What is Supposed To Happen
During Mindfulness Meditation?
Aug 7, 2019
By Dr. Manijeh Motaghy – Founder of Perfectly Here and Mindful Business Institute. Member of International Mindfulness Teachers Association.
So, What Is Supposed Happen In Meditation?
- “A relief, accompanied by the enjoyment of feeling at home”
- “A matter of settling into a unified state, unification”
- “Food for the heart with immediate result of happiness”
- “Happiness born of unplugging from stress”
I have heard my own teacher, Ajahn Pasanno, explain the state we are looking for in meditation as: Settling down of everything, not just the mind, but also the heart, the body; a steadiness that does not come from forcing the mind to behave in a certain way, but from releasing all desires and expectations of how the meditation should go. It’s like having no remorse about a past action, or the feeling contentment from knowing that you have done enough in some area of life. There is a natural letting go of doing more. This can be blissful, turning into rapture in the heart as a sustainable pleasant happiness. It’s an experience to have and it is very possible to have it. This of course, needs more work than just trying to focus. It takes Wisdom / discernment, Mindfulness and Right Effort.
So, How Might One Accomplish Such Unified Happy State?
Ajahn Sucitto in his book, Samadhi (concentration) is Pure Enjoyment explains that in order to experience the above while practicing meditation one should tend to:
- “Widening to include wise reflection on the cause and effect”
- “Inclusion of the heart in all that we do”
- “Purifying and cleansing the heart”