What meditation is

What meditation is

Meditation is exploring. When we meditate we venture into the workings of our minds: sensations, emotions and thoughts.

Mindfulness meditation asks us to suspend judgment and unleash our natural curiosity about the workings of the mind, approaching our experience with warmth and kindness, to ourselves and others.

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What mindfulness is

Mindfulness is the basic human ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and what we’re doing, and not overly reactive or overwhelmed by what’s going on around us.

Jon Kabat-Zinn
Mindfulness is awareness that arises through paying attention, on purpose, in the present moment, non-judgmentally. And then I sometimes add, in the service of self-understanding and wisdom.”
Basics of Mindfulness Practice
  • You don’t need  special equipment, but you do need to set aside some time and space.
  • Observe the present moment as it is. 
  • Let your judgments roll by. 
  • Return to observing the present moment as it is. Our minds often get carried away in thought. 
  • Be kind to your wandering mind. Don’t judge yourself for whatever thoughts crop up.
  • Sit comfortably. 
  • Notice what your legs and arms are doing. 
  • Straighten your upper body—but don’t stiffen. 
  • Soften your gaze. Drop your chin a little and let your gaze fall gently downward. It’s not necessary to close your eyes. 
  • Feel your breath. Bring your attention to the physical sensation of breathing.
  • Notice when your mind wanders from your breath. 
  • Be kind about your wandering mind. Practice observing them without reacting.
  • When you’re ready, gently lift your gaze. Take a moment and notice any sounds in the environment. 

  • Understand your pain. Mindfulness can help you reshape your relationship with mental and physical pain.
  • Connect better. Mindfulness helps you give your full attention to people you interact with.
  • Lower stress. 
  • Focus your mind. Meditation hones our innate ability to focus.
  • Reduce brain chatter, that nattering, chattering voice in our head seems never to leave us alone. 

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Mindfulness meditation made easy!
Settle in
  • Find a quiet space. Using a cushion or chair, sit up straight but not stiff; allow your head and shoulders to rest comfortably; place your hands on the tops of your legs with upper arms at your side.
Now breathe
  • Close your eyes, take a deep breath, and relax. Feel the fall and rise of your chest and the expansion and contraction of your belly. With each breath notice the coolness as it enters and the warmth as it exits. Don't control the breath but follow its natural flow.
Stay focused
  • Thoughts will try to pull your attention away from the breath. Notice them, but don't pass judgment. Gently return your focus to your breath. Some people count their breaths as a way to stay focused.
Take 10
  • A daily practice will provide the most benefits. It can be 10 minutes per day, however, 20 minutes twice a day is often recommended for maximum benefit.

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Stop the rush of the mind from planning the day and simply take some slow, deep breaths.

While falling asleep at night, set an intention to ‘see’ the morning experience as soon as you wake up. As soon as you realize you are awake, notice the smells and sounds of the morning, checking up your mind, body, breath and energy levels. Do not rush towards the smartphone.

  1. Positive distractions: Let your imagination get into engaging scenery and situations that help you move into a dreamy state.
  2. Allow the anxiety: If a certain stressful event or situation is keeping you awake, try to relax and allow it to come to your mind instead of blocking it.
  3. Practice mindfulness: Daily meditation or body scan(mental scanning of your body while resting and breathing) is essential.
  4. Being grateful: Practicing gratitude helps us focus on the good and makes the brain calm and relaxed.

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