In this conversation, I speak with one of my meditation teachers, Jason Siff. When I first encountered Jason’s teachings a few years back it caused me to re-evaluate many ideas that I had held dearly about the process of meditation. Inevitably I had to let go and unlearn many of those concepts. If you have worked with me recently, you’ve experienced some of this approach.
Jason’s approach to meditation, Recollective Awareness Meditation, is a way of meditating that explicitly includes thoughts, feelings and emotions. And in my opinion, it’s an excellent way to work with the foundations of mindfulness described by the Buddha (body, feelings, mind-states, and categories of experience related to the Buddha’s teachings). In this conversation we talk about some of the problems with more conventional approaches to meditation and some of the paradoxes inherent in meditation practice.
Here we discuss:
- Jason’s “recollective awareness” meditation
- A head-on approach to grasping what’s going on in your head
- The trouble with traditional meditation techniques
- Dodging meditation paradoxes
- Jason: Don’t be afraid of your thoughts
- The tough process of learning lovingkindness
Originally published on March 1, 2017