07 Apr NOW is the time to learn to meditate!
I am starting my next series of 6 week Mindfulness Meditation classes on Wednesdays from May 10th until June 14th from 6-8pm at Quay Health, level 6, 10 Bridge St, Sydney.
The cost of the course is $300.
Phone: 9252 2825
Anaïs Nin – “And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.”
Is your life filled mostly with inner peace, or do you lurch from one life drama to another, churning internally without understanding why or how to get off the roller coaster that has become your life?
If you answered that you live mostly with inner peace then this blog post is not for you, as you have already attained what is most valuable in life. Congratulations…I pray you manage to stay connected in this way.
For those that live like you are on a perpetual roller coaster ride, the answers you are seeking are often both simple & profound, yet often stay elusively out of reach or understanding. Sometimes we catch glimpses of what is possible through various activities or even trials of meditation, but often these glimpses disappear and we are not sure how to rediscover them.
The secret to attaining inner peace requires committing to opening to the possibility of changing ourselves and this is where the simple becomes more tricky. Our thinking minds have, in many of us, unwittingly taken control of our lives and through this ‘monkey mind’ we are not able to make the best or wisest choices. To make wiser choices we need to develop our own inner wisdom which is honed by tuning into to what our bodies and our emotions etc are telling us. This can be learned in Mindfulness Meditation. Science and medicine are also discovering via research that our emotions/feelings/thoughts are intricately related to the immune system. We cannot separate our minds from our bodies. Mind body medicine is becoming scientifically proved and is slowly entering our health systems. Mindfulness Meditation has much research to prove it can positively affect and assist in managing stress, blood pressure, immune system issues, chronic pain, cancer and MS etc.
During this metamorphosis from relative chaos towards more inner peace, we often, but not always, need to endure sensations and feelings that most of us prefer to avoid…to know how to meditate requires we sit with ourselves, go within and discover the stillness inside and outside of us, for within that stillness lies the answers and the inner peace that we seek. It seems simple enough, but our own mind will put up a mighty strong fight and will throw everything it can to prevent us from changing and discovering the secret to living a life with more inner peace. Often it takes a traumatic life event for someone to volutneer to want to change anything in their lives e.g major illness or trauma.
“All men’s miseries derive from not being able to sit in a quiet room alone.” – Blaise Pascal
This self resistance from our own mind is the greatest hurdle we need to overcome. But we can achieve this if we are determined, disciplined and prepared to learn to sit with ourselves and feel the feelings we often prefer to avoid, ignore or even repress. But many of us need help to learn how to do this and Mindfulness Meditation can develop these skills within us.
To overcome the resistance from our minds we first need to learn how to transform these powerful resistance strategies that our minds throw at us which create such havoc that we often prefer to stay with what we know and are comfortable with, even when the known is causing us great distress and hardships.
Another way to describe this is to say that we need to learn to live in the ‘NOW’, live in the moment. These are phrases that we commonly use but seldom practice. But to live in the NOW is the essence of meditation and which could also become the essence of living your life more fully with inner peace, no matter what the outer circumstances.
Few of us can live in the NOW or with mindfulness 100% of the time but the more we can train ourselves to do so, the less inner struggle we should experience, even if the outer experience is quite unpleasant. The fact is we can only change what is happening in and to us in the present moment.
Consider this …there is no past and no future – only NOW. Everything that happens occurs in the NOW/present. Even what we call the past actually occurred in what was a NOW at that particular moment. Our perceived past is nothing more than memory. Our future is only a mental projection that we make NOW. When the future arrives it will be the NOW/present. The only place in time where we have any power over our lives is NOW. Who we are right this moment is a product of our past NOWs. Who we will be in the future is determined by our choices made NOW in the present.
Most of us spend our lives ruminating over the past which keeps us trapped in the issues of the past and often keep the patterns repeating….or we spend time thinking/worrying about the future – both can cause us to experience fear and anxiety or to repeat poor behaviour patterns we learned. Both thinking of the past or future keeps us avoiding whatever is happening NOW.
“The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift.”– Einstein (probably paraphrased)
Mindfulness meditation teaches how our thinking minds have gotten out of control and keep us living in the past or the future and thus create stress and chaos in our lives. An overactive thinking mind can cause the body to get out of balance. The body is innately built to maintain homeostasis or balance in many systems and when we think too much our Sympathetic nervous system or our Fight or Flight system gets the volume turned up for too long and too often, which if not balanced can lead to injury and illness.
Meditation teaches us that thinking is needed at times, but more important is awareness. The more aware we are the better decisions we make in the NOW moment. By training our thinking minds to become more aware, we decrease the stress in our life and we activate our parasympathetic nervous system which keeps us calm and is the required state for healing to occur.
Thinking and planning are still required actions we need to make in our daily lives but Mindfulness Meditation teaches how to make the thinking mind work for us and not against us. Research has shown that up to 95% of our thoughts are repetitive. How exhausting?
Most over thinking involves judgements about ourselves and others. Judging usually does not serve us and keeps us separated from others. Awareness shows us how to judge less and accept more.
A Mindfulness Meditation course can teach you how and why your mind has become overactive and by teaching you a number of strategies to overcome this and by increasing your awareness and access to the stillness, you learn the power of the NOW and how becoming conscious of NOW you can change your life and attain inner peace no matter what is occurring your life. Mindfulness teaches you how to learn to focus on sounds, your breath, your body sensations and your emotions as you discover how to attain stillness. Resistance from the mind can be thwarted by learning to always return to the breath or the sounds or the sensations etc.
The more mindful we become in our lives the more conscious we become and when we are conscious of how we are thinking, feeling and reacting to various situations, we realise we can simply change our responses, then we can notice how life changes for us, towards a life of more inner peace.
I am starting my next series of 6 week Mindfulness Meditation classes on Wednesdays from May 10th until June 14th from 6-8pm at Quay Health, level 6, 10 Bridge St, Sydney. The cost of the course is $300.
Phone: 9252 2825
If you would like to change your life come and learn the skill of Mindfulness Meditation…it is a skill you will have for life ….a skill that will enable you to change your life and live with more inner peace. But remember to learn the skill you require the disciple and commitment to practice. The benefits do not come without practicing…
Socrates – “the secret to change is to focus all your energy into building the new rather than fighting the old”
“Everything is energy and that’s all there is to it. Match the frequency of the reality you want and you cannot help but get that reality. It can be no other way. This is not philosophy. This is physics.”