fivethirtyeight.com offers a take on whether mindfulness meditation is helpful. The image shown comes from a journal named JAMA Internal Medicine.
Can ten minutes of mindfulness meditation make you more creative and feel less negative, restless, nervous, and irritated? The Harvard Business Review says yes it can.
“Bring your mind to one point and wait for grace.”
~ Ram Dass in Polishing the Mirror, on what the Maharaji told him
The beginning of this story about Lakers’ coach Luke Walton has a few discussions about meditation and a mindfulness app.
“I view spiritual practice as the freeing of awareness from identification with anything ... One of the ways to do that is, for example, to pick an object of concentration and focus on that, and let everything else come and go. So let’s say I’m gonna follow my breath, rising and falling, rising and falling. Now my awareness can feel that muscle going up and down, that’s really where the focus is.”
“When we choose to perform an activity, we make it a gift by dedicating our entire body-mind to it, by making it the only task we do in that moment. In that way, all activities are included in one, and all activities are unified. This is how our activity fills the universe, and how we express complete understanding in our work.”
(I don’t remember the source of this quote, but it sounds like something Shunryu Suzuki would say.)
“Having a direct experience of seeing everything one looks at (including one’s own body) as moving subatomic particles alters the perception of ‘me’ and of the substantiality of what we regard as ‘normal’ reality.”
“The path is the goal.”
“In meditation ... we are not searching, we are not pulling or probing, we are just sitting and watching.”
~ Joseph Goldstein
When I first started studying Zen and the Tao, I interpreted many of the quotes I read as “let things be just as they are.” For a while that led to me acting as a doormat, letting other people do as they wished, even treating me poorly. I did that consciously, so even though I was acting like a wimp I didn’t feel like a wimp, I was just trying to practice what I was learning.
After a while I realized that was a wrong approach. Even if I lived in a Zen monastery, it would be wrong to allow someone to bully me.