Buddhists, or those knowledgeable people: How do i find inner peace and calm through meditation?

My life is very hectic and i have so many things on my mind. I am stressed out and even though i am still a Christian i feel like meditation is God’s way of giving me peace and calm in my hectic life. I read that meditation can improve your mood, clear your mind, and make you more calm and happy. I am in no way trying to convert to Buddhism but i think meditation is a very good method. What are some good meditation exercises to calm and clear your mind?

5 thoughts on “Buddhists, or those knowledgeable people: How do i find inner peace and calm through meditation?

  1. Hello friend.

    The problem is your inability to control thoughts. You need to breathe and try to be more mindful. Mindfulness is being conscious of your breathing and processes of your body, still the mind, breathe, smile….Take it slower. Dwell more and more in the present moment. Keep breathing. Keep smiling. Be aware that you had the thought when you have one. You are not your ego. Underneath who you think you are from your experiences and who you think you are from your genetic make up and where you are at in space and time….underneath all that there is a being that says “I am”, You need to find that being, it is your true self.

    Peace and love 🙂

  2. Vipassana can be a choice. Vipassana meditation uses mindfulness to eliminate pain, attain happiness and see life clearly. The main object of meditation is our breath.
    People from many religions and no religion have found the meditation course helpful and beneficial. Vipassana is an art of living, a way of life. While it is the essence of what the Buddha taught, it is not a religion; rather, it is the cultivation of human values leading to a life which is good for oneself and good for others.

    Some of vipassana meditation centre among many in the world :
    http://www.dhamma.org/
    http://www.vipassanadhura.com/howto.htm

    Please watch the introductory video in:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H2PZRKqbOUE&feature=related

  3. Good afternoon, Moustache.

    One of the most common misconceptions about meditation is that one needs to be Buddhist in order to meditate. Nothing can be further from the truth. In fact, meditation is a common practice in most religious traditions. The Dalai Lama has cautioned those who read inspirational Buddhist texts, “”Don’t try to use what you learn from Buddhism to be a Buddhist; use it to be a better whatever-you-already-are.” (see http://www.viewonbuddhism.org/ ).

    So, how does one begin to meditate? You don’t need to burn incense or to assume the lotus position. Some like to burn a scented candle but that is personal preference.

    There are a few things that I have found to be of help: get into a comfortable position whether seated in a chair or on the floor (if in a chair it’s best to have both feet flat on the floor), have your spine straight, relax you head and jaw, and put the tip of your tongue behind your top teeth (this will control the need to swallow which can be a distraction to meditation). The eyes can be open or either partially or totally closed. The key is to be comfortable and in a place without distraction. Some people like to have some soothing music during their meditation period while others prefer nothing. Again, it’s all a matter of personal preference.

    Many people initially try to relax the mind and count the breath (one on the in breath, one on the out breath, two on the in breath, etc.,) up to ten. Don’t be discouraged if your mind wanders — that’s only natural. When this happens I was taught to simply say to myself “thinking”, brush the thought from my mind and begin counting the breath again.

    Another hint, don’t try to start for too long a time. If you can meditate for ten minutes, that’s great. If only five minutes, that’s great too. There are no hard and fast rules. Just relax.

    Here are several sites you may find useful:
    http://home.att.net/~meditation/MeditationHandbook.html
    http://www.freemeditations.com/

    I hope this is of some help.

    May all be at peace.

    John

  4. There are many different meditation techniques, but all of them have one thing in common:  they all cause you to become more self-aware, more watchful of your thoughts, feelings and physical sensations.

    Some techniques are still:  for example, you sit and watch your breath.  Others are active, asking you to move, dance, make sounds, etc.  

    Perhaps the best thing to do is look around at different techniques and find one which “feels right.” Then go ahead and try it for a few weeks.

    The most important thing to remember when beginning is this: when you begin to watch, to meditate, simply allow whatever is to be. If you notice thoughts, accept them from your heart. If you notice feelings (of joy or sorrow), allow them. If you notice feelings in your body, accept that too. Do not expect or desire any particular result.

    The process of meditation is all about awareness of what is. Over time, the muddy waters of the mind will settle into a clear, calm river.

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