Meditation is that which gives you profound rest. Meditation is a movement in which the practitioner just sits and enables the mind to disintegrate. Meditation is not concentration. It is de-concentration.
With the hectic pace and demands of modern life, many individuals feel stressed and over-worked. It frequently feels like there is no sufficient time in the day to complete everything. Our anxiety and tiredness make us troubled, anxious and baffled. It can even influence our wellbeing. We are frequently so bustling we feel there is no opportunity to stop and meditate! In any case, meditation really gives you additional time by making your mind more settled and more engaged. A simple ten or fifteen minutes breathing meditation as clarified beneath can help you to defeat your anxiety and locate some inward peace and adjust.
Meditation can likewise help us to comprehend our own mind. We can figure out how to change our mind from negative to positive, from irritated to serene, from troubled to glad. Defeating negative personalities and developing productive contemplations is the motivation behind the transforming meditations found in the Buddhist tradition. This is a significant profound spiritual practice you can enjoy for the duration of the day, not simply just while seated in meditation.
The reason for meditation is to make our mind to quiet and tranquil. if our mind is tranquil, we will be free from stresses and mental inconvenience, thus we will encounter genuine joy; however, in the event that our mind isn’t peaceful, we will think that its exceptionally hard to be happy, regardless of whether we are living in the absolute best conditions. If we are trained in meditation, our mind will progressively turn out to be increasingly tranquil, and we will encounter a purer and purer type of satisfaction. In the end, we will have the capacity to remain cheerful constantly, even in the most troublesome conditions.
Normally we think that its hard to control our mind. It appears as though our mind resembles a balloon in the breeze – blown here and there by outside conditions. If things go well, our mind is cheerful, however, in the event that they go badly, it promptly ends up noticeably troubled. For instance, in the event that we get what we need, for example, another ownership or a new partner, we end up happy and stick to them firmly. however, since we can’t have all that we want, and since we will unavoidably be separated from the companions and belonging we presently appreciate, this mental stickiness, or connection, serves just to cause us torment. Then again, in the event that we don’t get what we need, or in the event that we lose something that we like, we end up plainly discouraged or bothered. For instance, on the off chance that we are compelled to work with a partner whom we despise, we will most likely wind up plainly chafed and feel abused, with the outcome that we will be not able to work with him or her productively and our chance at work will end up noticeably distressing and unrewarding.
Such fluctuations of mood arise because we are too closely involved in the external situation. We are like a child making a sandcastle who is excited when it is first made, but who becomes upset when it is destroyed by the incoming tide. 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.
If we train in meditation systematically, eventually we will be able to eradicate from our mind the delusions that are the causes of all our problems and suffering. In this way, we will come to experience a permanent inner peace, known as “liberation” or “nirvana”. Then, day and night in life after life, we will experience only peace and happiness.
When we practice meditation we need to have a comfortable seat and a good posture. The most important feature of the posture is to keep our back straight. To help us do this if we are sitting on a cushion we make sure that the back of the cushion is slightly higher than the front, inclining our pelvis slightly forward. It is not necessary at first to sit cross-legged, but it is a good idea to become accustomed to sitting in the posture of Buddha Vairochana. If we cannot hold this posture we should sit in one which is as close to this as possible while remaining comfortable.
The seven features of Vairochana’s posture are:
- The legs are crossed in the vajra posture. This helps to reduce thoughts and feelings of desirous attachment.
- The right hand is placed in the left hand, palms upwards, with the tips of the thumbs, slightly raised and gently touching. The hands are held about four fingers’ width below the navel. This helps us to develop good concentration. The right hand symbolizes method and the left hand symbolizes wisdom – the two together symbolize the union of method and wisdom. The two thumbs at the level of the navel symbolize the blazing of inner fire.
- The back is straight but not tense. This helps us to develop and maintain a clear mind, and it allows the subtle energy-winds to flow freely.
- The lips and teeth are held as usual, but the tongue touches against the back of the upper teeth. This prevents excessive salivation while also preventing our mouth from becoming too dry.
- The head is tipped a little forward with the chin slightly tucked in so that the eyes are cast down. This helps prevent mental excitement.
- The eyes are neither wide open nor completely closed, but remain half open and gaze down along the line of the nose. If the eyes are wide open we are likely to develop mental excitement and if they are closed we are likely to develop mental sinking.
- The shoulders are level and the elbows are held slightly away from the sides to let air circulate.
A further feature of Vairochana’s posture is the preliminary breathing meditation, which prepares our mind for developing a good motivation. When we sit down to meditate our mind is usually full of disturbing thoughts, and we cannot immediately convert such a state of mind into the virtuous one we need as our motivation. A negative, disturbed state of mind is like pitch-black cloth. We cannot dye pitch-black cloth any other color unless we first remove all the black dye and make the cloth white again. In the same way, if we want to color our mind with a virtuous motivation we need to clear away all our negative thoughts and distractions. We can accomplish this temporarily by practicing breathing meditation.
When we have settled down comfortably on our meditation seat we begin by becoming aware of the thoughts and distractions that are arising in our mind. Then we gently turn our attention to our breath, letting its rhythm remain normal. As we breathe out we imagine that we are breathing away all disturbing thoughts and distractions in the form of black smoke that vanishes in space. As we breathe in we imagine that we are breathing in all the blessings and inspiration of the holy beings in the form of white light that enters our body and absorbs into our heart. We maintain this visualization single-pointedly with each inhalation and exhalation for twenty-one rounds, or until our mind has become peaceful and alert. If we concentrate on our breathing in this way, negative thoughts and distractions will temporarily disappear because we cannot concentrate on more than one object at a time. At the conclusion of our breathing meditation, we should think `Now I have received the blessings and inspiration of all the holy beings.’ At this stage, our mind is like a clean white cloth which we can now color with a virtuous motivation such as compassion or bodhichitta.