Session 1: Introduction to Meditation

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Welcome to the Umatter Meditation Series

By Ned Burwell

What is meditation

  • The practice of meditation is resting your attention inward toward to the most silent part of yourself.
  • Meditation helps you transcend your mind, by doing so you can achieve a heighten awareness of yourself and your surroundings.
  • Meditation is a simple practice of watching your mind. You let go of the urge to talk back to the thoughts dropping into you.
  • It makes you a witness or an observer.

Meditation is Not

  • Meditation is not for controlling the mind, rather it’s the practice of surrendering and letting go of your mind.
  • Often people drift into thinking and daydreaming while meditating, when this happens you are no longer meditating.

The Benefits of Meditation

  • On the surface, meditation can help you relax but as we go deeper into your practice, it becomes a tool to discover consciousness itself.
  • The benefits of meditation can very depending on the depth in which one can go into the silence and hold their focus.
  • It develops greater mental alertness/focus. 
  • This enhances your ability to process your environment.
  • Meditation changes your relationship to your mind. It can stop the mind from interrupting the moment with its commentaries and opinions.
  • A regular twenty-minute practice of meditation a day can not only reduce your stress, it can help clear your nervous system.
  • It can also help us regulate of emotions as well.
  • Promotes Emotional intelligence.

There are some Common Misconceptions about Meditation

  • One is that you must stop your thoughts.
  • That is takes years to be able to practice it properly get any benefit from it.
  • Meditation is a spiritual/religious practice.
  • You need to be in a temple, or a quiet space.
  • You must close your eyes to meditate.
  • If you have ADHD/ADD… there is no way you can meditate.

Some Common Obstacles with Meditation

  • One of the biggest obstacles in meditation is committing to your practice.
    • When you first start you don’t always reap immediate rewards.
    • Starting a new routine can be hard to do if you already have a busy life.
  • Feeling guilt when you miss a meditation.
    • If you miss a session, don’t beat yourself up.
  • Comparing your meditation to another’s experience or to a past experience.
    • Meditations are like snowflakes, each one is unique.
  • The mind will try to talk you out of doing your practice. It will say things like:
    • You need to know more about meditation.
    • Your time is better spent doing something else.
  • You don’t need a special room.
  • You don’t need everyone to be quiet for you to get into meditation.
  • No special equipment is required (Candles, incense, yoga mat.)
  • Practice anywhere.
  • Create a habit of no habits.

Meditation is a valuable tool to:

  • Help destress yourself
  • To change your relationship with your mind.
  • To put yourself in touch with our heart and soul.
  • It can help bring clarity and direction in your life.
  • And lastly, it can connect you to the peace that lives within.

Closing Thought by Thomas Troward

 “If we approach the ocean with a small cup, and only leave with a small cup of water, we cannot then say that the ocean was not bountiful, that the ocean held back from giving to us.”

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