With the mind in its busy everyday mode, we are often not able to see things with the necessary perspective. We can easily feel stressed, pulled into the future and past, and struggling to be truly present as our life happens.
Through practice we develop clarity around our behaviour patterns, habits and actions.
We learn to move away from reactivity, from our addiction to experience, expectations towards others, expectations around our life, and cultivate insight or wisdom through self reflective awareness.
Ultimately , happiness comes down to choosing between the discomfort of becoming aware of your mental afflictions and the discomfort of being ruled by them.
Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche
Benefits of a regular meditation practice
improves focus and cognitive self awareness
develops mental stability
helps with distractibility, memory loss
strengthens the immune system
helps to handle physical and emotional pain
develops empathy and emotional intelligence
reduces stress and anxiety by increasing brain activity in the prefrontal cortex (linked to regulation of emotions)
increases grey matter in the brain (the part of the brain involved in muscle control, sensory perception, memory, emotions, speech, decision making and self control)
decreases brain activity in the amygdala – the part involved in triggering fear (active when we feel stressed)
My meditation practice and teaching draws from my background in Vipassana (Insight) – a Buddhist approach to meditation based on the Theravada lineage, but universally valid independent of any religious believes. Developing mindful awareness and a calm abiding in the present moment are central to the practice.
I sit quietly for a while (almost) every day – and go on silent meditation retreat two or three times a year. I am blessed with great meditation teachers at Amaravati Monastery in Hertfordshire and practice with Burgs in Wales.
Practice with me
This I declare, O friend, within this body, six feet long, endowed with perception and cognition, is contained the world, the origin of the world and the end of the world, and the path leading toward the end of the world.