By Matthieu Ricard
Anyplace he is going, Buddhist monk Matthieu Ricard is requested to provide an explanation for what meditation is, the way it is finished and what it might in achieving. during this authoritative and encouraging ebook, he units out to reply to those questions. Matthieu Ricard indicates that training meditation can switch our realizing of ourselves and the area round us. He talks us via its concept, spirituality and functional points of deep contemplation and illustrates every one level of his instructing with examples. via his adventure as a monk, his shut studying of sacred texts and his deep wisdom of the Buddhist masters, Matthieu Ricard finds the numerous advantages that meditation - according to selfless love and compassion - can deliver to every folks.
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D) Square Breathing (1:1:1:1) in which the inhalation, the retention (with lungs full), the exhalation and the suspension (with lungs empty) are all equal in duration. Choose any of these ratios which suits you best and breath slowly, counting silently within your mind in order to keep one of these ratios. Have someone check you if you have any doubts. Perform this conscious, slow, rhythmic breathing for about five minutes as a prelude to your meditation. After this five minutes of harmonizing your energy, leave the breath to continue on its own without your conscious intervention.
We can see that meditation is a powerful tool for developing all the mind’s abilities. Rather than being a retreat from life it is actually a very practical tool for leading more productive and effective life. 15. Many psychological studies have been made in work environments concerning meditators and control groups of nonmeditators. In the specific time period in which the study was made the meditators experienced a 40% increase in JOB SATISFACTION, while non-meditators experienced only a 5% increase.
3 while the non-meditators had minus 3. This again dispels the myth that meditation causes a person to become dry and unresponsive. The opposite is true. He or she becomes more responsive, more spontaneous and more creative. d. In a test for self-esteem meditators scored an average of 2, while non-meditators had a minus 3. This additional self38 The Art of Meditation confidence is an important part of any life endeavor, and a great asset in life. e. 3, while the others scored only 2, again showing that meditation does not make a person more removed from others but rather it makes him or her more capable of intimate contact with them.
Art of Meditation by Matthieu Ricard