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Mindfulness and Meditation

Yoga is the practice of quieting the mind.

                                                                                                    Patañjali

Mindfulness:

Mindfulness is a very simple form of meditation that was little known in the West until recently. A typical meditation consists of focusing your full attention on your breath as it flows in and out of your body. Mindfulness is the energy that helps us recognize the conditions of happiness that are already present in our lives. You don’t have to wait ten years to experience this happiness. It is present in every moment of your daily life. There are those of us who are alive but don’t know it. But when you breathe in, and you are aware of your in-breath, you touch the miracle of being alive. That is why mindfulness is a source of happiness and joy.

Meditation:

Can be defined as a practice where an individual uses a technique, such as focusing their mind on a particular object, thought or activity, to achieve a mentally clear and emotionally calm state.[1] Mindfulness is a form of meditation and has many benefits. It may be used with the aim of reducing stress, anxiety, depression, and pain, and increasing peace, perception and wellbeing. Meditation is under research to define its possible health (psychological, neurological, and cardiovascular) and other effects.

Why Meditate?

You mind is the most powerful tool you have for the creation of good in your life, but if not used correctly, can also be the most destructive force in your life. You mind, more specifically, your thoughts, affect your perception and therefore, your interpretation of reality. I have heard that the average person thinks around 70,000 thoughts a day. That’s a lot, especially if they are unproductive, self-abusive and just a general waste of energy.

You can let your thoughts run amok, but why would you? It is your mind, your thoughts; isn’t it time to take your power back? Isn’t it time to take control?

Choose to be the person who is actively, consciously thinking your thoughts. Become the master of your mind. When you change your thoughts, you will change your feelings as well, and you will also eliminate the triggers that set off those feelings. Both of these outcomes provide you with a greater level of peace in your mind.

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THE PRACTICE OF MINDFULNESS AS INSPIRED BY Thich Nhat Hanh

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The great meditation master Thich Nhat Hanh teaches five mindfulness exercises to help you live with happiness and joy

First Mindfulness Exercise:

Mindful Breathing The first exercise is very simple, but the power, the result, can be very great. The exercise is simply to identify the in-breath as in-breath and the out-breath as the outbreath. When you breathe in, you know that this is your in-breath. When you breathe out, you are mindful that this is your out-breath.

Second Mindfulness Exercise:

Concentration The second exercise is that while you breathe in, you follow your in-breath from the beginning to the end. If your in-breath lasts three or four seconds, then your mindfulness also lasts three or four seconds. Breathing in, I follow my in-breath all the way through. Breathing out, I follow my out-breath all the way through. From the beginning of my out-breath to the end of my out-breath, my mind is always with it. Therefore, mindfulness becomes uninterrupted, and the quality of your concentration is improved.

Third Mindfulness Exercise:

Awareness of Your Body The third exercise is to become aware of your body as you are breathing. “Breathing in, I am aware of my whole body.” This takes it one step further. This exercise is simple, but the effect of the oneness of body and mind is very great. In our daily lives, we are seldom in that situation. Our body is there but our mind is elsewhere. Our mind may be caught in the past or in the future, in regrets, sorrow, fear, or uncertainty, and so our mind is not there. Someone may be present in the house, but he’s not really there, his mind is not there. His mind is with the future, with his projects, and he’s not there for his children or his spouse. Maybe you could say to him, “Anybody home?” and help him bring his mind back to his body.

Fourth Mindfulness Exercise:

Releasing Tension The next exercise is to release the tension in the body. When you are truly aware of your body, you notice there is some tension and pain in your body, some stress. The tension and pain have been accumulating for a long time and our bodies suffer, but our mind is not there to help release it. Therefore, it is very important to learn how to release the tension in the body. In a sitting, lying, or standing position, it’s always possible to release the tension. You can practice total relaxation, deep relaxation, in a sitting or lying position.

Walking Meditation:

When you practice mindful breathing you simply allow your in breath to take place. You become aware of it and enjoy it. Effortlessness. The same thing is true with mindful walking. Every step is enjoyable. Every step helps you touch the wonders of life. Every step is joy. That is possible.

Benefits of Mindfulness Meditation are many. Listed below are a few common concerns which can be addressed through regular practice of Mindfulness.

  • Feeling Stuck
  • Low self esteem
  • Negative emotions
  • Conflicting thoughts
  • Trust Issues
  • Significant negative events
  • Confidence Issues
  • Decision making
  • Insomnia
  • Relationship Issues

Testimonial:

I feel so grateful to have found Mindfullness group at Yoga Wellness Studio. I felt very peaceful and calm when we finished as I had a lot on my mind when I arrived. I specially liked the walking meditation. It was a nice group with lovely people. Punam is a very warm person and I felt comfortable. It was my first mindfulness workshop!        Hardip Kaur, Banker

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