Loch Kelly: The Five Foundations of Effortless Mindfulness

Loch Kelly is an innovative meditation teacher, author, and the founder of the Open-Hearted Awareness Institute. With Sounds True, Loch has most recently released the audio training program Effortless Mindfulness Now: Awakening Our Natural Capacity for Focus, Freedom, and Joy. In this program—as well as the excerpt that makes up this week's selection—Loch teaches a form of mindfulness that may be unfamiliar to those who have practiced basic mindfulness meditation. According to Sounds True producer Mitchell Clute, "This effortless mindfulness or awake awareness . . . is the ultimate medicine we've all been seeking—spacious, loving, open, clear—but it escapes us because we're using the wrong tools to find it." Sometimes described as a "flow state" or "being in the zone," this state of frictionless awareness is the true ground of being—an awareness from which we can see clearly, act with integrity, and engage with the world with a love that transcends the mind-made self.

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