Stress and Meditation
Stress, emotional pain and discomfort is something none of us can avoid—regardless of our age, social background and religious belief. While we cannot prevent death, illnesses, rejection, separation and a host of other unwanted events, we can also strengthen our mind with regular practice of meditation so that it is less susceptible to pains brought by all these uncontrollable events.
The mind possesses the nature of non-stop thinking, especially when you are alone. The more the mind thinks, the more it is woven because the untrained mind is always easily attracted by external things and falls into the whirlwind of thoughts.
People practice meditation in order to bring their minds back to the center of their bodies; so that their minds will have no wandering, no extraneous thoughts and will not be in a vexed and confused state; and will become even more powerful.
Stress Relief and Meditation Retreat
The meditation is the only technique that teaches about the center of the body as the natural home of the human mind and an unlimited source of joy. Many have found regular practice of this meditation method helped them overcome physical ailments and emotional illnesses. Others have expressed satisfaction at increased self-esteem, better work performance, and improved relationships with colleagues and family members.
Many have found regular practice of this meditation method helped them overcome physical ailments and emotional illnesses. Others have expressed satisfaction at increased self-esteem, better work performance, and improved relationships with colleagues and family members. Whether you are happy or sad, looking for the real meaning of life, or wishing to discover more about yourself.
Meditation also has moral impact on the mind. It cleanses the mind so that regular meditators become gentler, kinder, and feel increasingly uncomfortable to harm anyone either by speech or action. Their bad habits will decline in degree or are even dropped altogether while their good habits grow in intensity. Anyone who wishes to quit any unpleasant habit or acquire a new good habit for their personal development or career progress should try meditation.
Meditation For Beginners
Learn the Dhammakaya Meditation Technique, one of the most ancient techniques of meditation in the world. Its simplicity, originality and effectiveness have made the Dhammakaya method among the most popular meditation techniques in Thailand, and its international popularity is growing fast. It is about self-discovery, relaxation and purification of the mind. As such, the practice of this technique is not in conflict with any religion or creed, and is open to anyone to try for themselves.
Sit cross-legged with your right leg on your left leg and your right hand on your left hand. If you find this position uncomfortable, you can sit on a cushion or a chair. In any case, your right index should touch your left thumb. Close your eyes very gently as if you are about to sleep. Empty your mind of all kinds of thoughts. Breathe in deeply and gently exhale a few times. Relax every muscle in your body.
Imagine that the inside of your body is hollow as well—with no internal organs. Rest your mind at the center of the body, which is located inside at the level of two fingers width above the navel.
If you find it hard to bring attention to the center of the body, you can rest your mind elsewhere inside the body where you feel most comfortable. Calmly and silently observe whatever image that arises-- whether it is darkness or bright light or anything else, just accept it without any thought.
When resting your mind at the center of the body or anywhere else inside the body, make sure not to strain the eyes. In meditation, we see with the mind, not with the physical eyes; that’s why we close them.
If your mind wanders, you can use visualization to help keep your mind still. To do so, imagine that a crystal ball is floating in the middle of your stomach. You can use other neutral objects that you’re familiar with such as an orange, a football or the moon. You can also repeat the mantra ‘Summa Arahung’ which means virtuous path, away from impurities of the mind.
Continue to rest mind at the center of the body and make no judgment or emotional response to whatever you experience. For beginners, we suggest that you practice meditation for 15 to 30 minutes in the morning and near the bedtime, and increase the length of time, say up to one hour, as you feel more comfortable.
Depending on the degree of stillness and clarity of your mind, after a while you will experience a sense of peacefulness and refreshing joy as if you’ve just come out of an inner spa.
If you feel tense afterwards, chances are you might be trying too hard. Open your eyes, adjust your sitting position until you feel comfortable, and start over again.
If you feel asleep, perhaps you need to focus more on the center of the body. Take a few deep breaths and silently repeat the mantra ‘summa arahung.’ If sleepiness persists, perhaps you are physically tired, just allow yourself to doze off a bit before starting over again.
You place your awareness at the centre of your body. You can feel the full extent of the breath, from the beginning to the end. So you can call Dhammakaya meditation, mindfullness of breathing.
However, there is more to Dhammakaya meditation than this. Dhammakaya meditation employs the practise of visualization using "kasina" (concentration on a subject or image which we use as a nucleus for our awareness), which is internal to our body. Above all, the most important thing about the Dhammakaya meditation technique is that the awareness is placed at the centre of the body. With the attention here, inside the body, instead of outside the body (as is generally the case with aanaapaanasati meditation), you can create not only concentration but also self-awareness.
Stilling the mind is an art, and key to mastering the Dhammakaya meditation. There are many other ways to still the mind, which suit different individuals for different reasons. If you would like to explore other alternatives in detail, You can come to learn meditation and receive personalized guidance that best fits your unique character from experienced teaching monks at http://www.meditationthai.org or ask a question about meditation at firstname.lastname@example.org