In February, meditation teacher and author, Sharon Salzberg sponsors a 28-Day Meditation Challenge. Everybody is invited to commit to meditating every day for the month and join the mindfulness community. As part of the challenge, I’ll be blogging throughout the month (along with other meditator/bloggers) about the experience. You can find the posts on Sharon’s site and I’ll share mine on Focus Pocus.

28-Day Meditation Challenge ~ Day 8
Sunday, February 8, 2015

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My morning meditation was disjointed. I was achy and anxious. My husband needed to talk to me. Our tenant was making noise downstairs.

In the very first guided meditation I ever listened to, Sharon’s Breath Meditation (from Insight Meditation)*, Sharon’s opening words were “The first instruction begins with simply hearing…”

Both that first time and this morning, this genius instruction helps me connect with the “natural quality of mindfulness.” It’s nothing fancy. The practice is simply an awareness of what is happening without needing to do anything about it.

Sounds, like everything else, come and go. I sit and hear them. I hear Frank wash the dishes, the fire pop in the wood stove, the vibration of my own breathing. Hearing helps me relax into both the simplicity and the richness of practice.

Even if my hip aches and I’m worried about the routine I’m working on, and I’m wondering what will happen this year, I can keep coming back to listening to sound.

* That first day, when I hit the play button, my initial thought was “Damn, Sharon has an incredible voice.” Actually, that wasn’t Sharon, it was the Sounds True Lady.

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