The power of the human mind is truly amazing. It is the most powerful computer ever created, and it affects your 3 dimensions of being – mind, body and spirit. No matter who you are, where you are, whether you are young or old, and regardless where you live on the planet, or your standard of living, when you change your mind you can change your life.
This is how meditation has proven successful in creating spiritual, physical, emotional and mental health on such a consistent basis, for both women and men, young and old alike.
One of the most powerful forms of a directed, focused thinking process is called Mindfulness Meditation. By becoming mindful of your surroundings, and what is going on “right now” in your life, you don’t worry about the past or future. This calms your mind, gives nearly instant stress-relief, and improves your mental focus.
Mindfulness Meditation for Beginners
1 – Find a clutter-free spot that is quiet and calm, and take a comfortable seat. Sit in natural light if possible. If you can’t sit outdoors in sunlight, leave a light on, do not meditate in the dark.
2 – Set a specific amount of time for meditating, and set an alarm. This keeps you from wondering if you have meditated long enough, or too much, leaving you to focus on mindfulness only.
3 – Straighten your upper body, but don’t stiffen it. Be solid but flexible, allowing your spine to reach its natural curvature. Your head and shoulders should rest directly above your vertebrae.
4 – Lower your chin just a bit. You may or may not let your eyelids lower, but you definitely want to let your gaze fall slightly downward. Whatever is in your line of sight, let it “be there” without intentionally focusing on it.
5 – Exist “in the moment”. Be mindful of the current moment. Turn your thoughts inward, shutting out exterior distractions. Focus on your breathing. Breathe in deeply and naturally, exhale, and experience everything there is about your breathing. If outside distractions or thoughts interrupt you, slowly push them away and return focus on your breathing.
This is a way of being mindful of the present moment. You are simply “being”, with no attitude or reaction to what is happening “in the now”. This calming exercise can be practiced anytime you have a few moments of spare time in a distraction-free environment.