In this webinar, I shared mindfulness practices for greater habit success and I answered some awesome questions.

I’ve broken this webinar recording into two parts:

  1. Part I – My Talk: Mindfulness Practices for Greater Habit Success (See notes)
  2. Part II – Questions & Answers: I answered questions on maintaining focus during meditation, keeping mindfulness working in the present moment, how to best set up one’s environment in advance, and more!

Part I: Leo’s Talk (with notes)

Whether you’re a beginner starting out in meditation, or someone who has been practicing for years, there is a lot we can learn from meditation practice.

And once we’ve learned from meditation, there’s even more to learn! We can always deepen.

So I’d like to talk about a few key areas where we can deepen that learning.

First: Working with difficulties that arise.

Whenever we meditate, we’ll encounter obstacles. We’ll have struggles and frustrations. A good example is that we get bored and impatient, and want the meditation to be over. Or our mind is completely distracted, anxious, busy.

The attitude to take is that these aren’t actually obstacles, but exactly the areas we can work with and learn from! You might have heard of a saying from both Zen & Stoic traditions, “The obstacle is the path.” That’s exactly what we’re talking about.

With this view, anything that comes up for you is not cause for quitting or despair, but instead is exactly the thing to work with.


What other obstacles have come up for you? You can share them when we get to the Q&A.

Second: Training the mind. Another rich area of learning in meditation is to train the mind.

The first thing we’re training the mind to do is to open to whatever is present to us. Turn towards it, and notice. We start with the breath, but we can expand to emotions and other bodily sensations.

Next, we train the mind to stay. Stay for a little longer. Come back again, and stay for a little longer. This is training in concentration.

Third, we train the mind to come back, with patience. It goes away and starts thinking, that’s OK. Just notice, and come back.

Fourth, we train the mind to be open, to have compassion for what it touches in awareness, to have appreciation and reverence. To relax and rest in openness.

Third: Relaxing the tendencies of the mind.

Another way of training the mind is to train the mind to relax its feelings of separation from everything else. This constructed sense of me and other.

The mind also has tendencies to grasp onto what it wants, to really want to have it (think of a donut or chocolate). We can relax this sense of needing what we want.

The mind likes to reject what it doesn’t want, and complains about what it doesn’t want quite a lot. We can relax this as well.

Watch above, or here on Vimeo.

Part II: Questions and Answers

In the second part of the webinar, I answered a number of great questions from members, including:

Amazing questions, please watch!