Wherever You Go, There You Are: Mindfulness meditation for everyday life
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- Wherever You Go, There You Are: Mindfulness meditation for everyday life
What is meditation?
We are all on a journey called life. The journey may be and look different for all of us, but in the process of letting it unfold, we can all become better attuned to our path and its infinite complexities. Meditation is a practice that can help us do this. Not only does it have the capacity to make us fully aware of the path that we are on, but it can give us the clarity and wisdom to know that any changes we hope to introduce to that path begin with what we do in the present moment.
In the process of practicing meditation, we begin to observe and see life more clearly. We see thoughts for what they are – thoughts. We see experiences for what they are – experiences. When we begin to see clearly, we become more conscious of the difference between what happens in our lives and the stories we tell ourselves about those happenings.
What is mindfulness?
There is often confusion about the relationship between meditation and mindfulness. Simply put, meditation is a practice that can help us cultivate mindfulness. Mindfulness is non-judgmental awareness of the present moment that breeds greater awareness, clarity, and acceptance.
What is the benefit of mindfulness?
Mindfulness allows us to be fully aware of our present thoughts, experiences, and behaviors without being tied to the story that we tell ourselves about them. In doing so, we can more consciously navigate our lives and the world.
Is there a purpose to meditation?
There is no goal to meditation. When you meditate, you are paying closer attention to your thoughts, emotions, and experiences in the now. And while there are an increasing number of physical and mental health benefits associated with a long-term meditation practice, the most significant benefit is the increased mindfulness you bring to your daily life.
Meditation and being where you are
Don’t worry about getting somewhere else with your meditation practice. You practice will help you better see and understand more about how and where you are in this moment.
Become more attuned with your body by dedicating a few minutes each day to getting on the floor and stretching. Pay attention to all of the sensations – tension, aches, and whatever else you’re feeling. In doing so, you’ll be more conscious of how you are and what your body needs from you in this moment. Slowing down and becoming more mindful in this way is a simple and effective habit to build.
We’re all connected
On some level, we all know that we’re connected to a greater system that we’ll never understand. But knowing that we are connected to the system can help us realize that by changing ourselves, we can transform our impact on others and the world. By operating with more compassion, integrity, and wisdom, we can spread these qualities to the world.
During a loving kindness meditation, you can gently ask to be free from ignorance, greed, hatred, and suffering. Asking is a form of compassion toward yourself, which is something far too many of us don’t have in our lives.
In addition to giving ourselves loving kindness, we can direct that loving kindness outward as well – to our parents, friends, neighbors, strangers, or the entire world. In doing so, we can wish well upon others and find ways to forgive them for their limitations, fears, and wrong actions. This level of empathy and compassion is rare, but invaluable.
If you’re willing to embrace them, you have unique gifts that you can bring to this world. Instead of trying to embody the qualities of others, identify your highest ways of giving and live them fully.
Life as a mountain climb
Life is a journey with endless paths, challenges, and growth. Embrace the journey fully, and you will get what you need out of it.
What we do as teachers
Teaching is a gift and an act of service. We are all interconnected and need each other’s help. Think of the experiences you’ve had and the wisdom you’ve accumulated over the years. How can you share that with others so that they may live with a little more joy and a little less pain?