Today I am going to share a powerful meditation for disappointment and dissatisfaction to help everyone get through 2022.
I’m sitting here at The Daily Meditation office in Hamilton, Ontario. And yes, like everyone else, I am feeling dissatisfied. But I am about to change that by meditating. Why dont you follow me?
As a private meditation teacher I am often creating new meditations to help people. Today, Ive created the following meditation for dissatisfaction and disappointment. It is based on two of my favorite things: Buddhism and neuroscience.
You can also choose to do this meditation live with me in a private meditation session.
Meditation For Disappointment & Dissatisfaction
Here is the meditation for disappointment. The instructions are in bold. Beneath the instructions is further detail and analysis so if you’re a meditation geek like me, you can read about the philosophy and science.
First a brief introduction. This meditation for disappointment is based on the Buddhist Dukkha, Sukha, and Tanha.
Sukha is satisfaction, but satisfaction is impermanent. It doesn’t last. Because of this it leads to Dukkha.
Dukkha is dissatisfaction. And at the heart of dukha we find tanha.
Tanha is craving. We crave things that we believe will move us from dukkha (dissatisfaction) to sukha (satisfaction).
We can overcome the problem and stop disappointment and dissatisfaction by practising Samatha meditation technique.
1: Sit comfortably with good posture
2: Practise Samatha (Peaceful Abiding) by calmly observing your breath or a meditation object
We want to start by relaxing and focusing. You can choose to focus on your breath or on a simple object like a pebble. Spend five minutes meditating on your chosen object.
When we do this we stimulate the parasympathetic nervous system and reduce cortisol levels, which makes us feel relaxed. I love that feeling of inner peace that comes from a brief moment of Samatha.
3: Observe the nature of dissatisfaction and disappointment. How do these states feel in the mind and body?
We want to train the mind to be aware of the feelings of disappointment and dissatisfaction without reacting to them. To do this, we calmly observe what dissatisfaction and disappointment feel like in the mind and body.
Imagine taking a step back, away from your feelings. Now calmly observe how they feel in your mind and body. Do not give a reason as to why you feel the way you feel. Just observe how you feel.
4: Observe how the mind craves for the thing that you think will make you feel satisfied (this is Tanha).
This is the same as the step above. Just observe how your mind craves for the thing that you desire. Observe this mental process without reacting to it.
5: List 5 to 10 things you like about the present moment. This will make you feel more satisfied with the way things are.
This powerful meditation for dissatisfaction and disappointment will make you feel much better. Trust me.
Paul Harrison is a passionate meditation teacher who believes in genuine, authentic meditation. He has more than 15 years experience in meditation and mindfulness. He studied meditation in beautiful Oxford, UK, and Hamilton Ontario Canada, and earned his degree at Staffordshire University.
“My goal is to provide the most authentic meditation sessions so you can harness the power of your own mind for personal transformation” – Paul Harrison