WHAT IS MEDITATION ?
Meditation has roots in the contemplative practices of nearly every major religion, the most ancient and Beth know one of which is Indian Buddhism. Essentially, Buddhist meditation refers to the cultivation of basic human qualities, such as a more stable clear mind, emotional balance, a sense of caring mindfulness, even love and compassion. All these contribute to a more serene, flexible, even creative, being.
In practice, Meditation is quite simple and can be done anywhere. No special tool or dress is needed. We begin by sitting comfortably with a desire for self betterment, for others’ well-being and the alleviation of their difficulties.
In due time, we must stabilize the mind, which is too often disorderly and tugged in all directions by a stream of inner chatter. Mastering the mine requires us to free it from sutomatic reactivity, mental conditioning and inner confusion.
Three well- known Meditation methods developed trough Buddhism are now practiced in non-religious programmes in hospitals and schools worldwide.
The first one is focused attention Meditation, that aims to tame and anchor our mind in the present moment while we train to be vigilant against distractions.
Second, mindfulness or open monitoring meditation, trains us to be less reactive towards thoughts, feeling and emotions, as they arise, to prevent them from spiraling out of control and creating mental distress. In this practice, we remain attentive, moment by moment, to any experience without focusing on anything specific.
The third is cultivation of lovingkindness to foster an unconditional perspective of self and others. This is a healing meditation that teaches us to begin by accepting ourselves just as we are, by accepting others just as they are, and working on a vision of a better self and other, empowered by a sense of all-embracing precious joy.
A Door to Consciousness
In a broader perspective, Meditation has finally provided mind scientists with the tool for studying one of the last frontiers of science human consciousness. With the scientists themselves meditating, they become their own experiments with first-person experiences of their research. As a more scientists compara and corroborate their findings, Scientific understanding of the human mind will help improve our mental health in general well-being. The scientific approach of two bodies meditation the only problem is a more open and understanding of humanity to self, one that cut across all races, cultures and religions, and that sees the human race as one rooted in similar mental processes and their related issues.
With the healthy mind in a healthy body, it is easier for us to cultivate insight wisdom that frees sus from our dark and negative emotions to enjoy the free space of a joyful mind.
Source: Exploring Buddhism and Science
By Venerable China Sheng
➡️Get into the 21 days Inner-Light Journey to Inner-Wisdom on the 15 of January with me as we are going to brighten the light within ourselves through meditation 🙏🏼✨
Love is Love,