“Inner Peace Time” a.k.a meditation is the core of the Peace Revolution. If you would like to start revolutionizing yourself, we would like to challenge you to practice at least 30 minutes of IPT per day of “Inner Peace Time”. Many of you who have never meditated before will wonder what you are doing, why you are doing it, and/or what is the value of meditating. Please be open-minded and trust yourself! There is no right or wrong answer on this scale and meditation is, as they say, a win-win situation.
On the physical level, Inner Peace Time is for all times of the day. When we are talking, eating, writing, driving, showering, shaving, and whatever else, we can also be meditating. It is meant for us to sustain and develop ourselves to reach those true feelings of peace and make them self-sustaining, on-going. When we meditate, we recharge the mind and body so that we have more energy to do good things for ourselves and for others.
Inner Peace Time will increase our physical health by reducing blood pressure, stress, lowering our heart-rate, increasing the brightness of our complexion, and making us a naturally calm and stable person. It opens our mind up to new possibilities, and thus more wisdom. Meditation keeps our mind crystal clear, and allows us to be a leader. We can see the whole picture of everything around us, and thus we can make the best decisions. People will then be inspired by the clarity of our minds. The art and habit of meditation is the only thing that will allow us to do this. That is why it is the basis of all real knowledge.
You neither need to change your belief nor your lifestyle in order to meditate. Anyone regardless of race, nationality and belief can always enjoy the benefits of meditation because it's so simple even a little kid can do it. At Peace Revolution, we choose "Dhammakaya Meditation", which is the simplest form of meditation. In brief, what we do when we meditate is to comfortably gather our mind inside of our body, at the center, which is in the middle of our abdomen or stomach, and keep it there for longer periods of time. We achieve happiness and inner peace through the birth of inner feelings of goodness, purity, softness, delicateness, refinement, and freshness. This is the result of a mind that has come to a full stop; by bringing everything to a point of stillness inside our body in the middle of our abdomen, the center of the body. We deliberately choose to do just this over everything else and that is how we succeed. This is the great benefit of meditation on the spiritual level.
Meditation produces positive, wholesome, and purifying energy. It makes us want to do good things with body, speech, and mind. That is why we spread loving-kindness at the end of the meditation session; when our minds are still. It produces the highest effect at that point. We start by gathering and recollecting this good energy in our center in the form of a sphere. The sphere is bright and clear like diamond. Start with any size that you feel comfortable with: bubble, basketball, tennis ball, ping pong ball, etc. When the mind is still, then the sphere will be able to enlarge so that we can cover and encompass things with this pure energy and bring them into our center. This way we help to create peace on all levels in our environment and world.
What do I do then?
- Learn why we should practice Inner Peace?
- Learn the benefits of Inner Peace.
- Learn how to meditate.
- Download a guided meditation MP3.
- (Optional) write your Inner Peace Time Journal (IPT Journal).
The scale below is only to help you keep track of, or monitor, your “progress”. One day, you may feel super happy; the next day, you may feel nothing at all: It is vital that you do not have any expectations. Allow yourself to find contentment with the meditation experience itself. Do not worry about this! The most important thing to remember is that you are meditating every day and writing about it in your journal. This scale can be included in your journal, if you would like to do so, OR you can use it as a guide to help your journal writing. The two main points to remember in meditation are to find (1) stillness of mind and thought and (2) equanimity of feeling or emotion, both in a single-pointed concentration.
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