Tactical Awareness Initiative

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Focusing on the development of pure, non-judgmental awareness of our moment-to-moment experiences allows us to take a tactical approach to working with physical, emotional and psychological stress.



Body Scan Practice
Body scanning involves consciously placing our attention in different areas of our body.

Bone Breathing Practice
A variation on the body scan theme, bone breathing involves slowly guiding our breath through all the bones in our body.

Soft Belly Practice
Soft belly practice involves consciously softening our abdomen, allowing thoughts and feelings to pass through us like a warm breeze.

Mindful Walking Practice
Mindful walking practice involves consciously bringing our attention to the soles of our feet, allowing us to bask in the wonder of the present moment.

Yes Practice
This practice involves learning to release the deep habits of reactive aversion.



An Ear to the Ground
Lin Jensen on softening our hearts to accept our own imperfections and deepening our resolve to live without harm.

At Home in Our Bodies
Jon Kabat-Zinn, founder of the Stress Reduction Clinic at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, on paying attention to pain.

Being in Your Body: The Body-Scan Technique
The fifth chapter of Jon Kabat-Zinn's book Full Catastrophe Living.

Being Peace
Thich Nhat Hanh believes that unless and until individuals are peaceful within themselves, they cannot work for peace among nations.

Be Grateful to Everyone
Pema Chödrön believes that if we learn to open our hearts, anyone, including the people who drive us crazy, can be our teacher.

Blanking the Mind
Bo Lozoff, founder of the Prison-Ashram Project, speaks to the basic misconception that most of us have about meditation.

Bless From the Heart
Sally Kempton speaks to the liberating practice of blessing everyone and everything you see.

Clear Comprehension
In 1993, Ajahn Sucitto gave a series of classes at Cittaviveka covering basic themes of meditation practice. This is the first section of his talk.

Clear your Closet, Lighten your Life
Charlotte Bell, a yoga and meditation teacher, speaks to our propensity to accumulate things.

Commonly Asked Questions About Meditation
Jeffrey Brantley, founder and director of the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program at the Duke Center for Integrative Medicine, on the practice of meditation.

DOJ Employee Assistance Program
The DOJ offers an extensive collection of links to sites with information on wellness and mental health issues.

Five Practical Stress Reduction Techniques
This article gives step-by-step instructions for five relaxation procedures, all of which are useful for both stress reduction and managing pain.

Guided Body Scan
Margaret Cullen gently guides us through the Body Scan Meditation.

Guided Meditation
Tara Brach, founder and senior teacher of the Insight Meditation Community of Washington, D.C., invites you to spend the next 10 minutes relaxing your body and quieting your mind.

Guided Sitting Meditation
Ms. Cullen gently guides us through a Sitting Meditation.

How Meditation Works
Shinzen Young offers an excellent introductory overview of techniques for mental development within three Buddhist traditions.

How to Bring More Mindfulness into Your Life
Jeffrey Brantley speaks about our tendency to "tune-out."

How We Get Hooked
Pema Chödrön on our habitual tendency to close down.

Insight Meditation
An excellent introduction to the practice of Insight Meditation.

Just Say 'Yes' to the Moment
The Chinese word for busy is 'heart-killing,' which is one reason why Tara Brach believes we should all learn how to slow down.

Long-Term Meditators & High-Amplitude Gamma Synchrony
Research data suggests that mental training involves temporal integrative mechanisms and may induce short-term and long-term neural changes.

Loosening the Knots of Anger
Thich Nhat Hanh speaks of freedom from the mental formations of anger, despair, jealousy and delusion.

Meditation and Depression
Traleg Kyabgon Rinpoche on depression in the context of meditation practice, and in the context of Buddhist spirituality.

Meditation Instruction
An eclectic collection of guided meditation audio files.

Meditation 101: Less is More
Barry Evans found the heart of his practice when he was forced to cut most of it out.

Meeting Life with Your Whole Body
Tara Brach speaks to coming back to our bodies by reconnecting to the parts of our experience that we habitually push away.

Metta Practice
Sharon Salzberg speaks to the practice of metta, reuniting us with what it means to be alive and unbound.

Mindfulness, Kindness, Compassion, and Equanimity
Jeffrey Brantley speaks to the practice of present moment awareness.

Mindfulness of Breathing
Thich Nhat Hanh speaks on how to live deeply in the present moment, touching the depth of life in every moment.

Mindfulness Meditation for Stress Management
Jessica Psujek, a health counselor at the Duke Center for Integrative Medicine, on the practice of mindfulness.

On Anger
Thich Nhat Hanh believes that the real enemy of man is our ignorance, discrimination, fear, craving, and violence.

One Year to Live
Steven Levine speaks about learning to live by preparing for your death.

Opening the Heart
Sharon Salzberg invites you to spend the next seven minutes of your life opening your heart and calming your mind.

Silent Illumination
Master Sheng-yen speaks to Shikantaza and Silent Illumination.

Spiritual Practices
A collection of spiritual practices for the sick and dying.

The Householder Series
In 1995, Jack Kornfield, founding teacher of the Insight Meditation Society and the Spirit Rock Meditation Center, gave a series of talks on the practice of the Eightfold Path.

The Trance of Unworthiness
Tara Brach speaks to how our feelings of unworthiness and alienation from others give rise to various forms of suffering.

The Yoga of Pleasure
Sally Kempton on the secret of turning pleasure into yoga.

Transforming Anger
Lama Surya Das speaks to an important part of the practice of lovingkindness, learning to accept and love even what we don't like.

Turning Toward Pain
Pema Chödrön explains how pain can be a great spiritual teacher.

Why Bother?
The first chapter of Bhante Gunaratana's book, Mindfulness in Plain English.

Zen and Addiction
Mary Heath's article on the benefits of Zen meditation in the recovery from addiction.


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A Heart Full of Peace
Joseph Goldstein's evocative lessons on peacefulness bring the concept of metta, or loving kindness, to life.

An Open Heart
A treasury of practical approaches for everyday living, the Dalai Lama's teachings point clearly to a better way to live.

Being Peace
Thich Nhat Hahn reminds us of the fundamental importance for the world of just one person smiling, breathing, and being peace.

Calming Your Anxious Mind
Jeffrey Brantley's gentle call to stop and pay more attention to your self and your life, and practice being, not doing.

Contemplative Prayer
Thomas Merton's contemplation of contemplation, intended for those leading a monastic life, but accessible to all.

Everyday Zen
Charlotte Joko Beck challenges us to divest ourselves of our mental defense mechanisms and dare to be OK with life just as it is.

Getting Unstuck
Pema Chödrön offers us tools for learning to stay with our uneasiness.

Heal Thy Self
Saki Santorelli weaves a fine tapestry with rich imagery, familiar poetry and robust recollection, inviting us to begin our own journey into mindfulness.

Not Always So
Shunryu Suzuki implores us to slow down, allowing our true nature to find its expression in meditation and stillness.

Open Heart, Open Mind
The Trappist Monk Thomas Keating explores the use of Centering Prayer as a sign of one's intention to surrender to God.

Radical Acceptance
Tara Brach offers myriad examples of how our pain can become a doorway to love and liberation.

Returning to Silence
Dainin Katagiri speaks to the basic teachings of the Buddha, with special emphasis on the meaning of faith and meditation.

Anthony De Mello helps us explore the possibilities of the inner life, and the love of God that one finds there in the contemplative moments.

Hermann Hesse's allegorical novel deals with the spiritual journey of an Indian man called Siddhartha during the time of the Buddha.

The Art of Just Sitting
Shikantaza, the core of Soto Zen, is the simplest yet most profound and subtle form of meditation.

The Long Road Turns to Joy
Thich Nhat Hahn illuminates the spiritual benefits afforded by walking mindfully.

The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying
Sogyal Rinpoche introduces the reader to the fundamentals of Tibetan Buddhism, moving gradually to the topics of death and dying.

The Way of Zen
This classic by Alan Watts speaks to the foundation and practice of Zen in clear, lucid tones.

Wherever You Go, There You Are
Jon Kabat-Zinn writes thoughtfully and honestly about becoming comfortable in your own skin.

Zen at Work
Les Kaye shows how Zen thinking can transform an individual's experience of the workplace.

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