To practice meditation, the meditator must have a clear understanding of the ‘NOBLE EIGHTFOLD PATH’ Which will enable him to attain everlasting peace of mind?
Since it is a 24 hours’ practice, so it shall be done in all the four postures of the human body such as, sitting, standing, walking and lying down.
The human mind is extremely changeable. The human mental perceptions are constantly switching over from one thought to other without having any control. By practicing meditation we just observe the mind and the arising and passing away of various thoughts as a witness.
As a layman, to start with, one may practice sitting meditation The practitioners shall close the eyes. Have a complete focus on the inhalation and exhalation of breath to turn the attention inwards towards the mind.
Breathing process shall be normal without forcing it to be longer or shorter. It is a normal phenomenon that for a very short period the mind will become calm but after that, it will start its indulgence in the constant impermanent chain of thought process. To overcome this problem a deep inhalation and exhalation of breath is the right step to ensure the mindfulness of the breathing process.
This practice develops the awareness and establishes the feeling of relaxation as a result of which the mind objects will not be able to disturb it and the meditator will be able to sit for a long time enabling him to sustain concentration without any discomfort.
When the mind becomes calm, it helps in the development of moral perceptions which facilitates sati ( concentration) and realization of wisdom.
Legend AJAHN CHAH has beautifully summarised it in the following lines:-
- ” As long as the mind is calm, use it to contemplate mind objects. Contemplate the whole of this form, the physical body. You can do this at any time and in any posture: whether doing formal meditation practice, relaxing at home, out at work or in whatever situation you find your self. Keep the meditation and the reflection going at all times.
- Just going for a walk and seeing dead leaves on the ground under a tree can provide an opportunity to contemplate impermanance. Both we and the leaves are the same; when we get old, we shrivel up and die. Other people are all the same. This is raising the mind to the level of VIPASSANA, contemplating the truth of the way the things are, the whole time, Whether walking, standing, sitting or lying down, the SATI is sustained evenly and consistently. This is a practice of corect medition – you have to follow the mind closely, checking it all the times. “