What is Mindfulness Meditation?

What is Mindfulness Meditation?

Mindfulness Meditation is both a practice and a way of living that helps us—and those around us—to:

  1. Decrease suffering
  2. Increase happiness

 

Why We Suffer:

  1. Habitual thinking and reacting: to what other people say or do, to external events, to physical pain, to loss, to our own streams of thinking, to our own mistakes, and so forth
  2. Entrenched, even unconscious, beliefs: that current conditions are permanent; that other people in general are either inferior or superior to us (and, therefore, exist to us as problems to confront or avoid)

 

Mindfulness Meditation involves deliberate efforts to become more fully present to what’s happening right now, through:

  1. Pausing (before we have a negative reaction to what’s going on around us or within us)
  2. Reflecting (on what’s happening within our bodies, emotions, and perceptions/assumptions)

 

Pausing – calming practices for whenever we feel “triggered,” or during our “down time”:

  • Focusing on our breathing, by silently reciting “in, out,” or silently counting each in-breath and out-breath
  • Taking a walk (without technology!), paying close attention to what we’re seeing, hearing, feeling, touching, and smelling
  • Eating mindfully, by taking our time with each bite and not multi-tasking
  • Sitting comfortably or lying on our back on the carpet, and directing our attention to each part of our body in order to notice where it might be tense—and then focusing on our breathing while we tenderly observe this tension
  • Silently reciting what’s called the loving-kindness mantra: “May I be safe and protected from inner and outer harm.”

 

Reflecting – investing time, at our earliest opportunity, to more deeply consider the habitual thinking and beliefs that might be the sources of our:

  • Bodily sensations (tension, stomach ache, headache, back ache, shortness of breath, racing heartbeat, dry throat, perspiration, etc.)
  • Emotional distress (anger, fear, anxiety, sadness, shame, grief, disappointment, etc.)
  • Negative perceptions or assumptions (“no one likes me, no one appreciates me, I’m going to get fired,” etc.)

Proven Outcomes of Mindfulness Meditation (just Google it!):

  • Reduced stress
  • Increased focus
  • Increased productivity
  • Healthier relationships
  • Increased happiness and inner peace