Using observation of the breath to find awareness.
Buddha taught mindfulness meditation without limitations, he teaches through his scriptures how to apply awareness to every moment and action...complete awareness. SATIPATTHANA (to pay attention) keeping your attention inside, contemplating the body when moving, walking, running, eating, drinking, talking, looking in a clear conscious way.
Contemplating the body in the body internally, and contemplating the body in the body externally.
To practice Satipatthana mindfulness meditation, one needs only to remember to be mindful, breathe deeply and begin; sitting in the car waiting for someone, or in traffic, perhaps we can practice while walking. I feel my experience changes when I bring full awareness while kiting, riding, or actively doing something in nature...it is a challenge still to get into that space of awareness while being active, but when I do...It is incredible.
Mindfulness can change how we relate to our own feelings, which in turn will change how we relate to the world.
What science has discovered on mindfulness meditation through out countless studies is remarkable. What happens when we start to meditate?
We create a moment for ourselves, a gift of acknowledgment and appreciation.
We start by finding our center, (seated, laying down, walking) following our breath, feeling connected to it, we begin to feel calm, we may be able to stay in this place of awareness for a while or maybe our minds decide to start wandering through the past and the future...be kind to yourself, this is a moment of awakening and possibilities.
Your mind is going to the DMN or default mode network, that’s space in your brain that creates or recalls your memories, the Buddhist call it “the monkey mind”, as it is an unruly state of mind.
Recognizing that your mind has wandered, and redirecting your mind back to your breath is a breakthrough, when you do, the DLPC of your brain lights up (the dorsal lateral prefrontal cortex, this is the control center that helps us focus).
Over simplifying, the more we can recognize our mind wondering and kindly returning to the breath, our awareness of our meditation, the more control our minds will acquire.
I feel so much joy to be connected to my spirituality, I'm also fascinated by science and how it all relates, my hope is that this article inspires you to start meditating or to deepen your practice if you already meditate. You are welcome to practice with me with any of my complementary videos and tutorials. please click here for a
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Main Sources, I highly recommend
Books and tapes by Thich Nhat Hanh “Present Moment”
The teachings of Buddha scriptures and Satipatthana.
If you prefer a video; Mindfulness Explained Netflix documentary, they do quote a few of the words from a translation of the Buddha scriptures. Great science explaining the correlation of meditation and how it impacts the brain.