Energy: One of the Keys to Meditation

One of the most significant barriers that many Westerners encounter when approaching meditation is a confusion about the religious and mystical origins of Eastern practices—and whether one has to take some kind of leap of faith to meditate. Shinzen Young, a noted authority of mindfulness meditation, is the ideal teacher to put such concerns to rest. As Sounds True producer Mitchell Clute says, “Shinzen’s science-based approach really helps demystify the process, and can appeal to left-brain listeners who might otherwise shy away from meditation.” In this selection from the audio program Meditation: A Beginner’s Guide to Start Meditating Now, Shinzen speaks about the self as a field of energy, using language that bridges Eastern mysticism and Western science.

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