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1- A Better Way

 

Here we are and we are trying to make the best out of everything.  We live in a culture where we are exposed a great mixture of beliefs and philosophies.  The news is depressing, and our traditions are old.  With all our advances, is there a better way to become more joyous and meaningful in all this confusion.

Yes, I believe there is.  But it has a learning curve.  Alas it is truly worth it.  After understanding and a lot of study, you can come out the other side a new person.

The first thing is to let go of your previous beliefs so that you are open to learning new ideas.  The new ideas are vetted, that is they are logical, scientific, and actually work.  They have been gathered from the best sources from all over the world.

Let me ask you a question.  Who are you?  Here most people would answer their name.  But your name was picked usually by your parents and is just a name.  Another common answer is their history.  But that is only what happened to you.  You might think that your job or position in life is who you are, but again this is not the answer I am looking for.

A much better answer is that you are an observer.  You sense the outer world, and the inner world within yourself.  Your sense of being is within this observer that many call the soul.

Within us we have our mind that we can observe.  The mind is constantly talking to us.  If we observe that it is saying, it is like a roommate that has come to live with us.  Often we hear a commentary on what is going on, or react to the current news, or chatter about the weather.  Perhaps you hear the mind gossiping about people you know.  For many people it is just annoying.

The mind is not all bad. It very useful when it comes to learning and figuring things out.  The mind allows us to mull our beliefs and decisions.  Use correctly the mind gives us the power to think and make decisions.  When we train our mind the soul and the mind are a powerful team.  One of the best ways to train the mind is through meditation.

Meditation

 Meditation allows one to train the mind.  You can distract the mind and stop it from misbehaving. With practice you can just tell the mind be quite.  You can keep the mind from playing mind games and teach it to work on the tasks at hand. If you hear music inside your head, you can turn it off by chanting.

Here's a basic guide on how to meditate:

1. Find a Quiet Place: Choose a quiet and comfortable place where you won't be disturbed. This could be a corner of your room, a quiet park, or any place where you feel at ease.

2. Sit Comfortably: Sit in a comfortable position, either cross-legged on the floor or in a chair with your feet flat on the ground. Keep your spine straight but not rigid.

3. Close Your Eyes: Close your eyes gently. This helps in shutting out external distractions and turning your focus inward.

4. Focus on Your Breath: Pay attention to your breath as you inhale and exhale naturally. You can focus on the sensation of the breath entering and leaving your nostrils or the rising and falling of your chest or abdomen.

5. Be Present: As thoughts come into your mind, acknowledge them without judgment and gently bring your focus back to your breath. The goal is not to stop your thoughts but to observe them without getting caught up in them.

6. Start with Short Sessions: If you're new to meditation, start with just a few minutes each day and gradually increase the duration as you become more comfortable with the practice.

7. Practice Regularly: Consistency is key. Try to meditate at the same time each day to establish a routine and reap the benefits of regular practice.

Meditation is very good for people.  For instance it can:

1. Reduce Stress: Meditation can help lower stress levels by promoting relaxation and fostering a sense of calmness.

2. Improve Concentration: Regular meditation practice can enhance your ability to focus and concentrate, which can be beneficial in various aspects of life, including work and studies.

3. Produce Better Emotional Health: Meditation can help you develop a greater awareness of your emotions and improve your emotional regulation skills, leading to greater overall emotional well-being.

4. Increased Self-Awareness: Through meditation, you can develop a deeper understanding of yourself, your thoughts, and your behaviors, which can lead to personal growth and self-improvement.

5. Enhanced Mindfulness: Meditation cultivates mindfulness, which is the practice of being fully present and engaged in the moment. Mindfulness can lead to a greater appreciation of life and a deeper sense of fulfillment.

6. Improved Sleep: Many people find that meditation helps them relax and unwind, leading to better sleep quality and overall restfulness.

 

Mindfulness

Another way to improve the mind is through mindfulness.  When one is mindful one is fully present and engaged in the moment, without judgment.  Mindfulness occurs when a person pays attention to there thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations, and the surrounding environment with openness and curiosity.

Here's a guide on how to practice mindfulness:

1. Start with the Breath: Sit or lie down in a comfortable position. Close your eyes if it feels comfortable for you, or maintain a soft gaze. Begin by bringing your attention to your breath. Notice the sensation of the breath as you inhale and exhale. You can focus on the rising and falling of your abdomen or the air passing through your nostrils.

2. Observe Your Thoughts: As you practice mindfulness, you'll likely notice thoughts arising in your mind. Instead of getting caught up in them or trying to suppress them, simply observe them as they come and go. Imagine your thoughts as clouds passing by in the sky, without attaching any meaning to them.

3. Notice Your Sensations: Pay attention to the sensations in your body, such as warmth, tension, or tingling. Notice any areas of discomfort or relaxation without trying to change them.

4. Engage Your Senses: Bring awareness to your surroundings using your senses. Notice the sights, sounds, smells, tastes, and textures around you. Allow yourself to fully experience each sensation without judgment.

5. Practice Non-Judgment: Mindfulness involves accepting things as they are, without labeling them as good or bad. Practice observing your experiences with kindness and compassion, both toward yourself and others.

6. Stay Present: Whenever you notice your mind wandering or getting caught up in thoughts, gently bring your focus back to the present moment. You can use your breath as an anchor to bring you back to the here and now.

7. Mindfulness During the Day:  Pause every so often as you go about your life.  Are you deeply aware of what you are doing?  Concentrate on where you leave things, and what needs to be done.  Also give yourself some down time and have some fun.

8. Purpose: As you get better at mindfulness ask your deeper self what is my purpose. How can I help?  What should I avoid?

9. Love yourself: You will be with yourself to the day you die.  Be kind to yourself.  Do things you like to do. Do what feels really good.

10. Love others: Even if people are not kind to you, give them a little love.  If you say something nice, it has a ripple effect that can been bigger than you think.

Here are some of the benefits of mindfulness:

1. Stress Reduction: Mindfulness can help reduce stress by promoting relaxation and increasing your ability to cope with challenging situations.

2. Improved Mental Health: Regular mindfulness practice has been linked to reduced symptoms of anxiety, depression, and other mental health conditions.

3. Enhanced Focus and Concentration: Mindfulness helps improve your ability to concentrate by training your mind to stay focused on the present moment, rather than getting lost in distractions.

4. Increased Self-Awareness: Mindfulness fosters a greater awareness of your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors, leading to a deeper understanding of yourself and your inner workings.

5. Better Relationships: By cultivating mindfulness, you can develop greater empathy, compassion, and emotional regulation skills, which can improve your relationships with others.

6. Overall Well-Being: Mindfulness has been associated with greater overall well-being and a higher quality of life.

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