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.
This year has presented us with unprecedented challenges that carry over into our current holiday season. This week The Quieted Mind was happy to partner with Fundamental Shift to bring you this reflection and meditation.
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.