Namaste – LOVE AND PEACE
Two of my favorite books on meditation are “Meditation for Beginner” by Jack Kornfield and “The Art of Living” William Hart.
Both are based on Vipassana Meditation; or Mindfulness. Vipassana a Pali word meaning “to see things as they really are“. It is the a form of meditation widely used by Asia and the Buddhist traditions. A mindfulness practice is also called “insight meditation”
There is a quote from one of my FAVORITE philosophers, Alan Watts as he describes the “art of living”: “The art of living is neither careless drifting on the one nor fearful clinging to the past on the other. It consists in being completely sensitive to each moment, in regarding it as utterly new and unique, in having the mind open and wholly receptive“.
So why meditate? Why not? To practice vipassana meditation is not trying to make you into a Buddhist or spiritual anything .What I have found out for myself from meditation it truly help’s with being more mindful, present,and patient with my self. Every time I sit to meditate it’s different and I have finally accepted that. Not looking for anything, not going with any expectations. I have learned to be with myself for ten, twenty or even one hour of sitting and becoming the observer. Most of my best yoga classes have come about after a meditation sit.
Jack Kornfield says mindfulness is being more “awake”. Which then leads us to awakening our Dhamra which means “universal truths”.
Meditation will help you discover you. Your internal true self. It will bring you back to loving better, having more compassion, being kinder and more patient with yourself and others.
If you have never meditated before go to a Yin Yoga class. It is the doorway to meditating. Yin Yoga teaches you to observe the breath during each pose, release tension and stagnation within the body. There are three elements to a Yin practice; become still, come to the breath and let time do the work.