Meditation is quieting your mind.
Meditation is taking a mental and emotional timeout to heal your psyche and your spirit. Practicing the Art of Meditation and mindfulness living strategies can help you take control over your mind and your spirit and your life, instead of letting life and its circumstances control you.
As the pace of life accelerates geometrically if not exponentially, it becomes more and more necessary to take a mindfulness time for space and healing. But how do you slow yourself down enough to create that time of mindful meditation? There are many time-honored methods that I am going to review here.
Do you want to get started right away?
Simple Breathing Technique
One technique to get started with mindfulness meditation is to find a quiet space set aside, with few distractions. Sit with your hands in your lap and your feet on the floor and close your eyes. Take a deep breath, being mindful only of your breathing. In through your nose then out through your mouth. Put your tongue on your pallet, the roof of your mouth, just behind your front teeth. Take another deep breath in and out, counting to 4 as you breathe in, hold for a count of two and then breath out slowly, counting to 4.
All this counting and breathing helps you to have focus on something that has no meaning to you. It gives your mind something to help it quiet down. If thoughts pop into your mind, notice they are there, and let them pass through. Let them go.
Do this breathing exercise 10 or 20 times, slowly. Let your mind breathe in nature and love and beauty for a few quiet minutes.
You may want to sit and rest in that space for a few more minutes, or you may want to get up and go. Ten minutes of quiet is a good place to start a meditation and mindfulness living strategy. If you cannot last that long, then accept what it is, pat yourself on the back, and plan to come back the next day.
Meditation is not complicated.
It is very simple. Mindfulness meditation is just a matter of doing. People say, I don't know how. Meditation and mindfulness living is not a matter of knowing how, it is a matter of practice. After a few days or weeks of steady practice, you will hardly remember when you did not know how.
Mindful meditation is so simple and yet has so many benefits, that it can be hard to believe such a simple thing can really make a difference. But it can! Go here to learn more about meditation.
Have you tried mindfulness meditating before and then just stopped? Maybe for a day or two but did not get into a steady habitual rhythm? That happens to a lot of us!
As we get into our later years, it can get easier since there are often fewer distractions from kids, jobs, carpools, schedules…what a great time to get started on this practice!
The thing is, it won't happen by itself, will it? Like everything, to begin a new habit, you need to start deliberately, and then keep it up.
Setting aside a time of day for giving yourself that quiet space can help you form a good habit of mindfully meditating each day. Perhaps it will be while your coffee is brewing? Or after the school bus leaves. Of in the evening before you go up to bed. Find what works for you.
How do you sit?
There is no reason to make yourself sit cross-legged on the floor unless that is the most comfortable for you to have a quiet focused time. Sitting in a comfortable chair is great. Lying on the floor or a couch or in your bed can work, too, as long as you don't fall asleep.
How long? As I said, a few minutes to start is fine. Studies show that a ten-minute quiet time is great for your mind, body and spirit, with both chemical and physiological benefits.
Other Ways to Mindfully Meditate
I find taking a walk in the woods can be very mindfully meditative. I love a walk along the shore, with waves undulating, the sand under my feet. I like listening to guided meditations sometimes, or guide myself by sitting by the shore and hearing the sound of waves gently rattling rocks along the beach. Preparing a meal can become a meditation when you allow yourself to be mindful of what you are doing.
Another way I mindfully meditate is with my painting. I can spend many quiet and peaceful hours working on a painting and I find the whole experience calming and connecting with the Infinite.
What other benefits are there?
For me, mindful meditation is time to connect with the universe around me. I am aware that all that is around me is energy.
Einstein discovered that e=mc2. Actually what he really discovered is that m=e/c2. All matter is just energy divided by the c times itself. C is the speed of light. That means that all matter is made of energy in motion.
We know from high school science classes that everything is composed of tiny particles with space that is charged with energy between it. The less substantial something is, the farther apart the particles are. That is why you can see through the air for instance.
When I mindfully meditate I am seeking to feel and notice the unity of my energies with that of the world around me. The world I see in nature, the world I feel in Spirit. I believe in an Infinite Intelligence as taught by most religions throughout the ages. You may call it God or Christ or Allah or Krishna or Great Father. I do not believe Infinite Intelligence is personified, but I do not care if you assign it a gender and a personality. I do believe It is Love, and we probably agree on that.
I seek in my meditation to unite with that Spirit of Love, to invite it to be active within me, to bring healing to my mind, body and spirit, to help me to become my best and highest self. I raise my vibrations in mindful meditation, so that I can hear what Spirit wants to teach me in my innermost subconsciousness.
I find joy and peace and healing by being in that place. I love the vibration and awareness of inviting Spirit to activate within me.
I can also manifest almost anything I want powerfully with a mindfulness meditation. Do you want the power to manifest what you want? Family life. School success. Career success. Loving Relationships. I volunteer for my local school system. We have been working on improving education for kids in the District. Amazing things are being manifested right now!
Meditation for Kids and Parenting
Because I am a Mom and a Grannie, I cannot leave such an important subject without touching on mindfulness meditation for kids: This is growing for them, too.
Imagine if mindful meditation is so good for adults to help them find the calm in the storms of life, how wonderful for children in their lives. More and more children are feeling anxiety in our society. It could be the constant barrage of electronics all around them..I think that is a contributor. It could be the pressures to grow, learn and achieve are growing greater and greater. Read about some resources for kids here.
Whatever the cause, while parents try and try to get it just right, the kids can use tools to help them steady their courses in life. See some ideas for parents on this post.
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