In our final video, Sogyal Rinpoche explains how we can integrate meditation into our everyday lives?
You can integrate your meditation while you are walking, or eating, or caring for others, whatever the situation.
Meditation is so much easier than most people think—because as long as you are aware of what is going on and you are able to remain in the state of non-distraction, then whatever you experience is actually meditation.
For example, as you walk down the street, you can bring your attention to your surroundings. Look at the people you pass, the buildings, the cars, the flowers or trees.
Don’t indulge in judgmental commentaries about whoever or whatever you see, but simply allow your mind to be purely aware of the objects that you encounter.
When you bring pure awareness to your activities like this, then distraction and worry will gradually disappear and your mind will settle and become more calm and peaceful.
So when you finally do arrive at your destination, you’ll be in a much more relaxed and open frame of mind to deal with whatever comes next.
Stability and confidence
Another benefit of simply observing your perceptions in this way is that you will find yourself getting far less emotionally involved in what you perceive.
Also, whatever you are doing, cultivating the mindfulness and awareness of meditation practice will help you to be more efficient and accomplish more, with less effort and less stress.
And the simplicity, spaciousness, humour and courage you can find through meditation will help you to avoid being overwhelmed by work or burning out.
It will also bring you a certain stability, a certain confidence, with which you can face life and the complexity of the world with carefree dignity, with composure, ease and humour.
Congratulations, you've completed our 10-step guide!
We would love to receive your feedback on the course and hear about your experiences:
- Has meditation changed your way of being?
- Did your meditation practice help you in challenging situations?
- Do you have any other questions about meditation, or how to proceed from here?