Each month through the end of the year, we will be hosting a skilled, practiced, meditation teacher so that you have the opportunity to begin or deepen your meditation practice with someone experienced in teaching the subject. This is not a series, so you are welcome to any or all of the practices, and no experience is necessary to benefit from and enjoy the sessions. These practices are by donation, and the money will support a local non-profit. This month will benefit the Tarrant County Area Food Bank.
Practice Meditation: Fabricating the Breath in Meditation
A great instructional session for beginners and advanced practitioners alike. Prior to our meditation we’ll discuss the process, benefits, and ways we can fabricate our breath and breath energy during our sits. Fabrications serve as a skillful vehicle we can create to garner our concentration around our breath and it’s connection to our mind and body.
What are Fabrications?
• Constructs and perceptions we willfully create around our breath and breath energy
What are the different types of Fabrications?
• Verbal Fabrications - “Self-talk”, directed thought and evaluation
• Bodily Fabrications - Manipulating in-and-out breaths ie. shallower, deeper, texture, etc…
• Mental Fabrications – Perceptions and feelings around breath and breath energy
Why use Fabrications?
• Train our self in mindfulness and concentration
• Create an internal and pleasurable experience to outweigh distracting and unskillful sensory pleasures
• Learn how our mind creates and fabricates our experiences
• Utilize ingenuity to self-diagnose and remedy discomforts and distractions
Our host this evening is A.J. Fichera, who has been a Buddhist practitioner and meditator for over 14 years. He was formerly a student of Vietnamese Zen at the Quang Chieu Monastery which led to the teachings of Ajahn Geoff (Thanissaro Bhikkhu) in the lineage of the Thai Forest Tradition. He currently facilitates a secular meditation group in Fort Worth called “Admirable Friends”, which introduces and instructs its participants to meditate and uphold the values of the Thai Forest Tradition. He seeks in his own practice to achieve well-being through solving the mind’s problem of creating stress and suffering, brought on by our own thoughts and actions. He takes joy in introducing people to the benefits of adopting a meditative practice for themselves and others, which in turn, helps reveal the wisdom and compassion that leads to lasting well-being.