Benefits of Buddhist meditation
In Buddhism, the mind is not considered an object, rather moments strung together in consciousness. Meditation is a way of knowing our own mind. The object of Buddhist meditation is training the mind in such a way that we can develop certain qualities, such as love, compassion, equanimity, forgiveness, appreciation, and kindness.
Meditation is a means of getting to know our own minds; the Buddhist path is a process of discovery, the gradual uncovering of our true nature. And it’s out of this process of taking an honest look at ourselves, assessing where we are in our lives, this self-inquiry into whether we want or even desire change, out of which the benefits manifest.
Many of the benefits of Buddhist meditation center on showing up in life, becoming present and developing a greater awareness. When you are present, you will discover more joy and develop a greater appreciation for this moment and the people in it.
Greeting Each Moment as it Comes
Meditation teaches us to slow down and greet each moment as it comes, so we can awaken to the present moment. In awakening to this moment, we open our minds and our hearts to our own experience and this presence naturally extends to those around us. The body also benefits from meditation because as the mind relaxes so does the body, releasing and counterbalancing the negative effects of stress.
Meditation lightens our experience because as we open our minds and create space, the challenges and difficulties that seemed so threatening no longer seem as dire and creative solutions naturally arise. We feel more centered and grounded or balanced; there is a sense of inner stability. When we feel balanced, we feel as if we are “in the flow,” we are focused, and the everyday activities take on a sense of joy. And being in this state of heightened focus and clarity, we experience enhanced perception and expression.
In every moment of every day we are making decisions and many of them, if not most, are made unconsciously. As we practice meditation we begin create space between our thoughts, and with that space there grows an awareness which allows us the opportunity to ‘feel the body’. This is a process that helps deepen our awareness by tapping into our subconscious and our intuition.
Perhaps one of the most important benefits of meditation, achieved through the cultivation of lovingkindness, forgiveness and compassion, is an expanded feeling of trust and friendliness towards all beings. By increasing our appreciation, gratitude and love, we begin to approach our experiences mindfully; meaning without judgment or aversion, and our hearts will begin to open.
We dance because its fun and we meditate for the joy of it.
We dance because its fun and we meditate for the joy of it. The benefits of meditation are reflected in the transformation that takes place in all aspects of our life. This transformational process is natural but needs to be nurtured, in other words there needs to be consistence in practice. When there is genuine transformation, we will effectively contribute to building a kinder, wiser, more compassionate and peaceful world.
The Benefits of Buddhist meditation are best expressed by the teacher, “To enjoy good health, to bring true happiness to one’s family, to bring peace to all, one must first discipline and control one’s own mind.” —Buddha