Mindfulness calms your spirit, quiets your mind and opens your heart. Mindfulness relaxes your body and retrains your brain. Mindfulness helps you break unhealthy habits.
There are a lot of people who live day to day and without a real purpose.
Are you one of those people? Ask yourself and answer honestly. No judgment.
We just do what we are supposed to do and want for more.
Many people just don’t see that there is something deeper and more meaningful to life. We try to be the prettiest we can be, with a good body, nice hairstyle, the biggest television, a grand home and fancy cars. We are always wanting more. Instead of looking at the exterior things, we would be wise to look inside ourselves.
Prayer and meditation not only bring you closer to God, they provide health benefits. In tests, people who meditated for a minimum of two weeks not only showed reduced stress but they also had a stronger immune system, better sleep, a better heart rate and lower blood pressure. In addition to this, the test subjects also had better mental capacity with an improved memory and better test performance.
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When you add spiritual actions like forgiveness and gratitude, your mind becomes clearer and more open to growth and peace. As I mention in my report, meditation is not exclusively an Eastern spiritual tradition, like some people think. Going back to the earliest of times, it is a Christian and Jewish tradition as well. Meditation has something to offer all beliefs. Instead of chanting Hindu mantras, you simply pray as you would in church, just not as a community, as a simple communication between you and God. Or you can recite text that is appropriate to your specific faith.
There are many scientific studies that show that beyond the physical and spiritual benefits of meditation, there are measurable results as well. In the tests, a group of people prayed for things like fungus not to grow. The results showed that the fungus actually did have growth that was retarded. There have even been tests where they measured the results of prayer on healing that showed positive results. There have also been studies that show just the opposite. The studies themselves are not perfect, in that they can’t cover everything. They may be able to measure number of participants and results. They can not measure intent, expectation or divine intervention.
For many people it is overwhelming and some say "impossible" to sit still and restrict their awareness to their breath or a mantra. In those cases the more expansive nature of mindfulness may be more appealing. Meditation can be seen as a contraction of awareness to a specific point; the breath, a mantra, a sound. Mindfulness is expansive in that it encourages you to be aware of multiple sensory experiences at once and to be fully absorbed in the present moment experience of them all.
It doesn’t matter which practice you begin with, simply making the first step to begin will lead to benefits that have the potential to be life altering.
Mindfulness Practice: Walking Meditation
Goal: Awareness, Connect the Mind and Body
Benefits: Increases mindfulness, encourages being in present moment, promotes awareness, enhances spirituality, creates calm and peace, promotes good health
- While standing, bring focus to observing your breathing to center yourself for a minute
- Feel the weight placed on the feet, the balance required to remain upright
- Express gratitude for the ability to walk as you begin to walk
- Walk at a normal, but slow pace
- With your focus still on your feet, scan your body upward, noting the sensations that walking creates within your body
- Feel the vibration, the rhythm, the airflow, the muscles moving, the clothes upon your skin
- Acknowledge without judgment any thoughts or emotions that come into your consciousness and allow them to pass, bringing focus back to scanning the body
- Be aware of your environment, notice what is going on around you, finding a balance between your inner and outer environment
- Continue to scan until you reach the crown of the head
- Come to a natural pause as you finish, gently stopping
- Note the feelings and sensations throughout your body
- Take a moment to reflect, expressing gratitude for the experience