Mindfulness Through Meditation

by Restorative Yoga Poses on July 24, 2011

Cultivating Mindfulness Through Meditation

Meditation has helped thousands of people from across the world. It has proven to be an effective form of holistic therapy for those suffering from stress, fatigue, illness, injuries, and other forms of unwanted maladies. There are various schools of meditation practices. However, most styles focus on cultivating mindfulness.

Mindfulness is the practice of being nonjudgmental. The human brain works endlessly, and churns one thought after another. Most of these thoughts are random and unproductive. A lot of times, they can also be negative, which can have disastrous effects on your psyche. Meditation allows you to just sit and focus on the most fundamental element of life: your breath. Such a practice allows you to quiet the mind and just be completely present in your surroundings.

In the middle of meditating, your mind will more than likely be busy. It is important to remember that this does not mean that you are doing the practice incorrectly. When a thought arises, just acknowledge it and return your attention to your breath. The idea is nonresistance. Trying to force your mind not to think will only prompt it to think some more.

During your practice, it is important to maintain a position you are comfortable with. You could either be seated, in a lotus position, or even be lying down, but you should be in an upright posture. This of course, is not always easy to maintain for long periods of time. It is for this reason that restorative yoga may be useful. This is a form of yoga that helps you maintain certain poses and postures through the aid of props, such as a towel or pillow.

A mind that surrenders to the breath is one that finds peace and tranquility. Practicing meditation combined with restorative yoga will help you cultivate a peace of mind.

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