With the fast pace and demands of modern life, many people feel stressed out. It often feels like we just don’t have enough time in the day to get everything done. Our stress and tiredness can make us unhappy, impatient and frustrated. It can even affect our health. But we should never be so busy to stop and meditate. Because meditation gives you more time by making your mind calmer and more focused.
The purpose of breathing meditation is to calm the mind and develop inner peace. The first stage is to stop all distractions and make our mind clearer and more lucid. You can practise a simple breathing meditation. Choose a quiet place to meditate and sit in a comfortable position. You can sit in the traditional cross-legged posture or in any other position that is comfortable. You can also choose to sit in a chair. The most important thing is to keep our back straight to prevent our mind from becoming sleepy.
Meditation helps us to understand our mind. We can learn how to transform our mind from negative to positive, from disturbed to peaceful, from unhappy to happy. Overcoming negative minds and cultivating constructive thoughts is the purpose of the transforming meditations found in the Buddhist tradition. This is a profound spiritual practice you can enjoy throughout the day, not just while seated in meditation.
Being a Hindu culture, meditation plays a large role in the daily life of the Balinese. From an early age, children are brought to temple ceremonies where they learn to meditate during prayer, sitting below the village priest as he chants the mantra and rings his holy bell. Each morning, Balinese villagers perform the household ritual of giving offerings to God.
The generations of meditating people have created serenity for most Balinese. You can feel that energy all over the island, even if you are just coming for a holiday. The Balinese are living proof that meditation can create balance and clarity in one’s life.