The 3 Tenets of Mindfulness

Whether you are wondering about what mindfulness is or you have just begun, these 5 principles of mindfulness will help you create a strong stable foundation for your mindfulness practice.

Non-judgmental

In mindfulness, we aim to be an impartial observer of experiences. When you start paying attention to your thoughts, you may be surprised to notice how often we judge things, people and situations. This happens so quickly and spontaneously that being judgmental becomes automatic. Such a persistent unyielding flow of judgmental thoughts prevents us from being at peace with ourselves.

Mindfulness involves becoming aware of this habit and not judging or labeling but simply witnessing our judging thoughts as simply thoughts, without taking them seriously.

Patience

The wise know the significance of patience – to let things occur naturally, in their own time. With patience, your mindfulness practice will improve automatically. There is no finish line. You are simply present, in the moment and fully engaged with whatever is unfolding in the here and now.

Beginner’s Mind

Our thinking and beliefs often prevent us from seeing ‘what is’. If you find yourself tuning someone out while they are talking, it is because you are sure you know better, then you know what it means. When you are sure you’re ‘Right’, you’re not paying attention to their words rather forming your argument.

On the other hand, a beginner’s mind is open and willing to experience everything as it is. Listen with an open mind without any expectations of what it should be like.

Life is happening in the ‘Now and Here’. The practice of mindfulness brings your awareness to the present moment, whether you are walking, eating meditating or doing some chores. This silences the inner chatter, making the mind becomes still and calm.

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3 Integrative Techniques for Mindfulness Based Stress Management

If you want to maintain long-lasting well-being, you need to effectively manage daily stress. While there are many ways to combat stress, integrative techniques for mindfulness-based stress management, focus on solutions that have lasting effects.

Integrative techniques of mindfulness-based stress reduction include –

Mindfulness Meditation

Being in the present moment is skill that can be acquired and the benefits are extremely beneficial. The most important thing is to master focusing on what is happening right now, rather than the past or the future. This helps to eliminate a majority of the daily stress and anxiety, and gives you the power to transform self from within rather than waiting for circumstances to change.

Nutrition

Integrative Mindfulness-based stress management is incomplete without nourishing the body with a nutritionally dense diet. You can learn to enjoy a largely plant-based diet to promote physical well-being. A healthy diet and healthy body will prepare your body to be resilient despite any emotional or environmental stress. Being mindfulness also helps you identify and overcome triggers that lead to emotional eating.

Yoga

Yoga postures are like meditation in motion. It keeps you relaxed yet alert and calms the mind. The postures help to release any built-up stress and relax the body and mind.

These three things work as the holy trinity of lasting health and well-being.

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3 Amazing Tips for Managing Stress

Stress and anxiety have become one of the biggest causes of missed work days. Multitasking, struggling with deadlines, no work-home boundaries can make anyone feel overwhelmed.

Fortunately, mindfulness can help you to manage stressful situations and maintain overall well-being so you are less moved by daily stress.

Mindfulness is not a single tool but a way of life. When you learn to be mindful and live in the present moment, you observe your feelings and thoughts without judgment, do not feel stressed. Mindfulness meditation, yoga and breathing exercises are all ways of practicing mindfulness.

Since your physical and mental well-being is affected by how you think and feel, becoming more mindful can help you manage them and cope with situations better.

When you practice mindfulness on a regular basis, it can have a great positive impact on your overall health and wellbeing. Here are some extremely effective tips.

Mindful Eating

Paying attention to what and how you eat will not only help you enjoy your food better but also prevent overeating. Better eating means better nutrition and better ability to manage stress.

Mindful Walking

Mindful walking involves paying attention to how you walk, your posture and gait, each step and how it feels when your feet touch the ground. Going for a mindful walk can help to calm the mind and gain perspective and insight. You can go for a mindful walk even during the lunch break at work.

Mindful Waiting

You can be mindful even when you are waiting for a meeting or when you are in an elevator or whenever you are stressed. Focus on your breathing. You would observe that the breath tends to become more rhythmic as you observe it. This can help the body to relax and the mind to become calmer.

To learn more about mindfulness at work, get in touch with the leading stress coach online in San Francisco, California, The Big Yogi, Nick Palladino, at nick@thebigyogi.com or call 707-293-5415. Nick inspires, teaches and leads others towards their own light and life purpose.

Nick Palladino-King teaches students and clients how to reduce stress, to increase happiness and to elevate health through yoga, wellness coaching and strength training.

4 Simple Meditation Tips for Beginners

Meditation is a powerful method to bring your mind in a calmer state and also has a number of other benefits. In order to reap the benefits of meditation, one must know how to perform it effectively:

  1. Never jump right into a 30 minutes long meditation session. Start small from 5-10 minutes and see how it feels for you. Once you have mastered meditation for 5-10 minutes, it is time to increase the time and see what works best for you.
  2. The best way to combat stress is through meditation. Over time, meditation builds resilience and this is crucial to counter stress and calm your nervous system.
  3. You must understand the principles of meditation to be good at meditating. Many people think that focusing on something is called meditation. However, the principle of meditation asks you to become aware when your mind has drifted from what it was focusing on earlier.
  4. Develop your own method of meditating. Some people see better results while using meditating music while others have different approaches toward meditation. As a beginner, you can start with a 10 minute walking meditation which involves focusing on the feeling of your body walking, the feeling of breathing, the sensation of air on your skin, focusing on the things that you hear, and the things that you see.

Here are 4 simple meditation tips for beginners. If you want to learn more about meditation and its benefits, we encourage you to stay tuned at https://thebigyogi.com/.

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8 Steps To Developing an Amazing Meditation Practice

Over the next paragraphs, this blog will teach you 8 foundational steps to creating a sustainable and effective mediation practice. I’m going to sort through a lot of fluff that is out there around meditation and demystify it at the same time.

Much of this is  a commentary on thoughts from Swami Rama‘s book “The Path of Fire and Light” which outlines how to develop a meditation practice with the following 8 distinct steps.

Swami Rama just brushes over these steps, so it seems more like he’s giving a general skeleton and its the practitioners job to go put it to the test and figure it out for themselves.

Luckily for you, I’ve distilled much of it down. But, remember, meditation is the practice of self study. There is no substitute for that.

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The Enlightenment Complex: 5 Ways to Get Enlightened Faster!

You have to give it all up,” my new teacher reiterates many times during a story he tells me about waking up.

Labels. Limitations. Attachments. Expectations. Fears. Doubts. Judgments. Desires.

They are all obstacles to enlightenment. They are all obstacles to freedom.

I do not resist his word because I know that it is true. Not because he says so. But because I Know so.

The path to enlightenment is a trap.

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You Are Not Your Pain.

Americans are in pain. I see it on so many faces and hear it in so many voices.

No one has the monopoly on it. No one is marginalized by it. Most Americans are desperate for pain management.

It does not matter what form pain comes in – physical, mental or spiritual. Pain is pain. The suffering of each of us is real.

But does it have to be?

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The Path to the Perfect Body and Why You Don’t Want It

I recently found a picture of myself from three years ago. I could not believe how ripped I was! Muscles everywhere, almost glistening in the light.

At the time, I was laser-focused on my diet, weightlifting program and yoga practice. I was enslaved to my body’s form – obsessed with how it looked and what it could do. I was in physical pain from exercising so much. If I missed a session, I got a workout in guilt.

My body looked better than it ever has. But I could not see or appreciate it. I thought that my body was not in that good of shape.

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No More Food To-Go

I recently discovered a new phenomenon in San Francisco: a seatless Starbucks.

In between appointments, I sought out Starbucks for 15 minutes to recharge. But there was nowhere to sit.

This was not because a swarm of entrepreneurs, remote employees and students had turned every table into a cubicle or library for the day. It was because there was no furniture.

It was your average-sized Starbucks. There was definitely room for tables and chairs. Yet there was none. It was kind of like standing in a drive-thru at a fast food restaurant.

Determined to not take my coffee to-go, I discovered a 2-foot-wide stoop underneath a window and squeezed my 6-foot-7-inch frame into this tiny box just above the floor.

I enjoyed 15 minutes of awkwardness and a weird stare from a businessman. Then, I got the message from the failure of furniture: You are not welcome here. Get your coffee and get the hell out.

Apparently having overstayed my welcome, I finished my coffee and fled.

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Yoga’s Just Not That Into You

#yogaeverydamnday #yogasjustnotthatintoyou

In the Western world, many of us have created an abusive relationship – with yoga.

In our typical aggressive form, we have taken something from another culture, molded it to fit ours and distorted it with dogma. We have belittled and brainwashed it.

We have divorced yoga from its original identity so that it succumbs to our desires for self-improvement and self-gain. We have employed money and technology to control its interactions with the outside world.

Others of us have developed a different dysfunctional relationship with yoga. We have become stalkers.

We obsess over the appearance and frequency of our practice. We strive to impress it with flawless shapes and enticing apparel. We drop in before sunrise with no makeup on and wake yoga up in the middle of the night when sleep escapes our neurotic minds.

We cling to yoga as if we have lost our own identities. It is all we think, talk and post about. We must practice it #everydamnday and count how many people “like” and “love” us for it.

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