Mindfulness & Meditation
The power of mindfulness to affect our well-being is now widely recognized. Yoga and meditation are both mindfulness practices, meaning they help to train the mind to stay present in the moment. Awareness in the present moment is the foundation of mindfulness, but it is more than that. It involves being aware of our own awareness, and—on an even deeper level—being aware of the filters and habits of mind that hinder our awareness.
It is the practice of consciously paying attention to what is happening in the mind and body in the moment without judging it, without getting caught up in a commentary about it, and without wishing it were different.
In fact, when we are aware of what we’re actually thinking and feeling, we can clearly discern the difference between those thoughts and actions that are harmful and those that are beneficial. When we’re blind to our thoughts and impulses, they run our lives. Becoming aware of our habits and the automatic ways we react when we’re confused or upset is the first step to freeing ourselves from their power. Mindfulness helps us untangle the tangle, as some Buddhist scriptures put it, and then we can act with greater clarity.”