Meditate For PEACE OF MIND
By: Lin Weiss
Sometimes a story can teach much more than entire philosophical treatises. Zen Buddhism is a tradition rich in the use of short stories to help students develop a deeper understanding of reality…
“Two men were arguing about a flag flapping in the wind. “It’s the wind that is really moving,” stated the first one. “No, it is the flag that is moving,” contended the second.
A Zen master, who happened to be walking by, overheard the debate and interrupted them. “Neither the flag nor the wind is moving,” he said, “It is MIND that moves.”
We meditation teachers are famous for using statements like “quiet the mind,” “dwell in the moment,” and “let go…” Sometimes it’s easier said than done!
I’ll never forget attending a Yin Yoga Teacher Training Intensive where each student showcased a 3-pose segment of asana(s) and we, the students were to give thoughtful critique in and around their choice of poses, the sequence, choice of words and the balance between silence and dialog in our directives. When it was time for the critique, most of our practice received a resounding nod of praise, gratitude, encouragement and inspiration from each other. Then one very frustrated voice rose from the group addressing the use of the prevalent phrase “just let go.” She said, “I don’t even know how to let go.” I have pondered her words carefully since then. Noting that sometimes there is ease in letting go, and sometimes there is not. Perhaps this “awareness,” in its simplicity, is the gift?
The research is conclusive, a consistent (daily) meditation practice or ritual actually rewires the brain, healing the limbic system of traumatic memory, easing depression and healing mood disorders. As our collective consciousness evolves, there is clear evidence that more and more people are choosing contemplative practices, i.e. meditation; Yin Yoga; chanting circles; etc., to enlighten and heal the spirit. This dynamic new dimension in time, The Aquarian Age, will affect every person on earth. Its prophetic shift will bring out the best and the worst in mankind. The more that you understand what is happening, the more you can go through all of the changes without losing your balance and stability.
“If you can’t control your MIND everything & everyone else will.”
- - Dr. Joe Dispenza
Meditation is simply an essential practice for peace of mind amidst these times of unprecedented change. We begin by setting aside a regular time for contemplation, in a consistent place, away from noise and distraction. You may bring a prayer or poem that has significance for you to begin. There may be an open window or light source connecting you to nature or even take your practice outside. Light a candle, designating the sacred space. And, just begin. As we sit comfortably, there is a conscious connection to the breath with an intentional movement of the will to turn inward, toward one’s own inner sanctum, that deep well of calm that resides only within you. Take your time focusing on breath. Thoughts will come. Thoughts will go. Try not to hang on to them or give them any credence. This is the process. When thoughts arise, you are not “doing it wrong.” The random and temporary nature of mind can become more evident as we begin. Sit for a time and allow mind to quiet down with the passage of time.
Another Zen tale is told of a student who went to his meditation teacher and said, “My meditation is horrible! I feel so distracted, or my legs ache, or I’m constantly falling asleep. It’s just horrible!”
“It will pass,” the teacher said matter-of-factly.
A week later, the student came back to his teacher. “My meditation is wonderful! I feel so aware, so peaceful, and so alive! It’s just wonderful!’
“It will pass,” the teacher replied matter-of-factly.
So, that’s the way of it, every day is different. All conditions are temporary and so it is with our meditation practice.
The next time you find yourself struggling with circumstances, in the outer world (they too will pass), I invite you to go to your sacred place. Go within, find that spacious reservoir of deep peace within your own being and begin your practice. Meditation practice, not meditation perfect.
“It is difficult to find happiness within oneself,
but it is impossible to find it anywhere else.”
- Arthur Schopenhauer
See you on the mat :)
Lin Weiss MH, MHT is a Healer, Modern Mystic, Teacher, Author and sojourner on a path of enlightenment. Lin is currently facilitating weekly, Spiritual Study Groups; Meditation Circles; Exploring Health & Higher Consciousness Through The Chakra System; and YIN and Hatha Yoga Classes.
Private healing sessions are available M-F, by appt. 713-858-8595