Developed by Jason Siff and utilizing principles from Buddhism and psychology, Recollective Awareness Meditation is not so much a meditation technique, but a way to explore how your mind works in meditation.
The practice aims to help you discover and develop qualities and views that will help you to skillfully manage your own mind.
In Recollective Awareness Meditation there are no instructions you must follow. You can meditate in whatever way you like. You might:
- use a technique or techniques you’ve learnt elsewhere
- follow our simple ‘suggestions for beginners‘
- invent your own means of meditation in the moment
Once you’ve finished your meditation however, Recollective Awareness diverges from most traditional practices. Instead of ‘jumping off the cushion’, you’ll be invited to take the time to recall whatever you can from the meditation. Students typically take a few minutes to jot down their recollections, and may then choose to discuss these recollections with a teacher or peer.
The point here is not to find the ‘right’ way to meditate, but to explore how different ways of meditating work for you. You’ll be encouraged to notice what happens during meditation, and how you relate, at various times, to your thoughts, emotions, sensations and other experiences.
In this manner, you gradually develop greater awareness of the ways in which tranquil states develop. You might also begin to see where you react harshly to your inner world, and where you respond more gently, or you might discover aspects of meditative experience that you discount or dismiss, and aspects where you find your curiosity aroused.
This kind of meditation practice is a continually evolving dynamic process. There’s no path to follow, complete with ‘signs of progress’ and ideal states. Rather, there are thousands of interconnected paths, all leading towards deepening understanding and insight.