Suggestion for practicing Mindfulness during your Reboot & Rebalance, taking your cleanse onto a deeper level July 29 2016
Why is Mindfulness important for us?
In every moment we have the opportunity to be present and aware . . . to let go of whatever fear, constriction, and stories are running through our mind as we come fully into the present moment.
And it is only in the present moment that we can experience happiness. Since ancient times, people have used a wide variety of mindfulness techniques to cultivate this state of ever-present witnessing awareness. When we’re mindful, we observe our thoughts, emotions, and sensations without judging them as good or bad. Our attention is active and our attitude is compassionate. We’re aware that we’re connected to the patterns of intelligence that weave the tapestry of the entire cosmos. By cultivating mindfulness, you begin to experience another level of mind, where silence dominates. From this state of mindful awareness blossoms a sense of wellbeing and a feeling that you are safe.
When you embrace what is with your whole attention, you will be immersed in the fullness of the now.
Mindfulness practice is simple and easy
You can come to the present moment by shifting your awareness to your breath, or you can bring your awareness to the sensations in your body. Some people find it easier to let their attention rest in the space between objects. This can be the space between breaths, or the space between movements. The way you move your body – sitting, walking, eating, or any other activity – can be the object of your mindfulness. Once you find the method of mindfulness that suits you best, it becomes easy to access your silent witnessing presence. By cultivating mindfulness, you begin to experience another level of mind, where silence dominates. From this state of mindful awareness blossoms a sense of wellbeing and a feeling that you are safe. When you embrace what is with your whole attention, you will be immersed in the fullness of the now.
3 simple methods to incorporate mindfulness into your day during your cleanse:
1. Intention formulating when you wake up
Starting our morning with a clear intent is a beautiful step to bringing mindfulness into our day. The way we talk to ourselves has a profound influence on how we perceive the world, how we feel, and ultimately how the events of our lives unfold.
When you wake up in the morning, take a moment before you get out of bed. As you lie in bed, be attentive to the sounds and the silence around you. Take a couple of deep, easeful breaths. Closing your eyes, formulate an intention for wellbeing, health and healing as you embark on this day of your cleanse. Use an affirmative intention that empowers you and fill you with a sense of ease and wellbeing. You can formulate your own intention, or use one of the following:
"This day I am nourishing my body and mind, creating wellbeing and health. I am grateful for this opportunity."
2. Mindfulness as you drink your juices and eat of your food
Prior to drinking and when you drink your juices, and eat your food:
As you drink your juices, take a moment to “chew” them before drinking them. This sets free enzymes that help with nutrient absorption down the line.
If at all possible, choose a quiet setting for eating your food if you can. Eat as quietly as possible, limiting distractions like reading or watching something while eating. Try to avoid eating “on the run” or at your desk at work. As you eat you food, “chew” it slowly and deliberately.
Before and/or during drinking and eating your food, become aware of why you are drinking or eating. You may formulate a brief intention, such as:
"I am nourishing my body with vital and living foods, healing from the inside. I am fully present."
3. Mindful breathing
Focusing on the breath immediately brings us into the now. Whenever you feel an onset of stress, worry or an emotion you become aware that does not serve you, take a brief moment to:
Take a deep and easeful in-breath, counting to 5. Hold your breath, for a brief moment at the top of the inhalation.
Exhale counting to five, pushing your abdominals gently towards your spine, exhaling fully. Hold your breath, for a brief moment at the end of the exhalation.
Repeat 3 times, counting to 6 and 7, respectively.
Additionally, if you like:
"As you inhale, envision yourself inhaling white light, filling your body with it. As you exhale visualize yourself exhaling white light."
To learn more about mindfulness, meditation, and the healing power of Ayurveda perfect health, please contact Vincent Renner, certified Meditation Teacher, Perfect Health Practitioner & Yoga Teacher, by the Chopra Center, California, firstname.lastname@example.org or 202.460.6103