People have a lot of misconceptions about meditation. Some think you have to be by yourself in a quiet place and assume a requisite position to meditate. Others think you have to thoroughly empty your mind of all thoughts to be successful.
However, Tibetan Buddhist master Mingyur Rinpoche debunked all that misunderstanding.
We all have the ability to meditate anytime and anywhere.
Instead of concentrating on blocking thoughts and emotions, Rinpoche said we only need to focus on what’s happening inside our head.
In his very words, he calls the mind a “monkey mind,” referring to the constant chattering that goes on in our heads.
Not everyone is able to control the “monkey.”
The key here is making friends with this “monkey,” and it doesn’t involve giving it a banana.
No food incentive for this guy.
Imagine the “monkey” is an entity that you can misdirect, after which it only takes a couple of seconds to achieve meditative state. The best way to mislead the “monkey” is to give it a job.
And that job involves monitoring the way we breathe.
As long as we keep the “monkey” occupied by watching us breathe, we’re able to focus on breathing in and breathing out as well.
Meanwhile, our constant stream of thoughts and emotions remain in the background and we have the option to tune in to them or not.
Listen to Rinpoche explain how to do it:
The important thing is to concentrate on breathing in and breathing out, and we can take as long a time or as short a time as we have available to us.
This way, whether we are walking, having coffee, in the middle or work, or getting ready for bed, we can meditate anytime and anywhere for however long we feel necessary.
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