by Karen Bruno, PT
Mindfulness is like that—it is the miracle which we can call back in a flash our dispersed mind and restore it to wholeness so that we can live each minute of life.
Mindfulness meditation is a practice to focus your attention on your moment to moment experience and to accept the present moment without judgment.
This technique draws you back to your center by bringing into the present moment the fragmented aspects of your mind-those thoughts that drift into the past and/or thoughts, fears and worries about the future. With non-judgemental awareness, these thoughts are free to come and go without gripping you and further dragging you down, resulting in a more alert, attentive and relaxed state of being.
The benefits of Mindfulness Meditation are bountiful. Mindfulness meditation is not considered a relaxation practice, however, you may have the experience of relaxation as a beneficial side effect. Please refer to the January 2018 e-newsletter for the list of benefits of meditation.
Some Basics of Mindfulness Meditation
To be done 20-30 minutes once or twice daily.
Sit in a comfortable position with your spine supported, head erect and feet flat on the floor.
Breaking it down
If you only have a few minutes, after focusing your attention on your breath to quiet your mind, you can choose one category, such as focusing on body sensations, or thoughts or sounds. Remember to be patient, loving, kind, forgiving and gentle with yourself. Even a few minutes of practice is a step in the right direction.
Meditation begins with the non-judgmental observation of life from moment to moment. When you find that the mind is being judgmental, for example, pushing away things it doesn’t like, simply observe that this is occurring. Meditation is an effortless and choiceless awareness of the totality of life expressing itself with and around you in every and any moment. It is a state of being, not an activity. So it is not something to do, rather it is allowing yourself to just be. THIS IS NOT A TUNING OUT PROCESS. Rather it is being fully present with a larger perspective grounded in a sense of being.