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“Mindfulness – it isn’t a trick or a gimmick. It’s being present in the moment. When I’m with you, I’m with you. Right now. That’s all. No more and no less.” – Will Schwalbe

Being Present

Being present is a byproduct of meditation as long as you maintain your practice. It’s interesting when you begin your meditation practice how quickly your mind wants to wander. When you start paying attention to this during your practice you realize that your mind can slip away from the breath multiple times in a 30-minute session. Imagine how often you slip away when a loved one is trying to share their day with you? Imagine how much you miss when you are reading a story and you slip away to something else?

Meditation Mobile Applications

If anything, mindfulness meditation practices can help you salvage a lot of missed enjoyment in your life. By being present, your conversations will be richer, your reading will be more interesting, your meals will be tastier, and your time in nature more restful. If you are interested in establishing your own practice, there are two mobile apps you may want to try. The first is Calm (www.calm.com) and the second is headspace (www.headspace.com).

I want to stress that this is not a religious thing at all. You can be of any faith and practice Mindfulness. Mindfulness meditation is all about learning to focus and remain focused over longer periods of time. Will you control your mind? No; that’s impossible. The key is to simply notice and gently bring the mind back to your breath or whatever else you are focusing on. You don’t need a lot of time for this either—10-15 minutes is it. I try to sit for around 30 minutes, but I’ve been doing this for over 45 years. It’ll take you some time to do this, but it’s well worth it. You’ll find every aspect of your life will improve, particularly your stress levels!

If you are interested, simply click on either link to check these apps out for yourself. Personally, I enjoy the Calm app better than headspace, but this is my opinion only. Many folks prefer headspace to Calm as well. Happy Sitting!!

Please be sure to visit my blog tomorrow. I will be posting a heartfelt message for Memorial Day.

Until tomorrow…

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