Annie Moore July 31 2017
" Stillness is your essential nature. When you loose touch with inner stillness
you loose touch with yourself." Eckhart Tolle
Most of us pretty much run on auto-pilot in our daily lives, doing stuff without thinking about what we're doing, usually because we've done it many times before. We do this while moving through the present moment with our mind caught up in the past or flailing towards the future. We tend to forget that it's only in the present moment that we are able to effect change.
Paying attention to our daily experiences is not something that comes naturally to us in our world of madness and delusions. When we are mindless of the present we miss out on large chunks of our life, those small, valuable moments when we see, taste or feel something beautiful. We fail to appreciate how great it is to be alive.
There are many hindrances in our mind that prevent us from becoming mindful of the present. We are fraught with constant chatter, jumping around from one thing to the next - the 'monkey mind' that never switches off. We struggle with the stresses and challenges of living in the real world, trying to cope with anxieties, hatred, suffering, ageing, gossip, relationships and so on.
People often take a view that their mind is too busy for mediation but if we really want to any one can learn to meditate. It's about taking a break from the noise in your head, your 'monkey mind'. It's about really learning to live in the moment, paying attention to our experiences as they happen. It's about appreciating life to the full. It's not about relaxing and falling asleep, it's about waking up and reconnecting our mind and body to become one whole healthy being.
By meditating for at least five minutes every day we can learn to control stress a lot better. Meditating mindfully has been proven to reduce stress, anxiety and depression and has shown to be more effective than anti-depressants. Just twenty minutes a day is known to reduce blood pressure, the risk of heart disease and to improve focus and attention.
Here's Five Steps to creating your own Mindful Meditation
Preparation - sitting comfortably, tuning into your breath in and out of your nose and body scanning each limb to relax.
Contemplation - the moment of visualising a special place, such as a beautiful garden and tuning into your senses, seeing the bright blue sky, hearing the sound of the birds, smelling the scents of the grass and flowers and feeling the warmth of the golden orange sunshine.
Meditation - is ready to begin, using a chosen mantra for the practice - 'Om Ah Hung ' and repeating the mantra over and over in the mind, co-ordinating it with the breath, like a moving wave.
Dedication - to anchor and dedicate the mantra at the end of the practice, so it is planted into the subconscious mind.
Practice - consistently on a regular basis, every day will be the key to a successful and life changing practice.
Once there is a commitment to practice mindful meditation regularly the benefits will soon begin to shine through. Not only affecting your mind, body and soul but also the people around you who will notice the changes too. You will develop a stronger sense of awareness of what is happening in the present and feel happier and more contented in your life.
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