17. You can be mindful anywhere. Formal practice is important. Without a strong foundation, it’s difficult to sustain mindfulness in daily life. But the main point of meditation practice is to develop the ability to be mindful all the time, anywhere and everywhere.
So, what’s it like to meditate? Speaking personally, it’s a calming, welcome break I look forward to ideally twice a day, but one that requires a constant, gentle nudging away from intruding thoughts.
When you end your meditation it’s important to ground yourself. You may want to stomp your feet on the ground. Have a snack or drink some tea. Do something that gets you back into your body before going back to your daily routine.
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Beginning a mindfulness practice is trial and error. The goal is to be in stillness, experience your feelings and allow something to shift. A mindfulness practice is a very private and personal experience that you and only you can cultivate and fine tune. Take these suggestions and give them a try, feeling free to take what you like and leave the rest. May you be open and willing to make positive changes in your life.
Sleep Meditation– In a few moments you will be relaxed enough to experience a good night’s sleep, letting the day dissolve away. It’s sometimes difficult to drift off into a comforting sleep whilst the mind is exagerating emotions, experiences and overthinking things. This guided meditation has been written for a calm, restful and dreamy sleep, whilst inviggorating your energy during this relaxing time and healing emotional worries. make yourself as comfortable as you can, ready to surrender to sleep.
Hi Brenda, Thank you for your questions. When you are practicing breathing meditation outlined in this article, you’re not waiting for something to happen, or for the timer to beep. You’re simply being aware of your inhales and exhales. In fact, other than breathing, you’re just sitting quietly on your own.
In today’s busy, stressed-out, modern world it’s difficult to find the time to meditate, or believe we actually can meditate and experience the benefits first-hand. Yet with so many science-based statistics and more than 10 million practicing meditators in the U.S. alone, there must be something to it.
During my first months of practicing TM, it bothered me that my mind constantly wandered. Carol and Paul, my ever-patient TM guides, continually assured me that all thoughts, good and bad, are a part of the process and in fact help to release stress. As long as I eventually return to my mantra, they said, I am on the right path. To this day, my mind still wanders, but I accept it without guilt or upset.
I was very resistant towards meditation until I read this article of Christina Lopes… http://www.positivelypositive.com/2015/02/22/you-can-live-in-a-constant-state-of-love-heres-how/ Now I feel completely open to meditation and I am curious what effect meditation will have on me. Also there has been a curiosity towards mediation for a while now, so I figured, why not give it a try. I have been doing breath practices for the last couple of days, then I remembered you have a beginners guide to meditation. So I read the whole guide – thank you, very helpful!
Much like yoga, juicing, and other alternative health trends that became mainstreamed, more simplified meditation practices have evolved to cater to the general public. And it’s no surprise this holistic exercise is finally catching on with the masses: Among meditation’s reported benefits are increased blood flow, decreased muscle tension and enhanced creativity.
Sometimes I use the noise of a fan to help with that when needed. That steady hum/wind sound fills your mind and allows you to focus. I suppose you could do this every time you meditate if necessary. It’s sort of a mantra. Focusing on the sound and clearing your mind.
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Mindfulness meditation can be done in the traditional seated position—as well as through mindful action such as walking, eating and talking. Ultimately, mindfulness becomes a natural part of our being. The key is presence. Letting go of the past and the future; focusing on the present moment at hand, even if that moment is loud and in public.
When we take a look at the various explanations of meditation, another thing we often see is that meditation is defined as taking a moment to sit quietly or to ponder. True meditation, however is much more than this. It is a state of profound, deep peace that occurs when the mind is calm and silent, yet completely alert. This is just the beginning of an inner transformation that takes us to a higher level of awareness. This enables us to fulfill our true human potential. The problem, of course, is how to achieve this state.
You can set a timer on your SMART phone or electronic device to gently ring once an hour as a reminder to come back to the present moment. Or use specific triggers, like answering the phone, brushing your teeth, or eating a meal, to remind you to be present. Through repetition like this, it will gradually become second nature.
If you find that sitting without a chair-back hurts your back, feel free to use a chair. Try to be present in your body and maintain a straight back for as long as it feels comfortable, then lean back until you feel you can do it again.
I first tried meditation in the 1970s after reading a book on yoga. I then followed a path into more western ideas and practices, but the basics are universal; relaxation, breathing etc. Most people still come to it through the eastern route, but it has been present in the Western Mystery Traditions for millenia too.
Hi Dianisa, meditation can help people suffering from depression to become more mindful of their discursive thoughts and give them the capacity to choose more self-empowering responses as opposed to self-limiting ones. This will prevent them from falling into a downward spiral that often triggers depression.
I like this guided meditation because it has sounds of ocean waves in the background. This is nice because it puts me into a calm state by itself. Also, there is a wonderful integration of breathing exercises that sooth and relax. You may find yourself feeling weightless at some point, which is quite nice.
Be wary of any organization asking you for large amounts of money upfront to learn meditation. There are many people who enjoy the benefits of meditation and will be more than happy to help you for free.
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“Sitting is best. If you’re lying down you might fall asleep, which means you need sleep anyway,” Chopra said. “Anytime is good. Anytime. Anywhere. Even in a bus or a train or a plane. You just have to be comfortable.”
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“Over the years, I’ve made several attempts to learn how to meditate, all to no avail. I attended an intro session and their approach stripped away the hocus-pocus that I had run up against in earlier attempts.”
Very little of the mind is cultivated by our formal educational system. The part of the mind that dreams and sleeps—the vast realm of the unconscious which is the reservoir of all our experiences—remains unknown and undisciplined; it is not subject to any control. It is true that the whole of the body is in the mind, but the whole of the mind is not in the body. Except for the practice of meditation, there is no method to truly develop control over the totality of the mind.
Camilla’s Unplug Deep Calm is a guided meditation class inspired through her life as an elite, competitive athlete. Camilla helps guide you to connect with your own inner calm and meditate with different intentions and subjects from this peaceful place. A deeply relaxing class to help you to let go of stress and tension.
I’m unsure why this email came to me because I’m not the author of this article. But, I am an advocate of mindfulness. I think you are right however in that meditation doesn’t always help everyone. I don’t know why it didn’t work for you. Just want to say I respect your opinion. Deborah.
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