Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Day 6: 30 Day Meditation

Yesterday I listened to The Science of Mindfulness - a free download from Sounds True about how our brains work on meditation. The easiest way for me to remember the whole hour of teaching is summed up in this sentence: Neurons that fire together, wire together.

What this means is that the more we practice awareness of the present moment, otherwise known as mindfulness, the more our brains become wired to do this. The more we practice non-judgement, compassion, forgiveness, and gratitude, the more our brains become adept at this skill.

Awareness of the present moment can be practiced through deep listening, breath awareness, walking meditation, using a mantra, cultivating gratitude, or really anything you do where you are purposely building awareness of the present moment with compassion and without judgement.

With all this in mind, today's meditation went well. I brought myself back to the breath time after time and practiced enjoying the present moment - even when my knees were screaming.

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