Mindfulness is that part of awareness that gives joy to life, health to the body and clear thought to our mind.
- Richard Nongard
Mindfulness Meditation is the art and science of paying attention to this moment. In this moment regrets of the past have slipped away and anxiety about the future is not present. In this exact moment, you are whole, complete and safe.
Mindfulness is the English word that describes the Buddhist concept of awareness that is important on the path to enlightenment. The Buddha advocated that one should establish mindfulness in one's day-to-day life maintaining as much as possible a calm awareness of one's bodily functions, sensations and feelings, thoughts and perceptions, and consciousness itself. Mindfulness Meditation is this practice.
Although The Buddha may have popularized the concept; the idea of letting go of the past and releasing anxiety about the future, by paying attention to the security of this moment is found in both the Old and New testament, the Koran and in secular writings and literature dating back thousands of years.
Like an athlete or musician practices for a performance, Mindfulness Meditation is our daily practice for living life to its greatest potential. Each day for the first week, listen to this file three times a day, practicing the methods within.
Please practice using this prepared practice. There are three components to this practice. First, practice directing your attention to the breath. Second, practice returning your attention to the breath anytime you notice feelings, thoughts or sensations. The goal is NOT to stop thinking, feeling, or having sensations. The purpose is simply to note when you do this, and practice bringing your attention back to a focal point, in this practice, the breath. The third part of this practice, is to begin to notice how easy and natural it is, to stay in the present when we notice out attention drifting into either the past or the future. Notice during this week times when you mindfully and intuitively return form distressing thoughts, feelings or sensations back to your breath and the present.