Using Meditation to Develop Mindfulness

Meditation

Meditation and Mindfulness

“Mindfulness helps you go home to the present. And every time you go there and recognize a condition of happiness that you have, happiness comes.” – Thich Nhat Hanh

Mindfulness, being in the present doesn’t come from thinking or a book. Mindfulness comes from experience and can be enhanced through the practice of meditation.

Most people say that they struggle with meditation but when done correctly it results in clear awareness and an effective state for mindfulness.

The following are some simple suggestions to help your meditation practice and improve your mindfulness:

  1. Schedule a regular meditation time

Like anything else, in order to get better you need to regularly practice. Early morning and late evening seem to be the best times to meditate. But taking out 15 minutes at lunchtime can work, too. While having more time is better as little as 15 minutes will work.

  1. Find someplace quiet

While it’s possible to meditate under any conditions, it’s much easier if you’re alone in quiet surroundings, especially when you’re just starting out.

  1. Get comfortable

Many people equate meditation to sitting crossed legged or in the lotus position for hours on end. The truth is that any position, sitting or lying down can work, provided you can maintain it without fidgeting or falling asleep.

Beginners should probably forget about trying to stay in the full lotus position for long periods of time, mostly because beginners lack the flexibility to comfortably assume this position. Sitting up straight in a firm chair often works well. The key is to find the position that works best for you.

  1. Relax

Now that you’re in a comfortable position, relax and breathe. That’s all you need to do. It doesn’t get much simpler than that. But simple isn’t the same as easy.

  1. Concentrate on your breathing

While you are meditating your thoughts are going to jump all over the place. They’re going to think about what you’re going to do later or what you ate for dinner last night. Buddhists call this the Monkey Mind.

Your goal is to continue to focus on your breathing. That’s because there is nothing more in the here and now than your breath.

Every time a new thought comes into your head return your focus to your breathing. Concentrate on the air moving in and out of your lungs.

  1. Maintain your focus on your breathing

It’s important to keep in mind that you will lose your focus. How long it takes to realize this will vary. When you begin it will only take a few seconds for your thoughts to wander. Then after a while it will begin to take longer and longer.

When you do catch your thoughts wandering, simply notice and then bring your attention back to your breath. And don’t beat yourself up when your concentration wanders; just return your attention to your breathing.

As you focus your awareness on your breathing you can’t be thinking about anything else.

  1. Practice using your breathing to maintain your focus as your go through your day

While you’re driving, use your breathing to keep your mind focused 100% on driving. Do the same while you’re washing the dishes. If your mind wanders use your breath to bring your focus back to your current activity.

You’ll be amazed at the peacefulness this can bring into your life.

Meditation and Mindfulness

Take time every day to meditate. With time you can use your meditation practice to keep you focused and in the moment.

Although effective, meditating can take some time to master. Even if you feel that you’re gaining any benefits at first, keep at it. You’ll be well-rewarded for your efforts.

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Wil Dieck is the author of “Secrets of the Black Belt Mindset” and is the founder of Total Mind Therapy©, a system that uses Neuro Emotional Conditioning (NEC)© to help empower people to reach and exceed their goals. .

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