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  • Hi So in this video I will be talking about

  • some of the important qualities of meditation which we need to keep in mind during the time

  • we do the walking or the sitting meditation.

  • So it’s not enough for us to say that we are doing the walking and that

  • we are doing the sitting on a regular basis, and expect that

  • we should all receive the same benefits from the practice

  • no matter what is going on in our minds or how we are carrying out the practice.

  • Our practice has to have certain important qualities to it

  • in order for us to consider that our practice is a success

  • and in order for us to really get something out of it.

  • The first important quality of meditation practice

  • is that we have to make the acknowledgement in the present moment.

  • Our mind should always be in the here and now.

  • We cannot let our minds fall into the past or go ahead into the future.

  • We should not think about how many more minutes are left in the practice

  • or how many minutes we have practiced and so on.

  • Our mind should always be in the present moment. We should also be continuously in the present

  • moment. So not only practicing this moment

  • or this moment but that we are practicing continuously

  • from one moment to the next. At the moment when we finish the walking meditation

  • we should continue our awareness and our acknowledgement of the present moment

  • into the sitting meditation. Once we finish the sitting meditation

  • when we are going to get up and go on with our lives

  • we should try to continue into our lives carry on continuously.

  • During the time we are doing the walking meditation it is the same

  • and we should try to keep our mind in the present moment

  • through the whole of the practice. When we do the sitting

  • we try to keep it on the rising and the falling again and again continuously.

  • Just like the rain falling. It is said that meditation practice is like

  • rain falling. Every moment that we are aware

  • is like one drop of rain. Though it may not seem like that much

  • once we are mindful again and again and aware again and again

  • just like rain falling it can flood

  • and create a huge flood or fill up a lake. In the same way our awareness again and again

  • in one moment after one moment can create very strong states of concentration

  • based on the present moment. So that we are very clearly aware

  • and we create a great understanding and clarity of mind

  • in regards to reality.

  • Another important point is

  • the actual acknowledgment or the quality of the acknowledgment.

  • We have to first of all have a certain amount of effort.

  • It takes effort for us to do this again and again

  • and we have to acknowledge this. We cannot just let ourselves say rising and

  • falling raising falling

  • and let the mind drift. We have to push the mind and keep the mind

  • with the present moment with the object as it arises

  • whatever object that is. So if it is the raising and the falling in

  • the beginning we stay with it again and again

  • sending the mind out. Instead of keeping the mind up here or at

  • the mouth we send the mind out to the object again and

  • again and keep sort of a strong state of mind.

  • Keeping our mind strong and focused on the present moment.

  • Once we do this then we will begin to become aware of the object

  • and this is another important thing that we are actually aware of the object

  • as it is occurring. So that we are not just saying rising and

  • falling but once we push our minds to the object

  • then we actually know from the beginning to the end of the motion.

  • If it is pain then we actually are aware of the pain

  • and if it is a thought then we are actually aware of the thought.

  • Once we become aware of the thought then we can make the acknowledgement.

  • And this is of course the most important part that actually we grasp

  • and we fix the mind on that awareness.

  • Not letting it continue on into liking or disliking

  • or creating all sorts of mental activity

  • or judgments about the object.

  • The final important fundamental quality of

  • practice is called balancing the faculties.

  • It is recognized that all people have certain faculties in their mind

  • and these are qualities of mind which are very beneficial.

  • All together there are five and these are confidence

  • effort mindfulness

  • concentration and wisdom

  • and these have to be balanced with each other. For instance some people might have strong

  • confidence but they may have low wisdom

  • and this means that they have blind faith. They believe things simply because

  • this is what they have been told or of some desire to believe

  • and not because of any rational understanding. Some people have strong wisdom but low faith

  • so they doubt everything and they refuse to believe anything

  • even from a respected authority or so on. Or they refuse to believe anything because

  • they themselves have never experienced it because they have never undertaken the meditation

  • practice. Some people have strong effort

  • but weak concentration, in this case the mind becomes distracted

  • the mind is not focused and can’t focus on anything.

  • Some people have strong concentration but weak effort

  • and this makes people lazy or drowsy. This keeps us from sending the mind on and

  • on and keeping up with the present moment

  • and we find ourselves getting drowsy and falling asleep.

  • The way we balance these is that we balance confidence with wisdom

  • and effort with concentration and we use mindfulness

  • we use this clear thought. The effort is sending the mind to the object

  • the awareness of the object the focusing on the object

  • and the clear knowing of the object. These are all of the mental faculties put

  • into one. Confidence

  • effort mindfulness

  • concentration and wisdom.

  • Once we have balanced the four outside faculties with the faculty of mindfulness

  • or the clear awareness they will work together.

  • They will then create a very strong state of mind.

  • Then we will have strong confidence, strong effort

  • we are clearly mindful and we have strong concentration

  • and we have very sure wisdom, because we see for ourselves

  • and we understand for ourselves without the need to rely on someone else.

  • At that time this is when the mind is able to overcome

  • states of suffering, overcome states of depression.

  • Like a strong man is able to bend an iron bar

  • we also can bend and shape and mould our minds. And we can bring our minds back to

  • a state of peace and happiness overcoming all sorts of unpleasant states.

  • This is a basic understanding of some of the fundamental qualities of meditation

  • which we need to keep in mind. We need to be in the present moment

  • and we need to practice continuously. We need to make the clear thought

  • and we cannot just say to ourselves rising and falling

  • we have to actually know what is going on in the present moment.

  • And we have to balance the faculties. This is another in the series on how to meditate

  • and this is sort of an addition to the actual technique of meditation

  • which is meant to give a stronger quality

  • and a greater benefit to the meditation practice.

  • So I hope that through this you are able to find peace and happiness

  • and freedom from suffering. Thank you again for tuning in

  • and all the best.

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