How can meditation improve your life?
It is a triple skill base that you build.
1. Concentration: to focus on a subject you chose, then to increasingly develop the ability to hold that focus. Consider for a moment how that could help you in your life. Where would this ability assist you?
2. Sensory clarity: to have the ability to consider the details that make up your sensory perceptions. It is the ability to deconstruct you sensory input into component parts. These include your body feelings, your emotions, and your thoughts. This will give you a tool to help you respond with clear awareness to all situations in your life. Where could this be of benefit to you?
3. Equanimity: this is an inner quiet allowing you to be objective, and not be emotionally triggered by internal or external events. At the same time you participate in them with an ever deepening sense of fulfillment, avoiding confusion and distress. Could this be useful to you?
Your practice should be mainly pleasurable and enticing. You will feel immediate benefits from a few minutes a day of quiet introspection. There are good methods to help you remain focused during this special time.
Most people will find body relaxation is a pleasant and revitalizing state. In most people this will make a good entry point. However this is not always the case. There are many, many ways to approach gaining and establishing a practice of meditation. There is not one method that fits all.
This practice does not conflict with any spiritual or religious beliefs. It is a distinct skill, such as painting and as such will enhance all of your life and will improve over time. The practice intrinsically creates the base within you for kindness to self and others. It develops in you deeper and deeper understanding, allowing you to make rational, moral and productive decisions in all aspects of your life. You will gain understanding of emotional and physical pain, becoming able to decrease your suffering in life while increasing your pleasure and satisfaction.
Lydia is a retired nurse, and grandmother living in Vancouver. She has taught various systems of meditation, yoga, body work, and chi gong. Presently, she PROVIDES email and telephone support for your meditation practice. Group healing retreat sessions are held in her private studio.