Mindfulness Technique: Be like water

Mindfulness ‘Be like water’

Following on from the last post on Bruce Lee’s quote ‘Be like water’, here is the mindfulness lesson it teaches.

Firstly, adapt.  Just as water adapts to the situation it is in, whether it be inside a cup, or a teapot, that is where it fits perfectly.

In order to achieve this, you must be fully aware of the world around you, through non-judgemental focus on all that your senses perceive.

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Secondly, focus on your body moving and flowing like water.  Imagining this will help you focus your mind on all your movements, and how you interact with the world around you.

I find it very helpful to imagine my body moving and flowing like water as I go through the day.  It clears my mind; makes me move more thoughtfully and gracefully; and makes me less clumsy!

Give it a try and let me know your experiences in the comments below!

Next time: ‘Meditation: Be like water’

 

#Zen Quote: Bruce Lee ‘Be like water’

‘Be like water’

Here’s a quote from the incomparable Bruce Lee, probably the world’s most renowned martial artist.  He was a man for whom others’ standards of ‘great’ just weren’t good enough.

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Depicted in this poster by artist Ben Crooks is his most famous quote.  I find it very useful as a mindfulness and meditation practice, which I’ll explain in the next blog posts!

3 Tips from Stephen Hawking

Not strictly meditation, but here’s 3 tips from one of the greatest minds of our generation, Mr Stephen Hawking:

One, remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet.

Two, never give up work. Work gives you meaning and purpose and life is empty without it.

Three, if you are lucky enough to find love, remember it is there and don’t throw it away. 

Happy Birthday Mr Hawking!

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Mindfulness: What is mindfulness?

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What is mindfulness?  What’s the difference between meditation and mindfulness?

Here’s the bitesize answer!

Mindfulness IS meditation!  However, most people consider meditation to be the act of seated meditation (Zazen), where in reality meditation is simply “non-judgmental focus of one’s attention on the emotions, thoughts and sensations occurring in the present moment.”

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Dogs are happy because they live in the moment!

 

Mindfulness has now become the go to word to describe this same non-judgemental focus on every moment in every endeavour you do.  So, the toothbrush meditation is actually a form of mindfulness — you are paying absolute attention to what you are doing in the present moment.

Mindfulness in a few words:

Be in the present.

I hope this helps clarify, if you have any questions, simply leave a reply in the comments below!

 

Finding more Alan Watts lectures! #zen

Hi all!

Just a quick update to tell you of a good resource for finding Alan Watts lectures such as this one I posted: Youtube!

If I’m ever at a loose end, with an hour or so spare, I like to look up a talk such as this:

I’ve learned so much from Alan Watts; he really is the Yoda of modern Zen.

I hope you find it insightful, and if you ever want to check look up some Alan Watts lectures just click here!

Zen Challenge! De-Clutter Your Home!

Something just in time for the Christmas season!  This challenge starts off easy, but how far can you keep going?

Aim: To de-clutter your home, encouraging you to let go of attachment to possessions.

Challenge: Throw away/recycle two items you own.

Duration: Two items everyday, for as long as you can go!

It will get harder and harder once you’ve thrown away all the junk you’ve accumulated and move on to items you have more of an attachment to.

Tip: a good test is often ‘Do I need this, or do I just want it?’.  I use this for shopping too!

Household Zen: Clutter-free bathroom

Here’s an insight you may find helpful…

A friend of mine is a Couchsurfing addict — he’s traveled the world staying in countless different homes, and showered in many bathrooms!  Throughout his traveling life he’s made an observation I thought would be worth sharing.

He found (very unscientifically, mind, so remember your pinch of salt!) that the happier households often had much fewer toiletries in their bathrooms.

On the other hand, households that were more stressed and unhappier had bathtubs surrounded by legions of shampoo bottles, numerous conditioners, shower-gel bottles of varying fill levels!

Whether it’s people with clear mindsets who tend to use less, and keep less, or whether having a clutter free household keeps a clear and happy mind there’s something to this.

I like to keep things clutter free in general.  I only use Dr Bronner’s fair-trade soap – it’s the only bottle there. It can be used to clean the whole bathroom, as well as keeping me from smelling!

It’s not my intention to preach a bottle free bathroom, but if you want to try de-clutter your home, you’ll like the challenge coming up in the next post!

Happy Body Meditation – 10 steps to feeling great!

It’s a common belief that people who meditate have healthy bodies — maybe it’s true, or maybe they just feel that way as a result of it.  I believe that your body loves attention, your own attention, and when it’s happy, it’s healthy!

So here’s a 10 step meditation to make your body buzzing with a  warm glow:

1. Lie down, nice and comfy.

2. Focus on your breathing, like a gentle tide coming in, and going out your body.

3. Now imagine the breath travelling all the way to your feet, in and out.  5 breaths, making the last one the deepest.

4. Let your focus move on the last breath to your calves.  Repeat the 5 breaths again.

5. Knees next, remembering to make the 5th the deepest.

6. Thighs now, 5 breaths again.

7. Your getting the hang of it!  Now do the same 5 breath routine for the whole of your legs.

8. Pelvic area next; then lower back; upper back and shoulders; now stomach then chest.  Next, 5 breaths for your whole torso.

9. Now, do it for both arms together, and finally your head.

10. Finally, imagine the 5 breaths filling your entire body, feel it filling every inch of you and the buzzing warmth it brings.

This is a great one to do just as you go to sleep.  It helped me whenever I struggled to get to sleep.  This is also a good meditation to do when you generally feel lethargic.

Getting to grips to this one can be really useful for the general wellbeing, and also meditation to reduce pain and discomfort…watch this space for that meditation too!