By no means understood meditation? This Buddhist monk explains it very merely

By no means understood meditation? This Buddhist monk explains it very merely 7

By no means understood meditation? This Buddhist monk explains it very merely

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  1. When you drive, you practice mindfulness of driving. It is possible. When you stop at a red light, you look at the red light and smile. You look at the red light, you smile, and you breathe in and out, and sit back, relaxingly. Breathing in, I calm myself. Breathing out, I smile.

    And the red light become a friend, become a bell of mindfulness. Something unpleasant become something pleasant. We have the habit energy of wanting to arrive. That is why we want to go as quickly as possible. But according to this practice, we arrive at every moment. Life can be found only in the present moment. Everything that we look for must be found in the present moment. Peace. Joy. Happiness. Buddha. The kingdom of God.

    What is our final destination? If we abandon the present moment, our final destination may be our death. We don’t want to arrive there, we want to go in the direction of life.

    EDIT: holy shit, I wasn’t expecting this kind of reaction. It’s from a [Chroma Key song.](

  2. I tried meditation when i had a major anxiety attack once. I had no way to relieve the anxiety so i just said fuck it and gave it a shot. I always found the idea kind of interesting but never got around to try it, because i felt like it wasn’t for me or it was just for hardcore yogis or whatever.

    Anyway, i put on some 10 minute guided meditation video with my headphones on and just kind of went along with the instructions to see where things would go. It was okayish while i was at it, i have a good imagination so thinking about the things the video told me to wasn’t that difficult. I kept waiting for something magical to happen though. Something like a trance or uncontrolled hallucinations or whatever, but there was nothing. I imagined my little creek and the sun and birds and shit, as the video told me too, but that was about it.

    But when the video ended and told me to focus on reality again it dawned me: the anxiety attack was over. After almost 3 days of unrest, feeling exhausted after 8 hours of sleep, having a racing heart and constantly being on edge i finally had peace in my head. I was calm and relaxed.

    It was a true WTF moment for me.

  3. I love this guy! Since the virus hit I’ve read up on Buddhist meditation, and it’s really helped me deal with stress.

  4. In brief, meditation in Buddhism consists of two stages:

    **Stage one**: Calm the mind by resting it on an object, gaining clarity and clearness (typically the breath but can be any stable object).

    **Stage two**: Use that clarity and clearness to understand the nature of a) impermanence, b) unsatisfactoriness and c) not-self. Understanding the nature of these leads to liberation from suffering.

    Meditation as advertised in the west usually steps off at stage one, using that clarity and clearness to get benefits like reduced stress, increased capacity to deal with emotions, grounded engagement in activities/relationships etc.

  5. It’s worth noting that there are many kinds of meditation. So meditation and its concepts are not a monolith. It’s something you should know if you intend to pursue it further.

  6. You ever meditate so hard that the darkness behind your eyes opens up into a mandala palace and everyone there is as surprised as you are?

  7. Thank you for posting this. First time seeing this guy and I have a whole new understanding in 1 min. Awesome!

  8. it’s a good entry into meditation. but i think the goal is to increase the silence in your mind. to add on to what he’s saying, when you’re paying attention to your breathe there will be moments when you aren’t thinking of anything. like that little bit of space when your monkey mind has 1 thought and moves to the next. when you meditate you try to extend that little short amount of time where there’s no thought. so when you pay attention to breathing in then breathing out. there’s that little bit inbetween where you think of nothing. you can try to extend that time when you meditate, just a little bit each time. eventually you have longer moments of emptiness, i’ve never been able to get more than a second or so though, but i’m sure other people are more successful.

  9. Never really realized this but SCUBA diving is a great way to achieve this. It can be very important to pay attention to and pace your breathing, that your monkey mind is automatically paying attention to you breathing. Leaving you to enjoy your surroundings. It also doesn’t hurt that you’re usually in a gorgeous, serine environment.

  10. This monk teaches a great meditation course called the Art of Living. It’s a little pricey, but I found it very helpful.

  11. If meditation is distracting your mind with something else like this video says, then watching TVs or videos is meditation.

  12. The biggest misconception about meditation is not that you are trying to clear your mind of all thought. That is impossible.

    Instead you focus on one thing. It can be anything. The feeling of your back against a chair. Your breath. The smell of the dinner you have cooking in the next room. Sensations typically are the best thing to focus on. But what you are trying to do is focus completely on that one thing in all of its entirety. Feeling your diaphragm move with each breath to its climax before releasing again. The different ways the smells of the cooking dinner interact within your nose and how they make you feel.

    As you’re doing this thoughts will begin to bubble in the back of your head. When do I need to go pick up the dry cleaning? Did I call my mom yesterday? Where is it that hamster’s run wild?

    These intrusive thoughts are where meditation ‘training’ comes in. Every time you get distracted by an intrusive thought, you learn to catch yourself trailing off, and then refocus back on that one thing. Every time you get distracted and then refocus it’s like doing a bicep curl for your brain. It literally increases the grey matter of the brain.

  13. I’m wanting to get better at meditation. Right now it feels like I’m going down a path towards something I’ll call “meta-observation”. For example, if I standup too quickly and get dizzy, I identify the situation .. “lightheaded” … “anxious” .. “unsettled” .. taking the negative thoughts and feeling head on, identifying them for what they are, almost like an outside observer.

  14. I’ve tried for years to do this but I can’t get past the focus on breath part. What does that mean? I do it but I still feel like shit?

  15. I went through a very stressful time recently and started doing a mantra based mediation. I was basically doing Transcendental Meditation without paying for the course.

    I can say definitively that after doing it daily for 1 month, my stress levels plummeted. For me, I like to think of it as rebooting your brain. It doesn’t happen every time. Some times you sit there and fight with yourself. But sometimes your brain just shuts off even for a split second. It’s almost like sleeping while your awake. There’s just no thought happening.

    I’ve heard some say this helps the central nervous system tremendously. I don’t know if that is true but I can say it helped me deal with stress.

    If anyone is interested I can share more information on what I did.

  16. This is called vipassana and one of the most popular forms of mediation that there is. It was taught by buddha himself.

    The only catch is that you need to do it a lot for it to have life changing affects on your mind. For those who were more advanced, he taught them shoonya meditation.

  17. Hobbies also work very well to distract your monkey. That’s why you often hear people saying “*Thanks god I had [hobby] to keep my mind busy*” when bad things happen in their life. For some (me included) work is also a great banana for the monkey.

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