Monday, October 10, 2011

Mindfulness Can Give Your Brain an Edge

When we practice mindfulness meditation, one of the first things we notice is how un-mindful we are. It is like going back to the gym and realizing how out of shape we have become. It can actually be a little irritating. We might think, "I don't know about this meditation thing" because at first we mostly notice how out of sync we are.

Some people get frustrated right away, but this is actually a great place to start -- just like going to the gym with our little pot belly and oxygen-deprived body is also a great place to start. We just have to be patient, kind to ourselves and willing to try.

To practice mindfulness properly, we have to cut through a kind of daydream quality in our mind. Often we are engaging in some activity -- riding the subway, driving a car, having a business meeting -- but our mind is somewhere else, lost in a daydream. If you look at people sitting on a bus or a train you can see this quality in their eyes. Whether we're having a pleasant or unpleasant daydream, we are cutting through all of that with mindfulness practice. (MORE)

Source: Huffington Post

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