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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.

 

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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.”

Research increasingly shows some of the benefits of mindfulness and meditation establishes an increased sense of calmness, improved impulse control, more skillful responses to difficult emotions, and increased empathy and understanding of others. With mindful presence, we are more in touch with the beauty and magic that resides in each of us, and the beauty and magic of life itself

In the aftermath of traumatic experiences, stilling the mind can feel threatening and may at first lead to flashbacks, heightened emotional responses, or distressing thoughts and memories. Since trauma affects such a large segment of the population, it is important for those of us who are mindfulness teachers to be informed about the risks that can be present for trauma survivors and be skilled at helping them navigate these difficulties as they learn to practice mindfulness in ways that work for them.

My belief is that mindfulness and meditation practice connects us to our highest selves, allowing us to navigate our lives with peace and love, as we are meant to do.

There is a most wonderful way to help living beings overcome grief and
sorrow, end pain and anxiety, and realize the highest happiness.
That way is the establishment of mindfulness.

– The Buddha

Mindfulness … simply means awareness. It’s a direct, intuitive knowing of what you are doing while you are doing it. Mindful awareness is about learning to pay attention, in the present moment, and without judgment. It’s like training a muscle—training attention to be where you want it to be.

– Mark Williams

Mindfulness is a set of awareness practices that lead to more balanced and authentic living. These are practices for training the mind to be present, relaxed and open, reflective and responsive to the ever-changing, moment-to-moment experience of one’s life.

– Inward Bound Mindfulness Education

Mindfulness…has everything to do with waking up and living in harmony with oneself and with the world.

– Jon Kabat-Zinn

Mindfulness is paying attention to the present moment with kindness and curiosity.

– Dr. Amy Saltzman

Informative Reads

  • Clemens G. Arvay:

    The Healing Code of Nature:  Discovering the New Science of Eco-Psychosomatics

  • davidji:

    Secrets of Meditation:  A Practical Guide to Inner Peace and Personal Transformation

  • Joseph Goldstein:

    Mindfulness: A Practical Guide to Awakening

  • Jon Kabat-Zinn:

    The Healing Power of Mindfulness:  A New Way of Being

  • David A. Treleaven

    Trauma-Sensitive Mindfulness: Practices for Safe and Transformative Healing

  • Pema Chodron

    How to Meditate:  A Practical Guide to Making Friends with Your Mind