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Simply Relax with meditation
March 6, 2021 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm$12
Saturday 6 March
Our mind will feel lucid and spacious and we will feel refreshed. When the sea is rough, sediment is churned and the water becomes murky, but when the wind dies down the mud gradually settles and the water becomes clear.
In a similar way, when the otherwise incessant flow of our distracting thoughts is calmed through concentrating on the breath, our mind becomes unusually lucid and clear. We should stay with this state of mental calm for a while.
Even though breathing meditation is only a preliminary stage of meditation, it can be quite powerful. We can see from this practice that it is possible to experience inner peace and contentment just by controlling the mind, without having to depend at all upon external conditions.
When the turbulence of distracting thoughts subsides and our mind becomes still, a deep happiness and contentment naturally arises from within. This feeling of contentment and well-being helps us to cope with the busyness and difficulties of daily life.
So much of the stress and tension we normally experience comes from our mind, and many of the problems we experience, including ill health, are caused or aggravated by this stress. Just by doing breathing meditation for ten or fifteen minutes each day, we will be able to reduce this stress.
We will experience a calm, spacious feeling in the mind, and many of our usual problems will fall away. Difficult situations will become easier to deal with, we will naturally feel warm and well disposed towards other people, and our relationships with others will gradually improve.
In this class, there will be some teaching and three meditations.
Everyone is welcome!
About the Teacher
Richard Schulte is a student in the Foundation Program at our Centre and has been practicing Kadampa Buddhism for nearly 10 years. Richard brings his natural “conversational” teaching style to a number of our meditation classes and retreat sessions.