mindfulness

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The meditation most specifically designed to enhance awareness is mindfulness meditation. Introduced 2,500 years ago, it has been practised by countless people.  It has spread around the world and is used by people from diverse backgrounds.

Mindfulness meditation builds on the breath meditation. The aim of breath meditation is to try to keep your attention focused solely on the breath in order to develop concentration. In mindfulness practise, however, the emphasis is less on concentration and more on awareness. You start with the breath but then go on to other experiences. Your goal is to explore the full range of mental and physical experience.

Begin by sitting comfortably with your back straight and body relaxed. First focus on te breath, either the rising and falling of your abdomen or the sensations at your nostrils as the air moves in and out. Notice the ever-changing flow of sensations that make up the experience of each breath. The more clear awareness becomes, the more sensations you can observe in a single breath,

Before long another experience will catch your attention. It may be a sound in the environment, a tickle in the body, or a thought or image in the mind. Whatever it is, if your mind is drawn into it, allow your attention to shift to this experience and explore it carefully. If it is a sound, try to hear the vibrations. If it is a body pain, try to explore it so deeply that you can identify the individual sensations, such as tingling or pressure, that we interpret as pain.

In your mind you can catch sight of some of the most powerful forces that touch your life: the mental images, emotions and thoughts that mold your experiences. Notice the way image suddendly appears and seems so realistic that for a moment you become lost in it and mistake it for reality. Emotions such as anger, fear, joy will parade through your awareness, each one bringing its own world of experience. What does each one feel like, how does it change as you observe it, and what body sensations accompany it?

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Finally, try to catch the most sublte: your thoughts. Thoughts are experienced as words within the mind, but they are sometimes hard to detect at first. Yet the effort is worthwhile because unrecognized thoughts exert an awesome influence on our beahviour and experience.

Thoughts, emotions, and images – all appear in the mind, linger for a moment, and then disappear. Contrary to many people’s beliefs, the task in meditation is not to squelch them, nor even to struggle with them. Rather, simply observe and study them and they will change and pass away by themselves. When they do, simply return your attention to the breath and begin exploring it again.

Like a dance, in mindfulness meditation there is a rhythm – the rhythm of awareness. You start by exploring the breath, then investigate whatever draws attention, and then return to the breath. The whole process is very gentle and allowing. There is no need to wrestle with your mind or force it in any way. You don’t have to try to make certain experiences occur or try to stop others. Nothing is asked of you except to be as aware as you can in each moment. There are no distractions to worry about because “distractions,” such as noises or itches, are simply further experiences to explore. You don’t need to judge experiences as good or bad; you simply explore and learn from them. As you do, you refine awareness, clear and quiet your mind. Do this daily – maybe start 5 min a day, then, over time, you can extend to 20 min. Practice this immersion in the present moment – This moment, right now is a gift. Enjoy it!

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