Mindfulness & Your Energy
Where you are is the point of entry.
For many people, Mindfulness has recently become a big subject.
However, many people misunderstand it for what it is and isn't...
...and everyone tries to do it the same exact way.
You don't need to. Beginning a mindfulness practice is not the same for everyone.
There are those people who decide to begin by making time each day for formal practice of sitting meditation.
For others, they make a choice from being tired and sick of eating large amounts of food during their lunch time...
...and instead try to be a little more mindful while eating.
Additionally, others just look around them and begin to notice the world that surrounds them as they go to work.
It really does not matter how you begin so much as THAT you begin your mindfulness practice.
But what is Mindfulness?
Mindfulness can be said to be the practice or exercise of cultivating an awareness that is focused on the current moment.
It is both a daily habit and a lifelong habit. It is not just studied but must be lived and experienced so as to really know its benefits.
By so doing, it assist you to have both a formal way of mindfulness (like meditation), and an informal that extends into your daily life (like habits).
Below I have listed some simple ways in which you can begin your mindfulness journey:
1. Practice Your Breath
You should know that all breaths are not created equally.
A simple way that I found to be efficient in calming the nervous system is the exercise of timed breaths where your exhale is a bit longer than your inhale.
This can be done anywhere from your home’s couch or at your work’s desk. You can follow the way I do it, which is:
- Start by inhaling through the nose for a two count.
- Hold in the breath for a one count.
- Slowly exhale for a four count.
- Finish the process by holding out the breath through the nose for one count.
- Keep the breathing smooth and even.
- Try to silently recognize your breathing. For example, “it’s an in breath; it’s an out breath.”
Note that, the oxygen supply to the brain is increased by deep breathing and also stimulates the energetic system so that you reach a calm state.
I do this exercise of deep breathing for approximately five minutes. Try it and you will notice that you will feel more relaxed and calm.
But I discovered that it doesn’t have to be that way – in fact, it’s even simpler than it looks…
Whether you want to become a better healer, person, or want to improve your practice, you must open your mind and trust yourself.
(By the way, if you're interested in building this self-trust through training, take a look at this Full Body Healing Session. It's a great way to release blockages that are keeping you from trusting in yourself.)
2. Eat Mindfully
Eating is a thing we do as a routine each day.
However, we're normally hurried and rushed between activities when we are eating. For example, how much time have you eaten in front of a computer as you get ready for a next meeting?
This kind of unmindful habit makes the body barely register the food that we are taking.
When having a stressful day, many people think that it is more convenient to multi-task work with eating.
However, the opposite is the right thing to do.
You need to focus on a single specific action and that is the best method to bring focus and calm into your day.
It is advisable that you start small. I suggest that you start by setting expectations that are realistic.
You can choose one snack or meal every day and commit yourself to focus on eating it mindfully for an approximate of 20 minutes.
Put all digital distractions aside and specifically use this time for mindful eating. I call it a digital detox.
When I started I would begin by appreciating and admiring the food appearance that I was to consume.
Try this - you will find out that we normally forget about the food’s beauty.
You can take the time to see and notice the food colors, appearance, and texture. Do not forget to chew the food enough times for the purposes of breaking it down completely before swallowing.
Make sure as you enjoy your eating to focus on every mouthful thinking about the sound and flavor of the food in the mouth.
3. Practice Gratitude
It is the tiny victories and joys that compose life and take us exactly to the place that we want to be.
A powerful mindful tool that will surely enrich the life you are living is gratitude.
You can start by writing down the ten things that makes you feel grateful.
By doing so, it puts you in one mindset of bliss and abundance.
You can write some few small things that you can say you are grateful of and take the time to reflect a little bit on them.
This can range from relatively small in terms of importance - for example, a compliment from some work well done, to relatively large like getting a new job that you love or whatever it is that you are grateful for.
What you focus on has a tendency of growing. Take note of these small joys.
Having a practice of mindfulness means being aware of and open to what is already working.
4. The Beginner's Mind
This is an important concept in Reiki.
The Beginner's Mind allows you to be free from specialization.
It allows you, as an individual, to be free from the confines of...anything.
When you have this mindset, you begin to view things in a different way.
You begin to be more creative and ultimately mindful about all that you are doing.
This attitude can propel us above the “hump” of beginners that more often prevents us from learning new things.
I view the beginner’s mindset as the aspect of emptying one’s mind from preconceived ideas and being open minded to the unknown.
When you are curious, you will notice that you create a mindset of learning.
By so doing, it allow you to look at new things as a learning opportunity rather than making up expectations on the outcomes.
I am quite sure that you’ve heard of this more than once. However, I will still ask you to put it under your consideration.
So start today!
A year from now, you will wish you had started today.
Studies conducted recently have linked mindfulness practices with lower levels of stress, enhanced creativity, and increased focus.
When I started the above mindfulness practices, I started to more capable to deal with most of my difficult problems and emotions and felt less overwhelmed.
Some say that mindfulness makes them move slower but gets more of those important things done.
Mindfulness can create openings to Universal Energy, but you must remember to tend to the other parts that make up the whole…
... and one of my favorite ways of doing that is with a well balanced healing session like the one here. I made this session available for people to learn and experience healing in a simple to use format. You can look at it over here.