“Life is available only in the present moment “
Mindfulness is a very important practice for wellbeing, happiness and peace of mind.
Mindful meditation allows you to cultivate awareness. Awareness of how you are simply how you are feeling.
Awareness of sensations we may be experiencing, bringing us a deeper understanding to our mind body connection.
Awareness of our breath, a phenomenon that occurs throughout our lives continuously, until the day we die and we take our last exhale. This breath that can power us or relax us, that we unconsciously do all day and night, or control consciously in meditation.
Becoming aware of this breath is the key to being in the present moment, the only moment that ever really is. It is the key to undo the lock of the exploration of consciousness, truth and the Self and our relationship with the Self.
Cultivating a relationship with Self, the ultimate consciousness that is before and after everything we experience, and indeed are. This is the ultimate truth of who we are.
By this self enquiry of ‘who am I” we begin to navigate though this life experience with more ease and grace as we see beyond the illusion of this just this physical experience and start to experience something deeper, something profound and even blissful. This eventually begins to release us from attachments and aversions of this physical experience, and instead we come to witness and experience it all as phenomenon that comes and goes, continuously changing. Knowing that each moment is never the same and the natural law of impermanence that is upon us all, we loosen our grip of wanting to be different and come to accept and enjoy life as it is in the moment, with a wise knowing that it will eventually always change again. This helps to prevents us from becoming depressed as a joyful experience comes to a natural end, or indeed a painful one begins. With this wisdom inside of us that knows it is all temporary. We begin to enjoy and ride the waves of life with a fluid and more gentle acceptance.
Meditation practice helps us to calm our mind from over thinking and creating stress in life by not managing thoughts patterns and obsessive and exhausting thinking.
Mediation has some tremendous benefits, and some mere side benefits are such to help curb stress, insomnia, and emotional turbulence, which of course all very worthwhile reasons in themselves.
Even though Meditation practice can seem like a way to isolate or avoid life, this is so far from the case, the enhances well being achieved by regular mediation practice will spill out to your life, allowing you make deeper connections with people, as you are more present with them and the moment, making it more joyful as everything you do becomes a small miracle!
For example you start to really taste and really enjoy, and appreciate your food like you never did before.
Nature starts to enchant you like you could never have imaged, and the simple everyday experiences we take for granted like the sun on your face, or breeze or song of a bird.The practice itself can come in many forms, and it not only for seated mediation practice. However starting here then enables you to be more mindful in daily life and then life itself becomes a wondrous mediation. The simple things in life then become a miracle and gratitude flows from your being in every step.
“When you contemplate the big, full sunrise, the more mindful and concentrated you are, the more beauty of the sunrise is revealed to you.
Suppose you are offered a cup of tea, very fragrant, very good tea. If your mind is distracted, you cannot really enjoy this tea. You have to be mindful of tea, you have to concentrate on it, so the tea can reveal its fragrance and wonder to you.
This is why mindfulness and concentration are such sources of happiness. That’s why a good practitioner knows how to create a moment of joy, a feeling of happiness, at any time of the day”
Anapana Sati Meditation
One meditation that the Buddha gave to us is Anapana sati. It is the meditation if simple breath awareness, awareness of the of in-and-out breathing, that occurs day in and day out throughout our lives. This simple yet pround meditation is the beginning point to meditation, simpley awareness of the phenomenon of what is. Being alive, in the moment, and witnessing this breath come in , and come out.
Noticing this breath is the start, then beginning to notice the temperature, where it enters and leaves the nose, the sensations and regulation. It’s a wonderful technique to bring to the here and now, calm and settle the mind and begin to focus our attention single pointedly, which enhances our concentration, and then this ripples out into our day to day life bringing more clarity, awareness and focus, and fullfillment in our daily lives.
It the first subject of meditation expounded by the Buddha in the Maha-satipatthana Sutta, the Great Discourse on the Foundations of Mindfulness. The Buddha shared this meditation with many, for it is the gateway to enlightenment. When the Buddha sat at the foot of the Bodhi Tree and resolved not to rise until he had reached enlightenment, he took up anapana sati as his subject of meditation.