Learn How to Live in the Present by Practicing Mindfulness Meditation

There are many different types of meditation for you to try, but there is no one type that stands out above the rest. The form of meditation that you choose to practice is entirely a matter of personal preference. If you are just starting out with meditation, then I would recommend exploring your options a little bit to see what fits best for you and your needs. One type of meditation that is currently quite popular is mindfulness meditation. If you’d like to learn more about mindfulness meditation, then continue reading this article.

In a nutshell, mindfulness meditation involves the establishment of a strong presence in the present moment. Mindful meditation means that you strive to live your life in the here and now. Neither the past nor the future is what is important. What matters most is the present.

When you practice mindfulness meditation, you acknowledge any and all thoughts that enter into your brain.

Try not to assign any specific emotions or judgment to your thoughts. Just allow the thoughts to be whatever it is that they are and then let them pass. When you are in a truly mindful state, you are able to appreciate each moment in your life and feel grateful for the little things, such as a beautiful flower or a cool breeze on a hot, summer day.

Mindfulness meditation is a very simple concept, but the practice is often much more difficult to put into effect. It is so easy to get bogged down by past events or to worry about what’s going to happen in the future. In general, we as a society have adopted a hustle and bustle mentality of continually living for “what’s next?”

This is not an ideal way to live, however. It can lead to excessive feelings of stress, anxiety, and pervasive worrying. When you learn to live in the present, the quality of your life can improve, as you become a more well-balanced individual.

If you’d like to practice mindfulness meditation, the very first thing you need to do is to make a personal commitment, via an actual declaration or writing it down on paper, to honor the present moment as often as possible. Engross yourself in activities that stimulate your senses – cooking, for example. Commit to preparing a home-cooked meal, and as you do so, make yourself be fully aware of everything that you are tasting, smelling, and seeing.

Heightening your sensory awareness is a great way to start living in the present more. You can also do this while you meditate, hence the whole concept of mindfulness meditation. When you sit down to meditate, you want to eliminate as many external distractions as possible, meaning no cell phones, laptops, TVs, etc. You want to meditate in a quiet spot where you can be alone with your thoughts.

You don’t have to practice mindfulness meditation for a long time in order to start seeing results. Generally speaking, if you practice it for 10-15 minutes a day on a regular basis, then you should start to feel like a more even-keeled and positive person in no time.

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Rachel, the owner of Your Best Meditation.com, is a traveler, marketer, and lover of adventure. She started meditating a few years ago, while living in Brazil, and has REALLY enjoyed the benefits of meditation since then. With regular meditation, Rachel reports feeling more calm, at peace, relaxed… and having a greater sense of “knowing”. That being said, she doesn’t always remember to meditate… … and is working on practicing more often. She finds that guided meditations help a lot, though. It can be really difficult to get still yourself, so having someone point you in the direction you want to take is priceless. When not meditating, Rachel has several other passions. Her interests range from reading, traveling, belly dancing, psychology, yoga, Toastmasters, and everything in between.

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  1. Peter says:

    it’s all about getting in tune with your senses. I recently went through a personality profiling session, and was told a way to improve my sensory awareness: choose an activity that stimulates your senses, for me, I thought of going snorkeling, and then actively work on monitoring your sensory input. For example, notice the subtle differences in the colors of the fish and other sea life. Practice this type of exercise, engage your senses, and train your brain to live in the present.

  2. Elizabeth S says:

    thanks for sharing that, Peter! I love that idea. I feel like my brain lives more so in the future, which leads to a lot of worrying about things that I have no control over. I’m definitely going to try to train my brain to be more present minded.

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