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Welcome to Wendy’s site on meditation tools and techniques!  I have many ideas and suggestions that I hope will help you develop your meditation skills and encourage your ongoing practice. This is the key to reaping the fruits of meditation: as your meditation practice grows and becomes part of your life, you will find greater peace and happiness. This is not an idle promise. Try it out!

On this site, I provide free videos, readings, links to other useful sites, and even the opportunity to meditate with me–online– from your home! It’s true: I would like to offer a session or sessions of meditation and guidance. Read on.

What is meditation?

Stephen Batchelor in “Buddhism Without Beliefs” has a metaphor for meditation that I like: think of the process of awakening like a footpath. We struggle through the undergrowth to reach it, and when we do, we know we are heading somewhere and are able to move more freely.  The footpath is maintained because others are walking on the path, just as we are helping to maintain it by walking on it. “What counts is not so much the destination but the resolve to take the next step.”

There are many forms of meditation, and I just discuss here the form I was taught . I practice and teach Vipassana–or Insight–meditation, a type of Buddhist meditation.  This isn’t necessarily better than other kinds of meditation, it’s just one that works for me.

Mindfulness can refer to many different states of mind.  The general meaning is just being in the present moment. Mindfulness in Vipassana meditation refers to something a little more specific: being aware of the present moment while watching the mind’s movement toward greed, hatred, and delusion. So there is some interesting stuff going on there!

For the beginning meditator: There is a lot of information out there for starting a meditation practice, so I won’t repeat it here.  You might check out several books or web sites and see what works for you.

Here are some meditation instructions and detailed information on Insight Meditation:

http://www.insightmeditation.org/meditation

Books:
A Path With a Heart
Jack Kornfield

Lovingkindness: The Revolutionary Art of Happiness
Sharon Salzberg

Mindfulness in Plain English
Bhante Gunaratana

I also have some videos online that I created for an Introductory Class on Buddhism. These are all guided meditations, are less than 15 minutes in length and provide a good start for beginners:

Introduction to Meditation: Body Scan

Introduction to Meditation: Follow the Breath

Metta (Lovingkindness) Meditation

 

About Me

As someone interested in developing your meditation skills, what is it that makes me a person you might want to work with? Well, first of all, here are my credentials:

  • I have been practicing insight (Vipassana) meditation since 2002.
  • I am an active member and corresponding secretary of Tri-State Dharma. Click on the link for more information about this wonderful sangha.
  • I am co-founder and co-teacher (with Mary Ellen Landolina) of Tri-State’s Northern Kentucky meditation group.
  • I completed the Community Dharma Leaders program at Spirit Rock Meditation Center, a two year training program for teachers in the Buddhist Theravada tradition.
  • I have taken Matthew Flickstein’s Vipassana meditation teacher training course.
  • I also have a Ph.D. in environmental science, taught for over 30 years, and am a professor emeritus at the University of Cincinnati.

What do people that I have worked with think? I am proud to share some testimonials:

Make meditating your new habit!

It’s time to take the bull by the horns and figure out how you can commit to having an ongoing formal practice. Therefore, I am introducing an online support opportunity: I offer you my services as not just a teacher, but as someone to meditate with. I call it THE INCENTIVIZE-R!

The INCENTIVIZE-R: An online Sunday afternoon sitting group

Sorry, but there’s no alternative: you have to practice on the cushion, every day!  Even if it’s just 10 minutes or 15 minutes, you need some formal sitting practice every day in order to reap the benefits of meditation. Here’s my solution on how to get us all to spend some time each day practicing formal meditation.

I would like to make this offer in an effort to support our practice:  If you contact me via this new website, I will invite you to meet with me through Zoom* for a 60 minute meditation sitting .  We meet weekly on Sundays from 1-2 pm.

We will meditate together during this period and we can discuss your meditation and your practice. The group sits formally for 15 minutes, then we have a discussion, and then do a guided meditation for 20 minutes. We keep it very relaxed and you can connect via phone, tablet or laptop. You can elect to use video or turn it off. We will try to be accommodating to your needs.

*Zoom is a video conferencing tool, much like Skype, only easier and cleaner in many ways. You should contact me in advance so I can send you an invitation via email to join the Zoom session.

This offer is available to EVERYONE: those who are completely new to meditation, those more experienced meditators who occasionally like a meditation companion, and everyone in between!

Please fill out the following form if you want me to contact you with more information.