A Summary of some teachings from Matul Rinpoche at Canterbury yoga Oct 7th- 8th
Most people’s minds are easily distracted and are all the time actively seeking distractions to avoid boredom. Our ordinary mind is not in a good state to achieve wisdom as the distractions allow us to avoid thinking about the important things in life.
People want to be happy, they don’t want to suffer but we don’t always know the best way to go about finding happiness. Bringing ourselves into the present moment can be a powerful catalyst to help us to grow spiritually. Each time we meditate we will discover something new. As a result of meditation we may find ourselves “being happy for no reason”. But we need discipline in order to meditate. Why is this? It’s to prevent us being distracted and to bring our minds into a better state to discover the truth of our reality.
We are looking for satisfaction in life but may find it difficult to achieve or may find it is short lived. The discipline of meditation helps us to avoid distractions and to find what truly can give us lasting satisfaction. We tend to spread ourselves all over the place so life gets confusing, meditation allows us to develop calmness and understanding and it doesn’t need to have a religious connotation. Meditation is like psychological engineering, it helps the mind to work better. We can also be helped by developing compassion and love for others; developing forgiveness and tolerance are qualities which will ultimately give us strength and courage to survive and be happy in society.
When you meditate you should feel like you are going on a vacation, don’t think of it as being boring but understand the profound implications behind the mediation technique. It will help and motivate you to meditate if you understand the purpose of meditation.
His teachings certainly helped my own meditation and I do hope these words help yours too!