By Peter Schaller
I am not always as disciplined as I should be about meditation, but it is a practice that has brought me a lot of peace and focus in my life.
Sitting meditation, for at least 10 minutes a day, gives us three precious things that are so scarce in our busy lives: silence, stillness and solitude. The simple act of sweeping our minds clean of bothersome thoughts can open us up to the amazing presence of the divine.
When I meditate, I think of the Dharma as a river. Sometimes, if I can’t get too deep into my meditation, I sit by the shore and just admire its beauty. Other times, I am able to wade out into the waters and experience a deeper connection with the transforming powers of nature. On a few select occasions, I have been able to submerse myself into the waters of the Dharma, to feel true compassion, understanding and peace.
Sitting meditation is just part of my meditative practice. The real challenge is to incorporate meditation into every aspect of life. I also practice walking meditation, eating meditation, working meditation and creative meditation. Each of these is essentially the practice of being completely present and focused on simple tasks that make up our lives.
If we are able to do this, we can find great joy and peace in any moment.
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