Sharon relates the act of meditation to an alchemical process in which we convert the conceptual into the felt presence of direct experience. The array of what we might encounter in meditation is broad, but we welcome it all. Meditation is a skills training in learning to gather energy. Our attention is brought into focus and we begin to connect the fragments of our lives. When we tap into our ‘inner abundance’, our experience changes and we naturally settle into a more compassionate state of awareness.
Meditation practice opens us up to the world, and allows us to realize fully what we are feeling as we encounter both suffering and joy. In the context of the Buddhist tradition they talk about the “Middle Way,” a path that avoids extremes and remains centered in the reality of the present moment.
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