What is Meditation?
Meditation is exploring. It’s not a fixed destination. Your head doesn’t become vacuumed free of thought and DISTRACTION. It’s a special place where each and every moment is momentous. When we meditate we venture into the workings of our minds: our sensations (air blowing on our skin or a harsh smell wafting into the room), our emotions (love this, hate that, crave this, loathe that) and our thoughts.
Mindfulness meditation asks us to suspend judgment and unleash our natural curiosity about the workings of the mind, approaching our experience with warmth and kindness, to ourselves and others.
How Do I Practice Mindfulness and Meditation?
Mindfulness is available to us in every moment, whether through meditations and body scans, or mindful moment practices like taking time to pause and breathe when the phone rings instead of rushing to answer it.
5 Benefits of Mindfulness Meditation
Understand Your Pain –
Pain is a fact of life, but it doesn’t have to rule you. Mindfulness can help you reshape your relationship with mental and physical pain.
Connect Better –
Ever find yourself staring blankly at a friend, lover, child, and you’ve no idea what they’re saying? Mindfulness helps you give them your full attention.
Lower Stress –
There’s lots of evidence these days that excess stress causes lots of illnesses and makes other illnesses worse. Mindfulness decreases stress.
Focus Your Mind –
It can be frustrating to have our mind stray off what we’re doing and be pulled in six directions. Meditation hones our innate ability to focus.
Reduce Brain Chatter –
The chattering voice in our head seems never to leave us alone. Isn’t it time we gave it a little break ? By understanding our patterns and shifting focus we can reduce them.
February, 12 2021