Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Awareness training

Here's part of a little article by Janie Gunn called "Learn to live in the moment":
[Meditation] is simply a way to train the mind to be still. Time magazine reported that many medical institutions now include meditation as a tool to help prepare patients for surgery. It is proven to calm their minds, lower blood pressure and anxiety as well as speeding recovery.

There are many ways to develop a meditation practice. You can take the above breathing practice and once you establish a smooth breathing rhythm allow your hands to rest on your knees and continue to encourage your mind to follow your breath as it enters and leaves your body. Start with a few minutes a day and build upon that. It has a definite calming effect and enhances the mind’s ability to stay in the moment. Practice daily at about the same time in a quiet area of your home. This trains the body and mind to become still.

When you develop moment to moment awareness your capacity for experiencing your life fully expands. You will listen better. Your work will improve as you focus completely on your tasks at hand. Your relationships will also benefit when you are fully present.

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