Meditation Teaches living every moment
Meditation is an amazing way that trains your brain to stay calm and to live in this moment. A simple practice is to notice your thoughts by keeping a watch in your breathing pattern. Learning meditation takes practice, time and proper guidance. Learning through CDs or online meditation guides can also be done. To start with:
Inform people living with you that you should not be disturbed while you are meditating. Set a gentle timer on your phone to know when to stop. Start with 3-5 minutes, eventually building everyday as you gain confidence in your practise.
Find a quiet spot and become comfortable. Sit on the floor on the edge of a cushion with or legs crossed. If this uncomfortable, sit in a chair.
Close your eyes and observe your breathing. While doing this, try avoiding getting distracted by thoughts. Even if it happens, let them pass by.
Start to observe the world surrounding you, without opening your eyes. Pay attention to your thoughts, feelings and bodily sensations. Take in all that you smell or hear. Feel it emotionally or physically.
Open your eyes to come out of the practise. Start living every moment.
Using Mindfulness as a tool to deal with everyday life stress.
Mindfulness practice is a tool that helps in dealing with everyday life stress. Training of life skills helps in managing stress and prevents many health problems. Yoga and mindfulness regular practice empowers a person with tools and techniques such that it brings calm to your life. Mindfulness training recognises the symptoms and triggers of stress.
There are many stress sources:
- Psychological intense emotions
- Social relationships relating to work, life and personal changes
- Physical health and environmental problems
Stress can be helpful in short term situations. As stress in our lives is energizing, to a certain level and helps in motivating. However stress becomes problematic on accumulation. Too much stress leads to potential physical and psychological issues involving immune, nervous and endocrine systems.
Science demonstrates now the Mindfulness practice benefits, both physical and mental, such that it includes:
- Reduction in stress and anxiety.
- Preventing depression.
- Physiological benefits that offers immune support.
- Balances mood and promotes recovery.
The mindfulness practice involves focusing attention on the present moment sensations. To start, focus on the body’s physical sensations and the breath. You start learning to simply observe, do not react or judge, just sense and accept the fact as it is. Once your mind settles into the existing moment, your thoughts take a form of being one sensation. We fall into a space where the body and mind ‘let go’ and relax, we are at ease in the moment.
With regular practice you may gravitate to awareness and calmness begins to pervade into your daily lives. This awareness acquired from the regular mindfulness practice techniques or what I like to call mindful positive living empowers you to manage responses to stressful situations, experiences and overwhelming emotions.