• A Moment for Mindfulness: Practice in Posture, A Seated Guide to Meditation

    By Mindful Magazine on Friday, July 11, 2014

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    Meditation is not all in your mind. In fact, it begins and ends in the body.

    When we think about meditating, we often get distracted by our own thoughts. So in this post, we are going to do something about what’s happening in our heads.
     
    Meditation involves taking the time to pay attention to where we are and what’s going on, and that starts with being aware of our body. That very act can be calming, since our body has internal rhythms that help it relax—if we give it a chance.
     
    Here’s a posture practice that can be used to begin a longer meditation practice, or perhaps a practice to help stabilize and relax before carrying on with the rest of your day.
     
    TIME: 3 to 5 minutes
     
    1. Take your seat. Whatever you’re sitting on—a chair, meditation cushion, or park bench—find a spot that gives you a stable, solid seat, not perching or hanging back.
     
    2. If on a cushion or on the floor, cross your legs comfortably in front of you (If you already do some kind of seated yoga posture, go ahead). If on a chair, make sure the bottoms of your feet are touching the floor.
     
    3. Straighten—but don’t stiffen—your upper body. The spine has a natural curvature. Let it be there. Your head and shoulders can comfortably rest on top of your vertebrae.
     
    4. Situate your upper arms parallel to your upper body. Then let your hands drop onto the tops of your legs. With your upper arms at your sides, your hands will land in the right spot. Too far forward will make you hunch. Too far back will make you stiff. You’re tuning the strings of your body—not too tight and not too loose.
     
    5. Drop your chin a little and let your gaze fall gently downward. You may let your eyelids lower. If you feel the need, you may lower them completely, but it’s not necessary to close your eyes when meditating. You can simply let what appears before your eyes be there without focusing on it.
     
    6. Stay there for a few moments. Relax. Now get up and go about your day.
     
    - Barry Boyce, Mindful Magazine Editor-in-Chief
     
    Mindful will return in August with their third guest post. In the meantime, visit mindful.org for feature articles or to subscribe to the magazine in print or digital format.

     

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  • A Moment For Mindfulness: Introducing Guest Bloggers Mindful Magazine

    By Mindful Magazine on Thursday, June 12, 2014

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    We’re excited to introduce Mindful Magazine, a publication that celebrates mindfulness in all aspects of daily living, as our all-new guest bloggers. Mindful will be sharing relevant tips and inspirational features on a monthly basis, offering insight into a simpler, more peaceful way of living. Join us—and see firsthand how mindfulness can impact your everyday life.  

    We hear the word “mindfulness” a lot these days. 2014 has even been called The Year of Mindful Living. What exactly are people talking about?

    Mindfulness. It's a pretty straightforward word. It suggests that the mind is fully attending to what’s happening, to what you’re doing, to the space you’re moving through. That might seem trivial, though we so often veer from the matter at hand. Our mind takes flight, we lose touch with our body, and pretty soon we’re engrossed in obsessive thoughts about something that just happened or fretting about the future. And that makes us anxious.
     

    Yet no matter how far we drift away, mindfulness is right there to snap us back to where we are and what we’re doing and feeling.

    If you want to know what mindfulness is, it’s best to try it for a while. Since it’s hard to nail down in words, you will find slight variations in the meaning in books, websites, audio, and video. Here’s an all-purpose definition that treats mindfulness as a quality that every human being already possesses, rather than something we have to conjure up:
     

    Mindfulness is the basic human ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and what we’re doing, and not overly reactive or overwhelmed by what’s going on around us.

    While mindfulness is innate, it can be cultivated through proven techniques, particularly seated, walking, standing, and moving meditation (it’s also possible lying down but often leads to sleep); short pauses we insert into everyday life; and merging meditation practice with other activities, such as yoga or sports. When we’re mindful, we reduce stress, enhance performance, gain insight and awareness through observing our own mind, and increase our attention to others’ well-being.
     
    Mindfulness meditation gives us a time in our lives when we can suspend judgment and unleash our natural curiosity about the workings of the mind, approaching our experience with warmth and kindness—to ourselves and others.
     
    - Barry Boyce, Mindful Magazine Editor-in-Chief
     
    Mindful will return in July with their second guest post. In the meantime, visit mindful.org for feature articles or to subscribe to the magazine in print or digital format.

     

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