending classes for instruction and foundational teachings like the ones below.

If you would like to practice what we will be working on at IDP this weekend and can not attend the retreat here is the Satipatthana Sutta (The Four Foundations of Mindfulness) from Access To Insight.
 
Working with the body, this is one technique from ~ Mindfulness Yoga by Frank Jude Boccio :
1. "Breathing in a long breath, aware of breathing in a long breath. Breathing out a long breath, aware of breathing out a long breath." He or she practices like this.
2. "Breathing in a short breath, aware of breathing in a short breath. Breathing out a short breath, aware of breathing out a short breath." He or she practices like this.
3. "Breathing in, aware of my whole body. Breathing out, I am aware of my whole body." He or she practices like this.
4. "Breathing in, calming my whole body. Breathing out, calming my whole body." He or she practices like this. 
 
I would like to note as Boccio does as well that "whole body" can be thought of as whole (breath) body as in the body of the breath.
 
Please seek help and guidance if the going gets rough.

You are not alone.

This blog post is to encourage daily meditation practice, journaling, healing and connecting.

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