Becoming more present, mindful & aware

“To begin to meditate
is to look into our lives with interest in kindness and discover how to be wakeful and free.”

-- Jack Kornfield

Image by Jared Rice
Image by Jared Rice
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Becoming more present, mindful & aware

"Awaken your
innate inner wisdom
& compassion."
-- Anon

Benefits of meditation
Meditation may be used with the aim of reducing stress, anxiety, depression, and pain, and increasing peace, perception and wellbeing. A lot of research is being undertaken to define the health (psychologicalneurological, and cardiovascular) and other effects of meditation.  Here is a very useful synopsis and answers to common questions that come up for meditators by a world renowned yet down to earth sincere meditation master:

Many definitions emphasise the roles of attention and awareness,
classified for everything from reaching enlightenment
to improving one's physical and mental health.

Breath is life.

Breath-work for soothing the nervous system & boosting immunity

Breathing & mood

More than ever it is probably one of the most important skills to learn how to breathe optimally to instil more calm, clarity and ease.

Certain breathing patterns have a tendency to occur with certain moods. Due to this relationship, practitioners of various disciplines consider that they can encourage the occurrence of a particular mood by adopting the breathing pattern that it most commonly occurs in conjunction with. For instance, and perhaps the most common recommendation is that deeper breathing which utilises the diaphragm and abdomen more can encourage a more relaxed and confident mood.

Practitioners of different disciplines often interpret the importance of breathing regulation and its perceived influence on mood in different ways.
Buddhists may consider that it helps precipitate a sense of inner-peace, holistic healers that it encourages an overall state of health and wellbeing and business advisers that it provides relief from work-based stress.


Meditating in Mountains

"You cannot always control what goes on outside. But you can always control what goes on inside. -- Unknown