Meditation as a technique for calming the disturbances of the mind has been a part of human life since the time of the earliest civilizations. Many teachers, past and present, from a myriad of cultural and religious beliefs, from the Buddha (563-486 BCE ) to Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn’s emerging Mindfulness Stress Reduction Program at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, have sought to control the “monkey mind” to gain insight and inner peace. As master teacher Joseph Goldstein has suggested “Mediation has to do with opening what is closed in us, balancing what is reactive, and exploring what is hidden.”
Most of us go about our daily lives with our mind chattering away. To exist without all that mental noise seems to suggest we have lost all control. Yet, we are only in control when we are aware of our thinking and able to stop thinking when we want to. It is this aspect of letting go that troubles most practitioners, posing a real challenge to our habitual behaviors, feelings and thoughts. Scientific findings like Kabat-Zinn’s prove how meditation can significantly change addictions, heal the body, decrease, sometimes alleviate, physical and mental pain, eliminate stress and anxiety, augment our concentration, improve our ability to handle deadlines, increase a sense of well-being, and bring about a profound acceptance of the challenges and hardships of everyday life.
Meditation brings remarkable changes in one’s daily life practices and deepens an awareness as to what one’s reality truly is. It is the constant escaping from reality and seeking of instant gratification, common to 21st century culture that masks our true feelings, debilitates us, and poisons our body, mind and spirit. The Dalai Lama stresses the importance of a basic mindfulness practice to change the human condition, teaching that one’s ability to literally “sit” with what is at hand, without any conceptual padding, allowed our neuroses to come to the surface and therefore be resolved. He states “meditation is the means for human beings to be free of suffering.”
Meditation asks us to mindfully observe the fluctuation’s of the mind and to learn how to lessen our anxieties with breath exercises and thoughtful observation. Through practicing the techniques of meditation the chaos of everyday life is lessened, the agitation of the mind is brought to stillness; Insight and understanding of one’s deeper feelings and responses is cultivated, ultimately bringing greater ability to focus, control, and change our experiences.
Make time for yourself to simply sit and reflect – what Pema Chodron calls “calm abiding” so that one’s innate wisdom can rise and guide you to greater contentment and inner peace.
Learn to cultivate this skillful awareness and receive the long term benefits of a meditation practice!
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