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How to Sit  is the first of a series of how-to titles by the Zen Master, Thich Nhat Hanh. In it, he provides a thorough introduction to the basics of mindfulness and how to practice it.

Thich Nhat Hanh’s directions are simple, following the technicalities of posture, breathing and achieving that state of clarity. His aim is to help you to cultivate concentration and compassion through your sitting practices.

One can find a portion of the book, as well as his “5 Practices for Nurturing Happiness“, in the March issue of Shambhala Sun magazine alongside other Zen teachings by Pema Chodron, Judy Lief and Larry Yang. In simple-to-follow direction, he can ensure the proper technique is done. One piece of advice he offers is to “ignore what your sitting looks like from the outside.” He suggests that beginners use a bell when they are first starting off, and stresses the importance of a straight spine. He provides pointers on relaxing oneself while keeping your posture appropriate.

Sitting sounds simple, however in the Buddhist religion it is a time of “non-action in which anything can emerge.” The first step in sitting is to “stop whatever else you are doing“, said Thich Nhat Hanh. It can be difficult on many of us with a lot of thoughts, however it is beneficial to one’s well-being and general health. During the session of sitting, one simply exists with their awareness.

The book is perfect for anyone looking to get started with meditation, or those with more experience who wish to rehash the foundation of the practice. It is comprehensive and covers all of the basics in a straightforward and clear manner. It can be found on Amazon for $5 via Kindle or $9 in paperback copies.

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