Enhancing Your Life with Mindful Meditation and Wisdom
Do you frequently make critical, judgmental statements about yourself or find yourself wishing? If only I were thinner? If only I were more successful, if only I were smarter, if only I were prettier, or If only I had more money? Do you take everything that happens, including what others say and do, to mean something about you personally? Do you feel your worth depends on whether you succeed or fail or whether you are strong or weak?
Do you tend to focus more on what is wrong with you than on what is not wrong? Do you habitually feel dissatisfied?
And discouraged because you are not who you want to be? Do you often feel alone in your inadequacies?
Everyone wants to feel calm and happy, but few of us manage it. The truth is that we are just not equipped for the 21st century. It is too fast, too crowded. And the more stressed we become, the harder it is to find the quiet times and places essential to our well-being.
But it doesn’t have to be this way. There are cures to the clam to our stress and busy modern life, and there are means of breaking through the pressure to achieve inner peace.
Wherever you turn these days, mindfulness is there, and people want it to be there. And for something this amazing, many good teachers are needed. Each day, we are approached by people who want to teach mindfulness and wonder how to best go about it.
One of the most revolutionary of human gifts is our capacity to see clearly and be present, interested, and connected to our own lives wisely and compassionately. When we mindfully eat an orange, we come alive, look into the eyes of a child, or see the apricot sunset reflected in rain puddles after a thunderstorm. Ancient wisdom and modern science teach us that having the ability to be present can be developed. Research now shows that the practice of mindfulness is remarkably healing, allowing us to tend wisely to the body, to listen carefully to the heart, and to bring a compassionate understanding to our mind and our world.
If you are like most people, you know it can be hard to stay motivated and focused 365 days a year, whether at work, home, school, etc. Then Mindful Meditation is the solution.
Mindful meditation is one of the most natural and yet most profoundly rewarding of all human activities. A great master of yoga once said that meditation is a deep concentration on God or one of His aspects. Practicing meditation every day produces astonishing results on your physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual levels. It connects you with your inner powers of vitality, clarity, and love. When done sincerely, it also connects you with God and His infinite joy.
There is an innate desire in each of us to expand our awareness, understand the nature of the universe, know who and what we are, and experience union with God. At a particular stage in this “eternal quest,” as the master called it, we are led inevitably to still the mind and practice meditation. Restless thoughts are like mental static that must be quietened if we hear the whispers of our inner self. The most profound perception about reality’s nature comes through intuition rather than logic, from the superconscious rather than the conscious mind. When the body is completely relaxed, the five senses are internalized, and the mind is focused, a tremendous flow of energy becomes available. That intense energy lifts us into super consciousness, where our inner powers of intuition are fully awake, and we become aware of personal and universal realities barely dreamed of before. But even a little internalization of the consciousness lifts us toward that state and benefits us on all levels.
Physiologically, meditation has been found, among other things, to reduce stress, strengthen the immune system, and help the body’s healing processes. During meditation, the breath and brain waves slow, blood pressure and metabolic rate decrease, and circulation and detoxification of the blood increase. A recent study of patients with coronary artery disease showed that a combination of meditation, hatha yoga, and a natural vegetarian diet could reverse the condition far better than the best traditional medical treatment presently available.
The Eight Benefits of Mindfulness