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Meditation brings ease to life

There are a great many forms of mediation emanating from various spiritual traditions and it's widely recognised that meditation helps to:

  • calm the mind
  • provide relaxation
  • provide focus and meaning in life
  • improve general health and
  • even cure some medical conditions.

It is a challenge to define meditation, but simply put, when one is relaxed and present with an undivided mind, meditation happens. Meditation is helpful because by being present with a still mind, perception expands and it is possible to observe the root cause of suffering (illness or discomfort).

Meditation is actually a natural process for human beings and it is largely intuitive. People have been meditating and if we take Buddhist culture as an example, we can see there is a profound peacefulness and respect for life within that culture.

Here in the 21st century, the greater population is looking up to some indefinable God or they are looking out into the universe as they attempt to understand the nature of life and how to profit from it.

There is an old saying "as above so below." Meditation is about looking inwards because at a fundamental level, when we turn and look inside we will understand that what we see is only a reflection of what is outside of us.

Remember that we perceive the world through our senses and our sense perception is interpreted inside our own minds. Therefore, it is impossible for us to have any direct experience of anything outside of ourselves.

Therefore what perceive of the world around us is often coloured by our minds. In a sense you could say that we perceive the world as a reflection and our mind is the mirror. So when we meditate, it is about turning inwards and cleaning the mirror so that our sense perception is improved.

One of the greatest meditators in recent history that we know about is Gotama the Buddha. He was so distressed by the suffering experienced by people in the world around him that he set out to find a solution. It was through his meditations that he defined how suffering came about and he prescribed a course of action to eliminate suffering from one's life.

It is abundantly clear that looking outwards and manipulating the world or looking up to some indefinable God does nothing to relieve suffering, in fact these activities are creating suffering.

Suffering is what one feels in response to sickness, to injury, to mental and emotional distress, and social deprivation. These sufferings manifest themselves as diseases that we more commonly refer to as stresses and these prevent us from experiencing any lasting joy and happiness.

"The Self is neither a what nor an it. Even though we use those terms to be able to somewhat communicate about the Self, you must understand that the Self is unmanifest pure being, which in its very nature is bliss.

Please contemplate those three words: Unmanifest, Pure being, Bliss. The bliss does not have a cause nor an object. It is simply the nature of the Self.

Similarly the Self simply is, thus it is pure being. It has no reason to exist and it is immortal." ~ Upanishad.

So it has become well established that in order to experience any happiness that is truly lasting, one must look inwards and it is this looking inside of ourselves that is called meditation.

Unfortunately many people's minds are so corrupted that when they first turn and look inside, the experience can be rather frightening. However with some patients combined with perseverance and a non-judgemental attitude, one can begin to navigate through one's internal "stuff."

All this mind stuff that we contain is only a collection of impressions. They can be desires or fears, or any thought forms, but they are only thoughts and have no inherent existence.

The initial stages of meditation involve negotiating all this mind stuff and that leads to a sense of inner peace and self realisation. When self-realisation is achieved, individuals will learn that they do not have to be affected by the external world and especially what other people think.

Self-realisation gives a sense of freedom allowing people to reconcile themselves with their physicality and the external world. It is a state of mind that remains happy even when everyone else is miserable, and it is from this place that one can be more effective in the world.

Some people express concern that meditation may eliminate desire however this is impossible as we cannot live without desire. But meditation allows individuals to shape their desires more accurately to suit their needs be it for business or pleasure.

Some easy meditations 

Meditation can be described as not doing anything. This generally means sitting and becoming physically and mentally still. However most people find this is not so easy, therefore one of the simplest meditations to do is to sit and witness the breath as it comes and goes.

In witnessing the breath, there is no control of the breath, there is no analysis or judgement, it is simply a quiet observation. In the beginning, there may be distractions in the body and mind, but the idea is to ignore those distractions and remain focused on the flow of the breath.

Music as in the video is a nice alternative, it is simply a matter of sitting comfortably and keeping your attention on the music without allowing your body or thoughts to distract you.

The use of a mantra can also helpful such as the Buddhist mantra "Om Mani Padme Hum" which translates as "an appreciation of the essence of life". Repeating this phrase over and over either within your own mind or vocally helps to subdue awareness of other thoughts and physical distractions.

Guided meditations such as Isha Kriya  are very helpful because one uses the mind to subdue the mind.

If one's body is not very supple or strong, other yoga practices are also helpful because they facilitate the meditative process.

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