Beyond Koru Mindfulness
(from the Center for koru mindfulness)
What you’ll need to keep
your mindfulness practice growing
Take a class or join a meditation group
Trying to keep your mindfulness practice
going all by yourself is nearly impossible. There are so many cultural pulls
away from this practice, that if you don’t spend some time on a regular basis with others
who are practicing, you’re likely to lose your momentum. The best thing you
could do to further your growth would be to sign up for another class or
join a meditation group that meets weekly. See if there is a Koru 2.0
class in your area or search for
meditation groups in your area. Here are
some local options:
1. Insight meditation community
3. Fairfax mindfulness center
another book about mindfulness
Learning more about the
benefits of mindfulness is a great way to build your motivation to keep
practicing. Consider trying one of the books below, or go to your favorite
bookstore and browse. There are lots of books out there, so find one that
resonates with you.
- Real Happiness by Sharon
Salzberg. Salzberg is one of the best mindfulness teachers out there,
and this book has been wildly popular. It’s a clearly written manual that
guides you through a 28-day program for building a mindfulness practice.
This can be a great follow up for your Koru Basic class and it is the one
we use for Koru 2.0.
- The Mindful Athlete by George
Mumford. This is a great mindfulness guide for athletes and
aspiring athletes. Mumford is an experienced meditator who teaches
mindfulness to professional athletes. He does a great job making
mindfulness practices relevant for all.
- Mindfulness in Plain English by Henepola
Gunaratana. This book has a more Buddhist perspective, but it’s a
great introduction to meditation practice. The style is very direct and
the meditation instructions are easy to follow.
- Radical Dharma by Jasmine
Syedullah, Lama Rod Owens, and angel Kyodo Williams. If you are
interested in the interface between contemplative practices and social
justice, this book will engage and inspire you.
- Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle
There are endless resources online. You can find YouTube
videos, TedTalks, and endless articles about mindfulness and meditation. Search
for something that interests you, or try one of these.
- Wild Mind offers resources for what it calls
“Buddhist Meditation”. The articles are straightforward, and the
techniques offered are consistent with the strategies we work on in Koru.
They also offer an on-line course that might be interesting to try if you
wanted to take your practice up another notch. https://www.wildmind.org
- There's a podcast for millennials
called, The Millenials Guide to
Mindfulness. You might find some of the episodes interesting. catchingzs.libsyn.com
- Dharma Seed has hundreds of talks on meditation, all for
- plumvillage.org and Youtube videos by Plum village (online
- My meditation website
Koru Mindfulness App
you haven't already been using our app during your class you should give it a
try. It features a meditation timer, guided meditations, reminders on the
skills you used, and an easy to use logbook for your daily entries.
search for “Koru Mindfulness”. Available
for Android and iOS devices.