Principles of Meditation - Part 2 Wisdom
This blog follow on from the previous blog post, describing the first of the 3 Principles of Meditation that are universal whichever form of meditation we choose to practice.
In that post, I described how forming a regular habit of meditation, ideally daily, is vital for success in meditation. There are many ways in which habitualtion can be strengthened allowing students to be consist in their practice and avoid some of the obstacles to mediation that can get in the way.
In this blog, I discuss the second Principle of Meditation, that of Wisdom, that is a universal tenet of a meditation practice.
Okay so in our culture, if you think about it, generally from the moment we are born we are encouraged, actively taught oreven shamed into turning outwards into our environment and those around us for answers as to how to live and who we are. Firstly, its our parents and teachers who know best, and our upbringing will often actively shame children (without intention sometimes, but with intention at others) for expressing their own feelings, exercising their own thought and ideas, sharing their opinions. Society tends to encourage its members to conform to social norms and expectations, rather than go out on a limb as a radical self-believer of ones own truth, body and wisdom.
As children grow up, especially in a one size fits all educational system, they tend to learn less and less to trust in their own bodies, their own ideas and their own minds. We are encouraged to trust experts, who can come in many forms, from people in positions or authority, doctors, therapists, self professed life coaches and even social media celebrities for how to look, think, act.
In turth we can end up as adult having mastered looking outwardly competent within society but feeling very fragile, or even feeling lost as to who we really are, what is our purpose and even why we are here. Often we have lost touch with our own inner wisdom. We don't understand our mind and have developed very little in the way of skills or tools for looking inwards and tapping into the innate wisdom that exists in abundance within ourselves to answer all of these questions -
- Who am I?
- Why am I here?
- What is my purpose?
- What is the point of life?
- How can I control my own mind?
- How can I maintain inner peace and calm thats independant of whatever the drama thats occuring around me?
Meditation is about looking inwards, turning towards the wisdom that lies inside each one of us and reducing the distractions and noise of the world.
As we turn inwards, we realise that our innate wisdom is always going to suit us more perfectly than any other 'expert' wisdom that can never know you like you know yourself.
With practice, we discover the peace, quiet and wisdom that has been there on the inside all along. Wiht regular meditation practice, we learn to develop the wisdom to become the observer of our inner 'noise' without having to get sucked in to its drama. If you like we learn the wisdom to realise that we are so much more than our thoughts and our feelings and recognise the part of ourselves that is a constant state of peace, wisdom and bliss.
With practice, we begin more and more to gain wisdom as to the nature of the mind and how to master it, so that we have mastery over it, rather than feeling at the whim of whereever our mind goes. We get to be able to choose how we respond to stressors and feelings, rather than react from insticts and old patterns.
This inner bliss and wisdom is always there, its our inherent nature - just like the sun is always there shining even when dark clouds block its path. Regular meditation helps to clear the clouds that have accumulated inside of ourselves after lifetimes of accumulated stresses and conditioning, allowing our inner light to shine.
If you would like to understand more about how meditation can help you, please don't hesitate to contact me for more information about meditation tuition, classes and workshops.
Dr Emma Rae Rhead
Chester Meditation Teacher | Meditation Chester