Why should I care about Mindfulness?
So you haven’t heard of mindfulness yet? You are truly missing out on one of life’s best-kept secrets. Mindfulness is the answer to your misery. But you’re not going to like the process. Because it isn’t easy. The truth is difficult to come to terms with. And mindfulness is a practice that needs your attention daily. You can only become mindful once you’ve incorporated meditation into your daily routine.
My Favourite Teachings on Mindfulness
Let’s jump into some of the greatest teachings on mindfulness by the pioneers in mindful living. But basically, in a nutshell, it is the practice of becoming aware of your mind. Including every decision, you have ever made. And every thought that pops into your head during every waking moment. Becoming aware of your surroundings, choices and life. So that you can find meaning during the greatest uncertainties and challenges you face.
The Dalai Lama
- “Do not let the behaviour of others destroy your inner peace”
- “Whatever forms of meditation you practice, the most important point is to apply mindfulness continuously, and make a sustained effort. It is unrealistic to expect results from meditation within a short period of time. What is required is continuous sustained effort”
- “Change only takes place through action, not through meditation and prayer”
- ” The very purpose of meditation is to discipline the mind and reduce afflictive emotions”
- “Simply with a change of mind you can change your life”
- “Every time you are tempted to react in the same old way, ask if you want to be a prisoner of the past or a pioneer of the future”
- “Look at the world as a reflection of your inner state”
- ‘The reason for our unhappiness is our mental programming”
Swami Satyananda Saraswati Quotes on Yoga from Yoga Publications Trust, Munger, Bihar, India
- “Yoga Nidra means sleep with a trace of awareness. It is a sate of mind in between wakefulness and dream. When you practice yoga nidra you are opening the deeper phases of your mind. At this moment, your intellectual mind is operating, but when you are able to relax, the subconscious and unconscious levels of the mind open.”
- “Our real nature is not our normal state of anxiety, excitement and tension. Our nature is samadhi, pure consciousness, calmness, tranquility, eqanimity. We can use the comparison of a mirror that is obscured by layers of grime and dust. Clean the mirror and its natural quality will be revealed, which is to reflect all objects. It is the restlesness of the mind which causes all unhappiness and complexes, but these are only impositions. Calm and purify the mind through your sadhana and experience your true self.”
The best part about meditation is that it is backed by scientific evidence which makes it the perfecr non-denominative practice for soul seekers
Here are some scientific facts about mindfulness that just might blow your mind:
- “Meditation leads to neuroplacticity in the brain” via onlinepsychologydegree – this is “the brain’s ability to change, structurally and functionally, on the basis of environmental input.” Meaning you can change the way you react to the environment around you through meditation and mindfulness practice
- Increases Immune Function and positive emotion – psychologytoday.com & psychosomaticmedicine
- “Increases grey matter”, “related to emotional regulation, positive emotions and self-control.” via psychologytoday.com
My Mindfulness Journey
My journey through healing already started before I was even aware of it. As I grew in my meditation practice I noticed my inner peace growing year on year. In the past, the smallest things could cause the biggest emotions within. But now I am able to sit back and watch as a spectator. Watching my reactions, my triggers and how my emotions play out. Or better yet how comfortable I was becoming controlling my emotions. In fact, controlling my mind. Thus becoming more mindful. Making it a part of my everyday routine. To stop and think rather than react and reply. This is something I hope to share with you. By teaching you how to have a consistent home meditation practice of your own. Therefore meditation leads to mindfulness. Which is an artform of life.
What I can offer you:
I hope to offer you some insight into mindfulness and help you on your self-healing journey through mindful practices online & in Cape Town. By teaching you what I have learnt on my journey of self-healing. I have gained the following knowledge from my teachers:
Mindfulness Meditation Tips and Spirituality Courseware coming soon!
I am so excited to launch interactive online courseware to empower you through mindful practices and community connection. But in the meantime join me for free walking meditations every second Saturday in Cape Town. Details here.
References of Websites used in this post:
Scientific Facts Website References:
- Yoga Nidra, Swami Satyanada Saraswati; Yoga Publications Trust, Munger, Bihar, India: 2017
- Meditations from the Tantras, Swami Satyanada Saraswati; Yoga Publications Trust, Munger, Bihar, India, 2013 Golden Jubilee edition