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Meditation: Mastering Mind for Inner Peace In the pursuit of understanding and alleviating human suffering, we often journey inward into the labyrinth of the human mind. The source of suffering isn’t found in the world around...

By Keith Crossley

This story originally appeared on Due

In the pursuit of understanding and alleviating human suffering, we often journey inward into the labyrinth of the human mind. The source of suffering isn’t found in the world around us but within our own mental landscape. The solution isn’t about controlling every aspect of our external environment but about gaining mastery over our internal thoughts and emotions. This is where the practice of meditation becomes a powerful tool.

Understanding the mind-identified state

Whether you are an entrepreneur or slugging it out in a startup, most people exist in a state known as ‘mind-identification.’ This means they identify with their thoughts, allowing them to be led down various rabbit holes that result in a plethora of negative emotions such as depression, anxiety, anger, frustration, and, ultimately, suffering.

In your business world — and your home world — you will want to take charge of your mind-identified state.

The mind-identified state is a condition where one’s sense of self is entwined with one’s thoughts and emotions. This state of existence can lead to a perpetual cycle of negative emotions and suffering as individuals react not only to their external environment but also to the internal dialogue in their minds.

The art of meditation

Meditation is a practice that enables individuals to create distance from their thoughts, thereby reducing the influence of these thoughts on their emotional state. It’s a method of training the mind to observe thoughts without becoming trapped in them.

Meditation isn’t about silencing the mind or eliminating thoughts. Instead, it’s about learning to observe thoughts as they arise without identifying with them or following them down the rabbit holes that lead to negative emotions and suffering.

Through regular meditation, individuals can learn to become observers of their thoughts rather than participants. This shift in perspective allows for a greater sense of peace and tranquility, regardless of the external circumstances or the nature of the thoughts that arise.

The benefits of meditation

By practicing meditation, individuals can learn to control their reactions to thoughts in their minds. This can significantly reduce suffering, as individuals are no longer at the mercy of their thoughts and emotions.

Meditation allows individuals to sit in perfect peace, regardless of what is happening in their external environment or minds. This peace comes not from a lack of reaction to the external world but from a lack of response to the internal dialogue in the mind.

Through meditation, individuals can learn to observe their thoughts without judgment or identification, freeing them from the cycle of suffering caused by mind-identification.

Conclusion

In conclusion, the key to alleviating suffering lies not in controlling the external world but in mastering control over our internal thoughts and emotions. Through meditation, individuals can learn to observe their thoughts without identification, leading to a greater sense of peace and a significant reduction in suffering.

While the journey to mastering the mind through meditation may be challenging, the rewards are immeasurable. By gaining control over our internal dialogue, we can free ourselves from the cycle of suffering and live in a state of peace, regardless of our external circumstances.

The power of meditation lies in its ability to transform our relationship with our thoughts, allowing us to become observers rather than participants in our internal dialogue. This shift in perspective is the key to alleviating suffering and achieving lasting peace and tranquility.


Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What is the mind-identified state?

The mind-identified state is a condition where one’s sense of self is entwined with one’s thoughts and emotions. This state of existence can lead to a perpetual cycle of negative emotions and suffering as individuals react not only to their external environment but also to the internal dialogue in their minds.

Q. What is the purpose of meditation?

Meditation is a practice that enables individuals to create distance from their thoughts, thereby reducing the influence of these thoughts on their emotional state. It’s training the mind to observe thoughts without becoming entangled in them. It’s not about silencing the mind or eliminating thoughts but about learning to observe thoughts as they arise, without identifying with them or following them down the rabbit holes that lead to negative emotions and suffering.

Q. What are the benefits of meditation?

By practicing meditation, individuals can learn to control their reactions to thoughts in their minds. This can significantly reduce suffering, as individuals are no longer at the mercy of their thoughts and emotions. Meditation allows individuals to sit in perfect peace, regardless of what is happening in their external environment or minds. This peace comes not from a lack of reaction to the external world but from a lack of reaction to the internal dialogue in the mind.

Q. How does meditation help alleviate suffering?

Through meditation, individuals can learn to observe their thoughts without judgment or identification, freeing them from the cycle of suffering caused by mind-identification. The key to alleviating suffering lies not in controlling the external world but in mastering control over our internal thoughts and emotions. By gaining control over our internal dialogue, we can free ourselves from the cycle of suffering and live more peacefully with ourselves — regardless of our external circumstances.

The post Meditation: Mastering Mind for Inner Peace appeared first on Due.

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