Meditation: Expanding your state-vocabulary

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“The discipline and art of the meditator is to keep yourself in a balanced, positive state of mind as much as possible as you go through the day, despite what obstacles may come up.” 
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Dear Integal Meditators,
What is meditation? How can we understand the principles of it, in order to practice it better? My article below offers one response to this.
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In the spirit of  meditation,

Toby

 

 


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Meditation: Expanding your state vocabulary

There are many different types of meditation. Looking at all of them can be a bit confusing; What is the right one for me? Which one is the ‘best’? What am I trying to ‘do’?
Here is one basic definition of meditation that I find most useful for getting a ‘big picture’ sense of what meditation is, and how to start using it: “Meditation is state training”
You are in a state of body/mind/heart all the time, and this changes thru-out the day. The three basic states are and waking dreaming and dreamless sleep. Even with the waking state there are many different states of mind:

  • Calm or agitated
  • Anxious or confident
  • Loving or angry
  • Tired or energized
  • Happy or sad

The list goes on, as there are hundreds of waking states!
So, the discipline and art of the meditator is to keep  yourself in a balanced, positive state of mind as much as possible as you go through the day, despite what obstacles may come up.
There are four questions that the meditation is interested in:

  1. What do I notice are my current habitual range of mind-states?
  2. How can I strengthen my existing ‘positive’ states?
  3. How can I work constructively with the states of mind that are currently obstructing my well-being and effectiveness?
  4. How can I expand the range of positive states that are available to me ?

All meditation practices are state trainings. All of them seek to answer these four questions in different ways. If you ask yourself these four questions around a specific area of your life, then you will start to become aware of your own present range of states. You can then identify specific meditations to strengthen and broaden your own range of positive mind-states!

Article content © Toby Ouvry & Integral Meditation Asia 2019.


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