Creative Mindfulness

 

You can be as creative with your mindfulness practice as you are with your art. They support each other.

 

1. 7 Great Great Resources For Developing Your Creative Mindfulness Practice
The plans you make are there to further your progress.

2. What Is Meditation
How do I find inspiration?

3. Meditation Can Be / Doesn’t Have To Be A Religious Experience
Meditation isn’t a religious practice.

4. All Religions Practice Forms Of Meditation
Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam all practice forms of meditation.

5. Benefits of Meditating
You will create many benefits for yourself by meditating.

6. The Physical Benefits of Meditating
There are many clinically proven physical benefits of practicing meditation.

7. Increase Your Awareness Of Your Body Through Meditation
For much of our daily lives we are unconscius of our bodies.

8. How Many Thoughts A Day Do You Think?
On average, we each think 60,000 thoughts a day.

9. How Long Should I Meditate?
The question will serve you much better if you consider it over time.

10. How To Find Time For Meditation?
You can find time for meditation without changing your schedule.

11. Increase Your Awareness Of Your Environment Through Meditation? 
Spend some time becoming more aware of the miracles that surrounds you.

12. Increase Your Awareness Of Your Mind Through Meditation.
Consciousness is one of the great riddles of the universe for which there are few answers.

13. Increase Your Awareness Of Your Emotions Through Meditation.
For most of us, when it comes to emotions, our thinking is often unclear.

 

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Increase Your Awareness Of Your Mind Through Meditation


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We assume that we know our own minds, when in reality they’re much more complex and mysterious than we think. Consciousness is one of the great riddles of the universe for which there are surprisingly few answers, no comprehensive system, and not even a single definition. Yet we all use our minds everyday. We’re so used to the continual train of thoughts in our minds, some of whose paths are individually chosen and some conventionally patterned, that they go unrecognized for what they are or even unnoticed. Through meditation the constraints that we have learned to place on our minds can be loosened selectively. The boundaries between our conscious and subconscious minds can become more permeable and we can experience more than the surface of our selves. We can learn to experience the full potential of our minds.
Try this meditation.
1         Simply observe your thoughts.
Don’t try to control (focus, direct, or change) your thoughts.
Don’t fixate on or avoid certain thoughts.
Don’t judge or criticize your thoughts.
Don’t judge or criticize yourself for having thoughts.
Simply observe your thoughts.
After meditation review your process. Were your thoughts familiar or surprising to you? Did your mind flow in conventional patterns (comparison, contrast, chain of events) or not? Did you favor certain subjects over others? Was the tendency to think certain thoughts reinforced by recent or reoccurring events? If you experienced memories of past events were they recent or long past? How does this meditation on thoughts compare to previous ones? How does increasing or decreasing the time you spend meditating change your experience? What did you learn about your mind?
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7 Great Great Resources For Developing Your Creative Mindfulness Practice


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Want to become more perceptive?
Want to improve your concentration?
Want to optimize your performance?
Want to reduce stress?
Mindfulness can help you do all of these things and more.
Some people think meditation is Buddhist; it’s pan-cultural.
Some people think meditation is religious but many forms are non-denominational.
Some people think meditation is doing nothing; there are many active forms.
Some people think meditation requires a lot of time but a few minutes a day offer many benefits.
It’s likely that there’s a lot more to mindfulness than you think.
 

Apps

These apps are an easy way to start and sustain your practice.

Check out these apps …

Headspace (breath awareness-based)

Chopra (mantra-based)

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Books

I recommend these books for their approachability and practicality.

David Fontana
Learn to Meditate: A Practical Guide to Self-Discovery and Fulfillment
David Fontana
The Meditation Handbook: The Practical Guide to Eastern and Western Meditation Techniques
Mark Thornton
Meditation in a New York Minute: Super Calm for the Super Busy
Thich Nhat Hanh
The Long Road Turns to Joy: A Guide to Walking Meditation
Shakti Gawain
Creative Visualization: Use the Power of Your Imagination to Create What You Want in Your Life
 
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