Exploring Mindfulness And Meditation

Exploring Mindfulness And Meditation



In our every day lives,​ we are all guilty of​ neglecting our minds,​ allowing our brains to​ be lulled into a​ lazy,​ neglected,​ and unaware state. it​ is​ as​ if​ we are allowing ourselves to​ be sculpted by bland and repetitive consumerism,​ our individuality being chiselled away by a​ tedium we cannot even be bothered to​ challenge with any will.

Life need not be like that. We are each blessed with a​ powerful mind; but normally people have forgotten or,​ most likely,​ never even knew how,​ to​ use it. it​ is​ such a​ waste of​ our own greatest resource.

One way to​ start to​ extricate ourselves from the​ mindless quicksand is​ to​ gently exercise our minds,​ using mindfulness and meditation as​ a​ way of​ bringing ourselves more emphatically into the​ real world,​ and start the​ process of​ exercising control over our minds and our lives.

Creating a​ mindfulness meditation is​ a​ gentle but powerful exercise. But how do you​ go about it?

A Simple Mindfulness Meditation Exercise

As with any meditation session,​ you​ need to​ get into a​ relaxed and comfortable position,​ eyes closed,​ and then commence with deep nasal breathing,​ focusing your thoughts on​ the​ breathing to​ ease yourself into a​ meditative state.

Once you​ feel that you​ are calmed by your breathing and that your breath is​ under your rhythmic control,​ then you​ can move on​ to​ focusing on​ your own body,​ a​ part at​ a​ time. I was first taught this at​ yoga class,​ where we were taught to​ concentrate first of​ all on​ the​ left foot,​ focusing on​ it​ from a​ position above ourselves. Then move up the​ body slowly,​ left ankle,​ knee,​ thigh and so on. When reaching your head,​ you​ then do the​ same in​ reverse on​ the​ other side of​ the​ body: right shoulder,​ right elbow,​ right hand and so on.

Once you​ have completed your tour of​ your own body,​ as​ if​ you​ were someone else examining it,​ then it​ is​ time to​ open your eyes and increase your mindfulness of​ your surroundings.

To do this,​ focus on​ any object in​ the​ room; it​ does not have to​ be anything special: a​ cup on​ the​ coffee table,​ a​ vase,​ a​ plastic flower,​ anything. Try to​ maintain that focus for half a​ minute,​ and then move on​ to​ any other object. you​ can repeat this several times,​ always maintaining a​ focus on​ your own body and your own breathing,​ creating a​ triple harmony with each object on​ which you​ focus.

By using this simple mindfulness meditation you​ are increasing awareness both of​ yourself and your surroundings,​ in​ a​ very gentle and easy way. it​ can serve as​ a​ prelude to​ some mental task,​ as​ well as​ being part of​ an​ ongoing mindfulness campaign to​ strengthen and expand the​ use of​ your own mind.

For example,​ most days I write,​ but sometimes I just do not seem able to​ concentrate on​ what I am supposed to​ be writing about. I find this type of​ exercise,​ even just for 10 minutes,​ will snap me out of​ that inexplicable malaise,​ and I can get right on​ and write what I should have written earlier.




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