How to Meditate

How to Meditate

Sang H. Kim says:

“Each time we meditate, we renew ourselves. We get a little bit closer to the true nature of ourselves. Meditation is intriguingly dynamic. It is a series of infinite waves. Like surfing, once you learn and discover your ways of floating on the waves, you can ride as far and deeply as you want”.

Meditation sometimes feels like trying to crack a walnut to peek inside without obliterating the shell. So, um, your head is like a walnut (the cranium) and you are trying to get in to understand the stuff inside (the brain). Meditation actually bypasses all the cracking stuff and leaves the cranium intact, with no cracks. The “way” of meditation is about getting inside of our own mind to find the deepest, quietest and most tranquil place to sit and be still.

In the book How to Meditate: a Practical guild to Making friends with Your Mind, Pema Chodron says:

“All our beliefs are based on thoughts, and the energy of those thoughts make us emotional, even hysterical. So in meditation, we get to have an in-depth, earnest discussion with ourselves. A really serious talk. In this respect, well-being and making peace with ourselves has a lot to do with the quality of space we find in meditation, which is called shunyata, or emptiness. This open space reminds us to ‘lighten up’.”

How does one begin to cook-up a meditation practice from scratch? Cooking requires cook books, at least as a reference for experimentation, so here is a list of some of our favorite books that may help you crack the code of meditation.

Click here to see our suggested reading list and please feel free to tell us what your favorite meditation resources are.

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