Meditation: Establishing a Regular Practice
“With mindfulness, you can establish yourself in the present in order to touch the wonders of life that are available in that moment.”
– Thich Nhat Hanh
Life is busy. Meditation is the last thing you would think about. But in fact this is just what you need to get your life back in order. Because the kind of lifestyle we live in, people are often stressed, anxious, worried, disconnected and confused.
Mental health has increased. People have short attention span due to distractions, number of gadgets, social media, etc. This can affect decision making and performance – may it be students, managers or business owners. We also have become very judgmental which can affect our relationships.
Mindfulness can help individuals and group to be more focused, creative, be gentle and kind to themselves and others. It is one practice that has many benefits in different aspects of life including work, personal and relationships. From helping students to be more focused during exam time and be more relaxed; to parents to be more present with their children and CEOs to make right decisions that impact many lives, this single practice can help each individuals to be more resilient when faced with challenges.
And of course if you want these benefits, it comes with disciple, time and practice. For that reason establishing a regular practice is absolutely crucial. So that, when you are faced with challenges, your mind is already prepared to deal with them.
Like any art, practising meditation does not happen by itself. It takes regular and consistent practice. You’d actually need to apply it. For example if you were to build your mussels, going to the gym once a month may not be enough to get your desired outcome.
Karuna Priya will speak from his experience of being a Buddhist monk for 15 years and share his thoughts on how to establish a regular practice in your daily life at the Mindful Living Show, Friday 2nd June, 14.40pm-15.10pm.
At Akanista Mindfulness, we have series of upcoming workshops and retreats to help you establish a regular practice. Check the events out.