PAIN IS EXPECTED SUFFERING IS OPTIONAL

PAIN IS EXPECTED SUFFERING IS OPTIONAL

I lose my keys.

There is the pain of having to get someone to come and pick me up and go and get another key made. However, I don’t stop there. I add to this pain with my mind saying: “I am so stupid and careless! How could I have lost my keys? This is terrible!”

The Buddha said: “PAIN IS EXPECTED SUFFERING IS OPTIONAL.” There is the initial event that causes us pain. However, we then like to amplify what has happened. We make up stories about our experiences and our self-worth. Value is not inherent to what we experience, but from what we interpret it to be.

Suffering does not come from the event but what we superimpose on it.

Your mind has a mind of its own

Your mind has a mind of its own

If you have ever tried to meditate, you will notice how crazy your mind is; How many thoughts and distractions you have.

Following the S’s of meditation may help your AIM TO SUSTAIN focus.

  • SET the intention. It may be: “May I have sustained awareness of the breath.
  • SHUT your eyes. This helps to shut out external distractions.
  • SPINE for position. Have an upright spine, feet flat on the floor, hands on your lap and your buttocks higher than your knees.
  • SCAN the body. Ground yourself in the present moment by bringing attention to the sensations of your body.
  • SPOT to focus your awareness of the breath. The tip of the nostrils is a very sensitive spot for attention.
  • SENSATIONS – Be aware of the physical sensations of the breath at the tip of the nostrils.
  • SPONTANEOUS breathing. Allow the breath to move spontaneously.
  • SEGMENTS of the breath. Follow segments of the breath individually. Inhalation, Pause, Exhalation and Pause
  • SWITCHING of attention. Attention works by being FOCUSED on the breath, MONITORING when you have drifted and RECENTERING the attention back to the breath.
  • SECONDS – Count your breaths to help your focus.

Dr. Phil Blustein

WON’T MEDITATION MAKE ME LESS PRODUCTIVE?

WON’T MEDITATION MAKE ME LESS PRODUCTIVE?

Meditation will not turn you into a zombie. You will not become dull with no ambition or drive. If anything meditation makes you more focused. We are constantly doing things automatically tremendously influenced by our conditioning from our parents and society. We do things and are not aware that we are doing them. We are captivated by multiple experiences and have no focus. How many times have you driven from point A to B and when you arrived at your destination you said: “Who was driving?” You ate a meal and wondered what it tasted like. Meditation in creating awareness of the present moment with acceptance actually makes you more focused, less reactive and more productive! It is being used by schools, pro sports teams and military units to enhance performance.

IS FAITH HELPFUL IN MEDITATION?

I have never been a faith based person. However there was something about meditation that created a faith that what I was doing was beneficial. This was a practice that has been around for thousands of years. I could not imagine that if it wasn’t helpful that it would continue to be so popular. The other key component of faith was observing personal change in myself from mediation that says this works!

– Phil Blustein