Chapter 4: "Meditation and Brain Health"

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Nonjudging involves the meditator releasing the need to judge or change the thoughts, sounds, objects, or emotions that occur during meditation. Nonjudging means seeing and accepting things as they are, and simply recognizing judgments.
•Patience involves practicing tolerance and the capacity to wait. Meditators remain in the present moment because they are not thinking about the future or the past. Being patient with their abilities to meditate effectively is also important.
•Beginner's mind expresses the ability to be open, eager, accepting, and have no preconceptions about what occurs during meditation. In the beginner's mind there are many possibilities, while in the expert's mind there are few.
•Trust involves having faith in the process and being open to the meditation experience, trusting in what is revealed, and trusting in one's intuition, awareness, and experience.
•Non-striving involves the ability to just be, and know that there is nowhere to go, nothing to do at this moment, and nothing to attain. This factor is also called "being in the now."
•Acceptance means letting go of the need to have things manifest in the way one wants them to manifest and, instead, allowing them to unfold in their own time. It also involves acknowledging things as they are "in the present moment."
•Letting go is similar to the concept of non-attachment. In particular, it means letting go of the past and the expectations of the future and having faith in the process of meditation without any attachment to the outcomes.