Thursday, July 27, 2023

The Abundance of Mindfulness: Navigating the Modern World with Nava's Zen

In today's fast-paced world, mindfulness and its practice have become widely discussed and embraced by many. People from all walks of life are finding ways to incorporate mindfulness into their daily routines, recognizing its relevance amidst the hustle and bustle of modern life. It's intriguing how life has evolved from a simpler time, where relaxation and navigating through life seemed more attainable. Now, there is an incessant pursuit of success and grand dreams, yet simultaneously, there is a call to slow down and care for our minds.

In this race, our minds bear the burden as we push them beyond limits and overtime. Paradoxically, we now advocate for the importance of maintaining a healthy mind and being present in the current moment. As I have realized over time, at the age of 59, it's crucial not to overtax my mind. This understanding is a core practice in our Zen philosophy, Nava's Zen. Mindfulness, in its essence, involves bringing the mind to the present moment, clearing it of distractions, and fostering calmness, relaxation, and serenity (Nature Oasis & Yoga Truths)

 

Practicing mindfulness can be as simple as dedicating five minutes to it. Anything longer may cause the mind to wander once again. There is no right or wrong position during mindfulness practice—you can sit upright, lie down, or even engage in self-hugging therapy, which I often recommend to my clients. However, if lying down is preferred, it's equally acceptable. During these five minutes, I guide my clients through simple words or soothing music to focus their minds on the present moment. The music choices can vary from singing bowls and nature sounds to songs that carry meaningful and motivating lyrics, as even famous artists have contributed such inspiring pieces.

For those who desire a longer mindfulness practice, I offer a brief comfort break before continuing. The duration depends on each client's preference. Occasionally, we have individual clients who seek an hour of mindful practice, incorporating basic yoga stretches, breathing techniques, and moments of relaxation and tranquillity in between. Practicing mindfulness for half an hour without breaks is not feasible; breaks are necessary, as mentioned earlier.
If you are in search of mindfulness or a mindful practice, it is essential to understand the essence of what it entails before blindly following those who offer such services. Feel free to ask any questions in the comment section if you seek further clarification or information. 

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