Orlando Insight Meditation Group

A Contemporary Buddhist Mindfulness Meditation Community For Central Florida

This is a recording of a guided meditation for overcoming impulsive identification with and acting out from a stimulating situation.  It is derived from the teaching of Pema Chodron, a well respected teacher in the Tibetan tradition; she call this the hook.  During the meditation, Peter invites students to persistently direct attention to the first sensation noted at the beginning of the in-breath and then the first sensation noted at the beginning of the out-breath.  This practice is more beneficial when there is a diligent effort to stay with that formula.  Later in the meditation, it is suggested that the quickened ability to go to and identify the initial stages of the hook can be more effective at not identifying with it, thereby creating a quieter and more stable internal experience.

The posting immediately after this describes the discussion that followed the meditation, along with the notes prepared for the talk.