Saturday, May 14, 2011

Mindfulness and Meditation

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Blessings and Peace,

Daily Life Is Stressful...there is no way around that!

What about Meditation using Mindfulness? Have you ever tried that? Let's reason a bit.

I have found that meditation has become an important part of my daily practise as an effort to de-stress from life's pace. Meditation and being in the moment (also called 'Mindfulness' by Marsha Linehan) by developing what is called a 'teflon mind'- allowing feelings and thoughts to slip away, non judgementally...the purpose is to clear the mind, or slow the mind down from the racing thoughts that often come from our daily life experiences and stressors. Here, in this way, our mind is focused on ONEness (I will describe this further down in this blog post and is consistrently brought 'back' to the same sport, in one-ness, as often as it 'strays' toward more than one thought, other thought, and non focus...we try to become focused, within the moment, and on the moment...understand? Feel free to write to me about this technique.

I use it in my Counseling Practise and it works!
So lets Reason about Mindfulness~It means awareness...for example, you are currently aware of reading this post. You are also for instance, aware of the physical act of walking. Such AWARENESS occurs even before a thought, concept or a judgemental or other type of feeling arises.
Mindfulness enables our minds to be in the present moment and allows our minds to be synchronized with our bodies. Our bodies can only live in the present moment but our mind tends to dwell in the past or future. Instead of being in the present moment, our minds are worrying about future, thinking about the past, fantasizing, daydreaming, and thinking of other unrelated thoughts to what our bodies are doing in the present moment. It is all too common our minds are often absent in the present moment. (Try to see if your mind is in the car or in the shower next time you are driving, or having a shower.) We tend to do activities on autopilot (or without giving them much attention)- body is doing something but mind is often not there.

When our minds are absent in the present moment, our ability to understand and respond to the real world in the present moment is likely to be compromised and furthermore, our performance at work and play can also be compromised. When our minds are absent from the present moment and we do activities on autopilot, we are more likely to make an error. For example, about 57% of all car crashes were solely due to driver's negligence, driver error, intoxication and other human factors, while about 93% of all car crashes were partly or solely due to driver's negligence according to a study on British and American crash reports. Thus our ability to live in the present moment is important not only for ourselves but also for others.

Although we possess great wealth and are engaged in pleasant activities such as eating the finest food with the loved ones, we are still worried, depressed or agitated when our minds are absent from the present moment and worry about the future. Hence, an ability to live in the present moment is important whether we are eating, driving or at work.

Without mindfulness, we tend to make decisions on autopilot as well rather than based on what is the best for us. Being able to be here in the present moment gives us the opportunity and ability to consciously choose what is the best choice we can make. Life unfolds and is possible only in the present moment. When our minds are not in the present moment, we are not in touch with the real world. As a result, life can be very burdensome, stressful and confusing.

Being in the present moment allows us to be keep in touch with the real world and see things as they really are without distortion. When you can not perceive the reality as it is, you can not solve problem. Understanding or perceiving the reality as it is important no matter what you are trying to accomplish or gain. For example, developing better career or life; improving learning capability; enjoying your life or a meal; or reducing stress, anxiety and depression. Mindfulness is a powerful and beneficial capability we all have but we even do not realize we have it.

You should develop mindfulness not only for yourself but also for your loves ones. If your mind can not be here with your body at the present moment, you can not fully be alive but have to live like a zombie without freedom, and also you are unable to properly take care of yourself and your loved ones.

To strengthen your mindfulness, you should use mindfulness often or each moment in your daily activities. Mindfulness practice is a simple mental exercise that teaches us the ability to live in the present moment. In addition, mindfulness practice trains our minds with skill to objectively analyze the past and plan the future with clarity and unwavering concentration while maintaining awareness on the present moment. Mindfulness can be practiced while eating, walking, running, commuting, and doing other activities. Mindfulness practice is also called mindfulness meditation.

Scientists and other researchers verified or discovered numerous benefits of mindfulness. University of Massachusetts Medical Center Research and other researchers elsewhere have found mindfulness practice provides both physical and psychological benefits. Some of the benefits include: reducing stress, anxiety, panic, and depression; enhancing the immune system; reducing insomnia, gastrointestinal distress, high blood pressure and chronic pain; improving concentration; increasing creativity and self-acceptance; greater adaptability and flexibility to change; having a more relaxed attitude towards life; helping in the recovery of substance abuse and addiction; increasing regulation of emotion and thoughts; decreasing ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) behaviors and impulsivity; and slowing progression of HIV. Mindfulness has also been shown to be effective in helping people cope with a variety of conditions including chronic pain and demanding work or life situations.

Whatever you are doing, ask yourself, "What's the state of my mind?" - Dalai Lama, 1999

If you want to be happy, be. - henry David Thoreau

Afflictive emotions-our jealousy, anger, hatred, fear-can be put to an end, when you realize that these emotions are only temporary, that they always pass on like clouds in the sky-Dalai Lama

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