What Mindfulness Meditation, Why do I need it?
What is mindfulness and Mindfulness Meditation? Why I need it? First, Mindfulness is a psychological quality of the mind. When we are being mindful our complete attention is brought to the present on a moment-to-moment basis. Think of it as paying attention with a focused purpose.
Secondly, Mindfulness meditation and Mindfulness practices enable us to enter this sacred space of mindfulness – full attention. These practices are restful and energizing. Some people describe it as if witnessing yourself from a different perspective/time. You are observant nonjudgmental, present-centered and fully aware. Both Mindfulness meditation and daily awareness practices help us in a number of areas:
- Manage day-to-day stress
- Be more efficient
- Enjoy life
- More attentive in relationships
Meditation and Daily Awareness Practice
Mindfulness isn’t so difficult we just need to remember to do it. ― Sharon Salzberg
Mindfulness Daily Awareness Practice
To enter this unique quality of awareness there are three basic things you can do. Always remember to be gentle with yourself. Throughout the day remind yourself:
- Observe your body, your breath in the present moment
- If you can, observe your thoughts and feelings without judgment
- Take time to think before speaking or acting
Tips for daily awareness:
- Set reminder on your smartphone to the interval you want to be reminded
- Use “sticky” notes as a constant reminder. Place them on your computer, in your car. Put them where ever you spend a lot of time.
Your heart can answer life’s hardest questions. Turn off the TV. Turn off your phone. Sit & close your eyes. Meditate & listen.” ― Guru Tua
We struggle with meditation because our mind constantly bombards us with thoughts. This simple Mindfulness Meditation technique can help you get a mental break. This process can be used in short 1-minute durations, or for as long as you’d like. Many people use this technique when they are first learning to meditate.
- Sit comfortably upright, but not strained. The head floating above the shoulders. Hands resting in the lap.
- Close the eyes
- Bring your awareness to your posture and breath (if observing your breath is frustrating then just observe your posture)
- When your mind interrupts, gently bring your awareness back to your posture and breath Thoughts will come, let them go and return to observing the posture and breath
- Don’t force it. Don’t judge yourself.
- Let external distractions go by. When they occur, gently bring your awareness back to your posture and breathing. External noises and interruptions are common.
Tips for mindfulness meditation
- Don’t do it when you are driving a vehicle. It’s tempting to do when sitting at a stop light but resist this urge. If you really “need” a break, pull over and stop the vehicle
- Write down your experience. We tend to miss the incremental growth if we don’t see the subtle changes when we go from a hyperactive mind to calmer states of simple awareness.
- Definitely, use this process in conjunction with the Japanese Wellness technique “Forest Bathing“. Also, another outdoor related technique which is known as “Tree Grounding.”
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