To get rest through meditation and insights from the meditation
I estimate that at least 8 out of 10 people who start with me meditation, motivate “getting rest”. Let us therefore go deeper into this. For this specific part I was (again) inspired by Dingeman Boot during a retreat he recently accompanied.
When I talk about this in this article, I also mean ‘inner peace’, ‘freedom’ and consequently ‘happiness’.
It is scientifically proven that meditation indeed brings about ‘rest’. This creates demonstrable changes in the brain. Click here if you want to read one of the studies .
In addition, you do not have to be a scholar to realize that if you sit on a pillow with the intention not to think, then you will come to rest. Your brain may finally come to a standstill. However, I mean in this article rest that the next day is not gone. I mean real peace, which you also experience during your daily life. And meditation also contributes to that.
Once “on the path of meditation”, insights emerge that reinforce the rest. A philosophy emerges that anchors tranquility. Inner peace that offers an underlay in all situations that you encounter.
Buddhist philosophy offers many insights, and those who have been walking the path of meditation for some time now automatically come to these insights.
Insights from Buddhist philosophy
The insights that the Buddha would have gained form the basis for Buddhist philosophy. This philosophy is, as it were, a thick book that tells how you can obtain true freedom (peace, happiness or enlightenment). The Buddhist doctrine contains several ‘rows’ to oversee the philosophy and also to remember the individual parts well. You understand that this was very useful in the time that nothing was written down, but everything was transferred word of mouth. But even now the rows are useful for a good overview.
Important ‘rows’ are the ‘ 7 factors for lighting’ and ‘the five obstacles’. 1 of the 7 factors for lighting is “Peace”, or also tranquility. We will therefore explain this further during this article. Rest can be speeded up, for example, if you see what causes unrest. And here too Buddhism has a list, namely the 3 poisons.
The 3 poisons are as follows:
The first two of the three poisons are also at the top of the list of the five obstacles. And not for nothing are these two so prominent.
If these are the 3 poisons that cause unrest (or broadened, the 3 poisons that cause all suffering), we can use the opposite to get rest / happiness / inner peace.
– Release of attachment
– Release of disgust
Release of attachment
Often in the Pali ‘Desire’ the first of the three poisons is translated as ‘desire’ or ‘desire’. I prefer to use the word ‘attachment’ myself. It is not bad, and in my opinion human, to have desires. But as soon as you are attached, the desire becomes something that stands in the way and causes unrest. Because if you are attached to something and it threatens to disappear, conflict arises. Uncontrolled impulses to hold something cramped. Unrest.
While this is absurd when you realize that everything, but everything is transient. Try reflecting on it more often and you will see that you can let go of your attachments more and more.
And loosening of attachments leads to a greater inner peace.
Release of disgust
Aversion or aversion is the second of the three poisons. When aversion, also think of terms such as aversion, frustration and anger. But above all think about ‘wanting things differently than they are’. If you accept things as they are, you will also experience more rest.
I can hear you thinking ‘yes, I do not have to just accept everything passively and let it happen’. No, that is indeed not what is meant. You will continue to act on what you think is beneficial, but you will no longer lose yourself in the story.
Unknowing is not realizing that you are losing yourself in attachment and aversion. Insight is therefore the opposite. As the insight becomes more part of your conditioning, you become aware that if you get away from disgust and attachment, that inner peace arises. Peace.
Insight also involves knowing that everything is going as it is. And that things can not have gone any differently than they went. Everything is a reaction to a previous action. A person can not act differently from how he acts or has acted. This again comes from education, culture and millions of other influences. To learn more about this theory, I can recommend the booklet ‘lighting for lazy people’. A super thin booklet that explains that everything goes as it goes and that you have no influence on it. So why would you still worry about things? The English version is free to download and the Dutch version can be ordered for € 5.95 at bol.com .
In addition to understanding the 3 poisons, it is beneficial and stimulating ‘rest’ to get and keep the 7 factors of enlightenment in balance.
The seven factors of illumination are as follows:
1. Attention (mindfulness)
2. Research (investigation of the truth, or also the dhamma)
3. Energy (also called effort / commitment and dedication)
5. Tranquility (also called peace of mind or (inner) peace)
I would like to share two songs for inspiration that fit in beautifully:
1. Skik (Daniel Lohues) – ‘t Giet Like’ t Giet (even though sometimes he does not think so)
2. Stef Bos – Nothing to lose