In a nutshell, Mindfulness Meditation is the act of bringing your awareness to the present moment without attachment or judgment. I know what you’re thinking … easier said than done. In fact, it’s not that difficult, and chances are, you’ve probably already experienced this from time to time. It’s those rare moments when your energy feels in tune – when the mind/body connection feels unified. And in this moment, you experience a sense of clarity, flexibility and coherence in your actions.Over the last 5 years, there has been an exponential increase in the number of people inquiring about mindfulness meditation and the far reaching benefits it offers. I’ve been personally practicing it for nearly a decade and I can say – with certainty – that it’s been an evolution in self awareness.
Above all else….the reason “WHY” you would choose to practice mindfulness meditation, is that it serves to bring you closer towards self empowerment and mental well being. The simple fact of bringing your awareness from the role of participant to the role of observer is at the very essence of why mindfulness works so well. It is in this very shift of perspective that breaks the neural connections binding your thoughts to the cascade of emotions.
This initial shift in awareness acts as the launching pad to transform your neural wiring patterns to become detached from judgment and – more importantly – to experience the present moment for the endless possibilities it may offer.
Meditation is a practice! So if you want to increase the frequency of those rare moments of clarityand coherence, it requires commitment. You’ll find the effects to be cumulative, meaning, the more you practice, the heightened the experience will feel. The better you get at it, the more you’ll want to do it, and the more you’ll want to make it a routine practice.
At first, it’s recommended you begin practicing in a quiet and uninterrupted space. Use guided meditation or tranquil music to help you stay focused. After a while, once you’ve gotten the hang of it, mindfulness can be incorporated while you’re eating, walking, working, playing, spending time with children, family friends and so on. It can be utilized in just about every facet of your life.
My meditative practice today is definitely not the same practice I started with. So, if you are a beginner in this arena, remember that change is the only constant. There is no right way when it comes to meditation; there is only a way that feels right for you now!
I’ve used guided mindfulness meditation as a part of my acupuncture practice for a number of years. Combining the two types of therapies has truly enhanced the outcome with patients suffering from anxiety, stress, pain and infertility. I explain it as an integration of mind/bodytherapy that allows for the patient to be an active participant in their healing process.
If you’re looking for an integrated holistic approach to manage psycho-social conditions such as stress and anxiety, physical symptoms manifesting as pain and internal conditions such as infertility, feel free to contact our office to schedule a consultation. We offer free 10 min consultations to address any of your questions and concerns.
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To your health,
Shant Filo R.Ac
Acupuncturist & Mindfulness Meditation Specialist