My husband I went for a nice bike ride this summer. We rode our bikes from Niagara on the Lake to Niagara Falls and then back. We stopped to check some things out while we were in Niagara Falls.
One of our stops was at Ten Thousand Buddhas Sarira Stupa, a Buddhist temple in Niagara Falls. I made a donation and received a book called How To Meditate: A Beginner’s Guide To Peace, written by the Buddhist monk Yuttadhammo Bhikkhu. I read this book and also watched the YouTube series that the book is based on. I have been practicing this simple way to meditate.
At the beginning it is explained that we may not be clear on our expectations about meditation. Here is a quote to explain “when you practice meditation according to this book please understand that it might not always feel either peaceful or pleasant. Coming to understand and work through deep-rooted states of stress, worry, anger, addiction, etc., can be at times quite an unpleasant process” also ” meditation isn’t a drug. It isn’t supposed to make you feel happy while you do it and then return you to your misery when you are not. Meditation is meant to effect a real change in the way one looks at the world, bringing one’s mind back to its natural state of clarity. It should allow one to attain true and lasting peace and happiness through being better able to deal with the natural difficulties in life”.
You can get a free copy of this book for yourself by checking out this link: