about meditation

Why Meditate?

in his book how to transform your life, geshe kelsang gyatso says:

‘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.’

geshe kelsang gyatso – how to transform your life

how to begin meditation

 

Space and time for meditation

try to find a clean and clutter-free space within your home, with as few distractions around as possible. At first, it may be helpful to dedicate 5 – 10 minutes a day towards developing inner peace. As you become more familar with meditating, and begin to experience its beneficial effects, you will find it easier to make this time or even more time available, even with the busiest of lifestyles.

Sitting in a comfortable position

We can sit in the traditional cross-legged posture or in any other position that is comfortable. If we wish, we can sit in a chair. The most important thing is to keep our back straight to prevent our mind from becoming sluggish or sleepy.

A Simple Breathing Meditation

Below is a guided breathing meditation for relaxation, shared from our Living Meditation series. It is helpful to remember that at first your mind may seem busy, and you may even feel that the meditation is making your mind busier; but in reality you are just becoming more aware of how busy your mind actually is.

‘The first stage of meditation is to stop distractions and make our mind clearer and more lucid. This can be accomplished by practising a simple breathing meditation.’ Geshe Kelsang Gyatso – How to Transform Your Life

The Benefits of Maintaining a Regular Meditation Practice

So much of the stress and tension, we normally experience comes from our mind, and many of the problems we experience, including ill health, are caused or aggravated by this stress. Ten or fifteen minutes a day of breathing meditation can reduce stress and tension, and will benefit us in the following ways…

·       We experience a calm, spacious feeling in the mind.

·       Many of our usual problems fall away.

·       Difficult situations are easier to deal with.

·       We naturally feel warm and well disposed towards others.

·       Our relationships gradually improve.

‘By training in meditation, we create an inner space and clarity that enables 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 despondency.’

Geshe Kelsang Gyatso – How to Transform Your Life

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