Mindful Meditation Anytime, Anywhere

Mindful Meditation Anytime, Anywhere
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Contrary to popular belief, meditation is not a way of making your mind quiet

Comparable to the way that fitness is an approach to training the body, meditation is an approach to training the mind. Mindful meditation anytime, anywhere is attainable to anyone.

It is a practice of paying careful attention to what is happening moment-by-moment and believing there is no right or wrong way to feel at any given time. It is a discipline of purposely engaging your attention on your thoughts, feelings, senses and the surrounding environment and accepting it without judgment.

Deepak Chopra explains, 'Meditation is not a way of making your mind quiet. It is a way of entering into the quiet that is already there buried under the 50,000 thoughts that the average person thinks every day.'

Don’t be concerned that you aren’t able to sit the full lotus position for hours in a saffron robe and pretend you’re a statue with an empty mind. There are several distinct meditative practices that require different mental skills. Do a little research online; there are many videos and downloads available to guide you through a meditation practice.

This simple mindful meditation exercise is an excellent introduction for beginners.

  • Designate a place that is quiet and comfortable.
  • Set a timer and begin with 3 minutes. Gradually increase the length of time to suit your needs and abilities.
  • Sit or lie comfortably.
  • Close your eyes.
  • Breathe naturally. Don’t make any effort to control your breath.
  • Focus your attention on the breath and the rise and fall of the body with each inhalation and exhalation.
  • When your mind wanders, let go of the thought and  bring your awareness back  to your breath.

If you find it difficult to sit quietly and meditate in the traditional manner a productive alternative is moving meditation. A moving meditation allows you to break free from the conventional rules and constriction of a seated practice; turning any form of conscious movement into meditation. Many activities can be used as an opportunity to cultivate peace and serenity; Yoga, Tai Chi, walking, dancing and playing a musical instrument are all forms of a moving meditation.

The benefits of meditation are many and will be unique to the individual. Perhaps Buddha said it best when asked, “What have you gained from meditation?” He replied “Nothing. However, let me tell you what I have lost; anger, anxiety, depression, insecurity, fear of old age and death.”

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This article was originally published at Fit You Wellness Solutions. Reprinted with permission from the author.