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Mindfulness, meditation, and me

As I first mentioned in early January here on the blog, one of the things I'm working on this year is mindfulness and meditation, which are, as I'm finding out, not exactly the same thing, although they are most certainly related. I must say that the practiced focus of meditation is helping with mindfulness, and vice versa.

I have been trying out a variety of types of meditation, actually, including in participating in free "meditation challenges" run by the Chopra Center and Wild Divine and such, and I find that some things work better for me than others. Guided meditations are entirely lovely sometimes, unless the guidance has me participating in something I don't care for or am afraid of; for instance,I sat through one where I had to imagine swinging higher and higher on a swing, and that did not work well for me AT ALL, since it's not something I am comfortable with. But otherwise they're pretty lovely, and really, if your mind believes you are on a beach or in a meadow, then really, you're there, so they are a nice reality break. I also found that the type where I have to actually chant something aloud works really well for me - I don't know whether it's my background as a music major or what, but focusing on production of the sound/tone really takes full focus enough that I find I'm not interrupted by nearly as many extraneous thoughts as if I repeat a mantra only in my mind. Maybe if I imagine actually chanting the mantra in my mind and holding the tone? It's something to consider. And hey - whether I'm "good" at it or not isn't really the point. It's the practice that matters.

Anyhow, I keep getting affirmation from the Universe that I am on the right course here, in the form of a barrage of articles and information about meditation and mindfulness from a variety sources, whether it's conversations with other people, in books or newspapers, or via things that catch my attention in the news or on Facebook. Articles that talk about how meditation forges new pathways in the brain and can help with pain conditions (it certainly has been a help with my fibromyalgia, which really kicked my ass last winter) and warding of dementia and more.

Today's article by Cindy Griffith-Bennett was found in the Huffington Post, and encourages a variety of mindfulness techniques while planning for and hosting a party. (It also kind of makes me want to host a party.) The closing line is especially lovely:

A party that is fashioned out of the peaceful, calm, and loving energies created by your meditation moments will not only run smoother, the peaceful energy will surround your entire event and be an extra special gift for all of your guests to take home with them.

As Eliza Doolittle sang in My Fair Lady, "wouldn't it be loverly?"

I note, too, that Cindy Griffith-Bennett wrote a book entitled Soul Soothers: Mini Meditations for Busy Lives, which sounds like something worth looking into.


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beckylevine
Aug. 18th, 2013 08:27 pm (UTC)
Part of the thing I love about this practice is all the things it DOES to my brain. I was hoping for/expecting some extra calm (which I know is going in with an agenda, but, hey, if it got me started...), but I love the way I sometimes find myself on the outside looking in at my brain, thinking, wow, how cool/weird/interesting/bizarre THAT is. In a good way!

That book does look interesting--I'm going to check it out.
kellyrfineman
Aug. 19th, 2013 09:55 pm (UTC)
I find that interesting as well. Another unlooked-for bonus? I haven't lost track of how many scoops of coffee I've put into the filter in months. Turns out I can actually pay attention to short tasks that used to get botched by a wandering mind!
ext_2122905
Aug. 20th, 2013 08:58 pm (UTC)
keep up the good work!
Glad to see you are using mindfulness in your day to day activities.

By the way...

I love your artwork of "mind full or mindful"!!

keep up the good work!
kellyrfineman
Aug. 20th, 2013 10:49 pm (UTC)
Re: keep up the good work!
Thanks!
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