The late Thai monk Luang Por Viriyang Sirintharo, who was nonetheless instructing actively when he was 100 years previous, as soon as stated that perception meditation can facilitate psychological and bodily therapeutic.
Whereas this will sound mysterious, the reason is straightforward: an individual who can management their thoughts by way of refining the practices of sila (Pali. morality) and sati (mindfulness) can be much less pressured in performing their each day duties and be extra positively balanced, on account of having healthful intentions and higher management over their psychological and bodily actions.
On this level, Luang Por Viriyang has stated in his Directions for Meditation Academics: “The meditative thoughts at work is an efficient relaxation which promotes optimistic considering and administration functionality.”
Conversely, he additionally notes: “The motion which is the vibration of the mind can turn into extreme on some events─and such extreme moments can create extreme impacts leading to extreme results.”
Everyone knows how extreme psychological moments could cause issues in life. But, most “regular” individuals pay little or no consideration to the waves vibrating inside their minds, and react in a lackadaisical method, thus permitting psychological stresses to extend and turn into worse.
There are, happily, just a few individuals, with little mud of their eyes, who’ve realized to domesticate mindfulness and equilibrium by way of the event of bhavana,who’re capable of preserve a cool head, and whose mental-physical methods aren’t affected in the best way we frequently see in people who find themselves consistently dropping their heads and even perhaps experiencing psychological and bodily well being issues.
So how will we develop a state of contemplative thoughts that results in a state of psychological tranquility and equanimity, and retains us from turning into mentally imbalanced?
Ajahn Viriyang teaches: “A tranquil way of thinking reduces the workload of the nervous system and retains it from being over-stressed.” (I. 91)
To clarify, he supplies a simile, which is that growing a tranquil thoughts “is similar to the manufacturing of flour. Earlier than we will get the flour, numerous processes are taken: from making ready the soil, to stitching the grain, watering, nourishing, spraying towards pests and illnesses, reaping, milling, grinding, and many others., till it turns into flour. Folks can then measure the amount of the flour and place its worth at a sure diploma.” (I.102)
The refinement of flour might be in comparison with the refinement of the thoughts.
By comparability, Luang Por says: “Lengthy earlier than the thoughts can management the meditative state, the meditator has to cross by way of an identical variety of processes and mechanisms, from an preliminary state of growing a meditative thoughts and mindfulness, progressively, to a situation by which the thoughts obtains tranquility.”
Persevering with the simile of the manufacturing of flour, Luang Por Viriyang explains that, in a meditator who has turn into agency in his foundations of mindfulness, the thoughts turns into refined right into a state of clear one-pointedness, by which it is not going to be distracted nor lose focus.
Monks akin to Luang Por Viriyang function trendy examples of how this works in in the present day’s world.
Luang Por knew, nonetheless, that there are numerous who will solely be capable of obtain one-pointedness briefly, after which lose it once more by way of being distracted by sense perceptions─which, to increase the analogy, can be similar to pure flour being contaminated by contact with impurities.
In those that aren’t but free from psychological distractions and nonetheless striving to achieve and preserve ethical purity (sila)─in those that are distracted by perceptions and consciousness of the attention, ear, nostril, mouth, and contact, resulting in arising mental-associations—in these of us who’re thus distracted, the anchor of any calmness, tranquility, or equanimity thus-far developed might be twisted round unexpectedly by shifting winds and torn-out of its anchor base.
Simply as an excellent yachtsman is at all times attentive on anchor watch, so an excellent meditator have to be attentive and pay heed that notion of the six sense bases might be the enemy of tranquility and equanimity. The meditator should listen that contact by way of the six senses and the resultant waves of feelings don’t make the meditator lose his safe base in anchoring calm. A welling-up of sense perceptions and psychological formations might go away him drifting and swirling in a welter of currents and waves, mindlessly, throughout the stormy seas of the senses─and probably even swirl and heave him into emotional whirlpools that would suck him down into the undercurrents and nether worlds of an unhealthy thoughts, from which he could by no means escape.
On the one hand, the worldly thoughts, when left unattended, has been in comparison with a jungle filled with monkeys, leaping round each which manner, with none sense of goal or unity. In contrast, within the well-trained meditative thoughts, as soon as consideration has been centered, quelled, and managed, the thoughts can be at one-pointed peace, in a state of relaxation, in equanimity and concord, free from want and anxiousness.
The issue for many people, nonetheless, can be that at any time when there’s some latent residue of hidden, unconscious want or resultant anxiousness remaining, we could quickly be swept adrift into resultant states of perplexity by which the thoughts turns into anxious, pressured, and unable to relaxation.
The best way out is thru a gradual course of of coaching.
“Such development,” says Luang Por Viriyang, “is analogous to the event of our bodily physique.” At its preliminary state, there’s solely the aspect of water. It unifies with very important substances and turns into a part of a course of by which pure unification and development produce a micro-organism which is invisible to our eye, and this micro-organism, then, grows, by way of levels, to turn into a human physique.
“By analogy, the development of the event of contemplative thoughts is comparable. At its preliminary state, there’s solely the barest minimal of mind-consciousness current.”
Its origination, then, evolves, by way of a course of, in phases of meditative improvement, and finally the concentrated thoughts unifies, with calmness within the middle of the mind-body organism. Then aware equanimity develops to some extent by which the meditator is ready to train and preserve management of arising psychological and bodily intentions and actions.
The problem is that it’s nonetheless attainable to turn into distracted, so it takes agency focus, dedication, effort, persistence, and perseverance to be consistently on the watch and in management, to make sure that the stability of the thoughts maintains unwavering discernment and equanimity.
Ajahn Viriyang observes that the contemplative “thoughts that’s uncared for will deteriorate─as positive as wooden by worms and bugs, and iron and steel by rust.”
Sila (morality) doesn’t stay fixed if left untended and unprotected; so it have to be persistently protected.
In abstract, it’s just like the thoughts watching the thoughts to make sure that waves of distracted notion can’t swirl-up into accumulations of psychological vibrations, which turn into agitated into stormy, unruly seas.
Viriyang, Luang Phor. 1999. Meditation Teacher Course. Bangkok: Willpower Institute.