Forests Of Contemplation:

Meditation And Self Reflection

“To understand the immeasurable, the mind must be extraordinarily quiet, still.” – Jiddu Krishnamurti

Life manifests an endless series of distractions and troubles for each of us, every moment of every day. This can make the process of tuning out the noise in order to quiet the mind, at times, very difficult. This is why it is so important to practice the skills necessary to attain stillness and be conscious of only the present moment. Focus on your breathing, or the subtle hints of sound in an otherwise quiet environment. Bring your consciousness into the present so that you may quiet the background chatter of your psyche.

“Keep your heart clear and transparent, and you will never be bound. A single disturbed thought creates ten thousand distractions.” – Ryokan Taigu

Learning to quiet the mind is instrumental in attaining tranquility, in accomplishing a state of being unperturbed by the passing upsets of the spirit. In addition to focusing on your breath to ground yourself in the present moment, you can also center yourself by passionately focusing on the process or completion of an undertaking or goal. The feeling of losing yourself in the moment of a specific activity is referred to as “flow.”

“Feelings come and go like clouds in a windy sky. Conscious breathing is my anchor.” – Thich Nhat Hanh

Clearing the mind and centering your consciousness on the present moment allows for the dissipation of negative thoughts, it illuminates that these illusory impressions are simply apparitions that come and go and that you do not have to be at the mercy of how they make you feel. Negative perceptions can be shifted, reframed or altogether banished from your mind’s eye. Depressing or unproductive feelings can be bent to your will, if you so desire. Never forget, your mind is the measure of all things. You are the master of your own perception.

“The act of meditation is being spacious.” – Sogyal Rinpoche

To meditate is to be open, free, aware and welcoming of the present moment without appraisal, without judgement. The act itself seeks to achieve this perspective, as this is a state of being that allows for the deepest sense of inner peace. Often, tranquility affords the most profound revelations.