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Meditation is easy

Meditation is definitely a technique we should all add to our repertoire for taking control of our minds and our lives but it doesn’t need to take over our lives unless of course you want it to. Start with ten minutes a week to empty your mind of all the garbage that builds up during the week or try it two to three times a week if you can manage it. What’s 10 minutes a week or 30 minutes for that matter? It’s the closest you’ll ever get to yourself and being yourself and no it’s not weird or new age, it is just a way of clearing your mind in an age of extreme noise and clutter. It is easy to do and requires no special skills and the benefits will speak for themselves.

One of the main objects of meditation is to create an inner mental space between thoughts and consciousness, a clear or white space, an inner mental space we can carry into our daily lives to distance ourselves from our stream of consciousness, our babble of thought. The clear or white space of our minds can figuratively sit above the stream of thoughts and we can watch those thoughts battle, twist and turn below us with equilibrium.

We create the inner mental space, by emptying our minds of everything, thinking of nothing, being at one with our consciousness and our surroundings, breathing in the ether, becoming at peace, at one, with our being. Of course the first few times you try meditation it will be difficult, your mind will not empty, the thoughts will race around, your brain will hurt as it tries to keep control over you and you may even feel physically sick. All a sign of how much your thoughts have control of your life but the more you practice the easier it will become so that eventually you will be able to carry the technique into all your waking life. Just don’t try too hard at first, if it becomes uncomfortable or difficult, stop, in time it will become easier.

Find a quiet, comfortable place. Adopt the classic meditation posture, if you can, as this tends to put you in the right frame of mind for achieving the best results. Sit upright, back straight, on a cushion if you can, which tilts you slightly forward. Sit with legs crossed, hands palm up in front of you, the right hand cupped in the left hand and the two thumbs touching to signify the unity of the left and right sides of your brain. Relax, be comfortable, breathe normally, let the thoughts play out before you and quieten down, watch you thoughts from a distance, from your inner mental space, don’t force them to be gone but gradually they will disappear. Thoughts have no meaning, they are insignificant, only your being has meaning, your oneness with all existence, with the life force.

You can repeat mantras such as ‘one’, ‘peace’, ‘om’ or you could repeat some Buddhist prayers, ‘I and all sentient beings, until we achieve enlightenment, go for refuge to Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha.’ Anything that helps to dispel intrusive thoughts from the everyday world, for this is your escape from that world.

If you have any expectations of what you are going to gain from Meditation then it will fail you. It is not something that can be forced but if you allow it, it will teach you in its own time and of its own accord. If you think it will make you this or that person it will not, but if you allow it, it will teach you more about yourself than you ever knew and will change you for the better. Creating that inner mental space allows your being to truly develop, literally gives it the space to grow in, without the constant noise of inner and outer worlds.

Once you start meditating, you must persevere, don’t let it slip or you will miss out on the benefits. Thirty minutes to an hour a week with yourself, of real quality time is really ruling the mind and the benefits will speak for themselves unless of course you are too afraid to change.

From an article on Meditation
‘The heart of Dharma practice is meditation. The purpose of meditation is to make our mind calm and peaceful. If our mind is peaceful, we will be free from worries and mental discomfort, and so we will experience true happiness. But if our mind is not peaceful, we will find it very difficult to be happy, even if we are living in the very best conditions. If we train in meditation, our mind will gradually become more and more peaceful, and we will experience a purer and purer form of happiness. Eventually, we will be able to stay happy all the time, even in the most difficult circumstances.

Usually we find it difficult to control our mind. It seems as if our mind is like a balloon in the wind, blown here and there by external circumstances. If things go well, our mind is happy, but if they go badly, it immediately becomes unhappy. For example, if we get what we want, such as a new possession or a new partner, we become excited and cling to them tightly. However, since we cannot have everything we want, and since we will inevitably be separated from the friends and possessions we currently enjoy, this mental stickiness, or attachment, only causes us pain. On the other hand, if we do not get what we want, or if we lose something we like, we become depressed or irritated. For example, if we lose a job or break up with a partner, we will probably become upset and feel unhappy, with the result that we will not focus on getting another job or coming to terms with losing a loved one, our time will become stressful and unrewarding.

Such fluctuations of mood arise because we are too closely involved in the external situation. We are like a child making a sandcastle who is excited when it is first made, but who becomes upset when it is destroyed by the incoming tide. By training in meditation, we create an inner space and clarity that enable us to control our mind regardless of the external circumstances. Gradually we develop mental equilibrium, a balanced mind that is happy all the time, rather than an unbalanced mind that oscillates between the extremes of excitement and depression.

If we train in meditation systematically, we will eventually be able to eradicate from our mind the delusions that are the causes of all our problems and suffering. In this way, we will come to experience a permanent inner peace, known as liberation or nirvana. Then, day and night in life after life, we will experience only peace and happiness.’