Meditation & Mindfulness
Meditation and Mindfulness
The intentional act of slowing down, doing less and being still can feel like a constant battle in our culture today. I’ve learned from my clients over the years that “FOMO” or “Fear of Missing Out” is, indeed, very real. I tend to think of FOMO as a by-product of the Social Media Age, where very curated images are force-fed to the unsuspecting as “real life.” Everyone else has a somehow better life than could ever possibly be real.
In addition to our own “FOMO,” we often experience cultural backlash for simply saying”No,” politely declining invitations, plans, and chronic overstimulation in favor of doing less and “being” more. Making different choices often causes others to question their own. And that can make people uncomfortable.
In an age of constant movement, nothing is so urgent as sitting still.
~ Pico Ayer
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 for Self and be powerful in our own life. Or because we know somewhere deep down, “There’s got to be 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. Is it any wonder? Our minds, hearts, and spirits are rarely in the same physical location as our toes. You can choose to slow down. You can choose to do less. You can choose to simply be. And notice what you notice.
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. Others opt for their favorite couch or chair. Some gravitate toward stillness and silence. Some folks prefer 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 simply “sit.” Or walk. Or stand. And we notice what we notice. Grief, restlessness, thoughts, anxiety, “Am I doing this right?” We make room for all that presents itself. Often, we return our focus to a single point of awareness – the breath, the bottom of the belly, a blank blackboard, a sound. Always back to a single point of awareness. This is the practice. The return to your chosen anchor.
The effects of meditation and mindfulness are cumulative. Each time we “sit” (or walk or stand) we are a bit closer, connected and known, to Self. With consistent practice, it is possible to become more connected than not.
The 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. These practices 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. Meditation and Mindfulness have the potential to be a deeply meaningful practice in your life.
“Go slow – or don’t go.”
~ Yours truly 🙂