Mindfulness meditation involves sitting quietly and focusing on the present moment for a period of time. Some practitioners sit for twenty minutes. Some sit for longer periods. The goal is to not let the mind wander and, instead, focus only on sensations occurring in the present moment. Most practitioners do this by focusing their attention on the breath.
If you've ever tried to practice mindfulness meditation, you know how quickly your mind can wander. One second, you're sitting cross-legged on the floor, carefully focusing on your breath, and the next moment, you're replaying a conversation you had with your significant other, mentally going over your grocery list, or worrying about your stock portfolio.
It can be a frustrating experience -- but don't worry. Even the most advanced practitioners struggle with a wandering mind. Actually, the fact that your mind wanders during meditation is all part of the practice. In fact, the more times you catch your mind wandering, the stronger your meditation practice will be.
How Mindfulness Meditation Really Works
When you catch your mind wandering, don't worry, and don't berate yourself. Simply bring your mind back to the present moment. If you've been meditating by focusing on your breath, bring your mind back to the breath and try to stay there. Chances are, you're mind will wander off again in a few moments, but that's okay too.
Here's the secret: The real power of meditation isn't from staying in the present moment; it's from coming back to the present moment. Every time you notice your mind wandering and come back to the present, your mind does a metaphorical bicep curl. Do this enough times, and your mind will become a whole lot stronger.
Benefits of Mindfulness Meditation
Mindfulness meditation has gained a lot of popularity in the western world -- and for good reason. Most of our suffering and anxiety comes from reliving the past or worrying about the future. Mindfulness meditation helps you build thought patterns that focus more on the present -- and let's be honest, in the present moment, when you get right down to it, things are usually just fine. Worries, fears and regrets weigh less heavily on you, and you are able to navigate in the world in a calm and collected manner.
If you're struggling with mindfulness practice, don't worry. Very few people can sit still and focus solely on their breath for twenty minutes straight. Building an effective mindfulness practice isn't about staying in the present moment; it's about getting those mind-strengthening moments of coming back.
Pedro is certified to professionally engage in treatment of physical and mental ailments and conditions through the use of Spiritual Mind Treatment in the capacity of Metaphysical Practitioner. Pedro is also an ordained Metaphysical Minister.