Learning to meditate is the greatest gift you can give yourself in this life. For it is only through meditation that you can undertake the journey to discover your true nature, and so find the stability and confidence you will need to live, and die, well. Meditation is the road to enlightenment.
One path of meditation is to firmly fix your attention in this moment. To not let yourself get caught up in thinking but rather to directly experience what is here beyond thinking and to remain in that.
- By Beatrice Fulciniti
- Published 07/23/2011
Changes are occurring in our lives at an ever-rapid pace. Our roles as parents, partners, caretakers, employees, etc., all vie for our time and energy. We become even further stretched as we encounter life transitions such as marriage, career change, loss of a loved one, health challenges or identifying our life’s purpose. The need to slow down, reconnect with ourselves and reflect on what is important to us, is a form of self-care that has become crucial to our well being. Retreats are an excellent way to accomplish this.
In searching for spiritual enlightment the zazen meditation brought me to ask where were the voices in my head coming from and why are they always talking? When I asked if God did not exist, why should I pray, the chatter stopped for a while. It was then I realised my assumptions where forming my beliefs and if I questioned all my assumptions I no longer needed belief. But I still prayed, and I asked why?
There was a time in my life that when people told me they were really “happy”, I thought they were either lying or too out of touch with reality to understand the question. I’ve now found that happiness really does exist and it is able to be found by anyone since it lies within us.
- By Carol McMahon
- Published 06/30/2011
A new way to meditate tames the restless mind. It uses visual feedback to anchor attention. See how the impossible has now been made easy.