Meditation & Mindfulness
Meditation and Mindfulness: Be Here Now
Mindfulness: To Be Present and Aware Without Judgment
“Don’t just DO something… SIT there!”
We live in an age of “Go, go, go,” and “Do, do, do,” always on the move, always anxious to be productive and useful. We eat our meals while driving, slurp our coffee quickly to stay focused at work, only to become more and more anxious and depressed as life passes us by.
In an age of constant movement, nothing is so urgent as sitting still. -Pico Ayer
Why meditate? Why practice mindfulness?
We practice meditation and mindfulness in order to be present for the only moment that ever exists – now. Or because we long to show up and be powerful in our own life. Or because we know there’s more to life than…”this.”
In an age of extreme distraction and frantic levels of activity, we are depressed, anxious and lacking meaning in our lives. And it’s no wonder. Our minds, hearts and spirits are rarely in the same physical location as our toes. That is why we meditate. Choose to slow down. Choose to do less. Choose to simply be. And notice what you notice.
When was the last time you simply and intentionally sat down and observed the world around, and within, yourself?
Meditation and Mindfulness: Come As You Are
A meditation and mindfulness practice is not a one-size-fits-all endeavor. Some people meditate alone while others meditate in a group. Meditating in nature can feel essential for some; while others opt for their favorite couch or chair. Some gravitate toward stillness and silence; others toward motion, movement, and vocalization. Regardless of your approach, meditation is an invitation to Self. And then, to everything greater than Self.
Best of all, no special clothes or poses are required. We just “Sit.” Or we walk. Or we stand. And we notice what we notice. Grief, restlessness, thoughts, anxiety, “Am I doing this right?” And we make room for whatever shows up.
The effects of meditation and mindfulness are cumulative. Each time we “Sit,” we are a bit closer to Self and more aware. Over time we can peel away the layers. With each layer we are a bit closer to true Self. And with consistent practice, it is possible to become more connected than not.
The Physical and Mental Benefits of Meditation and Mindfulness
The benefits of meditation and mindfulness are well established in various scholarly articles and referenced in self-help pieces. Meditation and mindfulness reduce depression, anxiety, physical pain, and insomnia. They can strengthen our immune system, and improve countless other aspects of our physical, emotional, and spiritual experience.
Meditation and mindfulness can also offer us a path to greater spiritual connection, to knowing and expressing our truest nature, and to trusting Self as a manifestation of the Divine. So, whatever speaks to you — greater peace and calm, knowing Self, or a Spiritual longing — Meditation and Mindfulness have the potential to be a deeply meaningful practice in your life.