Buddha showed that true happiness and fulfillment cannot be found in external objects but within our own mind. Through meditation we come to understand that happiness is a state of mind and so the real source of happiness lies within the mind and not in external circumstances.
Meditation functions to make the mind peaceful because when our mind is peaceful we are happy all the time, even if our external conditions are poor.
Meditation involves concentrating on a virtuous object This means an object that when we concentrate on it makes our mind peaceful and induces a positive frame of mind. We might for example meditate on the preciousness of our human life, love, compassion, patience or deeper objects such as ultimate truth emptiness.
Whatever meditation we do it is made easy by the personal guidance and literature provided at the centre. There is no one who cannot learn to meditate or to benefit from it.
In Buddhism meditation is regarded as the principal tool for personal development. It enables us first to understand our mind and then to begin to control it.
We usually begin a class with a short breathing meditation. This is followed by a talk explaining a practical topic which we can immediately use to improve our daily experiences. Finally we practise the main meditation which consists of contemplation followed by single pointed meditation on the topic taught in that class. Try a simple breathing meditation.
These are practical meditations that do more than just relax the mind, they put us in charge of our life.