Meditation in the Classroom (Part 2 of 2) – Chiang Mai University

In the first part of this post we looked at how Chiang Mai University has integrated meditation into their business curriculum. The team guiding the meditation exercises at the University have provided some tips on how to meditate as well as tips on how to guide a meditation excercise.


There are several ways to establish peace and improve efficiency among mankind and meditation is one of the most prominent ways. It is apparent that through meditation, one develops power of the mind which is helpful for righteous judgment and action. Naturally, a person’s mind is filled with thoughts and emotions. Lots of confusing thoughts could potentially lead to wrong decisions. Once in the meditative state where the mind power is generated, the mind becomes restrained and reasonable. With accumulated mind power being automatically used, decisions become useful and constructive.

For those who have little time, the so called “Vidhisa Samathi” or Easy Mediation is recommended as it is easy to practice, requires little time but generates sufficient mind power needed for daily activities and harmonious living.

Methods

  1. Practice 3 times a day: morning, midday and evening, for 5 minutes each time. Try to practice at the same time every day, like taking meals.
  2. Can be practiced in any positions: sitting, standing, walking or even reclining. But sitting position should be the most effective position while walking meditation is not highly recommended especially when one needs to close the eyes while meditate.
  3. While meditating, close the eyes and recite a word (or a few words) silently and repeatedly for 5 minutes. The word(s) should not be too long and preferable should have positive meaning. The word commonly used by meditation practitioners in the East is “Buddha” which means purity, peace.
  4. While reciting, the mind will focus on reciting word and less on diverse thoughts. Hence, the mind becomes more focused and can reach one point-ness stage where mind power is generated.
  5. Through this pattern, one will have 15 minutes of meditation in a day but the mind power generated from meditative mind will stay and help to improve efficiency of work-related decisions and performance as well as other daily activities.
  6. If practiced regularly, within one month, one will have 450 minutesor about 7 and a half hours of meditation. This has been proved to be sufficient to help one maintain peace in the mind and efficiency in work performance.
  7. For self-encouragement and discipline, one may want to keep record of his/her practice by ticking in a simple table.

Tips for the mediator

  1. Hold a discussion on the usefulness of meditation as related to work and harmonious living.
  2. Introduce method of easy meditation and tracking form.
  3. In case of face-to-face introduction, practice a short session together to see if the participants can follow the steps/methods correctly.
  4. To follow-up on the results, the facilitator may want to have meetings with those participate in the programme from time to time (e.g. monthly or bi-monthly) to share experiences and discuss changes in their lives as a result of greater mind power or any challenges in practicing meditation.

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