What Is Mindfulness Meditation?
What Is Mindfulness Meditation?
In our daily lives we often face complexity, difficulties, pressure and other forms of stress, creating a wide array of anxiety. This has been a part of our routine each day, and begins as we wake up in the morning.
Most of the time, we are so busy doing things that we forget how to find peace of mind, get relaxed and be calm as we indulge in the facets of our daily habits.
Looking for peace of mind and relaxation is hard because our mind is bombarded with negative thoughts. Our mind is full of restless disturbing worries, so that we cannot find the calmness we need to get freedom from fretfulness that eventually leads to a state of happiness, contentment and pleasure.
In this article on mindfuless meditation, I will take you to a short journey on how to take the road to tranquility you have always wanted using a great power called mindfulness meditation or simply mindful awareness.
What is Meditation?
Meditation is defined as a state of mind in which you focus on a certain object which enables you to practice your attention in a single thing. It can be a word or a phrase, a geometrical figure, a candle flame, a part of your body, a sensation or simple actions such as inhale and exhale.
This meditating technique allows you to find different methods and practices to assist you finding your inner peace within yourself.
What is Mindfuless Meditation?
A lot of various schemes are available to aid finding such harmony and serenity, but with mindfulness meditation, you will embark in things that relatively have something to do with your cognitive perception.
Mindfulness meditation is a cognitive condition per se because it has been proven scientifically that the stress you encounter within the torments and agony of life has nothing to do with you but how your mind responds on these phenomenal things.
The UCLA gives a comprehensive definition:
Mindful awareness can be defined as paying attention to present moment experiences with openness, curiosity, and a willingness to be with what is. It is an excellent antidote to the stresses of modern times. It invites us to stop, breathe, observe, and connect with one’s inner experience.
See more at the Mindful Awareness Research Center of UCLA.
Have you ever heard of the Mountain of Meditation? It’s a metaphor used in depicting the journey to tranquility, the summit serves as the goal towards peace and calmness. Are you ready to climb the mountain?
Well, you need to consider different factors in reaching the top – one of this is the path to the top and how you will manage it.
You choose your own path right? Climbing the mountain has many trails, path that may gradually lead you to the forest and meadows, path that may include a steeply uphill over dry, rocky terrain, others may have flowers and vast garden; and other you may see farmlands and a dessert. Terrains that may help you realize certain things and would hinder you from going up to the top and pursuing your journey.
Embarking on this kind of journey sets you into your limitations and as well as your choices, who knows that you find your tranquility in the low peaks of the mountain and decides not to continue anymore, whatever your destination, you can have fun and reap the benefits of inner peace as you go along the voyage.
The Mountain of Meditation has been climbed by individuals for over thousands of decades in poles apart. With this, great books has been published, each suggesting on what to bring and how to hike the great mountain.
Most of the books coddles with a description of a spiritual path engaging a set of beliefs that has been passed on generations. Others convey the feelings which are experienced as you go along and upon reaching the summit.
Techniques for Mindfulness Meditation
The following are techniques of Mindfulness Meditation developed over the past years (or metaphorically defined as the path and terrains):
- Repeating 3 meaningful words or phrases.
- Mindful awareness of the present moment.
- Counting your breath
- Paying attention to the flow of sensations in your body.
- Cultivation of love, kindness, compassion, forgiveness, and other healing emotions.
- Concentration on geometric shape or other visual objects.
- Visualizations of a peaceful place of healing energy or entity.
- Reading and reflecting upon inspirational or sacred writings.
- Gazing at a picture of a holy being or a saint.
- Chanting praises to the Divine.
If you are able to reach the summit of the meditation mountain, you can garner extreme feelings of emotional harmony involving Love, Harmony, Wisdom and Joy. Others call it as the source of Divinity, giving the whole new meaning to Holiness.
Some say it’s the ultimate truth, and some individuals define this as a spiritual tradition which is considered to be sacred and powerful enough that they hesitate to give it a name. Great entities reaching the summit make use of the words Enlightenment – from ignorance, Awakening – from a dream, Liberation – from bondage, Freedom – from limitation, and Union – with God.
You may say it is very hard to climb the Mountain of Meditation but still will try to pursue such summit. No matter what path you take and how you walk, the truth is that you can reach the top with the same basic instruction, although you need to choose your own destination.
The Benefits of Mindfulness Meditation
To help you find the strength and courage to reach the summit, these are the following stop-over’s en route to your mindful destination:
- Stronger focus and concentration.
- Deeper connection to your higher self.
- Reduced tension, anxiety and stress.
- Clear thinking and less emotional turmoil.
- Lower blood pressure and cholesterol.
- Support in self-defeating behaviors.
- Greater creativity, energy and enhanced performance in work and play.
- Increased self-understanding and self-acceptance.
- More joy, love and spontaneity.
- Greater intimacy with friends and loved ones.
- Deeper sense of meaning and purpose.
- Glimpses of a spiritual dimension of being.
You can also experience contentment during your journey halfway after you diminish your stress, improved your health and feel the greater well – being. Or, somehow, you may feel more inspire that you decides to move forward for higher heights as the great entities defined.
A Metaphor Continued…
Imagine that there’s a spring of water flowing in the summit of the mountain and never runs dry, you may depict this as the water of purity.
Those who get to the top of the mountain earns the right to indulge the purity of the water and immerse themselves completely with the water.
Imagine that that impeccable spring rushes from the mountain downwards the hills and the forest below the summit, meaning, you also don’t have to reach the summit just to take and experience this kind of purity since you can taste your being everywhere, in everything, since being is the essence that keeps life going in all forms and in every level.
Until you start providing yourself the great meditation, then you may not know what being tastes like.
When you practice mindfulness meditation, even if you cannot taste the water just yet, your being feels closer to the water, and then suddenly you recognize the taste of the purity within. This moment is pure magic.
Watch the following TED talk for more on mindfulness meditation:
Andy Puddicombe: All it takes is 10 mindful minutes (video)
What Is Mindfulness Meditation?