It’s never to late to bring a meditative focus to each part of your morning ritual in order to appreciate your daily life. To do this, simply bring mindfulness to each action that you take, from the way you get out of bed to the personal habits and activities you engage in before you leave home. Keep you mind on exactly what you are doing at every moment. If you are watching yourself, notice the feeling of water on your skin. While you prepare and eat your breakfast, direct an easy attentiveness to the process., taking pleasure in each moment. Extend this attention and care for everything you do this morning, setting a focused and mindful tone for the events that will take place during the rest of your day.
The emotional and physical benefits of meditation can include:
Gaining a new perspective on stressful situations.
For the past thirty years, Deepak Chopra has been at the forefront of the meditation revolution in the West. Total Meditation offers a complete exploration and reinterpretation of the physical, mental, emotional, relational, and spiritual benefits that this practice can bring. Deepak guides readers on how to wake up to new levels of awareness that will ultimately cultivate a clear vision, heal suffering in your mind and body, and help recover who you really are. Readers will undergo a transformative process, which will result in an awakening of the body, mind, and spirit that will allow you to live in a state of open, free, creative, and blissful awareness twenty-four hours a day.
With this book, Deepak elevates the practice of meditation to a life-changing quest for higher consciousness and a more fulfilling existence. He also incorporates new research on meditation and its benefits, provides practical awareness exercises, and concludes with a 52-week program of meditations to help revolutionize every aspect of your life.
So often when we are in the middle of a negative state of mind, or difficult feelings, we forget that we have any way to change what is happening. When you are in the grip of any kind of strong sensation it can be very easy to be consumed by it. We feel like we are it, in it, totally surrounded by it.
But this is only a perception; when we meditate we learn that there are other perspectives available, and we get to experience the same kinds of strong sensations but with a bit of distance between us and the feelings. We get to observe the sensation rather than become it. But it is incredibly easy to lose sight of this and get carried along by thoughts, feelings, and sensations.
A couple of days ago I was doing a fairly monotonous chore and my mind was chattering away. After a while I found myself wondering when all the chatter was going to stop. Suddenly it occurred to me that I was just letting this happen. I realised I wasn’t doing anything about it, I was just listening to the unskilful mental chatter and wasn’t intervening at all. I remembered that what would be the more useful thing to do was to cultivate something more skillful, so I did.
Let’s first start off with why I’m even writing this article to begin with. It probably seems a little out of left-field and is definitely part of my blogging niche. This year, the whirlwind of what is 2020, has been a very challenging one for our country. We were hit with an invisible enemy that has killed so many and completely turned all of our lives upside down. Now, we are facing another enemy, a much older disease – racism. We are all tired, we are all upset, we are all exhausted. It has been a long three months and the battles are a far cry from over (especially the latter). These circumstances are precisely why I’m sharing this post about meditation; it has been a wonderful tool for me during this emotional time and may be of some help to others also.
Benefits of Meditation
Meditation has some powerful benefits and many can attest to the positive boost it can bring to your life. It lowers stress levels, improves focus, allows us to connect better with our bodies, and fosters more kindness towards ourselves. You are essentially taking a few minutes to clear your chatter-filled mind and actually choose what you focus on – your breath. This practice of bringing your mind back to this one thought teaches us to remain in the present and sideline our distractions. I love the way the authors of mindful.org phrase meditation’s affect on the mind: “Training the mind through meditation is training in awareness, and training in awareness offers the potential to fundamentally transform your perspective on life.”