Meditation is an ancient discipline that has been practiced across many traditions, cultures and religions. Each has its own particular method; from transcendental meditation, mantra meditation, mindful breathing, sound meditation and progressive muscle relaxing meditation to yoga, tai chi and qigong. Although each method varies somewhat in form, they all focus on the one main principle; breathing.
Being mindful is a state of being that allows us to live in the now, not think about the past or worry about the future. When we are fully present and aware we begin to exist in a divine state of surrender and submission. Logical thought is temporarily suspended and we maintain a self-observing attitude by silencing the mind and allowing our energy to flow freely.
Mindful Meditation is a conscious awareness of our current thoughts, feelings and surroundings – and accepting this awareness with openness and curiosity in a non-judgmental way. Simply put it means focusing our attention on non-doing!
The healing and psychological benefits of mindful meditation are vast and wide. Researchers and neuroscientists have now confirmed that the health benefits include; improved concentration, perceptual sensitivity, reaction time, memory, self-control, empathy and self-esteem. It has also been proven to reduce stress, anxiety, depression, headaches, and high blood pressure.
Meditation is easy to do, but it needs practice and discipline. Sometimes the mind is still and sometimes it’s busy. The more you practice to breathe consciously the more relaxed, at peace, aware, alert, focused, capable and productive you will become. Ultimately you will have a deeper understanding of yourself. Consistency and patience make meditation easier