Learn to Meditate
Meditation is a powerful practice of self-exploration and understanding.
More and more, the positive effects of meditation on the mind and body are being understood by scientists and taken up by people who want a happier, more peaceful life.
Many people turn to meditation for its health benefits, which include, better focus and concentration, improved self-esteem and self-awareness, reduced stress, helping manage pain, anxiety or depression and fighting addiction.
For students of Mahayana Buddhism, a meditation practice is about more than just improved health. Developing the ability to calm and control the mind helps the Buddhist meditator to lead a simpler life and progress towards being a kinder and happier person.
To gain the advantages of meditation you don’t have to meditate for a long time. Short meditations of five, ten or fifteen minutes are enough to help still your mind, reduce stress, and make you feel more relaxed and at peace with the world.
Having a regular meditation practice is the best way to truly realise the benefits of meditation.
Calm the Mind
Meditation helps to calm the mind and take a moment to pause during our otherwise busy day.
Just by meditating even a few minutes a day over a sustained period, you will find your daily stress levels reduce.
Slowing down and sitting in meditation help us to adjust our perspective and increase our levels of positivity.
Want to give it a try?
To learn how to meditate effectively, it’s helpful to have some guidance.
Here are three short meditations to help you get started, guided by actor, presenter and Vajrayana Institute student, Benita Collings.