Practice Circle on Mindfulness
Praise to your coming and your going, Breath,
Praise to your rising and your settling, Breath!
Praise to you, Breath of Life,
For both breathing in and out!
For turning to this side and to that,
Praise to all of you, everywhere!
Breath of Life, grant your blessed form
To us that we may live!
Give us your healing power!
— Atharva Veda XI, 4:1-10, 14, 26
In this step of ISM, we are focussing on Mindfulness. Why? Mindfulness enables us to calm our stress, heal emotional causes of illness, improve our relationships, still and focus our minds so that we might enter into profound and transformative states of meditation where we can achieve Wisdom to truly help others.
But the reality for most of us is that we are just not always mindful! Therefore, we turn to the great exemplars to show us the way and to inspire us to generate mindfulness and enjoy its benefits. Our Mindfulness meditation is greatly enhanced by the first four steps of ISM for they help prepare our minds to become calm and focussed.
Please write about Mindfulness in your weekly journal. Why is it important for you to cultivate Mindfulness? Who are the teachers and what are the resources that are most helpful to you? What method of Mindfulness meditation works best for you: breath, sound, movement, image or silence?
Please share a summary of your present meditative insights on the step in the practice circle below. Condense your journal writing (into 2,000 characters or less) and post it in a comment box below. Your personal experiences with this step of the meditation will be gifts to everyone. Please don’t be shy about sharing.