Mindfulness Basics

Meditation and School

Meditation is like going to school. You gain knowledge when you meditate. You gain conceptual knowledge in school. You gain non-conceptual knowledge in meditation.

In school, you are trained to accept the words from books/teachers. In meditation, you train yourself to see for yourself.

The Signs Of Progress In Meditation

Knowing something new from your meditation session. Knowing something new everyday in your daily living.

The Signs Of Stagnation In Meditation

Knowing nothing new from your meditation sessions for days, weeks, or even years.

Mental Chatter

Mental chatter is not a problem to get rid of but is an opportunity to learn.

What Helps You More Than Trying to Stop Thinking

Knowing the natural phenomena of restlessness occurring in your mind. Knowing the cause of the phenomena. Knowing your desire to stop the thoughts. Knowing the cause of your desire.

Kindergarten Meditation

Meditate to feel good.

Camera Meditation

One who can focus his mind on an object during meditation but does not know the true nature of the object is like a camera that can take a photo but does not know what it is taking a photo of.

Stone Age Meditation

Stone age meditation can break stones but can not break delusions in the mind.

Stone age meditation can remove mental chatter but can not remove the cause of the mental chatter.

Stone age meditation can remove symptoms of life problems but can not remove the cause of the life problems.

Why Meditation Is Difficult

When you do it in a way that is difficult, it becomes difficult.

Distractions

When you call something a distraction in your meditation, not because it is a distraction but because you do not yet know how to benefit from it.

Two Ways of Dealing with Restless Mind

Suppress the symptom of the restlessness.

Address causes of the restlnessness.

Mental Chatter 2

Mental chatter is not something you need to get rid of or run away from. Mental chatter is a meditation helper that helps you advance your practice and improve your life. It tells you who you are. It tells your past and future. It tells you the world you live in. It tells you why you have mental chatter and how to make the mental chatter retire. It tells your life problems and causes. It teaches you how to address your life problems and live better.

Basic Phenomena and Patterns Examples

Cool, warm, inflating, deflating, in-breath, out-breath, shallow breath, long breath, tension in the body, urge to move, restlessness, boredom, mind wandering, calmness, distraction, noise, and mind operating on its own without your permission.

Breath becoming long/deep on its own when you are aware of your breath. Body becoming relaxed when you are aware of your breath. Mind becoming calm and free when you are aware of your breath.

A Side Effect of Meditation

An incorrect use of meditation can result in undesirable effects. For example, one can meditate to eliminate the symptoms of life problems without addressing the cause. Then the cause remains and continues to create more problems in his life. It is like silencing a fire alarm without putting off the fire.

Urge (desire)

When you fight an urge, the urge becomes your enemy. When you obey an urge, the urge becomes your master. When you just be with an urge, the urge becomes harmless like passing wind.

When You Are Powerless

You have no choice what to think and what not to think. You have no choice when to think and when not to think.Your mind is operating automatically without your permission. You do not know you are thinking while thinking. You do not know you are believing while believing.

When You Are Powerful

You have choice what to think and what not to think. You have choice when to think and when not to think. Your mind is not operating automatically without your permission. You know you are thinking while thinking. You know you are believing while believing.

Knowing Breathing

One who knows he is breathing is higher in level than one who does not know he is breathing.

Knowing Breathing 2

The one who has a higher level than a person who knows he is breathing is a person who knows his mind which is watching his breath.

Knowing Breathing 3

The one who has a higher level than a person who knows his mind watching his breath is a person who knows what the breath truly is.

Inner Peace

A low level person’s mind is restless.

A high level person’s mind is peaceful.

Inner Peace 2

The one who has a higher level than a person whose mind is peaceful is a person who knows why his mind is peaceful.