by Rev. Sumner
Mindful Meditation is being fully present,
in each moment,
and savoring all experiences.
For someone new to meditation, meditation is so much
more, than just sitting still with your eyes closed,
trying not to physically fall asleep,
although sitting still that can be part of it.
Meditation is so much more, than just sitting still.
Mindful meditation can be practiced throughout your day,
in so many and in many different activities.
define Meditation by the Webster dictionary
which says, "to ponder, to reflect upon".
Although that definition can be meditation, it is also
Mindful Meditation can assist you in
achieving or receiving many benefits: mental, physical, financial,
emotional and spiritual.
The effects of Mindful Meditation
assist you to integrate the inner world of peace and joy with
your outer world of action and achievement.
This integration produces a full development of your body,
mind and heart the true unfoldment of who you are with all your
Mindful Meditation is being fully present, in each
moment, and one of the great parts of this, is that you
are already practicing mindfulness in some part of your
Unfortunately many people go
through life in robot mode, almost asleep. You may have heard
someone say, or said yourself - that is so easy I could do it in my
sleep. My job is so boring, I'm like a robot. or something similar.
is what happens
when you are busy
making other plans"
~ John Lennon ~
Persons new to Mindful
Meditation generally ask similar questions These may
include: What is it?; What do I do?; What can I
expect?; Can I do this on my own?; Do I always have to
be sitting in a quiet space to meditate?; and How do I
know if I'm doing it right?
Many books have
been written on the subject.
If we look at
the last question first, this is one activity you
can only do right.
Different states of mind and clarity will bring
different results. However, they are all the experience
you have. Whatever you experience
will be correct.
Allow yourself your experience.
Another of the important
questions, relates to whether sitting in a quiet space is
always required. The answer here is "NO".
You can practice
Mindful Meditation while involved in movement as well, such
as dancing or walking. The key is the "Mindfulness".
In active mindful meditation, you are experiencing all parts
of life. Therefore both stillness and activity, and silence or
sounds can be experienced in meditation.
The function of Mindful
Meditation is to heal and transform; to look deeply within;
to listen for messages and guidance, and to realize and
accept your powerfulness, your creativity, your full
expression - all that you are..
so accustomed to dragging our past with us and holding onto
the illusion of the excitement, worry and anticipation of
the future, we miss the moment we are in. By
practicing Mindful Meditation, we experience the NOW.
Plan for the future, absolutely! however, live in the
With Mindful Meditation we learn that
freedom actually results from letting go, rather than from
old habits of attempting to control or hang on. With Mindful Meditation we learn how to liberate
ourselves from our own internal blocks.
Some people use meditation as
a means to escape from the problems in their lives.
Some use it as an escape to play. Increasing
playfulness in our lives is a very important healing practice, however, in order
to receive the insight and passionate energy from Mindful Meditation , we
must be willing to go beyond attempting to use meditation
only as an escape from our lives.
Mindful Meditation as part of your daily life
practice will assist you to find answers, healing, and enlivened
passion and energy.
Practiced regularly, Mindful
Mediation clarifies the voice of Truth. Mindful Meditation
can assist you from becoming tangled in your everyday life.
It can assist you in bringing about the results you want in
your life with more ease.
Mindful Meditation can slow down the chatter in your
Regularly practiced Mindful Meditation can assist you in
personally empowering yourself.
Our relationship with ourselves and others can become
transformed, easier and more joyful, when we practice
Most people are not afraid of
getting what they want.
They are used to that.
people are afraid of removing their blockages,
because they know on a very deep level
that their life will change
in a powerful dramatic way
~ Carolyn Myss ~
Meditation allows you the opportunity to hear how to get
what you desire, and opens you to the realization that you
have the ability and strength to have it. All you need is
the willingness to listen and then follow the guidance.
The hope, desire and manifestation of your life all
originate from within and shine outward from there. Your
life is a manifestation of what you truly believe - deep
Meditation is a mirror reflection of your life, and
Mindfulness allows you to look, see and make changes - deep
inside, which can then change your outside world.
As you listen in Mindful Meditation, your opportunities are
offered. Our lives are the constant unfolding of our
choices. We can become more alive in our daily existence.
As you accept your messages in
Mindful Meditation, wonderful things can happen in your day. Your
inner perspective increases and you start to see things in a
different light, You reach a point where you are not so
vulnerable, and you're not shattered by disappointment - you
grow. You find
the beautiful results of liking yourself and relating that
self to others. Your confidence continues to build and your capability
expands, and by doing so, you build your life as you grow.
other benefits of Mindfulness,
Mindful Meditation can be practiced anywhere.
It is possible to meditate on your own.
With a group, you may find the group energy assists
you in staying focused and mindful.
Practicing Mindful Breathing during meditation allows you to
free your mind and enjoy the freedom of meditation
breath plays an important role. Our breath is the connecting link between the inner world of our
spirit, our heart or our passion, and the outer world
of the physical, our body and the world.
Breath is essential to life. Think about it - you can
go days without water, weeks without food, but only minutes
Mindful breathing can assist in
putting an end to distracting thoughts, bringing us back to
the present moment where we can receive the benefits of the
may practice Mindful breathing on your own and find it helps
you to stay focused and in the moment.
Mindful breathing exercise:
Sit comfortable and take in deep breaths through your
Feel the sensation.
Take in deep breaths and on the exhale, allow your air
to flow through your lips.
This should be simple and natural.
Continue to take deep breaths and focus on the sound of your
breath as you inhale and exhale.
If your mind begins to wander.
Let that be ok,
and then bring your focus back to the sound of your breath.
Breath into your chest.
Can you feel your chest expand without opening your
eyes and looking at it?
Breath into your tummy.
Can you sense the expansion of your tummy
without having to open your eyes and look?
Continue to focus on the sound and flow of your breath.
Continue for a few more breaths.
Then allow yourself to breathe your normal style breathing.
When you feel comfortable with your normal style breathing.
Open your eyes.
You have practiced Mindful
Being in the moment with the sound and flow of your
breath, each moment.
important not to become ambitious or to give yourself limits
on what you need to experience.
Allow yourself to remove the boundaries and limits
and just be with the free space.
This will take practice and patience with yourself, however,
the rewards of mindful meditation will be worth it.
there are many possibilities,
but in the
there are few"
~ Suziki ~
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Mindful Meditations are each different.
Some encourage joy, others insight and awakening.
Others peacefulness, playfulness, healing .
Others increase passion and energy.
Some meditations we empty the mind of thoughts and
other meditations focus on a specific thought or image.
Mindful Meditation brings about the union of opposites.
Ying and Yang, your active and passive, your
conscious mind, subconscious mind, your spiritual and your
After Mindful Meditation, you may find it beneficial to
write down any thoughts or feelings that have come to you
during your meditation or soon after.
If you received a particular insight or received
peace and silence and no words at all, take the time to
write this in a journal.
In time, you may see a connection of this information.
Perhaps answers you were seeking, or validation that
you have made progress in your listening.
Writing down the awareness expands your experience.
Your mind has served you well, thinking out your life
and how to live it.
However, unless you have all you desire physically,
financially and emotionally, you can learn more from your
insight is your
relationship with yourself, and with your source. As you
continue to do things the same way - you will continue to
get the same results.
“The definition of
continuing the same thoughts and behaviors
and expecting different results.”
~ Albert Einstein ~
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Give yourself a
gift of change.
For the next 7 days, start a Mindful Meditation practice,
once a day.
Give yourself 15 minutes to practice Mindfulness.
Keep a journal of your thoughts and experiences.
You have tried
everything else to get what and where you want in life - why
not this for 7 days?
Be honest with
yourself and your practice, and you may surprise yourself in
Mindful Meditation practice, you may find yourself
practicing Mindful Living.
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