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The Power of Meditation

by on 19 December

     During the last session of the course I recently taught on meditation and mindfulness, I was once again impressed by the power of this practice.

     The session included a time for participants to reflect and write answers to questions given to them about their experience during the course. Then, there was an opportunity to briefly share any of their responses with their fellow practitioners a voluntary basis. Their answers (paraphrased below) were inspiring:
-    “When I started the course, my mind wandered most of the time during meditation. Now, it wanders   only briefly at a time”
-    “My mind used to be a bit muddled/confused at work. Now, when I deal with a particular project, my mind is more focused and I do a better job”
-    several participants said “Work used to bother me but now seems OK”
-    two or three said, “I feel more confident now” (which, I suspect, means they are experiencing less anxiety in their life)
      During the course, I had asked participants to report anonymously on the frequency of their meditation practice, since Step One of mindfulness is to develop a daily practice of meditation - perhaps starting at 10 minutes a day but quickly building up to 30 minutes (see November blog – Meditation Mach 2). Each week, a quarter to two thirds of the participants reported, and the average was about 5 days per week. So, meditating 30 minutes a day 5 days a week over 8 weeks is 20 hours of meditation. Adding on the 10 hours during the course sessions themselves totals 30 hours of meditation. Spread over 56 days, this means that participants (the ones reporting) averaged only a half hour per day of meditation. And, yet they were reporting changes in their daily life which were quite meaningful in terms of happiness and performance during the day.
     The power of meditation, spending time quietly with ourselves on a daily basis to strengthen our powers of attention and awareness, is slightly awesome. We can change the way we relate to ourselves, to others, and to our situation in life. And this process of increasing self-understanding and inner peace can continue for the rest of our life, if we choose.


Peter Black


Meditation and Mindfulness




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