Mindfulness

“You must meditate for at least ten minutes each day unless you are too busy, in which case you should sit for an hour each day”

Where ever you are, be there

That statement – “Where ever you are, be there” – summarizes one of my biggest learning experiences and more profound changes this journey has taken me on.  I found the idea of “escaping” extremely difficult to accept or even want to do and assumed the time and effort involved not worth the investment.  Focused or guided thought, while meditation, differed from my initial expectation and can be done in as little as ten minutes a day.

Mindfulness and Meditation

Mindfulness is the ability to be present, to rest in the moment whatever you are doing.  Meditation is probably the best way to learn this skill.  The outcome should be an underlying sense of peace, a feeling of contentment or fulfillment – headspace.

Mindfulness does not require that you change anything, it is more about changing how you experience your lifestyle.  The three components of mind training are

  • Approach
  • Practice
  • Integration

Practice all the components to get the most from your meditation.


Why?

The question would be better posed, why not, however meditation helps with –

  • Relaxation
  • Stress Relief
  • Focus
  • Productivity
  • Health
  • Relationships

And much more


How?

As you will no doubt have gathered from these pages I am something of a “Headspace” covert but an ‘app’ is a great way to approach this and you can search the online stores for something that suits you.  You can also try using various books to guide you – some are listed on the resource pages.

Alternatively, use the time for something spiritual or prayer, or just quiet time.

By the way, my meditation takes around 12 minutes each day, its a treat to have time to do more


When?

Most of the references I have seem to all point towards first thing in the morning being the optimal time.  While not conclusive or good for everyone it is a great way to start the day, ensures you fit it in to your schedule and is probably a time you are less likely to be interrupted – and again this works for me.


Where?

I like to sit outside in a comfortable but straight chair or couch – preferably on a covered terrace or balcony outside.  I usually wear gym clothes or similar.  Once again there is no right or wrong and the app or book you use will make recommendations.

I would not recommend trying meditation on a bus or train or anywhere other than a quiet private space to start with.