What is mindfulness, really?
Greatist (and the dictionary) defines mindfulness as, “a mental state achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations, used as a therapeutic technique.“
But how the heck are we supposed to achieve that?
1. Be receptive to the rhythm of life. You feel as though you are an individual wave, separate from the rest of the ocean of life, but you are actually part of everything. Be receptive and flow.
2. Cultivate compassion. Compassion is the ability to place yourself in others. The more you are able to do this, the more you will come to recognize sameness everywhere.
3. Use discrimination to try and make choices that will help you make positive progress forward in all areas of life. If you have to get up early tomorrow morning, is it wise to eat a big meal late the night before and get to bed after 1:00am in the morning? Try to make choices that make things easier for you and those around you where possible.
4. Acquire Self Knowledge. Study with a teacher, learn with a friend, take a class or read a book that will help you gain perspective on your place in the world and the purpose and meaning of life.
5. Constant practice is the key to success. That practice can be yoga, meditation, walking in the woods, swimming or just being kind to every person you meet. Try and do something for yourself and others each and every day.
Legendary yoga teacher Sri Dharma Mittra first encountered yoga as a teenager and is the model and creator of the Master Yoga Chart of 908 Postures, the author of ASANAS: 608 Yoga Poses, has released two Maha Sadhana DVD’s to date, and recent classes are available for streaming at YogaVibes.com. For all things Dharma Yoga, please visit: www.dharmayogacenter.
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