Mindful not Mind Full
Remember you are a master peace able to master your inner peace, and meditation is a wonderful practice to develop this mastery.
One Life & You Tip
Meditation trains our minds in the same way that hitting the gym trains our bodies. Our minds benefit from stillness, and our bodies from movement.
“People look for retreats for themselves, in the country, by the coast, or in the hills . . . There is nowhere that a person can find a more peaceful and trouble-free retreat than in his own mind. . . . So constantly give yourself this retreat, and renew yourself.” (Marc Aurelius)
Meditation: a way of life, and many ways to practice it
The reasons we meditate are as varied as the many ways there are to meditate. Mediation is a way of being, of taking care of you and your inner serenity.
I personally mediate … during my workout, both whilst training and stretching!
Moving is my own form of meditation, a familiar and constant routine that both my body and mind now crave daily whenever possible, and rely on for their stamina. It is my precious time to reset and prepare so that I feel strong and ready for whatever the day may bring, whether that’s business, meetings or any other life element.
A reprieve from the chaos of the world, a little distance from an over-committed calendar. Nowadays it is harder than ever to tune out of the world around us and social networks, emails, texts, whatapps and tweets. That is why it is so essential to find ways to disconnect. Getting my body in motion is for me a great way to commune with my own thoughts and spirit and funny enough to bring my mind in stillness whilst fostering my creativity.
It is my sanctuary to connect with my inner compass, my subconscious voice, and to unclutter my mind from the outside noise of our hectic fast-paced world.
“In Asian languages, the word for ‘mind’ and the word for ‘heart’ are same. So if you’re not hearing mindfulness in some deep way as heartfulness, you’re not really understanding it. Compassion and kindness towards oneself are intrinsically woven into it. You could think of mindfulness as wise and affectionate attention.” (Jon Kabat-Zinn)
Benefits of Meditation
In the West, most people are drawn to meditation to quiet the internal chatter of the brain and to reduce stress. Meditation is, indeed, a very effective stress reducer, but its benefits are far more bountiful.
In an excerpt from the Dalai Lama’s book Contemplative Mind, Hard Science, His Holiness speaks about the importance of research into meditation. This highlights some of the many benefits of daily reflection.
“Until recently, scientists believed that after adolescence, the hardware of the human brain becomes relatively unchangeable. But new discoveries in neurobiology have uncovered a remarkable potential for changeability in the human brain even in adults as old as I am. At the Mind and Life Conference in Dharamsala in 2004, I learned of the growing subdiscipline of neuroscience dealing with this question, called “brain plasticity.” This phenomenon suggests to me that traits that were assumed to be fixed— such as personality, disposition, even moods—are not permanent and that mental exercises or changes in the environment can affect these traits. Already experiments have shown that experienced meditators have more activity in the left frontal lobe, the part of the brain associated with positive emotions such as happiness, joy, and contentment.
These findings imply that happiness is something we can cultivate deliberately through mental training that affects the brain. The Buddha himself argued that if one wishes to avoid certain types of results, one needs to change the conditions that give rise to them. So if one changes the conditions of one’s state of mind (which normally gives rise to particular habitual patterns of mental activity), one can change the traits of one’s consciousness and the resulting attitudes and emotions.”
One Life & You top 10 recommendation of Meditation apps
Buddhify wants to be the meditation app for modern life. It has over 80 different meditations for all parts of your day and is made by experts in modern mindfulness.
Calm App wants you to discover the power of meditation. Its purpose: Reduce anxiety, and help you sleep better and feel happier.
Headspace is your very own personal trainer, here to help you train your mind. Their mission is to teach the world to meditate, so that everyone can live a happier, healthier, more enjoyable life.
Designed by leaders in psychology and technology
to improve your mental performance and well-being.
The Meditation Oasis Simply Being app allows you to choose from 5 meditation times and gives you to option to listen to the guided meditation with or without music or nature sounds. You can also listen to the music or nature sounds alone
Omvana brings you 500+ tracks of world’s top transformational audios to enhance every area of your life. Categories include: Body, Mind, Lifestyle, Productivity, Relationships, Hypnosis.
This app regroups Buddha chants and Mantras. Mantras are words or phrases that are chanted out loud or internally as objects of meditation. Often these mantras are associated with particular Buddhist figures, whose qualities can be cultivated by the repetition of the relevant mantra.
Breathe2Relax is a portable stress management tool which provides detailed information on the effects of stress on the body and instructions and practice exercises to help users learn the stress management skill called diaphragmatic breathing.
How you feel matters! Whether you’re feeling sad, anxious, or stressed, Happify brings you effective tools and programs to help you take control of your feelings and thoughts.
Overcome stress and negative thoughts. Build resilience. Happify is the single destination for effective, evidence-based solutions for better emotional health and wellbeing in the 21st century.
Record grateful things happening in your life with Gratitude Journal, a digital journal app that helps capture the most grateful moment on the go. Spare a few minutes per day to jot down little things that will eventually change your life and shape your destiny. It will change your attitude towards life.