“Be where you are otherwise you will miss your life.” – Buddha
Mindfulness is the practice of purposely focusing your attention on the present moment and accepting it without judgment. It is the energy that helps us identify the state of happiness that is already present in our lives. Mindful meditation helps us to live with happiness and joy. Most of the time we are caught in the past or in the future and thinking about fears, worries, regrets, jealousy and hatred. Mindful meditation is the best practice if we want to remain in peace and joyful, every act during the day whether it is eating, showering, walking, playing, working or loving ; do it by living in present. When mind and body are together, you are truly in the present moment. “Mindful eating means simply eating or drinking while being aware of each bite or sip.” – Thích Nhất Hạnh
As we don’t need any effort to breathe in; to breathe in, we just breathe in, allow your breath to take place. Be aware of it and enjoy it. Similarly, while walking mindfully one feels joy in every step. When you take every step mindfully you feel unlimited joy. Mindfulness is a way of befriending ourselves. When we start practising mindfulness in our daily life, it heals and nourishes us.
Mindfulness is now being examined scientifically and has been found to be a key element in happiness. Scientists have discovered that mindfulness techniques help in relieving stress, improve sleep, lower blood pressure, reduce body pain and even treats heart disease and gastrointestinal problems.
Mindful meditation is very helpful in improving mental health such as depression, anxiety disorder and is also helpful in controlling anger.
The best way to capture moments is to pay attention. This is how to cultivate mindfulness. Mindfulness means being awake. It means knowing what you are doing. There are so many benefits of Mindful meditation and one should know how to start practice of mindful meditation. Practise the following for 10 to 20 minutes daily:
1.Sit cross-legged on the floor/bed or on the chair with your back straight.
2. Make no efforts to control breath but simply breathe naturally and feel the sensations of air flowing into your nostrils and out of your mouth. Feel the belly rising and falling as you inhale and exhale.
3.When you start breathing deeply, you will feel more calm and more relaxed. Now focus your attention on your breathing. If your thoughts are straying away from your breath, return your focus to your breathing.
“Mindfulness is a way of befriending ourselves and our experience.” – Jon Kabat-Zinn
Here is a Guided Meditation for Beginners – Breathing Awareness Meditation: