Sunday Meditation at the Durban School of Philosophy

When there are thoughts, it is distraction: when there are no thoughts, it is meditation.

Ramana Maharshi

Around fifty people turned out on Sunday at the Durban School to spend a few hours meditating together.

Life seems to rush by in a blur with a never-ending to-do list. The School of Philosophy has a meditation morning from time to time where meditating students are invited to attend.  This is always such a wonderful occasion. The benefits of attending are numerous.

It serves to remind us how difficult it is to remember meditation twice a day and that meditation can actually create a more organized, tranquil, and less chaotic life. It reminds us to make the time to meditate instead of “I don’t have time.”

So much of our time is wasted on inefficiency because of our lack of focus.  We forget to be in the present moment.

Besides meditating there is also time for observation and feedback.  This helps the student remove any ideas and minor annoyances that get in the way of understanding and practising meditation. Geraldine S


The purpose of meditation is to make our mind calm and peaceful. If our mind is peaceful, we will be free from worries and mental discomfort, and so we will experience true happiness. But if our mind is not peaceful, we will find it very difficult to be happy, even if we are living in the very best conditions. Kelsang Gyatso