Meditation, so the Masters say is the the key practice to achieving peace of mind. A state of being we are all seeking, all the time. Peace is what we hope to achieve through all we do.
We have all talked and heard a lot, for many years, about mindfulness and how to gain mindfulness. The state of being in constant awareness of what’s meaningful in our life and knowing how to maintain it. We all seek clarity about what we should dedicate our time towards and what deserves our energy, focus and attention to achieve the goals we have set.
When we are mindful, all of our relationships, on whatever terms they are, will be maintained with compassion, understanding and self-acceptance. It’s in being self-aware enough to accept our responsibility that things will begin to change.
Mindfulness means being in a constant positive state, through the practice of meditation we can maintain it effortlessly. The practice of self-enquiry meditation withdraws all our faculties, senses and thoughts to focus on one thing. The goal of any authentic meditation is bit by bit to train the mind and senses to withdraw. As we learn to ignore the fluctuations and distractions of body and mind we develop inordinate amounts of inner strength and when facing any situation we triumph. This is a boon for anyone who wants to achieve something great.
As we train ourselves in the art of withdrawal, whilst practicing meditation which is by no means an easy feat we realise our inner capacity to understand, assimilate and direct our will is far greater than anything we imagined. We also experience how the senses are more sharp during the day and we pick up more stimuli than ever before, helping us to understand situations with greater clarity so that wise decision making becomes easy.
To withdraw the senses is difficult in the beginning because we are rebelling against what we consider be the very nature of our mind and we find ourselves so distracted that we we end up disturbed! But this is a temporary obstacle and soon to be overcome with some persistence. Dedicating at least 10 minutes a day, as a starting point will be necessary. Making a space just for meditation is helpful, and adding some nice music helps create the right atmosphere.
I’ve never met a person whose given up on meditation, ever. It’s such a rewarding practice that once you’ve learnt from a well qualified teacher the right practice, as the mystics have used for their own personal awakening (yes, the path is still the same!) it will most definitely become a lifelong and deeply rewarding habit!
Turning our attention within also leads to the answers of our purpose, we ask ourselves often, albeit unconsciously sometimes, what am I meant to be doing here? This inner inquiry of self-understanding in meditation is the key to mindfulness. Awakening our inner reality and harmonising it with our actions in the world is true mindful living.