Reflective Meditation:

a thoughtful, creative and heartfelt way to meditate

Reflective meditation is an open, unstructured way of meditating that invites your life into your meditation. Starting gently, and staying near to your experience during meditation, you develop a friendlier, more intimate relationship to your experience within meditation and in your life. You learn beneficial ways of meditating by seeing how your mind operates within meditation. This kind of “seeing” can naturally develop through reflection, whether done during the reflective time and/or expressed verbally to an experienced teacher or peer. Much of the learning comes from your own recognition and insight rather than from an authority, a tradition, or any dogmatic and rigid way of thinking about meditation.

Most likely you will have a goal in mind when you come to meditation practice. What is in your mind and heart matters deeply, and does not need to be separated out from your meditation practice.

Rocks painted to spell "Gently"
Image by MJMazzola