Mindfulness is the act of bringing awareness to the present moment. Many of us have difficultly staying fully present. Our thoughts wander back into our past, reliving events over and over. Sometimes our thoughts jump ahead into the future, and we worry about possible outcomes. But the present moment is the only place where we have any power to act. This is why it’s important to practice being in the present moment.
The more we can live in the present moment, the more we can respond to situations, rather than react to situations. In this way, we create a whole new reality.
Begin in a comfortable seated position. Relax your arms and hands, and let your eyes close. Begin to breathe in and out through the nose. This simple act of breathing through the nose will activate the parasympathetic nervous system (the body’s “rest and digest” system) and turn off the sympathetic nervous system (the “flight or fight” response).
I will suggest six different mantras for this meditation. Repeat these mantras to yourself as your breathe. When something disturbs your peace, or when you notice your thoughts wandering back into the past or ahead into the future, gently bring yourself back to the breath, mantra, and present moment, without judgement.