The challenges of daily life often leave us feeling overwhelmed, struggling to focus and less able to be present for our friends and loved ones. It can be hard to find the mental space to switch off, relax and recharge. Even when we find time in our schedules, our busy minds make it hard for us to feel properly rested. This is where meditation comes in.
Simple meditation practice gently relaxes us into a calm mental space, where we are aware of our thoughts and are no longer carried away by them. We can then direct our attention to what matters and face challenges with a happier, lighter and more loving mind.
Some meditation, such as calm abiding, is focused on watching the breath, feeling different sensations or placing the mind on some other particular object or concept and keeping your focus there. On the other hand, analytical meditation goes over a certain topic or philosophical point using logic and reasoning to investigate it in greater depth.
Lama Yeshe Said:
‘Meditation is very simple. Actually watching television, which we all do, is a bit like meditating. When you watch television, you watch what is happening on the screen, and when you meditate, you watch what is happening on the inner screen of your mind, where you can see all your good qualities, but all your inner garbage as well. That is why meditation is so simple’