Meditation

Start your day off right! This series offers a look into the Japanese you might hear during a yoga or meditation session. It's also designed to be useful as part of your everyday meditation practice (six episodes total).

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Find a comfortable seat and take a few deep breaths as we ease into the language of meditation.
Notes: This episode contains lots of expressions related to breathing, relaxing, and the sensations of meditation. Notes explore the difference between two ways of talking about the process of breathing, as well as different ways of speaking of inhaling and exhaling.
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Continue with repetition as well as some friendly variations on the vocabulary and grammar from the first lesson.
Notes: This note contains a careful breakdown of different ways of using mimetic words like yukkuri.
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Continue your language and meditation exercises by integrating the sounds around you.
Notes: This episode contains an explanation of an important pattern for describing recurring cycles, as well a breakdown of a way to speak of sounds coming to you.
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Calling to mind the people and things for which we are thankful can be an important part of a meditation practice.
Notes: This episode contains great vocabulary related to gratitude, as well as a note on the expression sukoshi de mo, "even if (only) a little."
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Explore the way your feelings change simply by calling to mind different memories.
Notes: This episode contains an interesting note on the difference between two words for "worry."
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In this final, extended lesson, practice observing thoughts that appear unbidden and see them off rather than being carried away by them.
Notes: This episode contains notes on the difference between two words that both mean "to appear," as well as a discussion of how a relative clause can change in meaning when it ends in the past tense as opposed to the present.
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