Meditation as a way of Life

Ramana, when asked whether daily meditation was essential, replied :”Your whole life should be a meditation.”

In other words, the ideal is to be mindful at all times, whatever you are doing, rather than lost in hyperactive mind.

As an ideal this is inspiring. But for most of us, we need a specific time to meditate or mindfulness is too easily forgotten. Meditation is a time of remembering. But we can practice meditation during specific activities as well.

This suggestion appeared in Joint Ability Magazine:  

“You can practise mindfulness, not just by meditating, but with virtually anything you do. Take mindful walking , for example. While walking just concentrate on the feel of the ground under your feet and your breathing. Observe what is around you as you walk, staying in the present. Let your other thoughts go. Just look at the sky, the view, the other walkers, feel the wind, the temperature on your skin, enjoy the moment.”

Certainly worth a try! (Remember to be kind and gentle with yourself0 What did you find?

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About Jill M Jacques

I grew up in Johannesburg, South Africa, and have spent most of my life here doing the usual things - marrying, having children and caring for an array of pets ranging from dogs to silkworms and chameleons. I first became interested in philosphy and its practical application in everyday life in my early 20s and spent many years as part of a group that pursued this goal. Drawing on this experience, I have been running "How to live in the Now" programmes for over 10 years. I wrote this book in response to requests from group members for something "simple and practical". I tend to see the funny side of life situations and enjoy writing humorous back pages as well as short stories and some poetry. Some of these have been published. Being here now is what really matters.
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