Mindfulness has become such a popular topic that bloggers are writing about it non-stop. Some develop online courses on the topic as well. But, do they know what mindfulness or meditation really is?
I have a concern that the practice of meditation could be be diluted by well-intentioned, but inexperienced individuals. So I invited three authentic and accomplished meditators to share the joys and challenges of meditation with you.
I’m delighted to introduce you to Elizabeth Mattis Namgyel, Maureen Cooper, and Maia Duerr. Collectively, these dedicated women represent nearly 100 years of meditation experience including several three-year retreats. Yet, their responses are as fresh and relevant as any beginner’s mind.
Without further ado, let’s delve into the purpose of meditation, helpful ways to structure your practice, and how to work with some of the common obstacles that arise in meditation.
Elizabeth Mattis Namgyel on Meditation
Why do you meditate? How does it help you?
I meditate because I have a longing to habituate my mind toward sanity. I often think of the traditional analogy of the untrained mind: it’s like a blind, limbless person riding a wild horse – you can’t rein it in. There’s no freedom in that.
We have so many preferences in term of what we want to experience. When I sit to practice sometimes I feel peaceful and sometimes my thoughts, emotions or sensations feel jagged and wild, sometimes painful and overexcited.