What is mindful Meditation?
The definition that encapsulates the essence of the present moment is surprisingly simple: Mindfulness meditation is the ability to respond to life creatively.
When living our hyper-vigilant lifestyle, our thoughts are surfacing in rapid speed, yet you cannot think clearly. Neuroscience today confirms that being frightened actually reduces intelligence and lessens awareness of the present moment. In other words, fear, worrying and stress makes us dumber and decreases our ability to respond creatively.
Practising mindfulness meditation while consciously eating, for example, is beneficial practice in itself – but most importantly – it is a preparation for challenging situations.
If you never practice being aware of the present moment while doing simple activities, you will not remember to give your full attention and presence to your loved ones and never remember to be mindful while facing a challenging conversation or argument.
Mindfulness is a skill that anyone can become progressively better at if practiced regularly. However, many people tend to underestimate the importance of such practice as most of us are not even aware of being unaware. Others have an intention of practicing but then forget. It is important to train ourselves ‘to remember’ often.
Mindfulness meditation typically consists of paying attention to whatever activity a person is engaged in, often consciously anchoring in her own breath. For example, mindfulness meditation can be practiced while sitting down and observing the body, thoughts and environment, or it can be practiced while doing simple activities such as lying down, sitting up, washing hands, walking, eating or driving.
So real mindfulness is not just moving slowly, looking peaceful or being silent. The real art of mindfulness meditation is awakening to life’s pleasures and opening up in discomfort in order to bypass our past conditionings and habits.