Yoga and Mindfulness Meditation

What is mindfulness meditation? First of all, meditation is an excellent tool for deepening spirituality and expanding personal growth. Mindfulness meditation is a form of meditation that can be done anywhere and at any time. It has tremendous potential to help you lead a more aware life and to make better decisions in life. With meditation techniques, you focus on the moment. You pay close attention to your actions and the reasons for your actions. This helps you to realize that often, we do things without thinking. When we apply conscious thought to our actions and decisions, we are able to live more focused and meaningful lives.

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Apply this concept to time that you spend with your friends and relations. Do you actually share your true thoughts and feelings? Are you able to communicate free of an agenda? If so, you will find that you have deeper and more meaningful interactions. The ultimate result of this is a sense of authenticity and well-being that results in a happier life and better health.

Mindfulness in financial decisions has definite rewards. Instead of running around putting out financial fires, take some time to reflect on your financial decisions as you make them. With careful consideration, you can build financial security through mindful decision making. When you allow yourself the few moments it takes to breathe and be truly in the moment, you will find that you have much more patience and goodwill toward others. Being mindful means being able to cope successfully moment-by-moment without a sense of urgency or impending doom.

How can we cultivate mindfulness? At first, it isn’t easy. In the western world, we are used to running around like chickens with our heads cut off dealing with one ‘emergency’ after another. To get into the habit of mindfulness, it is helpful to set aside some time every day to practice mindfulness meditation.

Yoga leads your way to mindfulness meditation

Yoga Nidra is a special type of yoga that is devoted to the learning of mindfulness. By taking 15 or 20 minutes a day to focus your mind on the present, you can train your mind into the habit of being in the moment. The more you practice Yoga Nidra, the more adept your mind will become at focusing on the moment and seeking practical and sensible solutions and responses to your current situation.

It is important that you find a good setting to practice your Yoga Nidra mindfulness meditation. Create a space for yourself that is quiet and intimate, and lifts your spirits. Shut out noises and disturbances so that you can focus fully on centering your thoughts. During this time, you do not want to allow negative emotions and reactions such as jealousy, anger, resentment, and so on to distract you or carry your thoughts out of the present.

Welcome to your Yoga Nidra mindfulness meditation

At first, you should practice your Yoga Nidra mindfulness meditation for only a few minutes (10-15) two times daily. Once in the morning and once in the evening are ideal times. Gradually, you can increase to 20 – 30 minute sessions, if you wish. The purpose of these sessions is to learn how to focus your mind on the moment. Get comfortable and pay close attention to your breathing, your immediate surroundings and the very moment you are in.

While you should be comfortable and free of distraction, you should also be sure to use good posture because this will prevent you from having stiff, sore muscles after meditation practice and it will prevent distractions within your body. To practice Yoga Nidra mindfulness meditation, you can sit cross legged, or in the Lotus Position if this is comfortable for you, on a mat or cushion. Keep your spine straight and your hips and shoulders level. If you start to drift off, focus on your posture to bring you back into the moment. Keep your eyes open and look down and slightly in front of yourself to be aware of your immediate space.

As you become more aware of your immediate space and your immediate situation, free of distractions, begin to focus on your breathing. You should breathe in for a slow count of ten and out for a slow count of eight. Be aware of the ‘saah’ – ‘haah’ sound in the back of your throat as you breathe. Understand that this should be natural breath. You should not have to force yourself. Naturally deep breathing should produce these results. Thoughts will float in and out of your consciousness. Redirect them and focus on your breathing. Remember that the point of Yoga Nidra mindfulness meditation is to teach your mind to be in the present.

When you have finished your mindfulness meditation, give yourself a few minutes to return to the busy world. With practice, your mind will begin to focus on the present moment naturally and effortlessly, and you will be able to practice Yoga Nidra mindfulness meditation at all times. The end result will be greater presence in each moment of your life and decision making and responses to life that are more informed and more pertinent.

For example, when your mind has made a habit of mindfulness, you can:

Practice mindfulness while you cook! When you make mindful choices as you prepare meals, you can truly prepare your meals with love and concern for yourself and your family members. If you have family members helping you, practicing mindfulness can make this a joyous occasion rather than one for impatience and irritability.

Practice mindfulness when you wash your dishes! Deciding to hand-wash your dishes is a mindful choice. It saves resources and money. Additionally, it gives you the very pure and simple satisfaction of transforming a stack of dirty dishes into clean shining dishes neatly stacked in your cupboards. Instead of cursing your dirty dishes, take time to appreciate the fact that you have clean water to wash them. Use a scented, organic dish cleaner to give yourself an aromatherapy experience. Use the activity as an opportunity to spend quality time with your child both teaching and giving your child the chance to do something useful and helpful.

Sweep your floors and rake your paths mindfully! Sweeping and raking are actually meditation techniques used by Buddhist monks. You can transform your floors, patios and pathways from cluttered messes to smooth, inviting surfaces. The swish-swish of the broom or gentle scrape of the rake invites meditation on the moment, and the sense of accomplishment underscores the value of making the mindful choice to sweep or rake by hand rather than using energy wasting powered garden equipment or an electric broom.

You can apply the technique of Yoga Nidra mindfulness meditation to any and all of your daily activities. If mindfulness meditation is consistently done, you will soon notice that you are having more successful interactions and making wiser choices simply by being in the moment.

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