Here is a lovely article from Ezra Bayda in 2002 in Tricycle magazine. It describes the practice I am continuing to work with, with the encouragement of my teacher, Pema Chödrön. She first introduced me to Ezra Bayda’s writing. He is a senior student of Charlotte Joko Beck and I consider him as a kind of Dharma brother to Ani Pema.
Many people come to meditation practice with the expectation that it will calm them and relieve their stress. Certainly meditation can do this to some extent; even the most superficial meditation practices can induce feelings of calmness. However, when we’re knee-deep in emotional distress, we’re fortunate if we can remember to practice at all.