To truly hear we must be silent. To see the patterns of the mind and heart we must be still. Behind everything we perceive and know is a Great Silence. When we touch this background silence all that we perceive in the foreground becomes bright and clear. When we know the vibrant core of silence and stillness in our own minds it frees us from selfish clinging, and allows us to act compassionately in accord with circumstances. Using the tools of meditation and insight we will explore the Boundless Mind of Oneness and its rapport with the personal mind concerned with relationship.
“Eat when hungry, sleep when tired.” This ancient Zen saying is a simple prescription for a satisfying life. But for many people, eating is anything but simple. It is ironic that in a land of plenty, large numbers of people suffer from unbalanced relationship to food.
Research demonstrates that meditation, deep relaxation, mindfulness, self hypnosis etc, increase a person's coping ability, resilience and hope building, physiological healing and health. People appear to access: innate wisdom, strength, confidence, hope and reasonableness, and they begin doing things in their life that are so much more healthy and constructive without being directly coached to do so. New fields of applied behavioural neuroscience, psychophysiology and neurotechnologies such as brainwave biofeedback and brainwave entrainment are enabling people to gain the benefits of meditation with these safe, natural and easy to use tools without having to learn a technique.
Midlife depression could be a significant precursor to later life limitations. Psychosocial efforts to reduce target symptoms of chronic somatic and mental health problems may lead to a decrease in lowered quality of life. Midlife is a powerful time for the expression of human potential because it combines the capacity for insightful reflection with a powerful desire to create meaning in life. The current study examined whether symptoms of depression, traumatic stress and anxiety in middle age can be ameliorated through a choir program. Thirty-two community dwelling middle aged volunteers were tested for depression, post traumatic stress, wellbeing and quality of life before and after the intervention of choir singing. A mixed methods quasi-experimental design was used in which an experimental choir group of twenty one participants was compared to a wait list control group of eleven subjects after random selection. Nine participants from the choir were randomly selected for quantum electronencephalogram testing (qEEG) pre and post the intervention.
How Buddhist teachings and meditative practices can be incorporated into psychotherapeutic sessions is illustrated. In the speaker’s practice of Meditative Psychotherapy the session begins and