Mindfulness meditation is a powerful technique with many benefits including improved management of emotions, stress, and mental focus. But many people find it difficult to find the time and patience to focus in silence for a set amount of time on a regular basis. Even then, some find meditation frustrating as our minds love to wander when given the opportunity.
Meditation: Mindfulness Made Easy gently streamlines traditional meditation techniques combined with hypnosis principles to support the development of one’s ‘higher self’ or ‘wise mind’ by using the ‘observer mind’.
Now you can enjoy the benefits of mindfulness meditation with a customizeable recording. You control the topic, duration, and background audio. This application for the iPhone and iPad lets you sculpt your experience of guided meditation with practical and easy-to-use settings and open-ended meditative suggestions. Whether you use it occasionally or daily, you can build a flexible meditative practice designed to fit into your modern life. I created this meditation program to ultimately teach a method of self-guided meditation that can be done anywhere at any time. With practice, you may find that you can incorporate this style of meditation into all kinds of activity and locations.
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I’m pleased to report that after over a year of creating and practicing this mindfulness method myself, life has become easier in many ways. For example, I have more compassion for myself and those around me; I am less emotionally reactive, and I am better able to respond to my body’s needs.
Go ahead and let your mind wander…with this mental map!
Also available – Happiness for the iPhone – a guided meditation to help you build your happiness muscle!
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Some of the mindfulness vocabulary out there could be construed in ways that I don’t consider healthy…at least for me. For example – I’ve found “non attachment” used to refer to a sense of letting go which, if done in haste, can be more like ignoring or repressing. I’ve also seen the goal of emotional awareness as the prioritizing of positive emotions.
I prefer (and recommend) the notion that all emotions and thoughts and other parts of ourselves deserve our attention whether they are desirable to us or not. If we take emotion as an example: the brain experiences all emotions as chemical reactions. We cannot suppress some of these without suppressing them all. This means that ignoring negative feelings can contribute to an overall reduction of the ability to feel positive emotions.
My purpose here was not to numb or reduce the importance of certain parts of the self, but rather to shed light on patterns of thinking and feeling that may be perpetuating personal difficulties.
In my own practice of meditation, sometimes my thoughts and feelings were so afraid of my own judgement that they would disappear entirely when I tried to observe them, or my mind would wander so far that I would completely forget my intention to observe my thoughts. I found it hard to make time for a meditative practice that was so frustrating and time consuming to get the results I wanted. This is what lead me to create for myself a process of ‘meta-mindfulness’ – a way of looking at the characteristics of my thoughts, emotions, and other inner workings without having to look at the details themselves. As I became better acquainted with my general patterns, I became more accepting of them and less vulnerable to them.
I hope you benefit from this approach, and I welcome your feedback.