Mindfulness

Awaken to Your True Nature

Mindfulness means experiencing the NOW of life, the present moment, just as it is, without judgment.

 

It is a practice which trains you to experience the present moment so that your mind is not reliving the past or worrying about the future.

 

Fortunately, mindfulness is not something you have to “get” or acquire. It is already within you. It is a deep internal resource available and patiently waiting to be utilized in the service of learning, growing, and healing.

 

You can practice mindfulness in each moment of your life. But it takes a level of awareness that sometimes needs to be trained. That training comes through mindful meditation.

Why Meditate?

  • Meditation teaches you to be a mountain in the storm; to be calm inside amidst the chaos of the world.
     

  • It teaches you about your level of awareness or lack of awareness.
     

  • It helps you to notice your "monkey mind" (We all have one!) and teaches you how not to get caught in its chaos.
     

  • It is healing and revitalizing. For every 20 minutes you meditate it’s like getting 2 hours of restful sleep.
     

  • It allows you to accept what is here and now.
     

  • It teaches you awareness, attention, attitude, acceptance, and action – the 5 transformative powers of the Soul.

Steps for Simple Meditation

  • Find a quiet space where you won't be interrupted and set a timer for 15 minutes.
     

  • Sit comfortably, with your eyes closed and your spine reasonably straight.
     

  • Direct your attention to your breathing as you breathe in and out normally and consistently. Just notice the quality of your breath, is it jagged, rough, smooth, flowing?
     

  • When thoughts, emotions, physical feelings or sounds occur, simply allow them to pass through your mind as a cloud floats across the sky, letting them come and go without judging or getting involved with them.
     

  • When you notice that your attention has drifted off and becomes engaged in thoughts or feelings, simply bring it back to your breathing and continue. Remember… it’s ok and natural for thoughts to arise, and for your attention to follow them.
     

  • No matter how many times this happens, just keep bringing your attention back to your breathing.
     

  • After 15 minutes journal your experience.

Meditation Resources

  • A simple APP for meditation is Meditation Time. Easy to use and visually appealing, the sound of the bell is gentle and it’s easy to use.

  • Headspace is another excellent APP for Guided Meditations and Stress Reduction. It has a free version and has excellent reviews. It's a great way to ease into the practice of meditation. 
     

  • An excellent book on Mindfulness and Meditation is Wherever You Go, There You Are, by Jon Kabat-Zinn. This classic is an easy read, with inspiring stories and various meditations to try out. 

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