Meditation For All

It is more important

12Eating It is more important to note, than it is to eat.Watch the eye scanning the food table, watch the opening and closing of the mouth as food enters it. While eating, watch flavour, pay attention to your self, don’t go outside yourself.When eating is not so pleasurable, meditation is going well! So you’ve had your meal, being mindful of all your sensations, eating it, and then when you ask your self, ‘well what did I eat?’ You can’t remember! Or it takes you a while to recall!at’s because you didn’t pay attention to concepts. You forgot what you ate because you didn’t pay attention to the concepts like: ‘I ate chicken or carry.’All you did was ‘sensations, sensations, sensations and sensations!’ No meaning comes into your mind about what you are eating, so when you get up you can’t remember, or it takes you a while to remember. You can remember the whole process that you ate but you can’t remember what you ate!With eating remember three things always: sensations, taste, mind states. You can include movements as well as intentions as you go on. When you get very relaxed even eating is very calming.When your mindfulness is lacking you tend to eat too fast! On the other hand when you are mindful it seems that it takes so much energy just to eat!Because you are so calm! It’s exhausting! And being aware of all your sensations, makes it feel so painful!Every moment something is coming through the five sense doors to the mind constantly. So you are aware of something.With all practices, try to have awareness of yourself every moment. If you really have awareness first, and awareness is first place and everything else comes second, then you will find really you start going up in the practice. e mind becomes obedient and tamed.e more you look at subtle sensations the stronger the mind becomes. Choose the subtle sensations, the neutral ones that make you work harder and make sati-samadhi strong.



November 5, 2008 Posted by | meditation | Leave a comment

Dealing With Anger – Part 1

who-am-i-5Dealing With Anger Say that you are experiencing anger. Anything to do with that anger you observe it, whether is the feelings, your body sensations, your mental activity and sensations. Any of it, if you look at it, is called noting your anger.But if you are repeating ‘anger’, ‘anger’, ‘anger’, to your self, this is not called noting. Because now your mind is looking at the word ‘anger,’ and you are not thinking about what you are angry about any more.You are not thinking about the story line any more.But you are also not looking at anything that you are experiencing directly that is related to anger in your body and your mind.If you are not observing any of this bodily and mental activity you are not noting, you are just repeating a word to your self.Noting means looking at the bodily and mental activity that is happening in the present moment.Others, (in the Mahayana tradition), when they feel anger they start asking: Who is angry? Who is the entity that is angry. And they forget all about anger and noting that anger!that is not noting. You are not noting the direct effects of the experience you are having, but diverting the attention to something else. It has to be the direct effects of the experience. Has to be direct experience.Try not to judge your own anger, because that doubles the trouble. You have the anger pain and the judging pain to deal with at the same time. Look at the feeling of anger and it loses its power. Look at the story and it gets stronger.When you are dealing with anger, look straight into it. Don’t want it to go away. If you have that attitude no matter how much you try it’s not going to go away.So simply look at it. Look right into it. Sometimes people watch their anger and expect it to disappear immediately.Don’t expect that. Just learn how to look into your mind. Use that anger to learn from.Consider these two ways of dealing with anger: Being reasonable and thinking if the other person is actually not aware of making you angry or he has a reason to behave the way he does.Watch that sensation in your body and mind, don’t judge and don’t elaborate. Just stick with the knowing mind, don’t worry about the object. Also do not expect all sorts of pains and problems to disappear quickly. Even when you take medicine pains do not go away instantly.With Vipassana you cannot hurry things up. Just stay mindful all the time and in good time things will happen.


November 4, 2008 Posted by | meditation | Leave a comment

Sayadaw U Jyotika

Sayadaw U Jyotika (Transcribed from a talk by the Sayadaw)In all human activities, this meditation practice is the most important. (But note that when we say ‘without thinking about it’ we don’t mean absent minded.)Let’s see why we don’t even use noting:For example when we hear something and try to label: is is a ‘dog bark.’ To come to this conclusion we need a very complicated process in the mind.First you hear the sound and recall from the past similar sounds that you heard, you put the two together, then the mind works very fast like a computer.Recognises: is is the same as that, and then you recall what it was called in the past, and you remember that, that was a dog barking in the past and you bring that past to the present: is sound is a ‘dog barking’.You go through four different processes, four steps, in order to get to that.In this meditation you stop at the first step, no more.Even to name something you go through many-many steps like when we hear one word, if the sound is one syllable you go four full steps, if it has two syllables we go though more than four, maybe six or eight sometimes and if the sound has three or four syllables we have to go through many-many steps to get to the conclusion. e mind works very fast very hard. In this meditation practice we stop all that process we stay with the first step. at simple.But it’s not easy to do that because we have a habit of going through the whole process But as I said before if you practise it, you don’t find it very difficult either.It is just the act of being, when you see there is just ‘seeing’ when you hear there is just ‘hearing’ when you have any sensations in the body, there is just sensations, when you taste there is just ‘tasting’ when you smell there is just ‘smelling’, when you think there is just ‘thinking.’Not even ‘I’ experiencing that. Because that ‘I’ can make things become very complicated. Of all human activity, body and mind, this is the simplest.e act of just ‘being’ in all it’s simplicity and naturalness with nothing added at all.at is the most important point: nothing added at all.It’s just the experience of simple ‘being’, experience of simple process. So in practising this meditation do not expect anything to happen.at is also another important thing.Especially for those of you who have been meditating for quite a while, a long time and who have had good experiences before; whenever they meditate again they always want to get to that state as quickly as possible. ey expect that.‘I have been into that peaceful state before. Now I am going to sit and get there as quickly as possible’. e harder we try the harder it becomes. So don’t try, don’t expect. is is another paradox.If you really don’t try anything at all you will find that you are there.To be as simple as possible — nothing added — sit as comfortable as possible, without overlapping anything.e most important thing is to be balanced and to be at ease. If you can sit full lotus it’s . I used to sit like that before but I don’t try it any more. It’s not necessary.

from – Contemplation of the Mind

November 3, 2008 Posted by | meditation | Leave a comment

Meditation, Stress and Hypertension

Meditation requires concentration. Sit in a calm and quiet place. Wear loose fitting clothes. Make yourself as comfortable as possible. Close your eyes. Gently breath in and breath out. Focus all your attention on your breathing. Keep chanting the word ‘om’. You will feel the world slipping away from you. You will feel peace and tranquility enveloping you.

When person is agitated or anxious, meditation shifts his focus away from the cause of such a state of mind. Thus meditation is a great stress buster.

When you are agitated your breathing will be uneven and shallow. When your mind is weaned away from anxiety, your breathing will be more even.

Meditation would help you to increase your powers concentration. If you practice meditation for ten minutes daily, it would be greatly beneficial.

Meditation can be done sitting or lying down. You close your eyes, focus on your breathing while chanting the word ‘om’. Alternately your focus could be on an imaginary point between your eyes at a distance. Breathing should not be controlled. It should be normal. A rosary of beads can be used to count the chanting. It could also be of great help to rein in your mind and help you to concentrate.

Meditation requires constant practice. It is not easy to rein in your mind and totally bring it to a focus.

Meditation not only helps to reduce stress but can also reduce your blood pressure. Meditation would have none of the side effects of anti hypertension drugs. Meditation would reduce the necessity of anti hypertension drugs.

Studies have shown that meditation reduces the blood pressure significantly. Along with the reduction of blood pressure, meditation would reduce the chances of cardio vascular diseases and stroke.

Meditation slows down the heart rate and normalizes the blood pressure. It can cure for mild hypertension.

By B.N. Sridhar

September 16, 2008 Posted by | meditation | , | Leave a comment

Learn Meditation

Meditation is a method of bringing peace and harmony into the hectic and confused lives of people. It is an effort to make life better by ensuring physical and mental well being. However, meditation bestows the best results when it is carried out voluntarily and is not a forced effort. It is possible to learn meditation from accomplished teachers, guides or even through books or audiovisual aids. It helps to have an open mind towards learning the techniques and the fundamentals of meditation.

In the book of Tantra, there are one hundred and twelve techniques mentioned that can be used to practice meditation. It is not necessary to be proficient in all or most of the techniques to gain the benefits of meditation. Meditators can choose the technique that they are most comfortable with and start practicing meditation immediately. A skillful teacher or guide becomes instrumental in helping the meditators, especially those who are beginners, to choose a suitable form of meditation according to their temperament and lifestyle. The chosen teacher or master then puts the meditators on the path of self-realization. The master guides the disciples and provides support to them whenever they find it difficult to stay on the path of meditation.

Meditators can choose from various popular as well as obscure methods of meditation, such as walking meditation or the more complex Kabbalah meditation. It is maintained by meditation experts that all paths lead to the same result that is attunement into the Self or enlightenment. It is advisable to choose a suitable type of meditation and then continue it for a considerable period of time to obtain any benefits. Meditation does not give instantaneous results because it is a gradual process. Meditators can see positive changes only after diligent and regular practice of the chosen techniques.

Initially, meditators may require putting aside a certain amount of time to practice meditation. However, after learning the techniques, meditators can incorporate the concept of meditation into all the actions of their daily lives.

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August 18, 2008 Posted by | meditation | , , | Leave a comment