Buddha was asked, “What have you gained from Meditation?”
He replied “Nothing! However Let me tell you what I have lost: Anger, anxiety, depression, insecurity, fear of old age and death.”
In meditation, profound happiness may be found, but at first it is not easy to establish deep concentration, and for various reasons our mind throws all kinds of blocks and distractions at us. It is as if the ego, or Mara, is trying to stop us from freeing our minds and transcending egoic thought. These distractions are known as the hindrances.
Each meditator must learn their own habitual tendencies, and try out various antidotes to find ways to settle the mind in meditation. Here are some tried and tested methods to work with these psychophysical tendencies and move beyond them until you are able to look within and find no trace of them, just states of deep concentration and bliss. Continue reading The Hindrances – Working in Meditation