Meditation Mindfulness

“Mindfulness” refers to a state of present awareness. In a mindful state, you’re relaxed, yet still aware of your body, thoughts, feelings, sensations, surroundings and breath, without becoming attached to or involved with them. When you combine mindfulness and meditation, you’ll acknowledge all of these factors and simply watch them with peace and acceptance.

However, this doesn’t mean that you’ll lack emotion when you practice mindful meditation. On the contrary, guided mindfulness meditation may help you achieve a moment of perfection or liberation as you come into full awareness, allowing you to experience your mind in a whole new way.

Practicing Mindful Meditation

Everyday life can cause high levels of stress, which can negatively impact your health. Fortunately, practicing mindfulness and meditation can slow down your mind and body, decreasing your chances of suffering negative health or psychological consequences. Meditation may help you slow down your mind and body, enabling you to reach new heights in terms of your focus and thoughts.

Unlike activity-based meditation or even focused meditation, the mindfulness meditation technique requires complete stillness. It differs from other types of meditation in that you stay aware of what you’re focusing on, such as your stillness or breath or music, allowing it to take you deeper into a meditative state.

Following are the four basic steps of mindful meditation:

  1. Be as still as possible.
  2. Relax the body.
  3. Relax the mind.
  4. Sit somewhere comfortable and peaceful.

“Body Posture” Mindful Meditation Exercise

Now that you know the four basic steps, below is a mindful meditation exercise called “body posture” that you can practice.

Sit in a comfortable position with your spine straight. Balance your head naturally and look straight ahead of you. Close your eyes and remain still for a few moments while your mind starts to calm down. Continue to sit with your back straight and your mind relaxed. Stay in this seated position with your eyes closed for as long as you want to, or until your body becomes uncomfortable.

As time passes, you may reach different stages of thought. You may even find that you’re more aware of yourself. For instance, noticing your breathing or a slight breeze coming in through the window may lead you to a deeper level of thought.

Mindful Meditation: Practice Makes Perfect!

The more you practice mindful meditation techniques like this, the more comfortable you’ll be sitting still for a long period of time, and the more your mind will benefit from this time of focused thought. You can practice mindfulness and meditation on your own or with others. While some people prefer to meditate on their own, a group setting may allow you to unwind with others who are looking for the same benefits.

Resources

Alternative Depression Therapy. (n.d.). Mindfulness meditation technique: Finding stillness. Retrieved August 9, 2010, from http://www.alternativedepressiontherapy.com/mindfulness-meditation-technique.html

Rinpoche, S. M. (2010). How to do mindfulness meditation. Retrieved August 9, 2010, from http://www.shambhalasun.com/index.php?option=content