Mindfulness meditation is fast becoming a great way to not only reduce anxiety and panic disorders, but also a great way to have a more peaceful way of life. Not only does it give you the benefit of multiple body and brain rewards, it also allows you, from a spiritual standpoint, to connect to your soul.
I remember when I first learn't about mindfulness…It was a few years ago, when I first bought, ‘Be Here Now' by Ram Dass, and I first go into the idea that all there is the, ‘now'.
Then, ‘The Power Of Now' By Eckhart Tolle became extremely famous, and being, ‘present' suddenly became mainstream.
Being mindful isn't difficult, and here, we talk about the top 4 ways in being mindful and how to achieve them. I will warn you though, they may look simple, but don't be so easily fooled…the beauty of mindfulness is in it's simplicity;-)
1- Feeling Your Energy Body
This is a great way of not only being in the, ‘now', but also reducing the onset of colds and bugs, as well as allowing you to feel happier.
Feeling your energy body is also a great way to feel slightly, ‘alive' and feel your Qi flowing throughout your body.
True story: I was at work once, having a cold. I was sneezing and coughing (doing all sorts). I wasn't having a great time…
I began to feel my Qi and try to be, ‘present'. Pretty soon, my body was in mild ecstasy and my sneezing had been significantly reduced. I was almost on the path to self-healing.
This is how powerful this technique is. The trick is to try to feel the Qi in your blood and your body, but therein lies a problem..most people don't know what Qi is, not alone what it feels like.
The easiest way of finding this one out, is to rub your hands quickly to make them warm; after around 15-30 seconds, if you keep you hands apart from each other by around a few inches, you should feel a subtle energy vibrating that you can, ‘feel'.
This is your Qi. Imagine this flowing through your inner being, and you should be able to feel your body, ‘come alive'.
2- Peripheral Vision
This has numerous benefits, from reducing internal mind-chatter, to allowing your to make quick decisions, to even accessing your sub-conscious mind (I'm still testing this one out with psychic ability, like remote viewing).
When done right, not only will you be activating the parasympathetic nervous system, which will automatically allow you to become more calmer, you will also be slightly more focused and you will find that you will be activating your third eye (used for intuition).
It is no accident, that people use their soft gaze for peripheral vision to see non-physical things, like auras around people.
The only thing about peripheral vision, it has to be said, is that it could be tricky in and of itself to get into that awareness. So you have to start small…look at an object, and slowly expand your awareness, so you can see both the left and then to the right of it. Keep this up until you can see the above and below of this object. Then all you have to do is to increase this vision, until it completely accompanies your field of view.
3- Watching Your Breath
This is an old tried-and-tested method in increasing your presence. Simply by observing your body, you can achieve mindfulness…but this time, instead of focusing on your internal Qi, we are going to focus on your breath.
Just watch your breath coming in and out, and feel it enter your lungs (you should be doing deep, diaphragmatic breathing, or, ‘belly breathing‘ for this to work properly). After a few short moments, you will feel more peace and become more present with everyday life, giving you a clarity of thought.
4- Opening You Eyes
This is one that I discovered several years ago, and only recently remembered that it works to produce a great sense of presence.
The technique is simple: open your eyes as fully as possible, while still comfortable.
That's pretty much it, yet as simple as this technique sounds, it is brilliantly effective. You should feel more present, more alive, and your thoughts should die down. Not only that, but as it is incredibly easy to do, you can even use the little thoughts you have left for other things.
Of course, no technique is perfect, and with this, there is an issue with complacency. For example, I was walking near the canal the other day, and opened up my eyes a bit wider to really take in the scenery. Great so far, feel pretty much at peace, and feel like I'm present.
Did it stop all of my thoughts though?
Within a few short moments, I found myself fantasizing about something else…
Of course, when this happens, my eyes automatically returned to their normal size, so with repetition this should work very well.
Not only that, but this technique won't work if you have an eye injury. Widening your eyes it going to prolong any injury you have, so it is best to try other techniques before using this one.
Try the above out, and let me know which mindfulness trick works best for you. I would love to hear your experiences.