Porta il tuo cuscino di meditazione con te quando ti alzi

Porta il tuo cuscino di meditazione con te quando ti alzi

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Quando si soffia per spegnere le vostre candele, e si alza dal proprio cuscino di meditazione, questo è il momento in cui la pratica della meditazione veramente abbia inizio. Come meditatori, dovremmo cercare di non creare una separazione tra sessioni di meditazione formali e la vita quotidiana. In realtà, è solo quando una persona può mantenere la loro consapevolezza meditativa durante un viaggio sulla metripolitana congestionata, mentre scrive al computer, oppure mentre guarda la televisione che possono effettivamente chiamarsi un praticante di meditazione. È per questo che alcuni insegnanti di meditazione diccono ai loro studenti a portare i loro cuscini di meditazione con se in ogni momento.

Ci sono molte prove scientifiche che supporta questo approccio alla pratica della meditazione. Ad esempio, nella letteratura psicologica c’è un concetto noto come ‘la mindfulness disposizionale’. La mindfulness disposizionale si riferisce al livello naturale o duraturo di consapevolezza che una persona ha, piuttosto che un livello provvisorio che scade alla fine di una determinata sessione di meditazione. Mindfulness disposizionale è quindi a volte indicato come il livello di ‘tratto’ di consapevolezza di una persona, piuttosto che il loro livello di ‘stato’. Gli studi hanno dimostrato che le persone con livelli più elevati della mindfulness disposizionale hanno meno probabilità di essere superati da ansia o situazioni di stress della vita.1-3 Allo stesso modo, nella nostra ricerca basata su un corso di otto settimane di un intervento che si chiama Meditation Awareness Training (MAT)4-5, i partecipanti che meglio riescono a integrare la loro pratica della consapevolezza in vita quotidiana tendono ad essere quelli che mostrano i maggiori miglioramenti nei livelli generali di benessere psicologico e spirituale

Ven Edo Shonin & Ven William Van Gordon

Ulteriore lettura

  1. Brown, K. W., & Ryan, R. M. (2003). The benefits of being present: Mindfulness and its role in psychological well-being. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 84, 822-848.
  2. Lakey, C. E., & Campbell, W. K., Brown, K.W., Goodie, A.S. (2007). Dispositional Mindfulness as a Predictor of the Severity of Gambling Outcomes. Personality and Individual Differences, 43, 1698–1710
  3. Modinos, G., Ormel, J., & Aleman., A. (2010). Individual differences in dispositional mindfulness and brain activity involved in reappraisal of emotion. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, 5, 369-377.
  4. Van Gordon, W., Shonin, E., Sumich, A., Sundin, E., & Griffiths, M.D. (2013). Meditation Awareness Training (MAT) for psychological wellbeing in a sub-clinical sample of university students: A controlled pilot study. Mindfulness. DOI: 10.1007/s12671-012-0191-5.

Author: Dr Edo Shonin & Ven William Van Gordon

Dr Edo Shonin Dr Edo Shonin is research director of the Awake to Wisdom Centre for Meditation and Mindfulness Research, and a chartered psychologist at the Nottingham Trent University (UK). He sits on the editorial board for the academic journal Mindfulness and the International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction. Edo is internationally recognised as a leading authority in mindfulness practice and research and has over 100 academic publications relating to the scientific study of meditation and Buddhist practice. He is the author of ‘The Mindful Warrior: The Path to Wellbeing, Wisdom and Awareness’ and primary editor of academic volumes on ‘The Buddhist Foundations of Mindfulness’ and ‘Mindfulness and Buddhist-derived Approaches in Mental Health and Addiction’. He has been a Buddhist monk for thirty years and is spiritual director of the international Mahayana Bodhayati School of Buddhism. He has also received the higher ordination in the Theravada Buddhist tradition. Edo regularly receives invitations to give keynote speeches, lectures, retreats and workshops at a range of academic and non-academic venues all over the world. Ven William Van Gordon Ven William Van Gordon has been a Buddhist monk for almost ten years. He is co-founder of the Awake to Wisdom Centre for Meditation, Mindfulness, and Psychological Wellbeing and the Mahayana Bodhayati School of Buddhism. He has been ordained within Hinayana, Mahayana, and Vajrayana Buddhist traditions and has extensive training in all aspects of Buddhist practice, psychology, and philosophy. Prior to becoming a Buddhist monk, Ven William Van Gordon worked for various blue chip companies including Marconi Plc, PepsiCo International, and Aldi Stores Limited where he worked as an Area Manager responsible for a multi-site £28 million portfolio of supermarkets with over 50 employees. Ven William Van Gordon is also a research psychologist and forms part of the Psychological Wellbeing and Mental Health Research Unit, Psychology Division, Nottingham Trent University. His area of research expertise is the study of ‘authentic spiritual transmission’ – within mainstream Buddhism itself as well as within contemporary Buddhist-derived clinical interventions. His current research projects are concerned with evaluating the effectiveness of meditation and mindfulness for the treatment of various health conditions. Ven William Van Gordon has numerous publications relating to the clinical utility of meditative interventions including in leading peer-reviewed psychology journals. As a separate undertaking, William is currently writing-up his doctoral thesis which relates to the effects of meditation on work-related wellbeing and performance. Ven William Van Gordon enjoys fell running, martial arts, DIY, reading and writing poetry, caring for cancer patients, and studying civil litigation. He is a keen mountaineer with some arctic expedition experience.

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