Matthew Sockolov is a mindfulness meditation teacher trained by Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Northern California. The founding teacher of One Mind Dharma, Matthew leads meditations at One Mind Dharma"s center in Northen California, addiction treatment centers across California, and in online groups.
Meditation came into Matthew"s life as a teenager struggling with his mental health and drug addiction. The practices of compassion, mindfulness, and loving-kindness helped him face his difficulties and grow through his young adulthood. His passion lies in investigating the ancient teachings of the Buddha, and how they are relevant to our modern life.
The Wandering Mind
The natural tendency of the mind is to wander. Even the most accomplished meditators have wandering minds! The brain was designed to process information; it’s just doing its job. Rather than seeing this as a problem, approach it as an opportunity to strengthen your mindfulness. Try to bring forgiveness, curiosity, and patience to these moments, and whenever your mind wanders, bring it back to the breath.
Finding the Breath / Time: 5 minutes
The body is always breathing, and the breath is constantly moving. Your breath is not only the best place to start; it’s a constant you can return to anytime you need a little centering.
In this first practice, you will gently find the breath in the body. There is nothing to figure out, there are no problems to solve, and there’s nothing special you need to do.
Constantly return to your direct experience of the body breathing. You are training the mind to be with one experience without distraction.