Thoughts in Meditation

April 11, 2018 | By More

By Rupa

Practicing meditation help us to have a sharp and clear mind. A lot of people might experience being overwhelmed with thoughts and feel more stressful instead of experiencing clarity. We can look at meditation as a rehearsal of life. It gives us a chance to see the pattern of our mind and change the pattern if we need to. Like physical body strength training, we cannot expect it to be easy.

The flow of thoughts are like a river. Practicing meditation is like sitting on the bank of the river, observing the flow of the water that comes and goes, but not being affected by the water. Sometimes we see big waves, sometimes we see through the water; sometimes we see leaves floating on top of the water. No matter what we see, we just keep observing, not trying to change anything, not trying to stop anything. Gradually, we will be able to not be pulled by the thoughts and not agitated by the change of the thoughts. The repetition of meditation helps to sharpen the mind so we can see more clearly. At the same time, meditation helps expand the capacity of the brain so we can receive more information without being overwhelmed. The process can be hard and long but the reward is extraordinary — we are able to stay calm in any situation in our life with the power of mind.

To know how to swim we need to jump into the water. Depending on our capability we can choose to go swimming in a pool, at a lake, in a river or in the ocean. Of course, at different places we will have different experiences. But no matter where we are, we need to go into the water. We know that the more we are in the water, the more we know what to do and how to play in the water. With practice, we will be able to enjoy all the activities in the water instead of worrying about drowning. Similarly, meditation trains our mind to face stress so when things happen in life we have some idea of how to deal with them.

Rupa’s Chinese background and training has given her a natural understanding of ancient eastern wisdom. Living, studying and teaching in Canada has provided her the opportunity to develop her practice in a modern western way. Her book A Complete Yoga Manual is a bridge between east and west, modern and ancient, theory and practice. A Complete Yoga Manual by Ivy Xie-McIsaac (Rupa) is available at Singing Pebble Books.

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