Calm Mind Meditation
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what is calm mind meditation

I define it is a combination of honoring yourself through loving-kindness and the realization that all we are and all that we attain to be is inside of us (your heart) already. And through a regular practice of meditation, we calm and free our minds and hearts of what we do not need (anger, envy, hatred, sorrow etc.) and thereby creating a place in our heart for love, compassion, joy, happiness, and forgiveness. By obtaining “present awareness” we can recognize the actuality of things, not the story our minds create, thereby achieving a mind and heart that is calm and stable and can remain peaceful if a struggle should arise.

 

Who I am:

I
 started the practice of meditation in the mid 1970’s and know from experience “it works.” I am certified and insured to teach individual, group and couple meditation through the Master of Meditation by Anmol Mehta. I have attended workshops with Sharon Salzberg, an American Buddhist teacher and the co-founder of Insight Meditation Society in Barre, MA. In addition, I have attended mindfulness retreats; and completed the MBSR course, created by Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D mindfulness expert.

I am often asked why I mediate and my answer has remained the same since I began in the 1970’s. I meditate because it works to calm my mind. This is how I describe the type of meditation I teach to others which is based upon my own spiritual journey, hence the name Calm Mind Meditation.

 

Calm Mind Meditation entails learning to quiet the mind by focusing first on the inhale and then on the exhale slowly repeating the mantra calm. Learning to regulate and calm oneself is that simple, but not always easy to do. Simple, because your always have your breath with you, not easy because of all of the excuses, too busy, no time, no quiet place or “ I forgot” to meditate. Think of this practice as your daily spiritual vitamin, something you take every day to feel healthy as you would take any of your vitamins or supplements

 

I find that many of my students often have the same frustration starting out; their minds wander because their thoughts take over. I completely understand because even after thirty years of practice I still have similar experiences.  It helps to remind my students that meditation is a practice, and like anything else, if you don’t practice, you will not develop the habit or expertise. It is empowering for many to be reminded that they can choose to make time to practice daily

 

In the first class I always give each student a polished stone, this is to be a reminder to mediate. I suggest they put the stone in a place where it will be seen first thing in the morning; maybe near their toothbrush, by the coffee or tea cup. This will serve as a reminder to meditate. Often the students become frustrated because their minds have trouble calming down, even following their breath. Rather than setting themselves up to fail, my advice is to start slow, just aim for 3-5 minutes at first and increase the practice as they become more comfortable to 20 minutes a day. 

 

This meditation provides a safe place to become quiet and still, allowing ourselves the opportunity to listen to what the mind and body are telling us. So often we forget to listen to ourselves, to trust that inner voice that guides us on life's journey.  It is a combination of honoring yourself through loving-kindness and the realization that all we attain to be is inside of us already. And through a regular practice of meditation, we calm and free our minds and hearts of what we do not need (anger, envy, hatred, sorrow etc.) and thereby creating a place in our heart for love, compassion, joy, happiness, and forgiveness. By obtaining present awareness we can recognize the actuality of things, not the story our minds create, thereby achieving a mind and heart that is calm and stable and can remain peaceful if a struggle should arise.

 

To quote Shunryu Suzuki from the book Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind:


“Calmness
 of mind does not mean you should stop your activity. Real calmness should be found in activity itself.”


Peace,
Josette Lumbruno

info@calmmindmeditation.com



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