mindfulness meditation

Mindfulness Meditation — Living in the Present

Learn about Mindfulness Meditation.  See how this type of attentiveness reflection benefits your mind, body, and spirit.

What is Mindfulness Meditation

What is mindfulness and Mindfulness Meditation?  How does it benefit my overall wellbeing/ First, mindfulness is a psychological quality of increased awareness and attentiveness. When we are being mindful our complete attention is brought to the present on a moment-to-moment basis. Next, it reduces stress by helping us to monitor our self-talk.  Last,  it simply makes our life better and more meaningful because we think and act with purpose.

When we show up and fully engage in what we are doing, we find meaning in the simple things.  So, paying attention and showing up in our lives makes it more meaningful.  Furthermore, people love it when we show up and give them our full attention. Moreover, thinking and acting with purpose makes life more enjoyable.  Mindfulness is the opposite of living on autopilot.  When we do this we miss the meaning and opportunities to learn important life lessons.

Another important point, mindfulness meditation, practices enable us to enter a sacred space of silence and peace.  Learning to quiet the mind is an asset.  Practices like this are restful and energizing.  Some people describe it as if witnessing yourself from a different perspective/time.  It is a frame of mind which grounds and centers our awareness. Thus, you are but more present, and better able to handle stress. And, we are able to think more clearly.  Mindful awareness practice is beneficial in several ways: 

  • Manage day-to-day stress
  • Make better decisions
  • Be more efficient   
  • Enjoy life
  • More attentive in relationships 

Mindful Awareness Practices

Mindfulness isn’t so difficult we just need to remember to do it. ― Sharon Salzberg

There are three levels of awareness practices:

    1. Mindful Daily Awareness Practice
    2. Seated Mindfulness Meditation
    3. Moving Mindful Meditation

You’ll find each of the above processes is a natural progression.   They work together to bring us into a state of restful alertness.  This helps us in our hectic lives by reducing stress.  When we are calm we think more clearly.  So, we make better decisions.

Mindful 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:

  1. Observe your body, your breath in the present moment
  2. If you can, observe your thoughts and feelings without judgment
  3. Take time to think before speaking or acting

Tips for daily awareness practice:

  • Get the most out of your smartphone.  Use it to remind yourself to take mental breaks.
  • 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

Seated Mindfulness Meditation

We struggle with meditation because our mind is constantly bombarding us with thoughts.  This simple seated Mindfulness Meditation technique can help you get a mental break.  Use it for quick mental refreshers throughout the day.  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.

Moving Mindful Meditation

Moving mindfulness takes the silence and peace from the seated practice and puts it into motion.  The most beneficial form of this kind of meditation is Forest Bathing.  That’s because it helps us reconnect with nature and benefit from its healing power.  However, you can use this process anywhere.  The Shamanic Journey is probably the earliest form of moving meditation.  Indigenous cultures around the world practice this form.

Tips for Mindfulness Awareness Practice

  • Use your smartphone to set a reminder.  This will help you remember to use these techniques.
  • Don’t meditate with your eyes closed when you are driving a vehicle!  However, if you are in a traffic jam and can’t move, that would be okay.
  • If you really “need” a break from driving, pull over and stop the vehicle.
  • Write down your experience after you use these techniques. Your intuition speaks when we silence our minds.  Use a spiritual journal to record your thoughts.  Otherwise, we miss our incremental growth and opportunities for positive change
  • Definitely use all of these processes along with the Japanese Wellness technique “Forest Bathing”.  It also works well with the Tree Grounding exercise.

In Conclusion

Mindful awareness practices are a good way to enhance our lives.  They have a positive effect on our perception. In turn, they help us maintain a healthy perspective even when we are facing obstacles.

Likewise, if you are not quite ready for this level of awareness practice, there’s a simple two-step beginning meditation method.  Just follow the link.

If this article resonates, there are more on our blog.  Also, you may be interested in learning about our blended learning process.  This is our curriculum which we use to teach several mind-expanding tools.  It also aligns the Hero’s Journey.  This is the term Joseph Campbell gave the pattern of consciousness development.  Our learning process is available in two forms.  You can take part in the virtual learning module or our workshops.

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