Peace, Compassion, Self-Awareness
Patience, Emotional Mastery, Concentration
What is it?
Meditation is an opportunity to sit quietly and spend “quality time” with your “most significant other”—that is, with your Self. It is the art of learning how to tend the sacred ground of your life. It connects you with your inner world. By meditating you learn how to care for the garden of your mind. When you quiet your mind and open your heart, you allow the profound “Embrace” that is at the core of all Being to fill you to overflowing. (Yanni Maniates)
How do I practice it?
1) Focus only on one object and thereby clear your mind of all thoughts, for example: your breath; a candle flame; a rose; a mantra; a chant; a particular movement, such as walking; a process, such as eating. 2) Focus on your stream of consciousness itself--all thoughts, feelings, images, experiences, internal or external are objects of your meditation, but you do not identify with any of them. You view them at a distance. 3) Use your imagination to create active visualizations.
3. Challenges and commitments of practice.
When you start to meditate you will notice how wild and untamed your “monkey” mind is. But, be assured, your mind has always been running around like this. Be patient and you can calm it down. You can learn to live your life calmly, paying attention to only what you want and letting each thought and experience come and go on its own. You can learn to see things clearly as they truly are and not veiled by dark clouds of old beliefs, habits, and emotions. You can experience peace of mind.
Tips and reminders.
Meditation takes practice and everyone can do it. It is not easy, at first, for you to learn how to calm your mind, focus your thoughts, and concentrate on your inner world. But with patience and practice you can experience an incredible leap forward in the quality of your life. The hardest part of beginning a meditation practice is just that: beginning. Forget all the reasons not to. Just start today, be patient, and enjoy! As Rousseau wrote: “Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet.” And, according to Lao Tsu, if we learn "not doing" and everything will fall into place.