Meditation for peace of mind, health, or weight loss
Knowing how to do meditation is an excellent aid for health on all levels. It is good for everyone. It produces tranquility, serenity and precious peace of mind.
It will improve the quality of your life. It shouldn't be confused with religion. It is a spiritual or breathing practice. It is neither religious nor anti-religious; it's nonreligious.
Try it and discover for yourself how good life can be if your mind is untroubled. If you are not already engaging in a daily spiritual practice, we encourage you to investigate the benefits of doing so.
If you do not know how to do meditation, we particularly recommend Zen meditation, which is called 'zazen.' It's the simplest kind of meditation and, therefore, it's easy to learn.
Let's learn more.
How to do meditation for health and wellness
Many people have discovered that merely improving dietary and physical exercise habits are, by themselves, insufficient for health and wellness.
It's like an enforced change imposed from without.
Knowing how to do meditation works from the inside out to support the person on all levels. Might it help us be happier?
Everyone wants to be happy, but how?
An initial objection that may already arise is that our way of being happy might be fundamentally different from your way of being happy. This is not true.
As Aristotle emphasizes, we are all of the same kind: we are all human beings.
How could it be that what is fundamentally good for one human being is different from what is good for another human being?
What is good for, say, a tree or a star may differ from what is good for a human being, but, since humans are all of the same sort, what is good for us is of the same sort as what is good for you.
What is good for us all is happiness.
If your conception of your own happiness includes being healthy and how to do meditation is a new subject for you, please just keep reading.
Meditate to improve your life on all levels
To meditate for tranquility, peace of mind, optimum health, or weight loss, is a good idea, but to meditate for happiness is an additional bonus. If you are not already engaging in a daily spiritual practice, please consider the benefits of doing so.
This chief idea is to learn how to appreciate everything without attaching to anything. Here is an inexpensive alternative if you are interested in learning how to meditate. It will enable you teach yourself how to "sit" easily in the privacy of your own home.
If you are interested in the topic of this page as a way of living better, or if you are interested in the topic of this page as a means to greater peace of mind, we highly recommend the following book.
THE MEDITATIVE APPROACH TO PHILOSOPHY.
THE MEDITATIVE APPROACH TO PHILOSOPHY.This book available as a paperback or Kindle), became a #1 Bestseller in Amazon's category of "Zen Philosophy."
(If purchased in Kindle format, owning an e-book reader is not required as Amazon provides free software for reading Kindle books on your computer's monitor.)
Attachment and nonattachment
Though there are many ways of living, ultimately, there are only two ways (paths, directions) that promise happiness: the way of attachment and the way of nonattachment.
Meditation belongs to the way of nonattachment.
The way of attachment (accumulation, gain) is the way of the many.
Most people seek happiness by only trying to accumulate goods.
(i) They may try to accumulate goods by various processes of self-development designed to achieve “internal” goods (such as more conceptual understanding or virtue or fitness).
(ii) They may try to accumulate goods from “external” sources such as other people (such as friendships or love affairs or families or esteem), material goods (such as food or money or possessions [like real estate or art]), or experiences (such as traveling or union with God).
(iii) They may seek both internal and external goods.
This path presupposes that I am separate from what is good for me. Since this is false, this method cannot work.
Please be honest with yourself: haven't you noticed that it really doesn't work? Try to name just one thing you have ever gained that yielded lasting happiness.
Not only doesn’t this path work, it perpetuates dissatisfaction. “What will a man gain by winning the whole world, at the cost of his true self?” [Luke 9:25, The New English Bible] Nothing! There is nothing to gain! The implicit spiritual distinction here is the distinction between one’s false self and one’s true self: one’s false self is thought to be separate from everything else, whereas one’s true self is not.
How could such separation be overcome by somehow attaching ourselves to goods that are separate from ourselves? It makes no sense. The truth is that, from an absolute point of view, there are no (separate) selves to do any attaching. We are only relatively separate from everything else.
Furthermore, since the goods we desire (such as food or another lover or a better child or more money) are themselves transitory, even obtaining them cannot yield lasting happiness. This explains why attaching ourselves to food, pleasure, understanding, friends, status, wealth, or to any other goods doesn't work well.
The way of attachment is the way of desiring (wanting, craving), which is a dead end. Why? The good with respect to any desire is its annihilation, which is nothing. This explains why the way of gaining satisfactions doesn’t work. Desire simply breeds more desire.
The way of attachment is the way that children live. They think “If only I had X, I’d be happy”, and then they try to gain X. Even if successful in gaining X, the satisfaction, like X itself, is temporary; almost immediately they want Y and then Z and so on. Immature adults simply continue this process of life as an endless quest to get whatever it is they want—and then they die without ever being happy.
By way of contrast, mature adults learn from experience that the way of attachment doesn’t work. If they are natural philosophers, instead of settling for lives of fleeting satisfactions, nearly incessant distractions and almost perpetual dissatisfaction, they search for a better way.
The way of nonattachment (letting go) is the way of the few. Some people seek happiness by detachment. This is the spiritual path. They deliberately stop practicing the way of desiring; they begin practicing letting go of the idea that happiness is the result of accumulating goods. When successful they no longer suffer from the someday syndrome (“if only I had X, I’d be happy”).
In fact, those who are wholly successful no longer desire anything! They don’t want to be or do or have anything—including happiness! In other words, they are not attached to anything. Such people are fully enlightened sages. In particular, they are no longer addicted to compulsive thinking, which includes incessantly evaluating everything from an egocentric point of view.
Having detached from their self concepts, they are liberated from endless preoccupation with themselves. They are free to value and love others. This is why sages or saints are the most loving (giving) people.
There’s no separate self to do any attaching—and nothing separate to be attached to! Everything necessary for me to live well is available right here, right now. The only requirement for happiness is that I realize it. How to do meditation for peace of mind, health, or even weight loss, requires daily practice. It enables us to appreciate everything without attaching to anything.
The way of nonattachment can work, whereas the way of attachment, which is the only other option, cannot work. Attaching to the idea of my false self assumes the reality of a fundamental bifurcation between me and everything else. Such separation guarantees almost perpetual dissatisfaction.
Even when we temporarily attach to a good, we live in fear of losing it. Letting go of the separation is letting go of all dissatisfactions such as greed, fear, anger, and loneliness.
The more letting go we do, the less dissatisfaction we experience and, so, the happier we are. Less greed means more happiness! To realize emptiness is to experience fullness. If you haven't already, why not investigate the way of nonattachment for yourself?
As long as you remain attached to the way of attachment, Thich Nhat Hanh’s message to you is: “If you are not satisfied with what is available in the present moment, you will never be satisfied by attaining what you think will bring you happiness in the future” [from Breathe! You Are Alive].
How to do meditation for health, weight loss, or happiness
Video: How to do Meditation
Meditation recommended books
If you gained useful information from the how to do meditation page and wish to improve your understanding further, the following books are highly recommended.
Web pages to help you further
In the psychology for weight loss section of our website we have the following pages:
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If you are not yet ready to learn how to do meditation but would like to try something else, see our 'Breathing Exercise' web page. You will find the page link below.
Also, try our free tools in the 'Psychology; section of our website. You will find the page link on our site map/index, which is situated at the bottom of the menu/navigation buttons to the left of this page.
Second video: How to do Meditation and its Effects in Tamil