Tracey has been practising meditation for a year and originally sought out the classes to help deal with stress.
1) What do you like best about coming to class?
The people; I love the social aspect and spending time with like-minded people. Also realizing that I’m not alone; that many of our troubles or concerns are the same.
2) How would you explain the benefits of meditation to someone new?
I get an increased sense of well-being and peace that seems to stay with me during the week. Meditation is a life coping skill for me.
3) Has there been an aspect of Buddhism or meditation that has really struck a chord with you?
The concepts; the classes teach a whole new way of approaching life. I figured that since my current methods were not bringing me happiness that I’d try on some of the ideas and see if my life improved.
4) Has meditation changed your relationships, and if so, how?
I’m more loving and patient with myself and others. I make more of an effort with people and enjoy their company more.
5) Do you have a favourite Buddhist teaching?
Every conversation about attachment catches my interest. Also the idea that if I am upset (suffering), if I look at my thoughts I will find it’s because I am only focused on myself. As soon as I focus on others, the upset diminishes.
6) Do you feel that Buddhism has something to offer the world today?
Yes, if nothing else, it helps me to relax and be kinder – the world could do with a lot of that.
7) Do you have a favourite quote from one of Geshe Kelsang’s books?
“When the turbulence of distracting thoughts subsides and our mind becomes still, a deep happiness and contentment naturally arises from within” – I have it as a massive sticker on my bedroom wall. It reminds me to meditate.
8) Have people noticed a difference in you since you started meditating?
No, but I have.
9) Can you use 3 words to describe the benefits of meditation?
Peaceful, relaxing, happiness