Mindfulness meditation is an infusion of concentration and open awareness which is essential in overcoming suffering and seeing the wisdom within us. This practice doesn’t ask you to be different from who you are. Instead it allows you to become more aware of truth on a moment to moment basis. It trains our mind and being to be present with whatever is happening in us. Mindfulness meditation is connected to the Buddhist practice of Vipassana, also known as “insight meditation.”
Similar to concentrative meditation in that you focus on an object like the breath, your thoughts and feelings or sounds. It is a broader spectrum to mindfulness meditation however, as you can do this practice during eating, walking or house work. With this practice, you will learn to be mindful of everything happening within you. You can accept your emotions, thoughts and sensations without judgment and be in the moment. Even when you’re not meditating, you will find yourself paying more attention to moments in your life. In mindfulness meditation, you have the opportunity to check your pulse and figure out how you feel.
How to Practice Mindfulness Meditation
There are infinite ways of practicing mindful meditation such as forgiveness, gratuity and heart based meditations. You can mindfully cleanse and open your chakras or just focus on your feelings. You will know what part of you needs work as you begin to listen to your true self. This practice will quiet your ego and allow you to see your true inner self. A good beginning to your spiritual journey. At first you may only be able to sit in silence for a few minutes but with time, you’ll gain more energy for the practice.
- Find a quiet and safe spot, making yourself as comfortable as possible. It can be inside or outside.
- Sit, lie or stand in a comfortable position.
- “Feel” or “follow your breath taking deep breaths in and long, slow breaths out. Feel yourself relaxing.
- Quiet your mind. Whatever thoughts come, look at them with compassion and allow them to float away. Come back to your centre and quiet the mind. If pain arises in the body due to stress for example, feel them. Quietly say, “This too.” This is acknowledging that something is happening in you. You are not denying your feelings but accepting them and offering compassion.
Being mindful is like showing up for our lives and truly living. We don’t allow the ego to rule our life anymore. This gives us a more loving kindness attitude towards the world and prevents us from running from the fear of suffering. The Buddha teaches us that life is suffering and when we acknowledge and accept that sometimes we are afraid or angry or sad, it stops having control over us. This is the power of mindfulness meditation.