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Consider meditation and the unfolding of wisdom more like a marathon than a sprint. Be willing to learn from everything. This practice is for life. - Shwe Oo Min Sayadaw
Interested in trying meditation? Here are some incredible resources I recommend:
App: Ten Percent
By far the best meditation app that provides excellent instructions from some of the best meditation teachers in the world. Although it presents the content in a secular fashion, it does so while respecting the Buddhist & Asian origins (unlike apps like headspace). It also has made a lot of effort to promote teachers from various backgrounds, so chances are, you’ll find one that fits your style.
You can also get live-coaching from an experienced teacher through the app!
Here is a 30 day free guest pass. For full disclosure, I do not make any money from this link whatsoever.
Personally, I found that extended meditation retreats significantly deepened my practice. All of the things that provide unnecessary friction in your mind may be withstood in a 10 min meditation session. But when you’re meditating for multiple days intensively, you will have to confront them.
It can be an intense experience but life changing I also think practicing meditation with others is extremely helpful (in a retreat setting or otherwise). Here is a list of retreat centers recommended by Ten Percent Happier if you’re interested.
If you want something shorter, many meditation teachers and centers offer day-long retreats to help you dive deeper into practice. I personally like the day-long retreats offered by Alexis Santos.