Mindfulness and meditation for a calm and happy mind.
What exactly is mindfulness and meditation? How do we find inner calm and peace in a chaotic and turbulent world? Some might think it utter nonsense, but like daily activity and good food, mindfulness and meditation helps with feeling better and functioning with a more equipped mind to tackle and face problems.
One can become manic, anxious and burnt out if moments of quiet are not taken to decompress and be present in the moment. To simply breathe in and out and to stop the mind from racing and trying to control every situation.
Life can throw us off for so many reasons even when we're achieving a balance and then get thrown off completely. Someone you loves passes away, financial problems, someone gets very sick, losing a job, an accident happens, work stress or a big deadline, school problems or something else that you cannot control in your life.
By definition, meditation is often used to describe the individual's state of intense attention on an object of awareness or thought.
Almost every individual who starts with anything new to him or her will often have lingering questions, hopes, and doubts about it. There are even people who hopes that when they begin to meditate, they will be enlightened. Or perhaps you're one of those individuals who think that meditation is just like an exercise or diet that you've been trying to do for the past few months. But these things are normal; so don’t be surprised if you're also like that.
The best thing to do is to face all the positive and/or negative expectations, and after doing so, forget about them and start with a clean slate. Approach meditation one minute at a time.
While many people think that meditation is a simple practice, then you'd better think twice. You might not notice it, but your mind is always racing from here to there. Sometimes you can't concentrate or forget things because your mind is so busy or stressed. Watching your breath is step one. This is the very first step to meditation. Do your inhalation and exhalation by breathing deeply. If you always do this and just keep on practicing, you can become good in meditation.
As a word of reminder, if you catch yourself thinking about other things, or in other words your mind strays off, focus again on your breathing. After all, meditation is all about concentrating and if you realize that you're not on the right track, you can always return to that state of mind gently. Don’t get discouraged easily and just keep on practicing. There is a popular saying that says practice makes perfect; so always keep that in mind. If you quit easily, then you will remain a quitter.
Meditation can help you in achieving peace of mind and live a happier life. With all your problems at work, with your family, relationships, sleeping and everything else going on in your life, breathing and being in the moment is crucial to achieve a life of balance and happiness.
- Sit quietly in a quiet place, close your eyes and try to think of nothing.
- Clear your mind and even though this can be incredibly difficult, with deep breathing it can be achieved.
- Look into the darkness of your eyes being closed to find the light that comes from feeling your breath.
- Count to four in your mind as you breathe in and count to four as your breathe out.
A daily practice of this for five minutes in the morning (even on the edge of your bed) and again at night, can reset the mind and make it stronger to face possible problems head on.
As oxygen travels through your body and bloodstream, your brain and organs will get what they require to feel more relaxed and refueled.
Have you ever thought of teaching meditation, mindfulness, focus and spiritual development?
This course might be for you if:
- If you've been practicing yoga intensively, continuously and ready to move to the next level.
- Want to find harmony between body, mind and soul.
- Want to deepen your personal asana and meditation practice. Learn and practice in a compassionate, non-competitive yet challenging environment.
- Comprehensive, well/structured, anatomically precise yet intuitive approach.
- Explore deeper level of awareness.
- A desire to share the art of living with others.
- Learn yoga beyond asanas.
Improving your body, mind and spirit in times of chaos is not easy, but can be achieved through daily practice. Don't give up!
Our lovely daily meditation and affirmations yoga journal is a digital planner you can print off to help keep you on track with thinking, breathing, stretching, calm and focusing on good things. Writing down your thoughts, feelings and actions is incredibly helpful for mindfulness and meditation.
Until next time, keep breathing, focusing and stretching,