Updated: Aug 31


It's harder this time, so much harder, That's what I'm hearing from friends. I get it, I really do. Everyone is affected in some way or another. So how do we find stability when everything seems so out of control?

Stability comes from the mind. When our mind is stable our thoughts are stable. It’s only then our emotions become stable that our whole being, including our body, becomes stable.

Can it be done? Yes it can and the Buddha showed the way.

One of the most effective mind training techniques the Buddha taught was single-pointed concentration or shamatha.

The easiest way to practice shamatha meditation is to focus on the breath. Sit comfortably. Close your eyes and take natural, even, rhythmic breaths.

Today we talk about mindfulness as though it’s a religion. It’s not. Mindfulness is a practical tool to help regulate emotions and bring about a peaceful state of mind.

The Buddha taught mindfulness and encouraged us to meditate everyday.

Today, there are many misconception about meditation such as only meditating when we have a bad day. With daily meditation, our bad days become far and few between.

The word smṛti in Sanskrit means awareness and also means mindfulness. Mindfulness keeps us in the present and allows our mind to relax and let go of worrying about the past or predicting the future.

When we first begin to meditate we realise just how difficult it is to focus. We cannot underestimate how our mind is cluttered, with bad thoughts and negative thinking. It takes great discipline to work with these thoughts. However, with time meditation can become a relaxing and blissful experience.

Actually the point of meditation isn’t relaxation, but to regain control of the mind and bring it back to stability. This can be difficult to do so don’t give up.

Get started with a 7 minute guided meditation below.

Happy meditating!

Daniel Troyak is a Mindfulness-based Therapist.

With his support, unpack and unravel the contents of the mind.

Learn the tools for emotional processing and healing so you can live a happy, calm and peaceful life.


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