Meditation Journey: Expanding Mindfulness into Daily Life

I have finally gotten past the tumultuous roadblock. I have been meditating almost daily, doing my best to be in a state of mindfulness. Thanks to some of the comments from my previous blog posts, I am getting helpful reminders and tips on how to improve my meditative life.

Lately, I have been trying to expand my meditative state of mind into my daily life.

After my meditation sessions, I feel very positive and optimistic; now, I am trying to prolong these positive feelings so that they bleed into my normal day’s routine—at work, running errands, while interacting with others, and in whatever else that I may be doing.

It is hard to remember to be mindful all the time, but I am working on it. I still haven’t done any serious research on other meditation techniques. I follow KISS- Keep it Simple Stupid. In the mornings before work, I am able to sit for about 15 minutes and focus on my breath. Compared to when I first started meditating, it is easier for me now to observe my thoughts just as they are, and not to make them anything more than that. If a thought evokes an emotion out of me, I observe that emotion and let it pass through me, and refocus back to my breath. Refocusing back to my breath is key for me.

Meditating in the morning, along with doing a simple stretching routine, has had a tremendous effect on my mental well the rest of the day.

Even when I get busy, I try to be mindful. Doing so helps me remember to not let things stress me out. However, there are times when I do forget; sometimes I let my emotions get the best of me. In particular, when I get angry, it is hard to observe that emotion and let it go right away.

I hope that in time, continuing to practice meditation can help me better manage those unwanted feelings and emotions.

 

 

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24 thoughts on “Meditation Journey: Expanding Mindfulness into Daily Life”

  1. Great conversation here about taming the monkey mind through meditation and mindfulness. I wonder if less trying and more (simply) noticing and accepting things as they are throughout the day might be an effective way to achieve an ongoing state of awareness.

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  2. Thanks for sharing your experience! Getting into that meditative state throughout the day is a challenge for me as well, though meditating in the morning makes it a lot easier. I don’t know if you’ve read them, but a couple of books that have really helped me bridge the gap between sitting meditation and my daily life are “The Power of Now” by Eckhart Tolle and “Wherever You Go, There You Are” by Jon Kabat-Zinn.

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  3. Hi! I have two resources that might come in handy. Mindful Magazine’s weekly emails and YogiApproved weekly newsletter. As a matter of fact I’d just finished reading both and then read your post:) Great info on mediation and mindfulness this week! Oooh and you might want to read former newscaster Dan Harris’s book, 10 percent Happier, it details his trouble with meditating and mindfulness. It’s always good to know you aren’t alone.

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  4. I have tried meditation and carried it on for around a week but i couldn’t get it to work for me no matter how hard i tried, which was probably the problem! I am extremely envious of people who can carry it throughout their life though, seems like a positive way to live x

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    1. Thanks, MeditatingMillennial, for a great blog!

      WineAndWhine, It’s difficult for me, too, particularly if I attempt the ‘clear your mind’ version. Have found that I can focus on a thing, ie a word or a feeling, however, for several minutes. Perhaps that’s cheating? Still helps either way.

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  5. In my life’s journey with meditation, one thing I understand more clearly thanks to one of my teachers, relates to this. I asked her about constant practice of ‘ajapa japa’, the awareness of the breath’s ‘natural mantra’. She made me understand this: The fact that we are making the effort to do meditation brings us into a more ‘spacious’ and ‘in the moment’ place where a natural meditation is taking place all the time.
    This is quite radical. Because it means the state of meditative calm that I seek, is already in me, as a more natural state. I just have to make myself available by using the ‘focussing tools’ of the various practices (in my case, meditation preparation practices of yoga). So meditative calm is not something I can attain or possess, it’s something that is there when I stop trying to be anything. My birthright.
    If you relate to this, I have a couple of posts you may find interesting, ‘Always’, and ‘musings on a great christian mystic’ (I’m not religious btw but find inspiration wherever, I’m a scientist for what that’s worth).

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