Mindfulness - Discover How Being Mindful is All You Need To Achieve Boundless Happiness And Bliss In Your Life!
What is Mindfulness
? In the most basic terms, it is the art of enjoying and living in the present moment fully, without worrying about the future or brooding about the past. It is the art and science of being in the present moment - Totally!
Meditation techniques help us to be aware of the present moment, each moment and its wide range of experiences - without any judgments from our side. It is a skill and a way of living that can be cultivated by anyone through practice.
Guide to Practicing Enhanced Awareness
It is very easy to learn and practice being totally aware in the present moment. Once you grasp the art of awareness, it is as easy and natural, just as it is for the fish to swim.
The first and foremost step in the practice of enhanced awareness in the present moment is to take stock of -
- What's going on in our body?
- What's going on in our mind?
- How are we feeling emotionally?
- Asking ourselves - who we are?
- How is our surroundings, etc.?
We start by being more aware of the small things that are present around us, but remain unnoticed, for example - our breath. It has been with us as we took birth and is the very source of our life, but we remain totally unaware of it.
In the practice of insight meditation or mindfulness, we enhance our awareness of the bodily actions as well as the thoughts and feelings arising in the mind. It is a process of discovery. We do not judge anything as good or bad, virtuous or evil. We just acknowledge its presence and lead our life with greater consciousness.
Practical Guide on Cultivating Enhanced Awareness in Day-to-Day Activities
Mindful awareness can be practiced at any time. It is the art of being in the present. It is not constrained to being a formal or intensive meditation session only. It is absolutely boundless.
You can practice it as per your comfort and convenience. There is no requirement to sit, focus on the breath or anything else. You just need to take note of, acknowledge and be aware of all that is happening in the present moment.
Some practical examples of daily life that you can make use of for being more aware are --
1) Feel the sensations arising in your feet while you're walking.
2) Listen to the gentle sounds arising as the wind passes by the trees.
3) Being aware of the sounds arising from the water when you are taking a bath, washing clothes or cleaning the dishes.
In fact, any activity can become a meditation when awareness is included in the act. Hence, it is possible to be mindful at all times. It just depends on how much awareness and consciousness you want to bring in all your daily activities.
The practice of meditation helps us to be free from the clingings of the mind such as desire, pleasure, judgments, self-image, opinions, ideals, possessions, etc. All such types of clingings limit the mind's ability to be at ease, peaceful and relaxed.