What is mindfulness and Mindfulness Meditation? Why I need it?
What Mindfulness Meditation
What is mindfulness and Mindfulness Meditation and why do I need it? So, 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.
Why do we need it? It simply makes our life better and more meaningful. Why is this so? Because when we show up when we are fullying engaging in what we are doing. Paying attention and showing up in our lives makes it more meaningful. 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. These practices are restful and energizing. Some people describe it as if witnessing yourself from a different perspective/time. Thus, you are but more present, and better able to handle stress. And, we are able to think more clearly. Both Mindfulness meditation and daily awareness practices help us in several 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:
- 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 Mindful Meditation
We struggle with meditation because our mind is constantly bombarding us with thoughts. This simple 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 meditation
- Don’t do it when you are driving a vehicle. It’s tempting to do when sitting at a stoplight but resist this urge. If you really “need” a break, pull over and stop the vehicle
- Write down your experience. Use a spiritual journal. Otherwise, we miss our incremental growth and opportunities for positive change
- Use this process in conjunction with the Japanese Wellness technique “Forest Bathing”. Also, another outdoor related technique which is known as “Tree Grounding.”
If you are not quite ready for this level of practice, there’s even a simpler 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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