Meditation

“You are the sky.  Everything else - it's just the weather." ~ Pema Chodron

The practice of meditation is a way of uncovering our natural state of wakefulness.  It is not a state we need to attain or become, but some discipline is required in uncovering it.  There are various approaches to Meditation.  A great first step that is ancient and time-tested is Shamata, or Simply Resting (also known as Calm Abiding).  It is a practice of cultivating a state in which the mind is brought to rest, focused only on one object (breath, for example), in order to allow the nature of mind to reveal itself.  When the mind is calm, it is much easier to open and relax with whatever is arising – various thoughts, feelings, and sensations – without getting caught up in them.  In the process, we cultivate stability and awareness in practice, which we then carry over into the rest of our lives.  The committed practice of meditation eventually wakes us up to our innate wisdom and compassion – our natural wakefulness.