“Keep your heart clear and transparent, and you will never be bound. A single disturbed thought creates ten thousand distractions.”
Mindfulness. What is that? In a nutshell, to be mindful is to be aware of your thoughts and emotions at any present given time. It is to live presently within the present now and be the watcher and observer of your mind. It is to be aware that you are aware. It is the next level up in meditation practice. The aim of this pocket guide is to keep everything as simple and as doable as possible, and to introduce you to the basics because that is all you really need.
A martial artist who hones and perfects the basic moves of defence and attack will do well against any predator who has rushed through an array of elaborate movements. No one martial arts is better than the other, but quite simply there are only different skill levels pertaining to each individual. The same applies to meditation and the different methods of meditating.
Meditation and stretching have transformed my life, and by constant practice they can transform your life to. These practices have allowed me to feel more relaxed and more focused, which in turn has enabled me to see things more clearly and remain calm under any form of pressure. Have you ever truly listened to your own breathing, as you softly and deeply inhale and release with a transitional exhale? Have you felt how happy your body resonates when you take a good stretch after a long day before bed? Meditating and stretching are not only essential for your heart, blood flow and mental health, but also for longevity. Your mind and body function better when you learn to truly breathe.
How to meditate:
The easiest way to meditate is to sit down on the floor or on a cushion with your legs crossed and your back straight or to lay down on your back with your palms facing up. You can play a relaxing instrumental song in the background if you wish. As an additional setting you may want to burn some incense or burning oils, but this is not an absolute necessity. To much incense may not good for your breathing.
Method 1: Place a plant on the floor in front of you, close your eyes and create the image of the plant alone in your mind. Focus on it. As you breathe in, imagine you are taking both oxygen and energy from the plant into yourself and circulate it all around your body. As you breathe out, imagine you are letting go of tired and negative energy into the plant, which recycles it into good air and energy back into your body. Take slow deep breaths, and hold your breath momentarily in between the time of inhaling and exhaling. This will help you slow your breathing down… | …
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