Saturday, July 21, 2007

A wonderful description of meditation

This is from the website of the Samye Ling Tibetan Centre and Monastery in Scotland where I have spent some time. (Wonderful place!)
Meditation is the art of finding peace and happiness within by using simple methods of calming and stabilising our minds. Modern life can be stressful and busy. Most of the time we are carried along by the force of emotions, habits and conditioning to the point where we end up feeling nothing but tired and stressed by our everyday lives. Cultivating the practice of meditation can change this. Meditation can help bring about a natural sense of peace and well-being that can extend to every aspect of our lives. People who meditate regularly tend to sleep better, handle the ups and downs of daily life with more clarity and ease and relate to others with more compassion and warmth.

At the heart of it, meditation is simply the practice of paying attention to what we are doing while we are doing it, whatever this may be.
That's very consistent with my favorite definition of meditation which is "knowing what's happening while it's happening, no matter what it is."

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