Thich Nhat Hanh explains, that our suffering comes from our wrong perceptions, from our misunderstanding. The practice of meditation, the practice of looking deeply has the purpose of removing wrong perceptions from us. If we are able to remove our wrong perceptions we will be able to be free from the afflictions and the sufferings that always arise from wrong perceptions.
Meditation is a practice that involves focusing the mind on a specific object, thought, or activity in order to increase awareness and clarity of the present moment. It is often associated with spiritual or religious practices, but it can also be done for secular purposes such as stress reduction and relaxation.
There are many different types of meditation, including mindfulness meditation, which involves focusing on the present moment without judgment, and concentrative meditation, which involves focusing on a specific object or activity such as the breath or a mantra. Other types of meditation may involve visualization, body scan techniques, or movement practices such as yoga or tai chi.
Meditation is typically done in a quiet, comfortable setting, and involves finding a comfortable position and focusing the mind. It can be done for a few minutes or for an extended period of time, depending on the individual's preference and goals.
The benefits of meditation are numerous and have been well-documented. It has been shown to reduce stress and anxiety, improve concentration and focus, and promote a sense of well-being and relaxation. It can also improve physical health by lowering blood pressure and heart rate, and reducing inflammation.
Meditation Texts, Tubes & Books
Balancing the Mind includes a translation of the classic discussion of methods for developing exceptionally high degrees of attentional stability and clarity by fifteenth-century Tibetan contemplative Tsongkhapa.