What are we doing right now?
In 2010, psychologists at Harvard University studied the link between present-moment Mindfulness and happiness. They found that the happiest people are those who live in the moment.
Vedic Vipassana / Mindfulness meditation isn’t about trying to drop your thought; simply observing your review or focusing your mind on one object. On the contrary, it is a straightforward but highly effective practice of bringing your attention to the present moment.
We pay keen attention to the present moment of our actions, thoughts, emotions, and surrounding. Be mindful of every action, and be present.
Our mind is like a child; it wanders around so quickly, and so are our thoughts. They come from every direction and overwhelm our senses. A search for happiness is our mind’s natural state. It always craves desires and fulfillment, so it constantly tries to chase and overlook the bliss of the present moment. Thus, it collects more disappointments and negative results.
How to practice Vedic Vipassana / Mindfulness meditation
The mind craves infinite happiness, and its nature is being in a state of bliss. The mind is always searching for the greatness of joy.
Our nature of inner being is bliss, so as we start meditating. Naturally, the mind goes inward. Concentrating or controlling the mind becomes unnecessary as long as you are in the present and mindful.
Pay attention to your every thought and action sprouting from your thought, without judging from good/evil thoughts or actions. Just be in the present moment.
As you start watching your every move, your mind starts responding mindfully to your thoughts, resulting in a great sense of tranquility, and you begin ascending your emotions. The awareness reaches the inner vigilance, devoid of any perception.
Research from Dr. Emily K. [University of Pittsburgh] shows that focusing the mind (Mindfulness) on the present has numerous health benefits, including reducing stress and anxiety, reducing negative emotions, boosting positive emotions, and making us more productive.
If you have physical challenges following the yogic meditational posture or time constraint, Vipassana / Mindfulness guided meditation is your answer.
“What am I doing right now?”
This is one exciting question you can ask yourself to bring your mind to the present moment. You ask yourself, “What am I doing right now?” The mind is always keen to answer questions; it likes to analyze and resolve them. It will respond immediately: “I am reading this article.” Now all of a sudden, you are in the present moment. You will focus more clearly on the words you read and their meaning. You may get distracted the next second, but that’s Ok. You ask the same question again after some time.
This question also works excellently when you are eating food. You become more mindful with every bite, which helps your overall health.
In a month or so, your mind will get conditioned and start enjoying being in the present. One can practice Vipassana / Mindfulness meditation throughout the day.
“Which thought is on my mind right now?”
As you ask this question, you will notice a subtle thoughtless state for a few moments. It is the most delightful feeling you will experience. After a few seconds, your childish mind will drift off into different thoughts. Then, ask the question again.
After routine repetition, the thoughtless state increase bringing the most blissful and tranquil feeling.
Types of Vipassana / Mindfulness meditation
Guided Mindfulness with an experienced teacher is essential until you are aware of your actions and always mindful. There are a variety of practices one can use for mindfulness/ Vipassana meditation. All these practices are free-flow. You don’t need to follow the strict regiments of yogic meditation postures. They all complement concentrative meditation.
1 — Tea ritual in Zen meditation
2 — Zen Kinkin or walking meditation
3 — Body scan meditation
4 — Music meditation
5 — Voice meditation
The key to the Mindfulness meditation
Be mindful, be aware of your thoughts, and be present.
· The blissful and tranquil feeling
· Happy, Calm, and peaceful mind
· Gratitude towards others
· Good health
· Develop kindness and compassion
· No harmful or unwelcomed thoughts
· No negative feelings
Go ahead, and give it a try; you won’t be disappointed.
Love, peace, and respect 💖💖