“Meditation allows us to directly participate in our lives instead of living life as an afterthought.”
~ Stephen Levine
Expanding Your Practice
Sitting and paying attention to your breath is a real mindful practice.
It’s a way to train yourself to focus your attention.
Once you’ve practiced a bit while sitting in a quiet space, you can expand your mindfulness practice:
- When you feel stress, take a minute to pay attention to your breath, and return your mind to the present moment.
- Try taking a walk, and instead of thinking about things you need to do later, pay attention to your breath, your body’s sensations, the things around you.
- When you eat, just eat, and focus your attention on the food, on your feelings as you eat, on the sensations.
- Try a mindful tea ritual, where you focus your attention on your movements as you prepare the tea, on the tea as you smell and taste it, on your breath as you go through the ritual.
- Wash your dishes and sweep your floor mindfully.
This, of course, is just a start.
There are many ways to practice mindfulness, including with other people, while you work, and so on.