Mindfulness meditation for me is a lot less of a ritualistic sitting practice and much more of a continuous day-to-day, moment-t0-moment kind of thing.
In fact, if I want to sit in a focused transformational meditation I would have to say that Vipassana in the way to do go if you are looking for the best results. If you aren’t ready for Vipassana or you haven’t been to a coarse for it yet, I would recommend starting the process off by getting in touch with your body and Mind through mindfulness.
What is Mindfulness?
Mindfulness is a practice where you become fully present and aware in this moment. Once you bring your mind to the present moment you shift your awareness to your senses. What are you seeing, what do you hear, smell, taste and feel? What emotions are rising up within you and what thoughts bubble to the surface in an effort to distract your attention?
As you explore each new sensation that comes your way the easiest way to process it all and yet remain balanced and present is by using a technique referred to as the observer state.
What is the Observer State?
The observer is that point within your consciousness that receives all the data from your mind, emotions, and senses but doesn’t react to any of it. The observer fully experiences the moment without being distracted by the past or hindered by stories of the future.
This state of ultimate balance is not numb or neutral. Being numb is actually packed full of resistance towards an idea or experience, so much so, that one has to shut off their senses. Being neutral is seeing multiple choices or scenarios and deciding to be passive.
Combining Mindfulness and Observer
The state of the mindful observer is also neither focused primarily on the positive or the negative in life. Why is this, you may ask? Because focusing on either creates either a craving for more of what you want or an aversion from the one you don’t want. This means you are either running from what you don’t want or chasing what you do want, either
This means you are either running from what you don’t want or chasing what you do want, either way, you end up in a state of unbalance and suffering.
A Strengthening of the Senses
The mindful observer state takes some time and practice but once achieves, strengthened, and maintained one begins to experience a much richer version of this reality. Once where colors are more vibrant, sounds become a rich musical melody, smell heightens the awareness of the mind and once paired with taste it creates an incredible intuitive ability to create through cooking.Then touch becomes much more personal as you tap into the subtle
Then touch becomes much more personal as you tap into the more subtle and subtle realities around you. Sometimes you even start to feel the energy in living beings and plants around you or the electromagnetic waves from electronic devices.
Mindfulness helps focus the mind and reduce stress by bringing you to a heightened state of present awareness where you can start trusting your intuition because you are fully aware of your emotions.
Those who are natural empaths will also thrive with the mindful observer state because you can finally tell what emotions are yours and what emotions are from other people around you.
Unlocking Your Gifts
Then with a balanced mind, you will have one of the most powerful gifts that can only truly be used well and consistently from this state. This is the power to act in flow, completely in alignment with your life purpose for the good of all involved.
In order to reap the rewards of a continuous state of flow, you have to do the work. But the right work takes the right seed and the right tools in order to have success.
The seed is your own soul nourished with love and good intention and the tools that have worked best for me and thousands of others are a combination of mindfulness meditation, observer state, Anapana Meditation, and Vipasanna meditation.
Learn the tools, practice them daily, and trust your intuition to guide your path and you will be shocked at how quickly your life will transform.