May 9, 2012   |   17 Comments

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In the last newsletter, I offered a review of some basic “don’ts.” Today is part 2: the “dos.” I know that some of you may have heard these things before, but, really, we can’t hear such things too many times.

Without further ado, please do:

  • Understand what is meant by “placement of attention on breath”
  • Become a bit bored
  • Stick with the technique
  • Become enlightened

The video above explains it all!

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  • Posted by:  Cate


    • Posted by:  Susan

      you are welcome!

  • Posted by:  Tammy

    Okay. I’ll stop closing my eyes.
    I haven’t gotten bored yet, but I’m looking forward to it!

    • Posted by:  Susan


  • Posted by:  Mary

    Thank you Susan. I found today’s video very, very helpful and calming. I’m with you Cate: Thankyou!! to Susan.
    Mary (Australia)

    • Posted by:  Susan

      so glad to hear it.

  • Posted by:  Donn

    Thank you for making your material available in multiple forms! The audio was a real plus today, since my connection slowed to a crawl and I could not get the video to run.

    The demonstration from the left knew to the right earlobe, etc., was so clear! Thank you!

    • Posted by:  Susan

      glad! you are so welcome.

  • Posted by:  Karen

    Thank you Susan, very helpful information. One question.. is it ever appropriate to mentally count the breaths to keep attention on the breath? Sometimes counting helps to keep me focused but don’t want to do this if it is not the proper technique.

    • Posted by:  Susan

      Hi Karen. Yes, sometimes counting breaths can be a great way of settling into the practice. Then, when you feel you are somewhat settled, you can let go and use the breath as the object of attention. Or not. Use your best judgment about what is best in a particular practice session, but when in doubt, stick to the basic technique. xo S

  • Posted by:  sasi

    Trying to help a friend in need .This created a storm of flashbacks and horrible,heavy feeling inside all day long.I still want to help because I was there and can help .Praying and meditating to clear the mess.

    • Posted by:  Susan

      Wishing you and your friend well in all ways–

  • Posted by:  Suzanne

    Hi, I signed up and when I attempted to watch this video itdoesn’t play – when I click on play “>” button it just enlarges picture. Is there a preferred browser to use? I’m on IE. Thanks.

    • Posted by:  susan

      Many thanks for pointing this out! Error was on my ened. Should work now. Best, S

  • Posted by:  Megha

    Hi Susan,

    I came to your project based on Seth’s recommendation. Tried seeing this video but it stops at 2:34 and refuses to play further. Am using Safari. Any clue why this could be happening ?

    Thanks and look forward to your newsletters.

  • Posted by:  Megha

    Hi again,

    I tried reopening the browser and it worked this time. Thanks and I look forward to getting started.

    • Posted by:  susan


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