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Yoga Meditation Chico CA

To give meditation a try, sit comfortably, set a timer for 10 minutes, and explore one of the following strategies. And consider yourself forewarned: Meditation is a delightfully simple practice , but that doesn't mean it's easy!

Slowly Ripening Sangha - Santosha Yoga Studio
(530) 342-0255
973-F East Ave.
Chico, CA
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Zen

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Southern California Dzogchen Community-Topanga
(310) 455-9848
1738 1/2 Topanga Skyline Drive
Topanga, CA
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Tibetan Dzogchen

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City of Ten Thousand Buddhas - Dharma Realm Buddhist Association
(707) 462-0939
2001 Talmage Road
Talmage, CA
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Pure Land Buddhist

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Insight Meditation South Bay
St. Timothy's Episcopal Church
Mountain View, CA
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Theravadan / Insight

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Vairotsana Foundation
(805) 899-8177
1524 Anacapa St
Santa Barbara, CA
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Tibetan Nyingma

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Unfettered Mind
(310) 659-2046
264 S. La Cienega Blvd., Suite 1083
Beverly Hills, CA
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Tibetan Dzogchen

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Still Water Sangha
805-452-8485 or 818 878-0046
Santa Barbara, CA
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Zen

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Sokoji-Soto Mission
(415) 346-7540
1691 Laguna Street
San Francisco, CA
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Zen - Soto

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Santa Cruz Zen Center
(831) 457-0206
115 School Street
Santa Cruz, CA
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Zen - Soto

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Zen Forest Refuge
(805) 548-6592
California Hot Springs, CA
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Zen - Rinzai

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Yoga Meditation

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By Claudia Cummins

To give meditation a try, sit comfortably, set a timer for 10 minutes, and explore one of the following strategies. And consider yourself forewarned: Meditation is a delightfully simple practice , but that doesn't mean it's easy!

Just sit. Commit to doing nothing more than sitting quietly and watching what happens. Don't pick up the phone , don't answer the doorbell, don't add another item to your to-do list. Just sit and observe the thoughts that arise and pass through your mind. You will likely be surprised by how difficult it is to sit quietly for 10 minutes. In the process, though, you may learn something important about the qualities of the restless mind and the ever-changing nature of life .

Listen to the sounds of life. Close your eyes and tune in to the sounds percolating both within and around you. Open your ears and adopt a receptive attitude. At first, you'll likely hear only the most obvious noises, but over time, you'll discover new layers of sounds that you had previously tuned out . Challenge yourself to observe what you hear without clinging to it or resisting it. Notice how the world feels more alive as your awareness of the present deepens.

Practice bare attention. Notice the raw sensations of the present moment—feelings of warmth and coolness, hardness and softness, pressure and ease.

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