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Meditation with Mindfulness at 50+

March 25, 2021 | Health | By Amanda Johnson

Contributor, Dr. Anubha Walia, shares how & why we should be in present moment.

Life after 50 could have overwhelming complications, concerns, worries or distractions. As we approach “50,” we are usually in a balancing state i.e., balancing our careers, social circumstances and most importantly being healthy and fit. We should be “aging gracefully,” rather than thinking this really isn’t our style.

Are You Constantly Thinking:-

  • How can we balance middle age challenges and keep our minds calm?
  • How can we take care of ourselves?
  • How can I be more aware after 50?

Awareness arises through paying attention, on purpose and remaining in the present is Mindfulness. It is about practicing how to be fully present and engaged in the moment. Our basic human abilities of thoughts and feelings without distraction or judgment are utilized for self-realization and wisdom. We engage with life, get connected with loved ones, start listening with kindness and stay open-minded.

The cornerstone of mindfulness is through meditation which brings the ability to be in the present, no matter what is going on around us. Enhanced focus, a calm outlook and patient approach are just some of the many positive outcomes. It’s why we sit to practice and learn how to better express and show up in life, for ourselves and for others. Our mission is to spread mindfulness and create a kind, more caring & compassionate world, bring joy, smiles, and a touch of wonder to our everyday lives.

Formal way of training your mind is through Mindful meditation.  With our focus on a single task and creating awareness related to the present moment. Meditation helps you become more mindful.

Let’s Try Mindfulness Meditation:

  • Sit comfortably on the floor or bed. The spine must remain relaxed but erect.
  • Rest the lower arms on your thighs with the palms facing upwards.
  • Pay attention to your breathing. Focus on the air flowing through your nostrils and out from your mouth. Your eyes can be open or closed.
  • Observe the rise and fall of your belly as you breathe in and out.
  • Once you’ve successfully concentrated on your breath, expand your focus to other things, such as the sounds around you called Nispanda Bhava.
  • It is one of the most powerful yogic techniques to inculcate a spirit of vairagya, ‘letting go’ with the intention to relax the body and the mind.

If you have difficulty concentrating on sounds, go back and focus your breath again. That’s your baseline, and you should return to it any time your mind starts to wander. By practicing Nispanda Bhava regularly we train ourselves to accept life as it is.

The practitioner of mindfulness mediation experiences vanishing of the body awareness which heals the body better and improves the health of your heart, lungs, nervous system, and the muscle. It guides you on a journey to strengthen your relationships with yourself and those around you. Meditation is a journey of a lifetime. Each journey starts with a first step and once you gain confidence, the other steps or techniques follow.

Exploring different techniques will help manage self and your steps will lead you towards a healthier and happier life.

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