Slowly Learning to be Mindful and Meditate by Teacher in Training Mary Jo Bonadonna
I seem to be hearing so much about meditation these days. Everyone seems to be practicing mindfulness, and meditation has become quite popular. Celebrities and professional alike boast of their meditation practices. My employer encourages learning to meditate and even offers daily guided meditation sessions. Most of the time I am too inundated with work to attend, but hey it’s out there! According to Tim Ferriss, entrepreneur and author, “80% of top business leaders meditate”.
Mindfulness is the practice of paying attention, on purpose, to each moment. Mindfulness can promote feelings of calmness, increased concentration, increased creativity, elevated mood, improved sleep and promote overall health.
When can we practice mindfulness?
Meditation is simply a way to enhance the capacity to be mindful.
Most of us have some trouble meditating. We have this need to be doing something. We listen to our thoughts. We are aware of our urges to do something else and to plan. With meditation we learn to quiet our thoughts and to be still. It can be quite difficult until we cultivate the habit.
When my meditation closes, I often find myself smiling. I feel more grateful and ready for the challenges that life throws at me. This is clearly an indication for me that I should be diligent in my practice. I want to share my newfound practice and joy with family and friends. I hope they can feel the same way!
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