Mindfulness

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Mindfulness

Mindfulness seems to be all the rage in today’s society. Anything we attach the word mindfulness to seems to well attend, given some form of importance, makes us feel like we are a part of a new movement. Actually, the concept is very deeply seeped in traditions.

Budda focused on the breath for concentration. 118th Sutra in the Majhima Nikaya

Patanjali mentions an impure mind that runs from to there and once it is purified concentration comes automatically. Book 2:41

The book The Miracle of Mindfulness was written in 1974, by a Vietnamese named Thich Nhat Hanh.

“Finally, all of you, live in harmony with one another; be sympathetic, love as brothers, be compassionate and humble.”
1 Peter 3:8 Bible

Simply put mindfulness can be seen as acting in a spirit of compassion, focused on the task at hand, alert, willing and able to handle situations with intelligence. Not being distracted by the mundane, the ability to enjoy, experience all aspects of any given task.

An example: Close your eyes and visualize your self standing in a large soup kitchen and you have just been asked to wash all the dishes from today’s service.

Explore your first reaction to the assignment.

A simple task of washing dishes should be given our fullest attention. Taking in all the sensations of the water, soap and the cleanliness of the dishes while we preform this simple task. Stay aware of the fact that you are cleaning dishes. Focus on the breath, notice the reality of the task, ask yourself can I remain humble and content. By practicing this technique we are able to remain in touch with our thought patterns and keep our mind from endless chatter, and clutter.

Let’s apply this to the class situation:

You have come early to your studio to prepare your mind, body and the day’s practice for the class. In walks two student’s new to your studio, they proceed to share with you that they both have sever knee problems that keep them from doing and kneeling, or standing asana.

Truthfully, what is your first thought?

How do you approach your lesson plan?

We have all heard of Mindful Eating. Simply put, it is a method of eating that requires you to smell the aromas, slow down the chewing process, taste, feel and experience the food that you have consciously or unconsciously chosen to nourish the body. After practicing Mindful Eating you make less unconscious and more heath conscious choices and you are full from less.

Example: Distribute 4 food items (raisin, cube of cheese, cracker, small candy or chocolate, just keep it simple and one or two of the item) to each student. Before they eat, let them look at the item, feel the item, smell and then taste the item. Chew the item for at least 20 chews if not more.

While chewing ask yourself: what is the taste, how does it feel for each of the food items you have given out.

After all the items have been consumed, wait in silence for 5 to 8 minutes, ask your self if you feel real hunger or are you satisfied.

Mindfulness Breath

We should be aware of the power of our breath. The breath is a direct path to maintaining our mindful state. Breath is the connection to consciousness and life. Use the breath to bring your attention back to the body by focusing on the inhale and exhalation. This also assist us in staying focused and centered.

Practice Mindfulness everyday in your mediation, while eating or that one task that you have to do everyday. Starting the practice can mean a life of changes.

 

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1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. anjaliyogini
    Sep 08, 2012 @ 13:37:14

    Very useful information thanks for sharing this OM

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