Mindfulness before Meditation

wasFirst of all, we have to know what mindfulness is. “Mindfulness. It’s a pretty straightforward word. It suggests that the mind is fully attending to what’s happening, to what you’re doing, to the space you’re moving through.” – mindful.org

People use to tell me that everyone can meditate if they really want all they need is just a bit of practice. I do not buy this, I don’t believe everyone can meditate. To meditate you have to get some skills that are hard to achieve without enough knowledge. It’s not just to sit down and be quiet and ignore all thoughts. It sounds easy, doesn’t it?

But how can you get the basics for meditation? If meditation is what you want you either go to someone that steal your money or you start with mindfulness. Mindfulness is a good start to master meditation. Mindfulness helps you to master concentration.

Think about the last time you were out on a walk. Were you walking and enjoying your surroundings, did you feel the ground beneath your feet? Did you feel the wind and hear the sounds around you? Or were you at your destination even before you started your walk?

When I teach people about mindfulness I give them one task to start with. Every time you are outside and walking try to feel the ground beneath you. How does it feel? is it rough, rocky, flat? (be aware of your surroundings if you are walking in town) Don’t think about anything else on this walk, just feel how it feels beneath your feet. On your next walk, you do the same but you add how things sound around you. Be aware of how it feels below your feet and what you can hear around you. and then add, how it smells and what you can see and how the wind feels on your skin, hair, face, and hands.

You can add mindfulness to everything you do. And it doesn’t mean that you have to do things in slow motion or that you can’t talk to people at the same time. Being aware of your surroundings is something everyone can do and should do. Because today we are often too stress on what happens next or what we have to do tomorrow. Tomorrow isn’t important if you don’t feel good today. Start with making today good and tomorrow will be good without planning it.

Mindfulness is meditation for me, my mind is calm by being aware of my surroundings. I love my life because I see what I have all the time. By seeing that you can also improve what you already have so it will be better tomorrow. I never stress over being better at anything tomorrow because I start today, right now improving what I can.

When you master mindfulness you have also learned how to master concentration. Which is the key to meditation.

/ Swenvonh