Mindfulness is a form of meditation in which one is constantly brought back to what’s here, right now. It can mean taking three breaths, or three minutes to just breath. It can mean focusing on the tensions in your body for a while. It can mean looking at your feelings and letting them just be – no need to do anything about them. It can mean watching your mind and just letting those thoughts be.
Mindfulness defined as non-judgmental-present-moment awareness helps balance the causal association between life stressors and well-being. The goal of mindfulness meditation is to empower individuals to respond to situations consciously rather than automatically.
With every relaxed breath the body renews itself, with every relaxed breath, nourishing blood circulates transporting oxygen and nutrients to cells. The cells then renew naturally with a sense of quiet integrity.
Parasympathetic tone is associated with open and relaxed arteries which eases blood pressure and reduces the workload of the heart. Mindfulness enhances parasympathetic tone.
To meditate does not mean to fight with a problem.
To meditate means to observe.
Your smile proves it.
It proves that you are being gentle with yourself,
that the sun of awareness is shining in you,
that you have control of your situation.
You are yourself,
and you have acquired some peace.
Thich Nhat Hanh: Vietnamese Zen Buddhist monk, teacher, author, poet, peace activist.
When human beings become still they go beyond thought. There is an added dimension of knowing, of awareness in the stillness that is beyond thought. Eckhart Tolle
Keep constant watch over your mind and learn to distinguish between the beneficial and harmful thoughts that are arising moment by moment.
Geshe Kelsang Gyatso
Your thoughts and emotions are fleeting and do not define you; such insight can free you from negative thought patterns.
Emotion is a state of feeling, a conscious mental reaction (as love, joy, anger or fear) subjectively experienced. Emotion is often accompanied by a physical reaction.
When you become aware of silence,
immediately there is that state of inner still alertness. You are present.
You have stepped out of thousands of years of collective human conditioning.
Love is the capacity to take care, to protect, to nourish. If you are not capable of generating that kind of energy toward yourself- if you are not capable of taking care of yourself, of nourishing yourself, of protecting yourself- it is very difficult to take care of another person. In the Buddhist teaching, it’s clear that to love oneself is the foundation of the love of other people.
Love is a practice.
The soil in which the meditative mind can begin is the soil of everyday life, the strife, the pain, and the fleeting joy. It must begin there, and bring order, and from there move endlessly… You must take a plunge into the water, not knowing how to swim. And the beauty of meditation is that you never know where you are, where you are going, what the end is.
Look deep into nature and you will understand everything. Albert Einstein
The body benefits from movement and the mind benefits from stillness. Sakyong Miham
Everything which belongs to the body is a stream, and what belongs to the soul is a dream and vapor. Marcus Aurelius. Born: April 26, 121 AD
The voice of the sea is seductive; never ceasing, whispering, clamoring, murmuring, inviting the soul to wander for a spell in abysses of solitude; to lose itself in mazes of inward contemplation.
Kate Chopin. The Awakening 1899
We can make our minds so like still water that beings gather about us that they may see, their own images, and so live for a moment with a clearer, perhaps even with a fiercer life because of our quiet.
William Butler Yeats
The parasympathetic nervous system is the part of the involuntary nervous system that serves to slow the heart rate, increase intestinal and glandular activity, and relax the sphincter muscles. The parasympathetic nervous system, together with the sympathetic nervous system, constitutes the autonomic nervous system.
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