Mindfulness Meditation and Its Many Benefits

Mindfulness Meditation

The Mindful Revolution on Time Magazine

Mindfulness Meditation and Its Many Benefits

Mindfulness meditation can be practiced anytime, anywhere, which is one of its most appealing attributes.

Many Eastern cultures place great emphasis on mindfulness meditation and consider it an essential part of spiritual practice as well as a way of living that brings with it rich rewards.

Incorporating mindfulness meditation into your daily routine will also bring with it the added benefits of reduced stress, enhanced concentration and greater overall sense of well-being.

How to do mindfulness meditation

To practise mindfulness meditation, all you need do is observe whatever activity, movement or thoughts you are involved in without engaging too much or judging.

By detaching from what you are doing, by just being an observer, you give your mind a chance to function in a different way, allowing any thoughts to simply drift through.

Being aware and letting go

Mindfulness meditation can become a part of almost any activity. Athletes often report going into a meditative state, often referred to as ‘flow,’ as they let go and allow their muscles and bodies to take over rather than directing with their minds.

Any repetitive motion such as swimming, running or even bouncing a ball is, therefore, conducive to mindfulness meditation as it helps to instil that same sense of rhythmic activity which induces a meditative state.

Even daily chores such as ironing or cooking can be a part of a mindfulness meditation. Begin by just allowing yourself to carry out the motion while detaching from it. Gradually start to decrease the pace of that motion until you feel its rhythm taking over.

For some people, imagining that they are doing something in slow motion can help them get into the ‘flow’ that is optimal for a mindful experience.

You could, for example, be stirring a pot of food in slow, rhythmic circles, observing the sweep of your spoon through the mixture but not engaging with it. Any thoughts that enter your head can be similarly observed without ever becoming intrusive.

Let go of those hundred and one other chores you have to do after this one and simply be in the moment, stirring your food, present but disengaged.[su_note note_color=”#fef0d4″ text_color=”#272827″ radius=”0″]

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Watch the following video to learn more about the benefits of mindfulness meditation.

The Benefits of Meditation – Jon Kabat-Zinn

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Jon Kabat-Zinn, a pioneer of scientific research on meditation, lists the positive effects that meditation can have on the mind and body. Jon Kabat-Zinn teaches mindfulness and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) in various venues around the world.

Living in the present moment

The beauty of mindfulness meditation is that it allows you to take a few moments out of your daily life to refresh without impinging on it.

You do not need to set aside extra time or find a quiet place to do it. All you have to do is slow down, be aware of your activities and thoughts, detach and give yourself a break from the constant multitasking that is a part of our frenetic lives today.

Being mindful simply means being truly present and fully aware of your thoughts, feelings and the body, and also your surroundings while remaining serene, centered and detached from any and all extraneous thoughts.

It is a wonderful way to add more meaning to your day while at the same time energizing and relaxing in a truly holistic fashion.

Mindfulness Meditation and Its Many Benefits

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