A Review of the Technique: “The Simple Technique That Changed My Life” by Travis May

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During meditation instruction I try to convey some importance about the part of the technique that involves letting go of our thoughts and returning to the breath. But, I don’t think that I really do it justice.

When Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche visited my dathun (month long retreat) at Shambhala Mountain Center in 2008, he said that the most important thing about shamatha sitting practice is “breaking our habits.”

We do this by working with the shamatha technique. When we notice that we’re thinking, let that go, and come back to the breath, we are creating a new habit—learning to live the life we’re actually living, rather than being led around constantly by our discursive minds.

Our tendency at grasping for the next thing to fill a hole that we perceive in our being is demonstrated in our thoughts during meditation practice.

By cutting the pattern of discursive thought we learn to relax and just be. We can actually sit and be content.

But, we’re not doing all of this to just be good little meditators, or to have short reprieves during our day from our constant state of anxiety and dissatisfaction.

We’re doing this during our sitting time so that it begins to affect our entire life. The opportunity to practice the technique manifests in our daily life during those times that we’re feeling depressed, bogged down, jealous etc.

 

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