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Try it - Some Ancient Advice. Skills Notes 5. This course is not affiliated to any religious organisation or way of life. You can gain so much from meditation whether you are a person of some faith or none. Meditation become codified as a result of the teaching of the Buddha. It is worthwhile to reflect on what he says in this case. This is what the Buddha had to say about the experience of life he went through. Meditating once, or occasionally, can be made much more effective by having a regular pattern for meditation and developing the associated skills. The Buddha suggested that it should be tried by the individual in order to enjoy the positive outcomes people have always experienced. No-one is suggesting this way of life be taken just on trust but continued on the acknowledgment of the benefits derived. The story goes that the Buddha once faced a group of people who were seeking after truth. This event is recorded in the “Kalama Sutta.” A record of his full teaching, on this matter, will be found at the end of this piece but what is summed up in the “Kalama Sutta” is the Buddha saying: “Do not accept any doctrine from reverence, but first try it as gold is tried by fire.” So, on the advice of the Buddha, give all these suggestions both space in your head and time in your life. Try and meditate around the same time every day and in the same place is a good idea.. This resource provides daily meditation practice which is an easy starting point and provides evidence to begin to discover the benefits of meditation as observed by science. To fully understand meditation, and why millions of people practice it, requires more than just what you can learn in online articles or in books. Meditation is much like playing a sport or an instrument. It is a practice that requires doing and cannot be fully understood by reading or explanation alone. Much like reading a book on how to play football, it’s difficult to really understand meditation unless one actively practices it and experiences it for themselves. Contrary to popular belief, Buddhism relies very much on action, as the option for change, even if one of these actions is just sitting still. There’s a popular saying floating around online that really captures this principl, why explanation alone can never allow one to fully understand why meditation is so important. While the saying itself is obviously not really a verbatim quote from the Buddha, it does a very good job of summing up this point quite poetically. In fact, the saying is based on a combination of two very real lines from the Buddha, verses 165 and 276 from the Dhammapada to be exact. The saying goes a little something like this: “No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path; the Buddhas only point the way.” Extract from Kalama Sutta The essential teachings atributed to the Buddha. • Do not accept anything on mere hearsay (ie, thinking that we heard it for a long time). • Do not accept anything by mere tradition (ie, thinking that it has been handed down through many generations). • Do not accept anything on account of rumours (ie, by believing what others say without any investigation). • Do not accept anything just because it accords with your scriptures. • Do not accept anything by mere supposition. • Do not accept anything by mere inference. • Do not accept anything by merely considering the appearances. • Do not accept anything merely because it agrees with your preconceived notions. • Do not accept anything merely because it seems acceptable (ie, should be accepted). • Do not accept anything thinking that the ascetic is respected by us (and that therefore it is right to accept his word.) But when you know for yourselves - these things are immoral, these things are blameworthy, these things are censured by the wise, these things, when performed and undertaken, conduce to ruin and sorrow - then reject them. When you know for yourselves - these things are moral, these things are blameless, these things are praised by the wise, these things, when performed and undertaken, conduce to well-being and happiness - then live and act accordingly."
There are many reasons for making the choice to meditate on a daily basis. A list of some of them may inspire you to make that a choice so it becomes a daily routine and positive habit. * You will discover you are becoming more mindful and aware. * Stress levels can reduce. * Levels of anxiety can become less. * A sense of your emotional state will be come clearer. * Decisions that have to be made will become wise Respones to situations and not thoughtless Reactions. * The pace of life can be slowed down knowing this is helpful. * New skills will become apparent. * Being Mindful and Aware is free. * Being Mindful And aware can be activated wherever you choose. (Always) * Being Mindful and Aware works for your good.
Be Mindfully Aware
A programme of guided audio meditation, supporting notes and guides to learn and encourage a daily programme of meditation.
Whenever meditating the idea is to focus on the breath. When you notice your mind has gone else where use this breathing pattern to bring your attention back and to let go of the distraction. Accept, Allow and Let go in this present, mindfully aware, moment: Breathing in ACCEPT what is being experienced without getting involved and increasing any anxiety or stress. ALLOW yourself to be vulnerable before people, thoughts and situations that would seem to want to damage you in some way. Do not React. Breathing out LET GO. As you exhale imagine whatever you sense as a threat departing from you on the out breath and deliver a gentle Response based on loving kindness.
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