Meditation — Meditate Your Way To A Happy Life
- Good Psychotherapy in combination with Meditation & Mindfulness practice is a very effective way to develop awareness of what makes us unhappy and provides a road map for healing and experiencing greater satisfaction in our lives.
- Awareness is healing. Becoming aware of emotional pain and injury and coming to peace with it heals mind, body and spirit. Meditation teaches us to watch our mind but not react to our mind.
- The painful parts of our life that we refuse to look at and develop awareness of, take control of our lives and run us. This negative energy causes us to behave in unskillful and harmful ways creating painful relationships with ourselves and others.
Based on recent research there are three primary factors to happiness. They are:
- The ability to see the positive in the unpleasant
Meditation teaches mindfulness and together they teach us how to handle difficult emotions such as anger, greed and hatred. Through training in Mindfulness and Buddhist psychotherapy methods, we can learn to examine our strong emotions and skillfully respond to each situation. This contemplative approach from Buddhist psychology combined with the more investigative approach from psychotherapy creates a powerful method for overcoming our limitations and facilitating movement into our true nature, thereby creating joy and meaning in our lives.
We live in a high stress environment.
Since we stress ourselves out by the way we think and the way we respond to our emotions, mindfulness meditation can help us reduce our stress by changing the way we relate to the events of our life. Read more about how mindfulness helps in the work place <here>.
Eastern Philosophy combined with western psychotherapy is the path to happiness:
- While growing up, we develop habits in response to our parents and other caregivers that no longer work for us as adults, especially if they were formed due to painful childhood experience.
- As adults, these habits are outdated and ineffective. If we keep doing these early learned behaviors, we find ourselves depressed, anxious, in painful relationships, and/or find ourselves saying and doing things that hurt others.
- In psychotherapy, we try to examine those patterns. Once they are recognized they can be changed or eliminated. Then we are more able to live in the present, without the past interfering with our lives.
The more contemplative view starts from the belief that our:
- basic nature is “open-awareness”, the ability to be present for all experience
- without pushing uncomfortable experiences or memories away
- without grasping at pleasant experiences
- being disappointed when pleasant experience ends (they always do).
Through Awareness and Mindfulness Training you can learn to:
- master destructive forces like anger, envy, and greed.
- Examine our thinking and be alertly aware of our experiences in order to recognize what we truly feel and think.
- Be able to see the different parts of ourselves and integrate them into a healthy and happy whole.
Eastern traditions teach us to become better human beings with the motive being to awaken and develop mindfulness “for the benefit of all sentient beings.”
The goal is not individual satisfaction but benefiting all of creation; humans, animals and Mother Earth. In doing this, you might benefit yourself as well but that is sometimes considered to be a secondary motivation.
Western philosophy focuses on the individual
- We use Psychology to become a better person.
- We strive to be happy, to have meaningful relationships, success in our work, and a sense of joy and fulfillment.
- Outside of some religious organizations, there is not a lot of dialog about benefiting all beings.
- It tends to focus on the individual and the family and what is good for them.
- However, it can be said that helping individuals to be happy and well-adjusted will ultimately have a positive affect on all sentient beings much like in eastern philosophical systems. The end result could be the same.
The combination of the contemplative approach from the east with the more investigative approach from psychotherapy creates a:
powerful method for overcoming our limitations and moving into more of our true nature and creating joy and meaning in our lives.
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