What is Mindfulness Meditation?
Most of our thoughts and actions are on auto-pilot throughout the day.
Usually, when our body is here, our mind is somewhere else. It is judging the driver in front of us, or it is planning what to have for dinner while eating lunch. When we are with our friends, we check our email.... our mind or attention is often not where our body is. This is what most of us do all day long. Except it is causing more anxiety and unease all around us. We have lost touched with our inner Being.
Being "mindful" is to be aware of this present moment with an open heart.
Some of our thoughts are often false and negative, yet we can be consumed by them by repeating the same scenarios in our head over and over. After some rumination, even though we know it is not true, it has become a reality in our head. Our body reacts accordingly. We start having physical symptoms such as heart palpitations, increased blood pressure and heart rate, digestive issues, insomnia, etc. Now our bodily symptoms are making us even more anxious. Many of us can relate to this.
The importance of mind-body connection is very true and can be skilled in this practice.
Mindfulness meditation teaches us to bring our awareness to the present moment, with relaxation of body and mind. It is not about changing who we are. It is a practice to be friends with ourselves. Right here and right now. Meeting every part of ourselves with curiosity and compassion.
Being mindful is also to recognize these patterns in us. Though we recognize, we don't judge or blame. We notice, and we simply be with it.
We understand our thoughts are not us. Our emotions are not us. We are not even our stories. We are in the seat of observation. We are the sky that watches the clouds. We simply recognize and witness their existence.
We learn to understand the changing nature of these patterns. Nothing is permanent just like the clouds.
We know that we are not the societal "labels" we put on ourselves, or others put on us.
We are more than that and beyond that - a deep Awareness that we are all connected to each other and to the Source or Divine.
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