Meditation is a practice of concentrated focus upon a sound, object,
visualization, the breath, movement, or attention itself in order to
increase awareness of the present moment, reduce stress, promote relaxation, and enhance personal and spiritual growth...
Meditation is a mental discipline
by which one attempts to get beyond the reflexive, "thinking" mind into
a deeper state of relaxation or awareness. Meditation often involves
to a single point of reference. It is recognized as a component of many
religions, and has been practiced since antiquity. It is also practiced
outside religious traditions. Different meditative disciplines
encompass a wide range of spiritual and/or psychophysical practices
which may emphasize different goals -- from achievement of a higher
state of consciousness, to greater focus, creativity or self-awareness,
or simply a more relaxed and peaceful frame of mind.
There are many things in life that are beyond our control. However,
it is possible to take responsibility for and to change one’s state of
mind. According to Buddhism this is the most important thing we can do,
and Buddhism teaches that it is the only real antidote to the anxiety,
hatred, discontentedness, sleepiness, and confusion that beset the
Meditation is a means of transforming the mind.
Buddhist meditation practices are techniques that encourage and develop
concentration, clarity, and emotional positivity. By engaging with a
particular meditation practice one learns the patterns and habits of
the mind, and the practice offers a means to cultivate new, more
positive ways of being. With discipline and patience these calm and
focused states of mind can deepen into profoundly tranquil and
energised states of mind. Such experiences can have a transformative
effect and can lead to a new understanding of life.
millennia countless meditation practices have been developed in the
Buddhist tradition. All of them may be described as 'mind-trainings',
but they take many different approaches. The foundation of all of them,
however, is the cultivation of a calm and positive state of mind.
Each year thousands of people learn meditation with the FWBO. They learn two basic meditations that develop these qualities: the Mindfulness of Breathing and Loving-Kindness meditation or Mettabhavana.