Meditation: Top Five Tips for Wherever-Whenever Mindfulness
by: Maya Talisman Frost
The problem with meditation is attachment. We get in the habit of needing our altar, favorite cushion, incense, CD, certain time of day, necessary length of time, or particular style of sitting. If we can’t do it the “right” way, we tend to skip it altogether. We get so attached to the trappings that we get a little testy if we don’t have everything just so.
This is funny when you think about it. In Buddhism, the core belief is that life is full of suffering, and this suffering is due to attachment. Isn’t it ironic that we become so attached to the idea of meditation? Isn’t it a bit absurd to think of followers of particular styles of meditation as obsessive about their own approach?
I find it hilarious.
I also find it destructive.
I’m all for whatever works. If committing to a ritual is right for you, by all means, light that candle. If you must do some yoga exercises prior to sitting, go for it. If you need to go for a run before chanting, be my guest.
However, if you find that your concept of what you need in order to meditate is hindering instead of liberating you, it’s time to take a look at what I refer to as “wireless” meditation.
The beautiful thing about going wireless—-whether it’s with phones, computers, or your own quest for mindfulness—-is that you suddenly become unencumbered by extraneous connections. You can continue with your day. You can go anywhere. You are free.
Just as a wireless phone allows you to think of your workplace in a whole new way, mindfulness practice gives you the opportunity to bring attention to whatever you’re doing. Your connection to your mind and your heart is hooked up while you’re taking a shower, washing the dishes, walking the dog, or tending your garden. You no longer see mindfulness as something you can do only if you’re sitting in your family room before the kids get up.
For those who’ve given up on
meditation, consider the freedom of mindfulness practice. Here are five
questions to ask yourself in order to stay connected
“How can I find more meaning in this moment?” In every moment, we
have the opportunity to connect to what matters most. We can choose to
find a reason to feel grateful, content, secure, uplifted, and cared for.
By paying attention, we can find value in the simplest tasks and the
Going wireless means you can choose to connect whenever you like. Find ways to tap into mindfulness without becoming attached to meditation.
Use your wherever-whenever minutes—-and get more.
About The Author
Maya Talisman Frost is a mind
masseuse. Her work has inspired thinkers in over 90 countries. She offers
specialized mindfulness training in
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