Awareness is mindfulness with alertness

February 7, 2014 Meditation 0 Comments

Awareness is mindfulness

What is awareness?

Awareness is the ability to watch your thoughts and action as it is happening. Just by being aware you can enter the world of meditation. Actually, watchfulness and witnessing are the tools that help one increase their awareness. Summing up, If you are doing something mechanically or habitually you miss the point!

Zen Masters

That is why the zen masters say that every act is a celebration. They have devised many  ceremonies for simple day to day activities like drinking tea and washing clothes. Actually, one does not have to do something tremendously significant all the time!

As a matter of fact, even simple day to day chores that one does needs this watchfulness and care which would make it very meaningful! Just simple acts of day to day life needs to be celebrated. That is meditation!

Tea Ceremonies

In the world of Zen, masters have devised simple tea ceremonies that are beautiful to watch! They are very slow deliberate movements such as lifting the cup, holding and smelling before sipping. Watching them is so beautiful, so poetic!

Meditation means dhyan:

Therefore, meditation is not something you do for a while and forget all about it in the remaining part of the day. It is a way of living, a new way to see the world. It is a perspective of being in no hurry, being relaxed and accepting everything that happens around you.

Be in wonder

Normally, you take everything for granted. The morning sunrise, evening sunset, rain, wind…everything! It means you are not seeing anything with fresh eyes.

Look at the children!  For them, everything is new! Everything is exciting! There is a wonder in their eyes, there is something darting in their being! They are always raring to go, investigate, and learn.

Nurture your child!

If you reflect deeply, you too had it in the first place. As you grew up demonstrating your ability to compete, you became more ambitious in the bargain. It lead to more ambition, more work, more everything!

All you need to do now is to drop this “more”! Become less, less of greed, less of wanting and more of acceptance, tolerance and relaxation.

Grow in Meditation

Meditation is the seed, when sowed with proper care, grows as a tender plant.  You need to water the plant with love, care, and dedication to make it grow into a delicate plant.  Once dhyan starts growing in you, a beacon of light shows you the way ahead.

Yoga Dhyan Center:

It is a place where you could do meditation, yoga and Tai chi.  Alertness, awareness mindfulness are enough to start the  meditation. Once awareness and mindfulness takes root in you, you will slowly grow in meditation.

When you meditate regularly, you will slowly emerge from the unconscious to the conscious.