Mindful Meditation and Mindfulness

Meditation is a practice of spending time in quiet thought. Meditation can be sitting alone focusing on something (I focus on my breathing) or it can be focusing on doing whatever you are doing without thinking of anything else (living in the moment). Benefits of mediation include decreasing stress and improving health, while it has no none negative side effects.

Mindfulness Meditation

I use a technique called mindfulness meditation. I do this daily to clear my head and to allow me to focus on what is real (what I can see, hear, touch, taste or smell) and not what is going in my mind. While sitting in comfortable position, I close my eyes and focus on my breathing. I listen to my breathing, I feel my lungs contract and expand. If my concentration is broken with a thought, image or feeling, I imagine it as log floating down a river. I watch it as it floats out of site, without responding to it. After the thought, image or feeling is gone, I refocus on my breathing. I do this for at least ten minutes a day.

I have found that since starting this meditation that I am able to tackle situations that in the past would cause me to have stress. Now, I enjoy the moment; understanding that what we do in the moment is all that matters. I try to not let thoughts in my mind dictate my actions and reactions. Our thoughts and feelings are biased based on our life. It is not always good to allow our biases to control us.

Meditation helps relieve stress, improve health and has no negative side effects. It is free and can done by anyone. It can help provide clarity and focus in your life. So, they question really is "what do I have to lose?" Do this practice every day (you will get better at it) and see the effects in your life.

But mindfulness is more than meditation; it is a state of being mindful of the moment. Mindful mediation can help you achieve mindfulness by calming your mind, letting you concentrate on the present. Mindfulness means being aware of the moment, without thought of the past or the future. Practicing mindfulness puts us in the ideal state for us to excel because we don't have the limitations of the past or the expectations of the future weighing on us. If we are eating, just eat. If we are reading, just read. If we are washing dishes, just wash dishes.

In today's world, we all try to multitask at every opportunity. Multitasking has taken a lot of the joy out of our lives. When was the last you just sat down and enjoyed drinking a cup of coffee without doing anything else? When was the last time you was just with your child (spouse, parent or friend) and just enjoyed their company without the cell phone or computer? When we feel that we aren't truly there for others, this is our bodies' way of saying we need to practice mindfulness. When we have those feelings, we need to concentrate on being mindful of the situation and only it. Then we are practicing mindfulness and truly being there.

If I were to ask you how you feel, I am not asking how you felt yesterday or how you believe you might feel tomorrow. I am asking you how you feel at this very moment. If you were to answer me by saying, "at the present moment I feel fine," then you are fine because now is all that exists. Tomorrow will always be beyond your grasp and yesterday is forever gone. All you have is now. It is the only reality.

Donald Stuart founded Turnkey Business Advisors, LLC to help busy professionals over the challenges in their lives so that they can have balance, greater achievement and harmony in their lives.

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