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Concentration of the mind on the breath or an image is not meditation. Developing awareness of the present is not meditation. Ordinary relaxation or peacefulness is not meditation. Withdrawing the senses is not meditation. The technique is not meditation. We don’t cultivate a meditative experience; we practice to drop the habits that obscure natural meditation. ~Shambhavi Sarasvati

So what is meditation?

Practitioners of Trika Shaivism and Dzogchen have the understanding that we use meditation techniques to leave technique behind and eventually enter into the natural state of contemplation.

To be a meditator means to train oneself in the true meaning of the natural state. ~Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche

PRACTICE: Listening Meditation

At Jaya Kula, we learn three stages of meditation, Listening-Abiding, Shamatha, and Natural Contemplation. Here is a Listening meditation guided by Shambhavi. Once you get the hang of it,  stop using the recording and allow yourself to follow the changing texture of each day’s practice.