design and concept: David McCandless
As the world becomes more in tune with "self" and what "self" actually is, the more we explore different realities and ways of healing self. This exploration has lead to major advances in medicine and in the world of holistic healing. Let's dive in....
Open monitoring, witnessing.
Simply removing the complexities of life and being aware of your present moment. Closely watching your thoughts and activities. Let them come and go without reaching, judging or holding on. You can be walking, reading, driving, eating, really anything BUT the point of focus is the present moment. It is a way of living with all of your eyes open, not in the past or the future. Mindfulness does not require you to be still, just pay attention to where and how you expend your mental energy. A state of nonjudgmental awareness of what's happening in the present moment, including the awareness of one's own thoughts, feelings and senses.
The thoughts, feelings, and sensations that you notice should be observed and accepted. For example, if you notice a feeling of nervousness, simply state to yourself "I notice I'm feeling nervous." There is no judge or change in the feeling.
Reduced symptoms of depression and anxiety
Improved ability to manage emotions
Improved ability to adapt to stressful situations
Improved memory, focus and mental clarity
Concentration, focused attention.
With meditation, we tend to hold attention on a primary object, usually our breath. We mentally take in its movement. Listen to it, feel it, receive it as nourishment to our organs and our psyche. Deep breathing exercises or yoga sequences are typically incorporated within meditation sessions. You have the option of playing music, nature sounds , etc. Personally, I love to listen to nature sounds combined with sound bowls.
It's important to note that meditation isn't about stopping your thoughts, it's about resting in your thoughts while focusing on your breath, mantra, or whatever it is you are focusing on. Transcendental Meditation is a form of meditation that is program-based and involves low risk behavioral intervention by a trained professional. It has proven to be a pivotal resource within the field of cardiovascular disease prevention, especially when combined with health education.
In the beginning, if you get sleepy or fall asleep while meditating, you're doing "it" right. Your physical body will fall asleep while your subconscious does what it does. This indicated that you are mentally tired. You shouldn't fight it. Your body's calling you to take a nap.
Lower blood pressure
Manage chronic diseases
Promotes emotional health
Lengthens attention span
When you combine the structure of meditation with the concept of mindfulness, you create the practice of mindfulness meditation. It is a mental training practice that allows you to slow down your thoughts and calm both your mind and body. To concentrate while clearly naming your thoughts, sensations, and other mental processes, as well as, distractions. Mindfulness techniques can vary, but in general, mindfulness meditation involves a breathing practice, mental imagery, awareness of body and mind, and muscle and body relaxation. To practice, notice your posture, feel your breath, imagine the blood flowing through your extremities one at a time, if and when your mind wanders return to your breath without blocking the thought. I like to journal what I felt and noticed after mindfully meditating. Take it up a notch by adding citrine or amethyst crystals to your aura while meditating.
Most of what we know today as mindfulness meditation is based on Jon Kabat-Zinn's work. Learning from Zen teachers Thich Nhat Hanh and Seungsahn, he founded Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR).
Decrease feelings of loneliness
Said to decrease psychosomatic chronic illnesses
Improved sleep and relaxation
Personally, meditation has changed my life and perspective. It's a feeling that it can be better experienced than told. Contrary to popular belief, meditation in general can be a ugly process and reveal parts of you that you don't want to see or experience. It can also be an enlightening experience, depending on how you view your session. I hope this post cleared up some confusion.
P.S. Dig deep within.
Till Next Time,
Hello world! I am Chérie Jade, I am passionate about promoting a holistic lifestyle and encouraging preventative practices for day to day healthy living.