Did you “try” meditation? 

Well, we practice meditation. You wouldn’t “try” to play the cello, you would practice. Meditation is exactly the same, except anyone can practice and enjoy the benefits.

Meditation is the way to access our own pure potential for mental freedom and happiness, gain deep experience of Buddha’s teachings, and really change for the better.

With the hectic pace and demands of modern life, many people feel stressed and over-worked. It often feels like there is just not enough time in the day to get everything done. It can feel like we don’t have time for meditation, but practicing meditation actually gives you more time by making your mind calmer and more focused. Even 5 or 10 minutes can make a big difference. A simple ten or fifteen minute breathing meditation can help you to overcome your stress and find some inner peace and balance.

 

The first stage of meditation is to let go of our distractions and mental busyness by focusing on our breath. At first our mind will be very busy and we might even feel that meditation is making our mind busier, but in reality we are just becoming more aware of how busy our mind actually is.  If we practice in this way, gradually our distracting thoughts will subside and we will experience a profound sense of inner peace.

Meditation can also help us to understand our own mind. We can learn how to transform our mind from negative to positive, from disturbed to peaceful, from unhappy to happy. Overcoming negative minds and cultivating constructive thoughts is the purpose of the transforming meditations found in the Buddhist tradition. This is a profound spiritual practice you can enjoy throughout the day, not just while seated in meditation.