Monday, February 1, 2010

the Meditation

The purpose of meditation is to make our mind calm and peaceful.

If our mind is peaceful we will be free from worries and mental discomfort, and we experience true happiness. But if our mind is not peaceful, it will be very difficult to be happy even if we live in better conditions.

If we train in meditation our mind will gradually become more peaceful, and we know a form of happiness more pure. Finally we are able to be happy all the time, even in the most difficult situations.

Usually, it is difficult to control our minds. It looks like a balloon in the wind: it goes here and there, at the mercy of external circumstances. When things go well, our mind is happy, but if they go badly, it immediately becomes unhappy. When we get what we want, such as a new acquisition or a new partner, we become excited and we cling to them tightly.

But since we can not have everything we want and we will inevitably be separated from friends and possessions we currently enjoy, this mental stickiness, or attachment, serves only to cause pain. Furthermore, when we do not get what we want or we lose something we love, we become depressed or irritable.

If for example we have to work with a colleague whom we dislike, we probably feel angry and distressed, as to be unable to work effectively with him and our time spent at work will cause stress and frustration.

Such fluctuations of mood arise because we are too closely involved in the external situation. We are like children, excited to have built a sand castle, become sad when it was destroyed by the tide.

When we train in meditation, we create an inner space and clarity that enables us to control our mind regardless of external circumstances. Gradually we mind unstable, oscillating between the extremes of excitement and despondency, a stable and balanced mind that is always happy.

If we train in meditation systematically, eventually we will succeed to eradicate from our mind the delusions that cause all our problems and our suffering. We come together to experience a permanent inner peace. Then, day and night, life after life, we know that peace and happiness.

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