Showing posts with label mindfulness meditation. Show all posts
Showing posts with label mindfulness meditation. Show all posts

7 Step Mindfulness Physical Sensations Exercise

 


Whether it's a chair, the ground, your bed, or the air surrounding you, your body is always in contact with something. This is a fantastic approach to tune in to your current situation. 

You can be aware of these places of touch at any moment, whether in meditation or in your regular life. 

Because the feelings are often easy to detect, this is an excellent practice for beginners. 

“Mindfulness is the acceptance of the present moment with awareness and balance. It doesn't get much more straightforward than that. It is accepting or opening to the present moment, pleasurable or unpleasant, precisely as it is, without clinging to it or rejecting it.” ~ SYLVIA BOORSTEIN


Instructions


  1. This exercise may be done in any posture, however I recommend doing it while sitting. Close your eyes and focus your attention on your body's posture. Make whatever modest modifications necessary to put your body at peace. 
  2. Begin by observing the areas of the body that are in contact with anything else. Can you feel your feet making touch with the ground? Pay attention to the sensations in your feet. There isn't anything exciting to do. Simply pay attention to how your feet are feeling right now. 
  3. Continue until you can feel your back end making contact with the chair or cushion. Take note of the upper thighs' touch and pressure with the chair. Rest your consciousness here, paying attention to how this feels in your body. 
  4. Bring your focus to your hands, wherever they may be. Feel the locations where your hands are contacting, where you're sitting on your lap, or where your knees are resting. Concentrate on the part of the hand that is making touch with something else. 
  5. Now look for places on your body where you can feel the feeling of the garments. You can run your hand over your body to see whether this sensation is present. The locations where the garment ends and the skin is exposed, such as the arms, neck, and ankles, may be the easiest to feel. 
  6. Finally, pay attention to the feel of air against your skin. You may notice that the temperature of the air on the palm of your hand differs from the temperature on the back of your hand. If you're sitting outside, you could notice the breeze. There is no such thing as right or wrong. Don't be afraid to speak from your personal experience. 
  7. Bring attention to the places of touch throughout the day once you've completed this practice. Feel your body come into touch with the chair whenever you sit down. When you stand up, take note of where your feet are on the ground. 



DEALING WITH OVERWHELMED FEELINGS 


When you first start exploring body awareness, you may realize that multiple sensations are vying for your attention at the same time. 

Try utilizing a mental note or a short phrase while monitoring a certain part of your body to help keep your attention focused. 

  • Consider the phrase "feet. feet. feet" while tuning in to the feet. 
  • Alternatively, if you believe a command would be more effective (which it often is), try “feel my feet. feel my feet. feel my feet.” 
  • Link your inhales and exhales to the rhythm of the words. Congratulations on your achievement! It's as easy as that. You're chanting mantras.


You may also want to read more about Mindfulness Meditation and Healing here.





Loving Kindness Meditation




  • Begin by silently saying to yourself, "May I be joyful, calm, and free of suffering."
  • Simply repeat this statement to yourself, wanting or wanting it to come true. 
  • If you notice that your mind is particularly "stuck" in a negative cycle, you can immediately confront it.
  • For instance, you may say, 
    • "May I be joyful, may I be tranquil...," 
    • "May I learn to let go," 
    • "May I accept whatever happens," 
    • "May I have the fortitude to confront my anxieties," 
    • or "May I be forgiving." 


You'll probably discover, as with the other strategies, that your mind wanders after a while, and you'll need to return your focus to the sentences frequently (remarkably, the mind seems to be able to "speak" these sentences silently even when we're not paying attention to the process). 

The objective here, too, is to be forgiving and approach it all like puppy training. 

You can attempt moving on to others once you've settled into one of these phrases and channeled caring intentions toward yourself (the meditation can also be done in the reverse order, starting with another person and then moving to yourself). 

It's always simplest to start with a benefactor—someone you can readily love and care for. A teacher or other inspirational figure, alive or not, such as Jesus, the Buddha, or the Dalai Lama, might be a friend, family member, or other loved one. 

  1. Close your eyes and envision being with the other person. 
  2. Feel their presence. 
  3. Then start saying things like, "May you be happy, may you be calm, may you be free of sorrow," or anything like. 
  4. Again, the mind is prone to stray, and you'll have to carefully draw it back to the image you've picked. 
  5. After you've spent some time focusing on someone who makes you feel loving-kindness, you can move on to someone else who is significant to you. Call to mind persons who matter one by one. 
  6. After a while, you'll be able to conjure up visions of tiny groupings, such as immediate relatives or close friends. 
  7. Continue to repeat the sentences, channeling caring intentions toward them, while keeping them in mind. In this manner, the meditation continues, stretching outward to include more and more individuals. 
  8. Return to pictures of individuals who more easily inspire sentiments of compassion or loving-kindness if you discover your sentiments of compassion or loving-kindness have dried up. 


Expanding the circle, you might envision all of your family and friends gathered, followed by your workplace, clients, neighbors, or any other group you belong to. 

We soon spread the same good thoughts to larger and larger communities, until we've covered our entire town, city, nation, and, eventually, the entire world. 

This activity can be extended to include all living things. 


It finally settles on the wording,


“May all creatures be joyful, may all beings be tranquil, may all beings be free of suffering”


What did you find out about yourself? 


For everyone of us, loving-kindness meditation brings up quite distinct experiences. 

You'll probably have different sensations each time you do it, just like with other disciplines. 


Take a few minutes right now to scribble down what you noticed at each part of the exercise, as if you were recounting the experience to a friend. 

  • Concentration and mindfulness meditation can both benefit from loving-kindness meditation. 
  • It's all too tempting to be brutally judgmental of our wandering thoughts when practicing focus. 
  • When our minds wander, loving-kindness meditation can help us increase our ability to be nice to ourselves. 


Similarly, while practicing mindfulness meditation and seeing all of the noble and not-so-noble contents that arise in consciousness, lovingkindness meditation assists us in greeting all of them as welcome visitors. 

Lovingkindness meditation can be included into a concentration and/or mindfulness meditation session, or it can be done in its own right.


You may also want to read more about Mindfulness Meditation here.





Mindfulness Meditation for Non Judgement



Acceptance is First Cultivated Within Us. 


All of the formal meditation techniques covered so far entail focusing attention on certain physiological sensations and monitoring the contents of the mind without attempting to modify them. 

They are geared on promoting present-moment awareness and acceptance. Acceptance is sometimes the most difficult aspect of these techniques. 

Our brains may be harshly critical, accusing us of not paying attention, thinking too much, or experiencing something we shouldn't. 


Judgement Meditation


  • Doing a few minutes of "judgment" meditation at work is a funny way to see this: Meditation on Judgment. 
  • This one normally just takes 10–15 minutes to get the information across. 
  • For a minute or two, sit as you would for breath meditation and follow your breath. 
  • Then start paying attention to your thoughts. When a judgment comes up, discreetly name it as "judging." 
    • Many people become aware of an inner stream that runs something like this: “Hmm, I'm doing really well.” 
    • So yet, no conclusions have been reached. 
    • Making a decision, thus judgment. 
    • Oh no. I should've seen I wasn't going to be very good at this. 
    • Making a decision to judge again.
    • Okay, I understand. None of that is true. 
    • I'll just pay attention to my breathing. 
    • Ascending, descending, ascending, ascending, ascending, ascending, That's a lot better. Making a judgement. 
    • I'm damned if I'm not always harsh. “I am judging.”  
    • Return your focus back to your breath each time you label a judgmental though. 


Loving-kindness meditation is an old technique for dealing with our harsh or judgmental inclinations. 

It may take various forms, all aimed at softening our hearts and assisting us in being more tolerant of ourselves and others, a process known as "affectionate awareness." 

Compassion and mindfulness are described as two wings of a bird in ancient meditation writings, underlining the importance of having an open heart in order to have open eyes. 

  • Loving-kindness meditation promotes clear vision by reinforcing the goal to be welcoming and compassionate, rather than masking our true feelings with false positive ones. 
  • The overriding rule for all mindfulness activities is to notice and accept whatever is truly happening in the moment. 
  • The most basic loving-kindness meditation practice is quietly repeating evocative sentences to generate feelings of compassion. 
  • Starting with a period of concentration meditation, perhaps paying attention to our breath or performing some slow walking exercise, is typically the best way to go. 
  • After the mind has calmed down a bit, we strive to produce acceptance and compassion. 
  • This works best when we start with ourselves; other times, it works better when we start with others. 
  • It doesn't matter what terms we choose; you may use whatever terms suit your cultural background and personal preferences. 

It's advisable to practice this meditation for at least 10 minutes to have a feel for it. If you have the time right now, start with a period of concentration exercise, then read and attempt these instructions.


You may also want to read more about Mindfulness Meditation here.





Mindfulness Concentration Insight

 


Mindfulness practice has the potential to help us understand how the mind operates, namely how it causes pain and how it may be eased. 

Mindfulness requires a particular level of attention; without it, we can't fully notice the workings of the mind and become lost in our ideas about what's going on rather than experiencing it directly. 

Because concentration is the cornerstone for mindfulness practice, the activities described generally described as mindfulness have primarily been concentration exercises. From focusing to being aware. 


Most concentration exercises may also be used as mindfulness exercises in the following way: 


  1. After you've found that your mind has calmed down during concentration meditation, you may go on to mindfulness practice. 
  2. At first, this entails discreetly observing where the mind goes when it leaves an object of focus and naming these departures. 
  3. If your mind begins to construct plans during breath meditation, for example, you might make a mental note of “planning” and then restore your focus to the breath. 
  4. You can make a mental note of “judging” if you catch yourself thinking judgmental thoughts. 
  5. You can note "hearing" if your mind travels to other experiences, such as a sound in the room. 
  6. These notes are discreetly murmured in the background, while your primary focus is on your breathing. 
  7. If your mind becomes particularly calm, you can try letting go of the breath entirely as an anchor and allowing your attention to be drawn to whatever objects are currently occupying your attention—whether sounds, sensations of contact as you sit, emotions as they manifest in the body, or other experiences. 
  8. Because we allow the mind to be open to whatever enters our consciousness, this is frequently referred to as choice less awareness. 
  9. The mind is free to roam, but unlike during moments of mindlessness, we stay aware of what is now in our consciousness. 
  10. Allowing ideas and pictures to be objects of our attention is also conceivable, but because most of us become caught in them, this is typically only achievable during prolonged retreat practice. 


It's a fine art to strike the right balance between concentration exercise, in which we return repeatedly to a pre-selected object of attention, and mindfulness practice, in which we let the mind to dwell on diverse objects as they emerge. 


  • You can usually rely on the intensity of your attention to lead you. 
  • When your attention is strong, you might want to try mindfulness more. 
  • You may return to concentration exercise more when it is weaker and your focus is more fragmented. 
  • You'll probably alter whatever sorts of meditation you like as you build a structured practice schedule. 
  • Depending on what you've learned about the impact of each of them for you, you may want to focus on sitting meditation at times and mix in the body scan, walking, or eating activities at other times. 
  • You'll vary when you complete each one as a concentration or mindfulness practice, regardless of whatever style you pick. 

Because each person's intellect and life are unique, it's tough to prescribe a fixed pattern. However, here are some general rules. 


  • If you can only devote 20 minutes to formal practice on a less-than-daily basis, you'll probably prefer concentration practice because your mind won't have enough time to calm down. 
  • Because you'll notice more sessions in which the mind becomes concentrated if you can practice for longer amounts of time more regularly, you'll have more opportunity to add mindfulness practice. 
  • When your mind is busy or disturbed, even with more intense practice, you may be able to maintain attention for days or weeks at a time. 
  • During other times, though, you may start each meditation session with concentration practice, then extend your field of awareness to practice mindfulness—noticing where your mind moves or allowing your attention to rest on diverse mental objects—after the mind has settled a bit. 
  • The key to making these decisions is to be easy on yourself. There is no such thing as a "better" type of practice. 
  • Both disciplines, in the end, help us understand how our minds function and how we unintentionally cause misery to ourselves and others. 
  • There is also a lot of overlap between concentration and mindfulness practices—we may notice where our minds wander when we lose focus when we perform concentration practice, and we can still concentrate on the object at hand when we perform mindfulness practice. 
  • It's best not to stress too much about striking the right balance; with practice, you'll be able to detect which practices to prioritize at any given moment.


You may also want to read more about Mindfulness Meditation here.



Mindfulness of Breath and Body



Finding the Breath in Your Body is a direct experience. When people strive to become more conscious of their breathing, they may picture or picture it. They may also be thinking about their breath. They even say to themselves from time to time: Hey, I'm breathing, see, I'm breathing in, that was a long breath, now I'm breathing out... 

None of these strategies will help you stay focused on the breath (although mental labeling might assist.

Feeling the breath is the key to awareness in breathing exercise. It's crucial to keep your breathing practice from becoming conceptual or cerebral. 


Mindfulness allows you to connect directly to an experience rather than getting caught in its notion. Breath is a bodily sense that may be immediately felt, rather than a notion. 

  • You may think a lot about breath—for example, when you take the time to learn about the science of breathing and breath regulation—but mindfulness requires you to let go of the notions and focus on the "felt sense"—how you actually feel your breath. 
  • This relaxes your cognitive functioning and helps you to learn on a more intuitive level. 
  • After reading this, close your eyes and simply feel your breath in your body to get the felt feeling. 

You can find yourself focusing on one region, or you could notice that your breath is felt throughout your entire body, in moving portions of your body, or in specific places of your body, such as your belly button or nose. Wavelike sensations or little ripples of movement may be felt in various parts of your body. This is when you feel your breath rather than thinking about it. 


You can examine some of those particular regions since you may observe your breathing in a number of places in your body. 


Concentrate your physical and sensory focus on your abdomen. 

  • Put your hand on your abdomen to get a better sense of it. 
  • Are you able to breathe without needing to do anything? 
  • Your stomach is swaying back and forth. 


Take a minute to notice any feelings in your abdomen, then return. 

What did you pick up on? 

  • We're guessing you had a rising and falling experience, an expanding sensation, inflation and deflation sensations, and maybe a contraction in the conclusion. 
  • Perhaps a little moment of silence before the next breath began. 
  • Not what you're envisioning or thinking about the breath, but what you're feeling—the felt sense—is what you're striving to become aware of. 


Another place to pay attention to your breath is in your chest and neck.

Take a few deep breaths in your chest. 

  • What are your thoughts? It's most likely something similar to your abdominal breathing, but a little more widespread. 
  • Do you feel your shoulders heaving slightly when you engage in the action? Remember that everyone's experience with mindfulness will be different, therefore you can't feel the breath wrongly. 


Now pay attention to your nostrils: 


Close your eyes and take a few deep breaths through your nostrils. 

What do you think you've noticed? 

  • As the air rushes in and out, you could get a sense of cold or warmth. Maybe you're getting a tickle on the top of your lip. Perhaps you're aware of a little movement in your nose. 
  • Finally, as your mindfulness meditation practice progresses, you'll want to identify one area to focus on that will serve as your own personal anchor. 
  • Although your breath is your anchor, it might be beneficial to focus your attention on a specific place of your body where you feel your breath. 
  • Choose your belly, chest, or nose as your anchor for sensing the breath once you've investigated these three distinct anchor sites.

Select a location depending on what is most obvious, simplest, or most fascinating to you. If you're having trouble deciding, simply select one—they'll all function just as well. What matters is that you are at ease in your surroundings. 

Alternatively, some people may feel the breath most vividly as it moves through their entire body, which can also serve as a general anchor. 

It may take some time to find your place, so try out a few different ones at the start of your meditation practice until you find one that works for you.


You may also want to read more about Mindfulness Meditation and Healing here.



Does Mindfulness Really Work? A Scientific Enquiry.

 


The process of paying nonjudgmental attention to the current moment has been termed as mindfulness.

The awareness of breathing is commonly employed as an attentional anchor to manage ruminative thought in the early stages of mindfulness training; however mindfulness involves much more than just noticing the breath.


It is based on Buddhist practice and has been the subject of empirical research, with over scientific publications on mindfulness released in the last decade. The evidence for its use in the treatment of depression and anxiety is the strongest.

The impact sizes of mindfulness in these two illnesses have often been reported in the moderate-strong to strong range in meta-analyses. However, because some of the studies included in these meta-analyses failed to account for the placebo effect, it's not unexpected that meta-analyses with stricter inclusion criteria yield lower results.

A recent meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials of mindfulness-based stress reduction, mindfulness-based cognitive therapy, and other mindfulness-based interventions—each with an active control—found small to moderate effect sizes in the treatment of depression or anxiety after eight weeks of mindfulness training, with a reduction in effect size after three to six months.


Although the findings are less impressive, they are equivalent to those that would be expected from antidepressant therapy in a primary care population without the side effects.

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence and the American Psychiatric Association both recommend mindfulness-based cognitive treatment for individuals with recurrent depression, based on these findings.

Other psychiatric diseases, such as schizophrenia spectrum disorders, eating disorders, chemical and non-chemical addiction disorders, and sleep disorders, may benefit from mindfulness-based therapies, according to some data.

Despite the fact that mindfulness has recently been added to the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists' practice guidelines as a non-first-line treatment for adults with binge eating disorder, there is arguably insufficient evidence from well-designed randomized trials to support its use for conditions other than depression and anxiety.


Mindfulness may potentially have a role in the treatment of somatic illnesses such as psoriasis, cancer, HIV infection, irritable bowel syndrome, heart disease, hypertension, lung disease, diabetes mellitus, and chronic pain, according to growing evidence.

Randomized trials show that mindfulness-based therapies, such as mindfulness-based stress reduction and cognitive therapy, are minimally to moderately effective in the treatment of chronic pain, with potential applications in the treatment of pain-related diseases like fibromyalgia.

However, it's unclear if mindfulness improves patients' capacity to manage with pain or lessens the frequency and severity of pain.

There is inadequate high-quality data to support mindfulness for treating somatic diseases, except for chronic pain and particular pain syndromes.



Questions that remain unanswered


As previously stated, different methodological issues restrict the overall quality of the data on mindfulness's efficacy.

A type of "popularity impact" may impact results in particular. Because mindfulness is becoming more popular, participants' perceptions of getting a "fashionable" or "proven" psychotherapy practice may affect outcomes.

Because it's very hard to blind patients from the knowledge that they're employing mindfulness techniques, this is a challenging confounding variable to control for.

We also need more clarity on whether positive outcomes last for years rather than months, whether mindfulness interventions have any negative side effects, and the validity of the traditional view among contemplative traditions that long-term improvements in health and wellbeing require daily mindfulness practice over many years, rather than just attending a retreat.


In addition, data is needed to identify whether mindfulness in general or specific interventional procedures are more useful for a particular condition.

Numerous interventions have been developed, with significant variation in factors such as total participant-facilitator contact hours, including whether one-on-one contact is provided, quantity and duration of guided mindfulness exercises, use of non-mindfulness psychotherapeutic techniques such as psychoeducation or group discussion, inclusion of a full day silent retreat, and emphasis on self-practitioner interaction.

Mindfulness is defined and operationalized differently in different interventions. Recent research, for example, has concentrated on second-generation mindfulness therapies like the eight-week Meditation Awareness Training, which are founded on the notion that mindfulness is a psycho-spiritual rather than just psychological skill.

It's challenging to extrapolate findings across the whole spectrum of treatments due to significant differences in design and pedagogic approach.


Mindfulness appears to be beneficial in improving perceptual distance from stressful psychological and physical stimuli and in causing functional neuro-plastic changes in the brain, according to emerging evidence.

However, mindfulness's "fashionable" reputation among the public and the scientific community may have obscured the need to investigate crucial methodological and practical difficulties related to its efficacy.


You may also want to read more about Mindfulness Meditation and Healing here.



19 Step Mindfulness Eating Exercise



Now we'll move away from bodily mindfulness and hearing mindfulness and focus on the sensations of taste, smell, and sight, beginning with the food we eat. 

“Let us establish ourselves in the present now, eating in such a way that solidity, joy, and tranquility be attainable at the time of eating,” says renowned Vietnamese monk Thich Nhat Hanh. 


Eating allows you to feed your body while also feeding your mindfulness practice. 


“To be entirely involved with what you are doing right now is the actual secret of life. And instead of calling it work, acknowledge that it is actually play.” 


This technique can be done in any position, however being motionless while eating is beneficial. 

This reduces distracting stimuli and allows you to concentrate on the event. This may be done with any food. 


Instructions

  1. Starting with something simple, such as raisins, berries, or a handful of your favorite vegetables, is a good place to start. Begin by visually observing the meal. 
  2. Take note of the many colors, shapes, and sizes. Observe your want to consume while you gaze at the food. There's nothing wrong with being hungry, but desires should be allowed to come and go. 
  3. Return your attention to the meal. After that, look into the food's odor. Some meals have more potent odors than others, and you may need to hold the meal up to your nose to detect them. 
  4. Allow yourself to be fully immersed in the sensation of smelling. 
  5. Simply refocus your attention to the fragrance in front of you when your mind begins to want. 
  6. Take a minute before you eat to appreciate the energy that went into its creation. People toiled to cultivate and deliver this food to you. Nutrients, rainfall, and sunshine were all given by Mother Nature. 
  7. Perhaps someone else prepared, cleaned, or packaged it for you. Bring to recall all of the energy that came together to produce this meal from numerous sources. Slowly take up the food now. 
  8. If you're using any utensils, pay attention to the sensation of touch as you use them. Consider how the food or utensil in your hand feels. 
  9. Is the meal cold, heated, stiff, or soft? 
  10. Observe your impulse to chew and swallow fast as you place the food in your mouth. Instead, begin by feeling the food's temperature. 
  11. Can you feel the form of the food in your mouth? Take note of the texture of the meal as you begin to chew. Do you notice any changes while you chew? 
  12. Take note of the tastes. You could find it difficult to do more than name what you're eating, such as "It's a raspberry." 
  13. Make an effort to delve a bit deeper. Is there a variety of flavors? 
  14. As you continue to chew, pay attention to how the flavors change. 
  15. Tune in to the sensation of swallowing when you swallow each bite. How does it feel as the food passes down your throat? 
  16. You could also feel compelled to take another taste right away. 
  17. Take a moment to see whether any flavor lingers in your tongue. You may keep eating this way as long as you remind yourself to slow down and be present. 
  18. Continue to notice any new sights, scents, tastes, sensations, or ideas that come to mind. 
  19. Allow yourself to feel grateful for the food that is sustaining your body after you have finished eating. Allow your thoughts to relax into a sense of gratitude for the energy and life around you. 


What to When you Start to Hurry while Eating?


Mindful eating is a patience-testing practice that also demands some self-control. 

  • If you try to eat slowly, you may find that you have a strong desire to eat faster. 
  • Most of us normally begin preparing our next piece of food while still eating our previous meal. 
  • Slow eating is the cornerstone of mindful eating. Simply pause, breathe, and slow down if a hunger takes over.


You may also want to read more about Mindfulness Meditation and Healing here.



12 Step Mindfulness Sounds Exercise


The focus of mindfulness practice is frequently on the body's feelings and the mind's ideas. 

Tuning in to your other senses, on the other hand, might help you feel more present and alert. 

You can utilize the noises around you as the object of your awareness, just as you did with the breath in the first exercise. 

Sounds come and go throughout the day, providing a steady focus point for your attentive attention—practically it's difficult to eliminate all sound, no matter where you live or what you do for a job. 

Investigate your auditory experience while meditation. You may incorporate this practice into your daily life by pausing to listen carefully to the noises around you at any time. 


Instructions 


  1. Begin by settling into a comfortable position and closing your eyes. 
  2. Bring your attention to your breathing, but instead of focusing on the physical sensation of breathing, pay attention to the sound of your body breathing. 
  3. Listen for any sounds coming from the breath as you inhale and exhale through your nostrils. 
  4. Open your ears to the various noises around you. You may hear passing automobiles, noises within your home, or sounds from nature. Tune in to whatever is present. 
  5. The mind is accustomed to recognizing what it hears. When you see a car pass by, you know it's a car. Rather of naming and describing what each sound is, attempt to concentrate on the real listening experience. 
  6. Consider your ears to be microphones that only pick up sound. Recognize how the noise rises and falls, how far away it appears to be, and from what direction it is coming. 
  7. Tune in to one sound that catches your attention for a few seconds. Immerse yourself in the music of that sound. 
  8. Then, with your mind open, listen for additional sounds. Continue to listen, investigate, and open up while listening carefully. 
  9. Return to the breath for a minute at the conclusion of the session. 
  10. Encourage the mind to focus completely on the sound of the breath in the body without forcing or straining. 
  11. Maintain some awareness of the noises in your life when you open your eyes and return to your existence. 
  12. Throughout the day, notice the act of listening and allow it to lead you back into present-time awareness. 


What to do When You are Distracted by Sounds?


Noises such as construction, birdsong, or people chatting loudly might pull you away from your practice. 

  • Make the act of listening a part of your practice while you're distracted. 
  • Try to put aside any judgment or criticism regarding the source of the sound and imagine yourself hearing it for the first time. 
  • Try to eliminate any words from the sound and refrain from identifying the source of the sounds right away. 
  • Any aversion that occurs should be noted, but don't reject noises that you can't control.


You may also want to read more about Mindfulness Meditation and Healing here.



6 Step Mindfulness Focused Attention Exercise


The mind is a potent weapon. You learn to train and operate with this instrument in a deliberate, concentrated manner via mindfulness practice. 

This exercise allows you to experiment with your mind's power, teaching you how to gently guide it in various directions. 

You'll also see the auditory and visual thinking patterns of the mind. Bring a sense of wonder and amusement to this exercise, and don't take yourself too seriously. 


Instructions. 


  1. You will need to close your eyes for this exercise. Take a time to pay attention to how your body is relaxing. Allow the muscles to relax while keeping the spine as straight as possible. 
  2. Try to recall the room or location where you are seated with your eyes closed. Can you imagine where your body is lying in the room? In your mind's eye, try to see the room. Consider the floor, the walls, and any doors that may be there. See what more you can think of to fill in the blanks in your head. 
  3. Imagine yourself somewhere tranquil as you leave the room. It might be a beach, a forest, or any other location that you consider to be your "happy spot." Visualize the area around you in the same manner. Make an effort to include as many information as possible. 
  4. After you've let go of the vision, think of a song or melody you're familiar with. In your thoughts, try to hear the words or tune. 
  5. Now use your thoughts to alter your perception of the tune. Reduce the volume of the song in your thoughts to make it silent. Increase the volume a little. Investigate what it's like to slow or speed up the tune. 
  6. At the conclusion of this practice, take a minute to acknowledge the strength of your own mind. You can conjure up images, play music, and change the experience in any manner you like with just a little effort! 


What to do if when you realize that your focus is slowly slipping while meditating. 


  • You may find yourself lost in a long stream of thinking for several minutes before you know it. 
  • If you lose concentration during a meditation session, go back to the last item you recall carefully watching, and if that doesn't work, go back to the breath. 
  • You have the option to teach your mind to remain present once you notice it has drifted off. Return to your practice as often as you need to.


You may also want to read more about Mindfulness Meditation and Healing here.



6 Step Mindfulness Exercise to Find the Breath


The body breathes continually, and the breath moves continually. Not only is your breath the ideal place to start, but it's also a constant that you can return to whenever you need a little centering. 

You will softly locate the breath in the body in this initial practice. Nothing has to be figured out, no issues need to be solved, and nothing extraordinary has to be done. 

Return to your firsthand sense of body breathing on a regular basis. You're teaching your mind to focus on a single event without being distracted. 


Instructions

  1. Find a body posture that is comfortable for you. Sitting is frequently advised since it keeps the body alert and energetic. You can also try standing or resting flat on your back. You can use a yoga mat, a meditation cushion, or a chair to sit on. For a few minutes of silence, choose anything that feels comfortable and sustained. 
  2. Allow the eyes to shut gently. Try lightly staring at the floor or ceiling if you're more at ease with your eyes open (depending on your position). Allow the eyes to settle in one place and relax. The goal is to keep your practice as distraction-free as possible. 
  3. Bring your attention to your stomach. See if you can feel the natural rising and falling by relaxing the muscles there. Assume the body is breathing on its own. Observe the movement from the navel to the obliques with each inhalation. Like thus, take a few deep breathes. 
  4. Raise your awareness to your chest. Pay attention to the expansion of the lungs and the lifting of the chest when you inhale. Feel the constriction and movement as you exhale. Try following the sensation of your breath from the start of your inhale to the finish of your exhale. 
  5. Pay close attention to the nostrils now. Here, the sensation of breathing may be more mild. Take a deep breath and see what comes up for you. As you breathe in, you may feel a tiny tickling at the tip of your nose. On the walk out, you may notice that your breath is somewhat warmer. 
  6. In one of these three areas, focus your attention on your body's breathing. Refocus on the immediate feeling of the breath when the mind wanders. For a minute or two, keep an eye on your breath. Bring this awareness into your daily life when you finish this term of practice. To assist the mind stay present, stay in touch with your body's breath. 


Our Mind, The Wanderer

The mind's natural instinct is to wander. Even the most experienced meditators suffer from wandering thoughts! The brain was created to analyze data; it's simply doing its job. 

Instead of perceiving this as a problem, consider it a chance to improve your awareness. 

Bring forgiveness, curiosity, and patience to these times, and bring your attention back to the breath anytime it wanders.


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11 Mindfulness Terms to Know



  1. TONE OF FEELING: The sensation of something being pleasant, bad, or neutral. Hearing a bird chirp, for example, may have a nice feeling tone, whilst scratching may have an awful feeling tone. 
  2. GROWING EDGES: Areas in which we have room to expand. We are frequently faced with challenging situations in which we must battle, but we also have a strong chance to learn. 
  3. HOOKED IN and UNHOOKED: When we become completely immersed in a situation, we lose control over how we act. Unhooking is the process of letting go of an experience and regaining consciousness. 
  4. LOVING-KINDNESS: The act of caring for the well-being of others and the quality of doing so. Loving-kindness is an act of extending one's heart to others and greeting them with kindness. 
  5. MANTRA/PHRASE: Phrases and mantras are utilized as an object of consciousness in various techniques. A phrase, often known as a mantra, is a brief line that is used to nurture an intention and to keep focused on a goal. 
  6. MEDITATION: Meditation is simply the act of setting aside time to cultivate a mental or emotional quality, usually in quiet. Meditation may be done while walking, cleaning dishes, or eating, however it is most commonly done in a seated position. 
  7. MONKEY MIND: A mental condition in which the mind jumps from branch to branch, much like a monkey does. 
  8. NOTING: The act of mentally expressing what we are feeling. Noting is the act of silently uttering something in one's brain in order to perceive something clearly without being engrossed in it. 
  9. PARASYMPATHETIC NERVOUS SYSTEM: The component of the central nervous system involved for downregulation, such as decreasing the heart rate, relaxing muscles, and boosting gland activity.
  10. PRESENT TIME EXPERIENCE: Whatever is going on in our lives right now. What arises into our experience on a moment-by-moment basis is what we call the present-time experience. It is always changing, full of many sensations, and always present.
  11. SENSE-DOORS: Smell, taste, hearing, touch/feeling, sight, and cognition are the six basic senses that may be accessible in our mindfulness practice. We observe phenomena originating and passing via the sense-doors.


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7 Keys to Creating and Establishing a Mindfulness Practice


To create mindfulness in your life, you don't need anything unique or "additional." 

The hardest thing is generally getting started, but as you figure out what works best for you and your lifestyle, it gets simpler. 

Pay attention to what feels easy, fluid, and "correct" while you practice, as well as what produces friction and resistance. 

To help you start a mindfulness practice, use the activities in this article, the advice for getting started, and your own intuition. 

I've heard a lot of various methods to get started in my years of teaching, and they're all slightly different—personalized to the individual. 



Here are a few tips to help you get started on the path to mindfulness:

 



    1. FORMALIZING A PRACTICE 


    I struggled to practice meditation when I first started; it seemed like a chore. 

    But as I practiced more frequently, it became second nature to me. I even began to look forward to my daily minutes of mindfulness. My confidence and interest in mindfulness developed as the advantages of my practice began to manifest in my daily life, and meditation became more simpler and more fun. 

    • All you have to do is show up and put forth a little effort to practice mindfulness. 
    • The important components you'll work on as you develop your mindfulness practice are listed below. These will form a framework to base and build on your mindfulness practice. 


    2. SETTING A SCHEDULE FOR MEDITATION.


    It may seem tough to find time to meditate with your hectic schedule. This is a typical difficulty in my experience dealing with people from all over the world, but you can surely find time to practice.

    •  Making mindfulness a priority is the key. 
    • Setting aside dedicated practice time, getting up a few minutes earlier than normal, or setting a calendar reminder to practice in the afternoon are all helpful.
    •  You don't have to commit to 30 minutes of practice each day right away; start with 5 minutes. 


    3. CREATING SPACE FOR PRACTICE. 


    You may have difficulty locating an appropriate practice location. Keep in mind that this may be done almost anyplace. 

    Let go of the notion that there are “good” and “bad” places. 

    • You may also designate a spot in your house to meditation—find a place that is somewhat peaceful and calming. 
    • If your workplace or work environment is too cluttered, consider practicing in your car first. 
    • If you're comfortable, you can also use public locations like beaches, parks, and peaceful highways. 


    4. CHOOSING AN OBJECTIVE. 


    You wouldn't be here unless you have a certain goal in mind. 

    What motivates you to seek out a more mindful way of life? 

    • Whatever your response, it is beneficial to remind yourself of this underlying aim on a regular basis, connecting with what motivates you. 
    • The mind may try to persuade you not to meditate or that you don't have enough time. 
    • Fighting these impulses is sometimes fruitless. Instead, bring your attention back to your main goal. Keep in mind what is important to you. 


    5. CONSISTENCY BUILDING. 


    The exercises will allow you to explore mindfulness in a variety of ways in your life. 

    • Try to utilize one mindfulness exercise at least once a day, always having your mindfulness objective in mind. 
    • Consistent practice aids in efficient mind training. 
    • When you practice every day, you soon develop the habit. 

    It's similar to going to the gym: if you just attend once a month, you're unlikely to see immediate effects. If you go twice a week, though, all of those small small moments of exercise add up, and you become stronger. 

    Mindfulness is a long-term commitment; as you practice, your mental muscle grows stronger. 


    6. GETTING IN TOUCH WITH A FRIEND. 


    • Support from friends and family may go a long way toward promoting new behaviors. 
    • Once a day, invite a friend or family member to practice with you. 
    • This will offer you a sense of accountability to someone other than yourself, which is always beneficial. 
    • You'll also have the chance to communicate with someone else about your experience, which will benefit you both as you progress through practice together. 


    7. MAINTENANCE OF A JOURNAL. 


    Get yourself a journal to keep track of your mindfulness practice. 

    Take a few brief notes when you've finished practicing for the day. 

    • What was the outcome of your practice? 
    • Is there anything fresh or fascinating that has come up? 
    • What are your thoughts? 

    Writing down your mindfulness experience may help you grasp it better, ingrain your newfound insight into your mind, and offer you something to reflect on. I still go back and look at my first meditation diary again and again, and I like seeing how far I've come.




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    8 Research based Benefits of Mindfulness


    Mindfulness has been researched in clinical settings with the use of brain imaging equipment and intensive psychological assessment. 

    Despite the fact that mindfulness research is still in its early stages, researchers are finding tangible proof of the anecdotal claims that meditators have made for generations. 

    Many studies show that just a few weeks of practice may lead to changes in behavior and brain activity, with individuals sustaining the favorable benefits for up to a year after completing a mindfulness-based training program. 

    Understanding the study may help you understand why you're undertaking this exercise in the first place, as well as provide you a peek of some of the potential advantages. 



      1. REDUCTION OF STRESS. 


      In 2010, a group of academics reviewed previous data and concluded that mindfulness was useful in reducing anxiety and stress. 

      This was true whether or not the subjects had previously been diagnosed with anxiety or stress problems. 


      2. WORKING MEMORY AND FOCUS HAVE BEEN IMPROVED. 


      Mindfulness, according to research from the University of California, Santa Barbara, helps people stay focused and utilize newly learned knowledge more successfully. 

      Participants reported much reduced mind wandering after just two weeks of mindfulness practice, which is a promising outcome. 


      3. BENEFITS FOR THE BODY. 


      Mindfulness has been shown to have several bodily advantages. 

      Regular meditation has been shown in studies to improve digestion, enhance the immune system, lower blood pressure, speed up the healing process, and reduce inflammation. 

      It's not only about taking care of your mind when it comes to mindfulness! 


      4. BETTER SLEEP IS REQUIRED. 


      According to Harvard Health, studies demonstrate that mindfulness can aid in falling and staying asleep. A meditation practice, regardless of when you perform it, is likely to help with this. 


      5. SOLVING PROBLEMS IN A CREATIVE MANNER. 


      Researchers revealed in a 1982 study that meditation might help people solve issues more creatively. 

      Cultivating mental calm allows you to think in fresh ways, see challenges from various perspectives, and work more efficiently toward a solution. 

      This can also help you deal with stress in the family, at work, and in everyday life as a side effect. 


      6. LONELINESS FEELINGS ARE FEWER. 


      Loneliness has been linked to bad health consequences. After just eight weeks of mindfulness meditation, participants in a research at the University of California, Los Angeles reported feeling less lonely. 

      This was true whether the people were alone or in the company of a group of friends. Furthermore, individuals who only exercised mindfulness found that they felt more connected and content. 

      After a prolonged research of loneliness in the UK, British Prime Minister Theresa May even named a Minister for Loneliness in January 2018. 


      7. SELF-ESTEEM HAS BEEN IMPROVED. 


      This is something that many of us battle with. Mindfulness practice has been demonstrated to improve self-esteem in people from all walks of life. 

      It can help you enhance your body image, feeling of self-worth, and overall satisfaction with who you are. 


      8. REGULATION OF MOOD. 


      Although mindfulness is not a replacement for adequate medical treatment, it is a valuable tool for regulating mood disorders and difficulties. 

      If you're dealing with depression, anxiety, or mood swings, mindfulness may be able to assist you.

      Mindfulness has been shown to assist people with and without mood disorders calm their emotions.


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