The Power of Meditation by Jensen Curtis
If there is one thing I truly believe in wholeheartedly, it’s the power of meditation. Especially in daily life, stimulus and stress are abundant and unavoidable, but to me, it’s the power of meditation that makes it all manageable. Seeing how our world is dominating us through material development, we would think that life would be easier, but in fact most of us would agree our world is more complicated, stressful and dangerous than ever before. This just goes to show, our happiness doesn’t depend on how much or what we have, it depends on having a peaceful mind.
Without inner peace, there is no outer peace.
Meditation is a scientific method of training the mind through our concentration and imagination. And what I love most about meditation, is that you simply can’t do it wrong. You can’t screw this one up. Even making a small effort and taking the time aside from our busy schedule to get quiet, slow down and focus on our breath is a completely valuable endeavor. Simply put, Meditation is the act of cultivating inner peace.
You can try this for yourself: find a quiet and comfortable place, dedicate just 5 or 10 minutes, and sit comfortably in a chair or in a cross legged position on the ground. Gently close your eyes and begin to scan the body for any areas of tension. As you sit comfortably, start to use your breath to relax the body head to toe. From there, see if you can draw your attention and awareness from your headspace, and direct it down towards your heart space, directly at the center of your chest. While maintaining focus and concentration on the breath, notice how focusing on the heart center spawns a feeling of amazing rejuvenation and peace. Hold this focus for as long as you can. Every time the mind wanders or becomes distracted, without judgment gently come back to the breath at the heart center. After the meditation session, you can feel free to close by putting your hands in prayer at your heart center and dedicating your efforts to the health and happiness of yourself and others.
Meditation. Try it. It’s the difference that makes a difference.
Jensen Curtis found Buddhist Meditation in 2006 at the age of 23 and has since had the opportunity to participate in Teacher Training programs, ceremonies, wilderness fasts, and other meditation-based events. In addition, Jensen has be fortunate enough to travel to places like Argentina, Japan and Europe studying Yoga and Meditation internationally. He has since dedicated his life’s work to creating a movement with Yoga And Meditation in the modern world.
Meet Jensen on the Mat every Monday at 6:15 for Yoga Fusion in Petaluma.