The beautiful practice of meditation in stillness is the heart of silent retreat. In our Buddhist tradition, we emphasize meditation in the sitting posture as conducive for groundedness, alertness, and sustainable mindfulness for most people. For those who have physical limitations and cannot sit, teachers can help with modified positions.
In sitting, silence and stillness develop, concentration deepens, and awareness expands. The training of the heart brings kindness and compassion for all that arises. Beginning meditators are encouraged to use the breath as a focus for mindfulness. After inner calm and steadiness are established through breathing, the meditation is systematically opened to include mindfulness of all experiences, external and internal, of body sensations and emotions, of thoughts and the nature of mind itself.