Meditation and Mindfulness


As quoted by Jon Kabat-Zinn: "Mindfulness is paying attention in a particular way; on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgementally." in the book "Wherever You Go, There You Are ".
You might be thinking that mindfulness is a very big thing to achieve and you might also wonder that, people who are saints and mystics, only they can achieve the state of mindfulness. Well, that's not true!
You experience mindfulness on a daily basis without even realizing that. When you are binge-watching a show on Netflix, don't you feel like you are a part of that series/movies that you are watching? You are so into that, You don't even listen to the person who is sitting next to you. This might also happen when you are reading an interesting book or maybe some of you may feel amazing while reading your textbooks. When you get completely engaged with whatever task you are doing so that nothing can distract you, your brain releases a certain frequency of waves, known as alpha waves, at that moment certain parts of your brain get active which were inactive during your regular 'indistinct chatter'. This indistinct chatter is known as your ' monkey mind' that keeps jumping here and there, one thought to another. You might probably have realized it before, sometimes you are thinking way too much about something, that after a while you feel exhausted, even though you haven't done any major ' physical labour ', that proves one thing, Thinking unnecessarily, Overthinking causes energy loss.
in order to conserve this energy one must be mindful enough to keep their 'Monkey mind' in control.
In eastern concepts of Tao, Yoga and mysticism, The monks, sadhu-saints are taught for years just to acquire complete control of their mind and their thoughts. The parts of your brain, which makes unnecessary noise and chatter are pre-programmed to do so, but you can take control over these parts by practising mindfulness. Mindfulness practices help you to shut or reduce the 'Noise', by exercising or putting resistance against your mind-muscles, just like you do in a gym ( you really don't have to lift weights with your brain ).

Meditation:-   A simple act of focusing on breathing, where you try to notice the sensations of breathing.
 You might think that the act of Meditation can only be done by monks, celibates, saints and Yogis, that is entirely a false notion about meditation.
People have a misconception about meditation that, In order to meditate one must give up their normal life and spend it in a cave, on the highest peak of Himalayas. From the years of research, tests and surveys, not a single disadvantage of meditation is ever found. Meditation has proved to be beneficial for everyone
Now the point is, how a normal person with a daily routine of waking up at eight, has a work or job to do, whose life is pretty hectic and he doesn't have any time to invest in himself, is going to make a habit of daily meditation?
Okay, first of all, you don't need to spend hours, chanting 'Om', sitting in a cross-legged position. You only have to take out 5 minutes from your daily routine to meditate.
We know, it's not possible for people to meditate for hours but they can invest at least five minutes from their day , Just for the people with average daily routine, we have made some changes in a 'typical' way of meditation and made it suitable for modern man, who can have some benefits as a monk.
Meditation for Modern-Man.
1. Sit, Stand or lie-down ( on your bed or floor )
   And make sure that your spine/ your back is straight and your shoulders are in a complete relaxed position
2. Close your eyes and try to notice any indistinct chatter going on in your mind also try to find any place of strain, tightness or pain in your body ( if you feel like it )
3. Now count your breathing, a complete cycle of inhalation and exhalation is considered as one count.
4. Keep counting for 5 minutes
Words of caution
1. Make sure that wherever you are, there should not be a single element of disturbance.
If you think it's too noisy out their try using a noise reduction headphones or play a piece of meditation music in your earphones.
2. If you have any seizure-related problems, avoid doing it while you are laying down.
Now, In the beginning, you will definitely realize it that you think way too much. There will be the voice in your head that is not shutting up.
You might also realize that you forgot where you were while counting if this happens gently start counting again from the beginning.
Keep practising like this, It is going to be tough when you start but after a week of giving 5 minutes every day to this, you will notice a huge impact of meditation in your life. You will probably notice that you feel calm and less reactive. Your decisiveness will automatically increase and you will feel energetic and less exhausted for the whole day.
There are lots and lots of benefits of meditation, try finding one by yourself too.


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