01 Meditation

 

GETTING STARTED WITH MINDFULNESS


For many of us, our days are filled with goal-oriented activities. We can get so wrapped up in our ‘to-do’ lists that we do not notice how we are feeling, what we are sensing and our days pass without much awareness. By engaging in a mindfulness practice we can emerge from this goal-centered approach and move into the intention to be present to our lives. This move in no way implies that everything else is the wrong path (that in some way we’ve been doing the wrong thing all along). Rather that ‘Being fully present doesn’t mean changing into something ‘better’ but removing layers of fear and criticism that keep you from experiencing your wholeness’. (Judith Hanson Lasater, ‘Living Your Yoga’).

1. SET ASIDE SOME TIME...

...and find a space where you are unlikely to be interrupted (this may involve some negotiation with the people in your home!).

2. OBSERVE THE PRESENT MOMENT AS IT IS:

Mindfulness is not about quieting the mind or attempting to achieve any particular state. The intention is to pay attention to the present moment, without judgement.

3. Practice non-judgement:

When we notice our inner critic arising, we can acknowledge these thoughts, and let them fade without following that mind-thread.

4. Return again and again:

Our minds often get wrapped up in thoughts. Mindfulness is the practice of returning, again and again, to the present moment.

5. Kindness and patience:

Let go of judging yourself for thoughts as they come up, and practicing being aware when your mind has wandered off, and gently (and with kindness) bring it back.