In our everyday lives, we spend so much of our waking hours running away from the present moment. We run around making ourselves busy, chasing whatever’s next. When we have a chance to stop this rushing and running, our thoughts are often consumed with fears about the future or regrets about the past.
The practice of conscious breathing is a way for us to stop running, quiet our minds for a moment, and fully inhabit the present moment with our body and mind. It can help bring us into a state of calm and ease, and leave us better equipped to face life’s circumstances as they arise rather than losing ourselves in constant worry about what *might* happen.
Have you ever been confused or puzzled by the mention of non-self or “no self?” What about the teaching of emptiness? The Quieted Mind’s first dharma talk of 2020 is up, and it is about non-self and emptiness. Check it out and share your thoughts in the comments!
What is meditation? Is it like praying? Why should I meditate? Are there benefits? What if I fall asleep or can’t concentrate? These questions and more are discussed in the first episode of The Quieted Mind.