There are numerous perspectives on how to do mindfulness meditation, but we will discuss four easy ones here.
You will find them highly effective and beneficial in coping with difficult situations.
Mindfulness meditation training disciplines the mind to stay in the present moment.
It sounds simple enough to do, but if you have ever tried doing it, you will know how difficult it can be.
Our mind is a powerful entity, and in its current state of carefree abandon, way beyond our ability to control. It takes us where it pleases, when it pleases and we are nothing but slaves to its wishes.
Have you ever noticed how you get led by your mind every waking moment? The habit is so ingrained that we seldom even notice it.
This unconscious capitulation to the mind is the greatest disease afflicting humanity today.
We get forced into living in the past or in the future. Never in the present, in the Now.
Every such moment of living unconsciously, of 'being unaware,' not only sows the seeds of future suffering, but also diminishes our experience of the present moment.
In each moment of desire, or lust, or anger, or hate, or irritation, we, inevitably, become victims of living mindlessly.
Our habitual, unexamined reactions to life situations imprison us and we get mercilessly shoved around by our own desires and aversions, making us totally miserable.
Practicing mindfulness frees us of the afflictions arising out of the mind's constant chatter by allowing us to center ourselves in the present moment.
Buddha advocated that one should establish mindfulness in one's day-to-day life, maintaining, as much as possible, a calm awareness of one's bodily functions, sensations, objects of consciousness, and consciousness itself.
Mindful awareness gives us the ability to slow down and watch in third person the incessant stream of thoughts and emotions in our mind.
It lets us see a desire as desire, anger as anger, fear as fear, craving as craving, pain as pain, even a thought as thought, and is profoundly liberating.
Every moment, mindfully lived, opens the door to a great transformation.
Use these different takes on how to do mindfulness meditation to strengthen your meditation practice:
Remember that we either live mindfully or mindlessly. Each moment missed is a moment unlived. For mindlessness is neither innocent nor quaint, but is outright harmful to ourselves and to those with whom we come in contact.
So make an effort to live mindfully moment-to-moment.
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