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Thursday, January 23, 2014
Mindfulness In Everyday Life: How To Meditate: 18 Tips To Successful Sitting Practice
In order to lead a more enlightened life, it is important, first of all, to understand how the human mind works. We are often unknowing prisoners of our minds, swept away by whatever thought we may be having at the time. We give our thoughts too much power.
Lost in regretting the past, or catastrophizing about the future, we miss out on experiencing the present moment, where all the promise and true joy lie. This video, recorded in Lhasa, Tibet in May 2012, is a brief "how-to-meditate" guide. It describes using the breath as an anchor to the present moment, in order to cultivate a more mindful, meaningful and happy life.
Mindful-awareness (shamatha-vipassana) meditation instructions can be used to develop a personal practice and enter the path to greater wisdom, understanding and well-being. Watched once in the morning and/or once at night, followed by a period of personal sitting practice, this 10-minute video provides helpful and gentle reminders of what to do during mindfulness meditation practice.
Mindfulness is used by psychologists, teachers, sports coaches and workplace consultants to help people develop skills to enhance presence to the here and now of experience. A growing body of empirical scientific research confirms what has been known for over 2,500 years: mindfulness leads to greater presence. (1-2) Greater presence leads to enhanced peace of mind. Enhanced peace of mind leads to more happiness, and more happiness leads to greater physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well-being. As meditation master Thich Nhat Hanh writes, "The breath is the intersection of the body and mind."
Please check with your doctor or psychologist before undertaking physical or mental training exercises. (MORE)