Mindfulness Meditation, also known as Vipassana or Insight Meditation, is based on a twenty-five hundred year old tradition that is non-sectarian and non-religious. It is one of the most popular styles of meditation in the world. This path is of self-transformation through self-observation and focuses on the deep interconnection between the mind and the body.
Cultivating mindfulness in our everyday experience of life is paramount in overcoming suffering and pain. Mindfulness is nurtured through the daily practice of meditation which may be performed via formal sitting, relaxed walking or lying down, eating or with any activity, be it personal or business.
Mindfulness is not directed toward changing the way we are, but more about helping us become aware of what is already true and real about ourselves. It teaches us to be unconditionally present, accepting and non-judgmental with whatever life is offering us at the time.
Each of us is endowed with mindfulness and this quality can be cultivated through meditation. Mindfulness is not thinking, but an awareness of thinking and an awareness of how we experience our internal and external sensory worlds.
Mindfulness invites whatever arises in our awareness and is open-hearted and non-judgmental. It seeks to make us more aware of our moment-to-moment attention and asks us to be more present within our lives.
With a continuing practice, life will become characterized by an increased peaceful awareness and an elevated sense of allowing along with a confident feeling of self-control. Positive results will appear gradually as one progresses on the path.
Mindfulness can bring an entirely new level of beingness into focus so we can allow the mind and the body to relax into a place of peaceful and yet effective existence.
Learning to cope with daily stress can be disconcerting to many people. Most of us did not learn how to effectively handle life’s problems and difficulties at early ages. We were not taught these things growing up because our parents did not know how to deal with these issues either.
Now that mindfulness meditation and other stress-reducing techniques have come into mainstream medicine and society, it is easy to adapt and learn new ways of coping with or eliminating stress and stress-induced illnesses.
Mindfulness is a way of being. We can learn to be mindful in everything we do. Being mindful produces extraordinary results and can lead us into a more fun-filled, fulfilled life.
(Exerpted from my forthcoming book, The Mindfulness Approach)