1. Talk - Contentment
2. Guided Awareness Meditation - Mahasi Method
3. Talk - Developing Contentment
4. Guided Loving Kindness Meditation - Pervasive
5. Talk - Closing
Meditation brings happiness and contentment into our lives by aiding us to free ourselves from the cycles of suffering in which we constantly find ourselves. We are all very familiar with these cycles, yet each time they arise we get more and more tangled in them. We become angry, depressed, jealous, and so on, even though we don’t want to feel that way. We know it hurts but again and again we find ourselves in the same situation.
To break these patterns we need to truly understand, through our own experience, what is actually happening in the moment. We need to be able to step back from the chaos and see what is going on. Why do I get stuck again and again? Why do things never seem to be quite the way I would like them to be?
The answer is found by understanding the mind, for it is through our minds that we relate to the world. To be able to do this we need a viewing platform, one that will allow us to deeply observe and understand how these cycles are created and how they can be ended.
Awareness Meditation creates this platform and the Buddha taught this technique over 2500 years ago and called it Satipatthana Vipassana (insight meditation). Awareness or insight meditation allows us to see clearly and directly through our own experience, the interaction between mind and body, through the intensification of our awareness. Knowledge developed from the observation of the mind-body process helps us to understand how we create suffering for ourselves, therefore making us more sensitive to what we think, say and do. This sensitivity is reflective of the depth of our understanding of the interaction between mind and body, and it becomes a protection which brings more contentment and happiness into our lives.