"When the turbulence of distracting thoughts subsides and our mind becomes still, a deep happiness and contentment naturally arise from within. This feeling of contentment and well-being helps us cope with the busyness and difficulties of daily life."
Meditation is a special inner method that has been used for thousands of years by people wishing to deepen their spiritual understanding and grow on the spiritual path. In modern times, people have become increasingly interested in meditation as a way of promoting physical health and mental well-being amidst their busy daily lives.
Meditation has something for everyone. It can be used by practitioners to decrease stress, anxiety, and depression and to develop calmer, happier minds. And if we wish, it can even take us to our highest potential -- full enlightenment.
The definition of meditation is a mind that is single-pointedly focused on a virtuous object and whose function is to make the mind peaceful and calm. – How to Understand the Mind
By training in meditation, we create an inner space and clarity that enables us to control our mind regardless of external circumstances. We gradually develop mental equilibrium, a balanced mind that is happy all the time, rather than an unbalanced mind that oscillates between the extremes of excitement and despondency. With this type of inner strength, no situation can fluster us. We may even welcome difficult situations as challenges or opportunities for growth.
A Good Starting Point
Buddhist teachings include meditation instruction for everyone. For beginners, there are many teachings on simple meditations focused on the breath that show us how simple it is for us to control our mind in daily life.
Those interested can take their meditation practice further and begin to train in cultivating virtuous, or positive, states of mind and decreasing delusional, or negative, states of mind. Through systematically training in meditation in this way, we will eventually come to experience permanent inner peace, known as “liberation” or "nirvana.” Then, day and night in life after life, we will experience only peace and happiness.