Mindfulness in a Nutshell

When I first sat and tried to meditate, it seemed so mystical, so complicated, and no matter how much I read, I seemed to have now idea what I was doing. Teaching does not need to be so complicated. Here is my simple guide to mindfulness:1) Observe Something

To observe something without thinking about it is a simple way to be here now. For example, feel your breath as it comes and goes. No need to surpress thoughts, but as much as you can keep coming back to just noticing the breath.

2) See What Else is Happening:

As you feel yourself breathing, see what else is going on right now. Listen to the sounds around you. Watch as thoughts drift in and out of your awareness. Feel the sensations arising in your body. Look carefully at your surroundings.

3) Get lost in a thought:

At some point, you’ll get pulled into a thought about the past or the future. That’s normal. Once you notice you’re lost, simply return to step one and start again. Here’s a quick video to help:

That’s all there is to it. Keep practising these three steps and over time you will notice your whole life begin to change.

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4 Responses to Mindfulness in a Nutshell

  1. Carolyn Bourke says August 27, 2012

    Love th 3 step simplicity. WIll implement.

    • Oli says August 31, 2012

      Thanks my friend, glad you enjoyed the nowfulness. Is that a new word? Cool!

  2. Carolyn Bourke says September 4, 2012

    :-) Nowfulness.. LOVE it!

  3. Carolyn Bourke says September 4, 2012

    Really need to watch this on repeat to ‘get it’! Will do tomorrow night. Hilarious how much my judging mind kept missing the point, of your words, and ‘getting lost’ ‘judging’ and how insightful it was to keep being pulled back to ‘noticing th lostness’ ‘come back to breath’ ‘to present moment’, very cool.

    Multiple views tomorrow to solidify. : )

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