How to Meditate

There are many different forms of meditation. These meditations are of a contemplative nature, and can be practiced alone or in a group.

To meditate formally, sit in a comfortable position with a straight back, allowing your gaze to rest in the space in front of you. Bring to mind the contemplation you’re working with, reflecting on what it means to you in the context of your life experience. Thoughts and emotions may arise, the mind may drift.  This is not a problem.  Just apply the contemplation to those very thoughts and emotions again and again, until you experience a shift in perspective - a change not just of concepts, but a change in the way you experience the situation you’re contemplating. 

If, or when, the mind becomes agitated, rigid or dull, or the contemplation no longer feels fresh and impactful, rest the mind. Let go of effort and allow the shift in perspective to sink in less conceptually.  Allow this state of rest to continue until it is no longer restful and then begin the contemplation again, as time allows.

It can be helpful to begin the practice session by reading the CCV about page. Then identify issues to work on and choose the meditation that feels most effective to support that work.

Informal Meditation                         

In daily life, as events and circumstances arise, instead of our habitual ways of thinking and reacting, we can insert these contemplations into our thought process. In this way, gradually we become aware that there are more options to our behaviors and responses than we usually see.