While these aspects of meditation can provide us with the support necessary to achieve a stable meditation practice, and while a formal meditation practice is the only way to become familiar with our mind, the primary reason to meditate is to become familiar with our true nature within our ordinary daily life.
Have you been trying out taking meditation mini-breaks throughout the day? How is it going? Did you plan to take a few mini-breaks during the day but only remembered once? Did you at least have the intention to try? If so, that is great!
Too often we belittle the progress we are making in meditation, rather than appreciating it. We immediately go for the dissatisfaction, focusing on all the ways we come up short, rather than appreciating what we were able to accomplish. No wonder we can so easily lose interest in meditation!
(this is a part of a series of blog posts on how to integrate meditation practice into our daily life)
Having goals are an important part of life. We are often times obsessively motivated to meet goals, especially if the goal is one we picked. From meeting a good friend for a cup of tea at three, to planning what to get for dinner or saving for a vacation, we spend most of our life making plans and working towards enacting the plan or goal.
In the previous post in this series, I mentioned how it’s helpful to have a trigger to remind you to take a meditation mini-break during the day. Here is a list of three things you can try:
(This post is the second installment in a series of about integrating meditation into daily life.)
As mentioned in the last post, as a meditator, we should take lots of meditation mini-breaks throughout the day. But often it seems hard to switch gears between our involvement in daily activity and slowing down enough to meditate. So here are some steps we can take that will help us create the meditation habit during the day.
It is really great to start your day with meditation practice. When you start the day with meditation, even if you can only do five minutes, it can transform your day. But often we find that as we step out our door, the events of the day take over and we get completely distracted by them. Sometimes we find that we completely lose the centeredness and peace that we discovered during our time on the cushion.
The last few days I have had a bad cold. Actually the cold hasn’t been that bad, but somehow I developed a really nasty cough. It is the kind of cough which makes other people run for cover when they hear the thunderous symphony of hacking noises approaching, fearing the plague or even one of these new diseases that comes from flying Asian pigs. Needless to say, the last few days have been kind of lonely.
Here is Lynda from down-under back again...
Death comes to us all
I was reminded of that death comes to us all in the last couple of weeks. My good friend, a Tibetan lama, told us of the death of his younger brother in Tibet. I knew his brother and had spent many days with him. Then my father-in-law’s younger sister died, both of them from lung problems. And then, a few days later, my very dear cat died in her sleep. The next day, my sister told me my nephew’s 18 year old best friend had killed himself while on suicide watch in hospital. As soon as I got back to work in the New Year, I heard a man I work with had fallen down a cliff and also died.
Over the years I have heard Sogyal Rinpoche say that as result of meditation practice, we will make better decisions. Well, here is some really interesting new research that shows that meditators not only make a more rational decision than the control group, but that meditators may actually be using a different part of the brain to make decisions!
Here is another tale from one of our friends down-under...
WHEN A FRIENDSHIP FADES
We all have friends we think we will keep for life. Some of them we have known since we started at our first school. But then, one day, we find the only thing holding us together is our history; we have grown apart and have different priorities, interests, beliefs, social groups. What to do?