Finding Peace…Going Deeper…Meditating

What is Meditation?

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“It’s what happy and successful people do,” I was told, when I first started learning about meditation and how to do it. The Dalai Lama and other Tibetan Buddhists  believe that happiness is the actual goal of most people on earth. I started meditating in the nineteen nineties, when I was searching for strategies for overcoming work-based anxiety and depression, which were causing self-esteem issues for me. However, it wasn’t until more recently, after stopping full-time work, that I joined groups to enhance the practice and to go deeper into it.

Meditation has been around from time immemorial: first recorded in written texts from seven thousand years ago in China. While meditation has become linked mainly to Eastern cultures, it is integral to most spiritual paths, and basic to all major religions in some form or another.

Dr Ian Gawler of the Ian Gawler Foundation claimed to have been cured of cancer through meditation and dietary changes.  He states that “No matter where in your life you want to see  improvement, meditation can help. It does not matter what age you are, your culture or beliefs; meditation is for everyone and can provide you with great benefits, many of which have been scientifically confirmed. This simple, yet powerful mind training tool, can bring long-term improvement to your health, wellbeing, relationships and career.” Mindbody Mastery

How to meditate:

There are many different groups offering many different meditation practices. Here is an article outlining the  main different types of meditation.

Simply put, you sit with your back erect, close your eyes, focus on your breath, and practise mindfullness. It takes time and continued practice to learn how to do this easily and comfortably, without being pulled around by speedy, agitated “monkey mind“.

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Monkey Mind

 A Simple meditation for beginners
  1. Sit or lie comfortably. You may even want to invest in a meditation chair.
  2. Close your eyes.
  3. Make no effort to control the breath; simply breathe naturally.
  4. Focus your attention on the breath and on how the body moves with each inhalation and exhalation.

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7 thoughts on “Finding Peace…Going Deeper…Meditating

    • I had to immerse myself in a Tibetan Buddhist course for westerners, in order to establish the habit of meditating. Now I can relax my mind, without having to always sit in a formal position. I’m now starting to practise Yoga, which is similar. Greetings from Copenhagan, from where I’ll be returning home to Sydney on the 13th October. Looking forward to catching up.

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  1. Anne,

    Each and every day I make a peaceful pause, a time for inaction and quiet thought. I have no teacher, attend no classes nor do I read texts on the subject. I just make a conscious effort, make time and DO it (or should that be don’t DO it … anything physical that is?) I have experienced the positive impact of regular reflection, contemplation, pondering, consideration, reflection, deliberation and even prayer. I guess all these could collectively be called meditation. This “quiet time” reflection gives me a mental “breathing space” from this fast paced world, space in which to learn to become the person I really want to be.

    Am I meditating?

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    • Hello from Copenhagan, Ian. Yes, it’s all about quieting the mind, and you seem to have arrived at a place of peace. Danish people are said to be among the happiest people in the world. There are fewer and smaller cars here, not as much noise, and less carbon in the air; everyone owns at least one bicycle, and they share the p;lace with cars and pedestrians. Will get back the day after tomorrow. Keep tuned, dear friend.

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  2. Because I have a difficult time meditating in silence, I practice Dzogchen, which is of the Tibetan tradition. There is silent meditation with Dzogchen, but I prefer the chanting. Even if I don’t notice the difference, people around me tell me they can tell when I’ve been meditating.

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    • I followed a Tibetan practice when I was learning meditation too. I loved the beautifully worded hymns and the Buddhist icons, but it’s the meditation that has stayed with me. I’ve just started to practise yoga, which is similar. Best wishes from Copenhagan, Bradley. I’ll be back home in Sydney on the 13th October. Keep happy and well.

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