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  1. 1. Meditation
  2. 2. <ul><li>What leads you to feeling stressed? </li></ul><ul><li>Exams? </li></ul><ul><li>Parents? </li></ul><ul><li>Friends? </li></ul><ul><li>Teachers? </li></ul><ul><li>Your looks? </li></ul><ul><li>Your ability? </li></ul><ul><li>Problems in the world? </li></ul>
  3. 3. What do you do to try & relax? <ul><li>Listen to music? </li></ul><ul><li>Go for a walk? </li></ul><ul><li>Exercise? </li></ul><ul><li>Do another activity to keep your mind off things? </li></ul><ul><li>Watch TV? </li></ul>
  4. 4. What do Buddhists do? <ul><li>Buddhists regularly spend time stilling the mind. </li></ul><ul><li>They think of life as a muddy pool with all the water and mud churned up together. </li></ul><ul><li>What we need to do is let the mud sink to the bottom of the churned up water. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Buddha & Meditation <ul><li>After rejecting the 2 extremes Siddhartha decided upon meditation to seek enlightenment </li></ul><ul><li>It was only through meditation that he eventually became the Buddha </li></ul>
  6. 6. The Lotus Flower <ul><li>The roots of a lotus are in the mud, the stem grows up through the water, and the heavily scented flower lies above the water, basking in the sunlight. </li></ul><ul><li>This pattern of growth signifies the progress of the soul from the primeval mud of materialism, through the waters of experience, and into the bright sunshine of enlightenment. </li></ul>
  7. 7. What is Meditation? <ul><li>In 2s or 3s come up with a definition of meditation </li></ul><ul><li>“ A state in which the body is consciously relaxed and the mind is allowed to become calm and focused” </li></ul>
  8. 8. Characteristics of Meditation <ul><li>Noise: </li></ul><ul><li>it doesn’t have to be completly silent to meditate but limiting the types of noise often helps concentration </li></ul><ul><li>instrumental music often helps people to focus </li></ul><ul><li>At the beginning of meditating people try to become aware of noise around them before releasing this awareness to focus on one thing </li></ul>
  9. 9. Sense of touch <ul><li>At the beginning of meditation, people often become extra aware of the sense of touch, e.g. how their clothes feel, what pressures there are on the body </li></ul><ul><li>Again, after this has been concentrated on, they allow this feel to release to focus on just one thing </li></ul>
  10. 10. Awareness of the world <ul><li>Again, you may want to think about the world around you to start, then release this awareness </li></ul>
  11. 11. Relaxing the body <ul><li>A typical start to many meditations is by tensing and relaxing each part of the body, one at a time </li></ul><ul><li>This allows for totally relaxation to focus on one thing </li></ul>
  12. 12. Focus <ul><li>Anything can be used a focus, but there are a few things which are popular </li></ul><ul><li>a candle </li></ul><ul><li>a mandala pattern </li></ul><ul><li>prayer beads </li></ul><ul><li>mantras </li></ul>
  13. 13. Guided Meditation <ul><li>We are now going to do a guided meditation. </li></ul>
  14. 14. Guided Meditation <ul><li>How did it make you feel? </li></ul><ul><li>Did your mind stay clear or did it start thinking and chatting ? </li></ul><ul><li>How do you think this would help a Buddhist? </li></ul><ul><li>Could it help members of other religious traditions? </li></ul><ul><li>What would the difference be? </li></ul>