Being Mindful

Our thoughts and beliefs serve to create our reality. There is no doubt that the mind’s ability to analyze, discriminate, communicate is where we are today. Because of this, changing our thoughts can change our lives. Although the brain help us to reason and relate to others, we do not learn to switch off. It can sometimes be overwhelmed. If we are negative and fearful, we attract experiences that echo those thoughts. When one is positive, we attract more happiness, love and good health into our lives. By exploring our inner world and bringing it into consciousness, we can “find ourselves”.
Meditation is much more than simply relaxation. When the mind is in a relaxed state, it wanders uncontrollably. Whereas during meditation, the mind stays alert and is brought back to the point of focus. It cleanses the mind of limitations and fears. It releases positive energy and find peace by connecting our self to the universal self.  It brings relief from anxieties to silence our inner negative thoughts to create a serenity of peace.
So this is how we can meditate. Once you are sitted comfortably, back straight, head and spine in alignment with the eyes closed, begin to relax by focusing on the breaths. It is important to concentrate on our breaths, elongating and deepening our breathing. Detached your mind from the thoughts that pass through.
Breathing is the key to calm the mind. As Master Paalu quoted the word ‘Spiritus’, latin word for breath. It is the manifestation of our lifeforce energy. The deeper our breaths, more oxygen gets delivered throughout the cells in the body. It fuels the production of energy for our body to function, a direct effect on the nerves and muscles.
By using meditation to restrain the wanderings of the mind, we are brought to full awareness and experiences. We benefit from a lower heart-rate, reduced blood pressure and lower levels of stress hormones.
Esther Ong
Sept weekday YTTC