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Yoga Meditation Modesto 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!

Modesto Lotus Blossom Sangha
(209) 524-9333
1008 Lexington Dr.
Modesto, CA
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Zen

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Wat Buddhanusorn
(510) 790-2296
36054 Niles Boulevard
Fremont, CA
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Theravada Buddhist

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Downey Meditation Group
(562) 896-1256
Fa-Kuang Temple
Downey, CA
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Buddhist

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Lafayette Sangha
(925) 283-7271
3559 South Silver Springs Road
Lafayette, CA
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Zen

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Malibu Sangha
(818) 878-0046
Malibu Canyon, CA
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Zen

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Modesto Valley Heartland Zen Group
(209) 573-8313
The Seasons
Modesto, CA
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Zen

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BodhiPath - San Luis Obispo
805-528-1388 or 805-528-2495
Sea Pines Resort
Los Osos, CA
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Tibetan Karma Kagyu

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Vajrayana Foundation
(831) 761-6266
Pema Osel Ling Retreat Center
Corralitos, CA
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Tibetan Vajrayana

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Unitarian Universalist Church of Long Beach
(562) 597-8445
5450 Atherton St
Long Beach, CA
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Non-sectarian

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Mountain Sangha
415 388-0626 or 415 717-5079
Homestead Community Center
Mill Valley, CA
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Zen / Thich Nhat Hanh

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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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