Mindfulness only asks us to pay attention to the present moment with a kind, curious attitude and without judgment. And so the practice of Mindfulness Meditation can be simple since we just breathe in and out, noticing where our attention wanders, and bringing the focus back to the breath again. It‘s a unique kind of meditation because it helps us become aware of what is already true moment by moment. Let’s Begin:
- Find a quiet place and take a comfortable seat, knowing you will be there for 10-15 minutes. You can take a seated yoga posture on a cushion, or choose a chair with your feet touching the floor.
- Gently straighten your upper body to allow for your breath to flow easily.
- Rest your arms and hands softly on the top of your legs.
- Lower your gaze downward and let your eyelids close slightly, aware of what you see but not focusing on anything.
- After a few moments, settle and begin to follow your breath as it moves in and out.
- As you follow your breath eventually your mind will wander – simply be mindful and notice where it wanders – then bring your attention back to your breath.
Don’t worry about the thoughts that come up, don’t try to analyze them, or use the moment to problem-solve – just stay with your breath. This is the practice of mindfulness meditation, and although these are simple steps, it’s not necessarily easy. This practice asks that you simply keep doing it daily and results will follow – serenity and gratitude, better physical health and psychological well-being.