This evening I began a 6 week journey of Mindful Meditation. I had completely forgotten that I had signed up for this online zoom 6 week beginner mindful meditation class, a week or two ago. It wasn’t until yesterday when I got an email reminder that I remembered. I guess one could say I wasn’t mindful of it 😉
I am really excited about this journey. I started meditating about 5-6 years ago. I thoroughly enjoyed it back then, but somewhere along the way I stopped practicing. I haven’t practiced routinely for probably the last 4 years.
It is so easy to let our thoughts get the best of us and take us away from the present moment, from actually living. It happens to all of us. Very seldom are we ever in and aware of the present moment. It’s like when you’re driving to or from work. Your mind is filled with thoughts of work or what needs to be done at home or a thousand other thoughts, before you know it you’ve arrived at work or home, but really have no recollection of the drive at all. You know you did it, but you weren’t mindfully aware of doing it while you were doing it. This is just one example of how our thoughts distract us from living in the present moment.
Not that having thoughts is a bad thing, but sometimes we just want/need to be in the moment. We don’t always want our thoughts to control us or our time.
One of my takeaways from tonight’s class was to periodically throughout the day bring an awareness to the present moment, say to yourself, “the present moment is like this now.” During this moment, try to allow yourself to really have an awareness of the present moment. What sensations are you feeling, what do you hear, what do you smell, what do you see? It doesn’t have to be a long moment, just a few seconds of awareness in the present moment.
During the class tonight we did two meditation sets. The first was a whole body sensation meditation, where you are mindfully aware of the sensations in your whole body. The second meditation was about relaxation and awareness. It was about just that, relaxing and being aware of the present moment. If we got lost in thought, once we became aware of it, we brought ourselves back to a prominent sensation in our body to get us back on track.
The goal isn’t necessarily to stop thoughts, but rather to have a better awareness of what our thoughts are, the stories we tell ourselves, and how to control them so that we can be more present in the moment and in our lives.
Who doesn’t want to live in the moments of our lives?
Week 1/Class 1 was a great start to this 6 week journey. For the next 6 weeks I will be participating in class every Tuesday night and meditating for 15-30 minutes every day. I am so looking forward to the growth and awareness I will gain over the next 6 weeks.
Stay tuned for updates!