Mindfulness is to live from the Heart, awake to the present moment. To be mindful in our daily actions is to is to be truly alive, present and at one with life. We are not separate from life but we experience a sense of separation when we believe that we are the voice in our head. We go on auto pilot and become unconscious when we believe thoughts
and react in the same habitual ways or behaving. However we can bring harmony to our body and mind, and our whole life by being fully present and aware. When we live mindfully, we come from love and we become kind, understanding, and compassionate. Living life in this way is deeply transformative to our lives and society.
What Mindfulness is
When we are mindful, coming from Presence thoughts and feelings appear to be like clouds, passing through. When we take hold of them and make them personal by judging them to be good or bad, we suffer needlessly. Mindfulness helps us live in the moment and awake to the experience.
Mindfulness helps people experience the richness of everyday life more fully, through the practice of being more aware and present. And as you become accustomed to live fully present to the moment, you may notice that the nervous system is more relaxed and that you feel happier in life. The happier we are , the kinder we are to those around us. The more relaxed the nervous system is, the better overall health is noticed.
When we live lost in thoughts, we are no longer present in our life, we are actually absent from ourselves, living in a conceptual world, thinking about the past or future, worrying about this or that. In truth the mind does not know the future. It uses the past as a reference point to guide itself and navigate through life. This way of living is totally exhausting and this is why so many Beings wanting to take a break from the mind, thoughts etc. result to taking pills, drugs, alcohol, food, work, sex etc to get some peace. But what you really want is a break from mind.
Mindfullness and mediation are great tools to open the door to live life fully present, until it takes us to a deeper place to the full realisation that we are the present moment Itself.
What are some ways we can practice being mindful?
Being Present is the easiest thing one can do and the hardest things as we can easily follow streams of thoughts, yet through practice of grounding the body and mind in every daily actions such (mindful) eating, (mindful) working, and even (mindful) washing up!
Spending time in nature or walking outdoors are great practices to staying in the present moment. As you walk, use your senses to pay attention to what you are seeing, hearing, smelling. What sounds can you hear in the distance? Can you taste the air? Can you feel the weight of your body walking, the feel of the earth What beneath you ? Can you smell the grass? What colours do you see? You may become very peacefull and expanded with a sense of connection with all life.
Meditation is the practice of letting go. When we let go of everything that we identify with, there is a deep relaxation that takes place in the whole nervous system and reveals the nature of Reality or Universal Presence. There are many supportive ways to drop that create a conducive environment for the deepening of Presence. Presence-Awareness is always and already here.in truth it is who we truly are.
How to Meditate
Mindfulness meditation encourages to observe thoughts come and go . The intention is not to get involved with the thoughts or to label them. By simply not touching thoughts, we become fully present and alert to the ever present spacious Awareness
Through mindfulness meditation, you will become aware of how thoughts are void of content and that it is with our interest that they become alive within us. With practice , we see the habitual tendencies of labelling thoughts as good or bad and how we follow stories and lose ourselves in thoughts and become absent in our own life. In time , our life becomes a living meditation and we live from a deep place of Presence, relaxed and at peace with ourselves and life.
I recommend making this time beautiful and sacred. The use of burning incense or essential oils will create an atmosphere that will relax the nervous system and help you meditate. There are many ways to meditate.
Here is a basic one:
- Sit or lie comfortably. Stay alert, do not fall asleep.
- Close your eyes.
- Make no effort to control the breath; simply breathe naturally.
- Focus your attention on the breath and on how the body moves with each inhalation and exhalation. Notice the movement of your body as you breathe. Observe your chest, shoulders, rib cage, and belly. Simply focus your attention on your breath without controlling its pace or intensity. If you find that you are following thoughts or stories, gently bring your attention back to the breath. Be kind to yourself if this happens. It may take some time for you to harness the mind. Just like a horse with a kind training practice and perseverance, you will succeed in your meditation practice.
Gently maintain this meditation practice for 5 to 10 minutes to start, and then try it for longer periods.
Benefits of Mindful Meditation
Studies on the relaxation response have documented the following short-term benefits to the nervous system:
- Lower blood pressure
- Improved blood circulation
- Lower heart rate
- Less perspiration
- Slower respiratory rate
- Less anxiety
- Lower blood cortisol levels
- More feelings of well-being
- Less stress
- Deeper relaxation