My Mindful Practice

A place to collect mindfulness help and resources.
Nisargadatta Maharaj

Posted at 11:19am and tagged with: Mindfulness, meditation,.

A quiet mind is all you need. All else will happen rightly, once your mind is quiet. As the sun on rising makes the world active, so does self-awareness affect changes in the mind. In the light of calm and steady self-awareness inner energies wake up and work miracles without effort on your part.

Posted at 11:26am and tagged with: walt whitman, quotes, meditation, Mindfulness,.

“I am larger and better than I thought. I did not know I held so much goodness.”
- Walt Whitman

Awareness


Bringing yourself into the present moment, adopting an alert yet comfortable posture, close your eyes, if this is comfortable, and bring your attention inward. Becoming aware of your body and the surface upon which you are sitting, draw your focus to the spine, each vertebra stacked upon the other from sacrum to skull.

Now, turning your attention to your thoughts and feelings, ask, ‘What thoughts and feelings are around right now? What bodily sensations are present?’. Acknowledge your experience in this moment, even if it is unwanted.

Gathering

Now, gently direct your awareness to your breathing, following each in breath and each out breath, one after the other, if necessary, saying to yourself, ‘I am breathing in. I am breathing out.’

The breath can function as an anchor to bring you into the present moment since the breath is always with us and available at any time as a focus of attention. Regulating the inbreath with the outbreath can assist in maintaining awareness and stillness.

Expanding

Now, expanding your awareness to the whole body, imagine that you are breathing with the body as a whole including your posture and facial expression. When you’re ready, open your eyes and return to your day.

Posted at 11:10am and tagged with: Mindfulness, meditation, exercise,.

Posted at 11:19am and tagged with: zen, quotes, meditation,.

My religion is to live and die without regret. - Milarepa

Posted at 11:30am and tagged with: zen, quotes, Mindfulness, meditation,.

Do not speak- unless it improves on silence.
Zen proverb

Posted at 11:21am and tagged with: zen, Mindfulness, meditation,.

When walking, walk. When eating, eat.
Thich Nhat Hanh

Posted at 11:22am and tagged with: thich nhat hanh, meditation, Mindfulness,.

When you drive around the city and come to a red light or a stop sign, you can just sit back and make use of these twenty or thirty seconds to relax — to breathe in, breathe out, and enjoy arriving in the present moment. There are many things like that we can do.

This traditional approach is best known for identifying successive stages of meditation during which one progressively cultivates loving-kindness towards:

  • oneself
  • a good friend
  • a “neutral” person
  • a difficult person
  • all four of the above equally
  • and then gradually the entire world

Posted at 11:25am and tagged with: loving kindness, meditation, Mindfulness, metta,.

Thich Nhat Hanh

Posted at 11:23am and tagged with: thich nhat hanh, Mindfulness, meditation,.

Thich Nhat Hanh

(Lennon/McCartney)

Posted at 11:12am and tagged with: let it be, lyrics, meditation,.

And when the night is cloudy,
There is still a light that shines on me,
Shine on until tomorrow, let it be.

e·qua·nim·i·ty/ˌēkwəˈnimitē/

Noun:Mental calmness, composure, and evenness of temper, esp. in a difficult situation.

Posted at 11:22am and tagged with: equanimity, Mindfulness, meditation,.

The Hippo

By Steven Hickman

Posted at 11:14am and tagged with: mindful poetry, meditation, steven hickman, the hippo,.

The hippo floats in swamp serene,
some emerged, but most unseen.

Seeing all and only blinking,
Who knows what this beast is thinking.

Gliding, and of judgment clear,
Letting go and being here.

Seeing all, both guilt and glory,
Only noting. But that’s MY story.

I sit here hippo-like and breathe,
While inside I storm and seethe.

Would that I were half equanimous
As that placid hippopotamus.

Wild Geese

By Mary Oliver from Dream Work

Posted at 11:16am and tagged with: wild geese, mindful poetry, poems, meditation,.

You do not have to be good.
You do not have to walk on your knees
for a hundred miles through the desert, repenting.
You only have to let the soft animal of your body
love what it loves.
Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine.
Meanwhile the world goes on.
Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain
are moving across the landscapes,
over the prairies and the deep trees,
the mountains and the rivers.
Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air,
are heading home again.
Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
the world offers itself to your imagination,
calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting—
over and over announcing your place
in the family of things.
Kindness
By Naomi Shihab Nye

Posted at 11:05am and tagged with: mindful poetry, meditation, naomi shihab nye,.

Before you know what kindness really is
you must lose things,
feel the future dissolve in a moment
like salt in a weakened broth.
What you held in your hand,
what you counted and carefully saved,
all this must go so you know
how desolate the landscape can be
between the regions of kindness.
How you ride and ride
thinking the bus will never stop,
the passengers eating maize and chicken
will stare out the window forever.

Before you learn the tender gravity of kindness,
you must travel where the Indian in a white poncho
lies dead by the side of the road.
You must see how this could be you,
how he too was someone
who journeyed through the night
with plans and the simple breath
that kept him alive.

Before you know kindness
as the deepest thing inside,
you must know sorrow
as the other deepest thing.
You must wake up with sorrow.
You must speak to it till your voice
catches the thread of all sorrows
and you see the size of the cloth.
Then it is only kindness
that makes sense anymore,
only kindness that ties your shoes
and sends you out into the day
to mail letters and purchase bread,
only kindness that raises its head
from the crowd of the world to say
it is I you have been looking for,
and then goes with you every where
like a shadow or a friend.

Lion’s Tooth
By Steven Hickman

Posted at 11:01am and tagged with: mindful poetry, meditation, Mindfulness,.

Born of seed and sun and water,
Gardener’s unwanted squatter.
Standing tall in turf unwanted,
Spreading mane in wind, undaunted.

Proud, defiant, lion’s tooth,
Silver sphere obscures the truth.
Transient form made most of space,
Delicate as spider’s lace.

Gold rosette to last salute,
Ultimate heavenward pursuit.
Held within its radiant form,
The seeds of birth called to perform.

The earth pulls body to its rest,
But not before it sheds its best.
Letting wind pull what it wants,
It won’t let go just yet, it taunts.

Eternal bond of host and guest,
Ends with a tug for what seems best.
The parent yearns for lost offspring,
As each pod lofts and takes to wing.

Freedom felt on strength of breeze,
Mighty gust or strangled wheeze.
Traveler flies in full retreat,
Or falls forthwith at father’s feet.

Soil wraps in moist embrace,
Transforming with a nuanced grace.
The end of one is now beginning,
Losing life is also winning.

Hold this fierce lion in your hands,
For all the world it still commands.
Death and birth are held in one.
Starting melds with being done.

Embrace the uninvited greenery,
For all it brings to living scenery.
Be careful what you call the weeds,
When cursing where you’ve sown your seeds.