Meditation and Mindfulness
Mindfulness has been a new ‘buzz’ word for a little while day. Mindfulness means being fully aware of the moment, in order that we can experience each event in our lives fully and completely. Mindfulness is really just a modern day word for meditation.
The word meditation probably brings to mind images of awkward looking seated postures, held for very long time in absolute silence. This is certainly one way to meditate. Patanjali, the ancient sage who collated the Yoga Sutras believed that by living the first four sutras, and practicing the next three, that eventually an individual could read enlightenment. Enlightenment is considered to free you from the never-ending cycle of life and death.
There are some streams of yoga that focus heavily on this type of meditation. However, for those of us that live in the real word, meditation and mindfulness, can be difficult to come by using the sitting in silence technique.
During March, I will offer suggestions to help this ‘seated’ meditation more accessible, but I will also offer suggestions to other types of meditation and mindfulness that you can tap into during your day to day life.
So why meditate?
Up until we are about seven years old we experience almost everything as a new and novel experience. The neural pathways in our brain aren’t hardwired at this tender age. After about age seven we experience everything in relation to something that has already happened to us. Good, bad, frightening, exciting – whatever something made us feel at that tender age will influence how we feel about it the next time a similar thing happens. Quite astounding when you really think about it! The only way to experience situations in our present and future lives as new, without outdated attachments, is the meditate. If that’s not a good enough reason to get started then I don’t know what is!
Lets get started..
So for Day 1 of the March Meditation Challenge I would like you to sit for 1 minute, feel free to set a timer. I find setting a time helps as it stops you wandering if your time is up, as you know its not until you hear the beep. So, sitting up straight back, absolutely anywhere, I invite you to focus on the breath. Listen to the sound, notice the breath as it enters your nostrils, travels down the throat. Watch as the belly, ribs and chest rise as you inhale, and fall as you exhale. Notice if either nostril feels more blocked than the other. Focus on your breath to the exclusion of everything else – become your breathe. For 1 minute – you can do this,
Let me know how it goes for you
I would love to hear what your think of this, please comment on my blog, email me, comment on my Facebook page or my Instagram account and tag me #wycyoga.
You might also like to read my previous blog on Satya, or truthfulness.
Namaste, Rebecca x