We think meditation is something to calm our minds, but did you know that meditation can also make us stronger and more focused on the challenges ahead? Today, try a four-minute vigorous meditation with the Rev. Angel Kyodo Williams, created only for participants in the Fresh Start Challenge. Ms. Williams, who only capitalizes her Buddhist name Kyodo, teaches that vigorous meditation is about showing oneself to what is happening in the world.
Why do I do this?
Science shows that regular meditation practice can reduce stress, increase calmness and clarity, and promote happiness. Other research shows that regular meditation can relieve chronic pain, relieve depression, help people quit smoking, and help people sleep better.
The basic requirement of mindfulness meditation is to pay attention to the present moment – especially your own thoughts, feelings, and sensations. Ms. Williams, who is a Zen Buddhist priestess and founder of the Center for Transformative Change in Berkeley, California Known for her focus on the role meditation can play in social justice, she teaches that meditation can be a powerful tool to prepare us stronger, more focused, and for the small and big challenges of everyday life.
She says some people make the mistake of thinking that meditation is an escape from stressful situations. "We have a lot of practice running away from our experience and figuring out what else it could be and why it should be different, which actually increases our fear," said Ms. Williams, co-author of Radical Dharma: About Race, Love and speak about liberation. “" Meditation and mindfulness are becoming a way in which people can reconcile confusion, fear, fear of the unknown. "
Despite the name, vigorous meditation isn't loud or aggressive. The ferocity comes from the power of meditation and mindfulness to help you overcome any fears, fears, or challenges that lie ahead.
"There is a softness in meditation that allows you to walk," Oh, I can meet myself. I can establish the fact that I don't know what to do about it, "she said." But there is also a vehemence in meditation that says, “You have to show what is happening.” And you have to feel what you feel about it instead of escaping and fainting. "
Before you start, think about what is most important to you. "You don't have to go to save the world," says Ms. Williams. It could be your family, friends who have a sense of purpose, feel safe, or take care of themselves. Decide what is important to you and start the meditation by clicking the audio link above. For more information on meditation, see the meditation guide below.