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The conscious mind takes in external stimuli such as the sound of a bird. In that moment the mind becomes alert and responds. The mind has something to say while it takes in what new arises in the moment as it perceives. Try to close your eyes for a few moments, and notice what sensations come up whether its a smell, or sound or a feeling. While attending to what the mind notices, allow the awareness to deepen without judgement or need to change what the mind is observing. With whatever arises, invite the state of stillness in the present moment. Thoughts come up, and labeling of these thoughts come from the mind.
Try to take in this experience for what it is, instead of what the mind thinks it should be. Meditation practice evolves with repetition of practice. The practice itself allows the mind to be more still. It's normal to resist the stillness of the mind, for the mind is organically a thought producer. The mind cannot be without thought, however, bringing one's attention back to the meditation practice is the essence of deepening of ones consciousness. It is the quieting of the mind that begins the meditation practice.
Many novices to meditation are resistant to allowing this transformation of consciousness. The shift of awareness happens when one lets go of expectations of how things should be in that moment. Meditation is gift to the self, an is as healing as medicine. It can heal the mind, and heal the body. It begins with the breath. Try closing your eyes, and focus on deep inbreathes and outbreathes with the awareness of the rise and fall of the diaphragm, or the chest. Give yourself permission to release muscle tension, and perhaps even scan your entire body from the head to the toes. Simply notice what comes up, even if discomfort or pain surfaces, accept what is without judgement or a need to fix anything in this moment.
As you bring your attention back to the breath, and be kind and forgiving to yourself when distractions arise, this is meditation.
Meditation is very important part of feeling centered, and having peace of mind. Research shows that people who meditate live longer and fuller lives. If you allow for ten minutes a day in the morning and at night to meditate for one month, you will likely feel a greater sense of well-being.
There are many kinds of meditations: *walking meditation *sitting meditation, *laying-down meditation (body scan) *meditation with nature *meditation with hearing music or poetry and *meditation using visual guided imagery
In the words of Deepak Chopra, “The past is history, the future is unknown, but the present is our present.” During meditation practice, allow your mind to release all emotional and physical tension, and desensitize from the hustle and bustle of the world. Keep your focus on breathing slowly and deeply. Give yourself the gift of a well needed break from the chaos in the world.
The immediate result of meditation is relaxation. This brief time period when you compartmentalize what comes up in this moment, from daily living and the stresses that life brings, it can bring great peace in your being when you return to the life' realities. It makes the mind lighter and freer and stronger to deal with everyday challenges. The meditation gives you more harmony, inner-alignment, and more clarity to go back to your everyday responsibilities with more mindfulness than before.
For more information about adding Meditation into your life, contact Rebecca Hayman at 248-459-9191.