Most people don't decide to learn meditation because they want to feel more stressed. So it can be disappointing to find yourself caught in anxiety or frustration during meditation. Fortunately, there is a way to work with uncomfortable feelings that come up during meditation.
“My meditation was bad today. I can’t focus. My mind is just too busy.” This is by far the most common complaint I see written on my students’ meditation logs. Often my students see it as a problem of such magnitude that it means they're incapable of meditating or of experiencing any benefit from meditation.
When it feels like life is rushing by, and I catch myself lost in too much busy-ness, I like to just stop for a few minutes. Take a pause. Remember what is really happening to me right here, right now. Today would be a good day to take one of those pauses and we've got a free guided meditation to help you.
Have you ever wanted something really badly? So badly that you were sure that if you got it, you'd be forever happy? How long did that last? Were you happy forever as you hoped? Turns out that what we think leads to lasting happiness really doesn't. Understanding the causes of suffering and true happiness are what the Buddha called Skillful Understanding.
Have you ever been at work, just counting the minutes until you can leave, and irritated at everyone who speaks to you? What if we told you that the truth is that most jobs are not all fun and games? Fortunately, they don’t need to be for you to find meaning and even pleasure in them. Let's see what the Buddha says about skillful livelihood.