Maintaining awareness throughout the day

Maintaining awareness throughout the day

by Headspace_HQ » Wed Jul 16, 2014 11:13 pm

Andy's answer:

This is a tricky one. There are many ways of defining meditation, but one of them would be generating stability of awareness. This means that over time, we begin to connect the dots between those moments of awareness in life and don't get so distracted.

When we're learning it's really tempting to think we should already be at that point, but it takes a good amount of time to really develop that kind of stability.

To begin with, just a few minutes after the meditation and perhaps a couple of times during the day is good. Over time, we build that up to maybe 10 or 20 times a day. When we get to maybe something like 100 moments of mindfulness throughout the day, the quality of mindfulness feels much more stable.

We meditate to give ourselves the best opportunity to be mindful... in the most conducive conditions. It doesn't make it easy when we're learning, but it does make it easier. Naturally, when we try and carry that into everyday life it gets more difficult, more challenging, as there are more distractions.

So we need to develop moments in the day when we reconnect with that feeling of our meditation, of being present. Schedule them in your diary if necessary, or have them in mind to suit your schedule. I'm only talking about 10 or 20 seconds where you pause, watch your breath, feel the body soften, the mind relax, and then return to whatever you were doing beforehand.

By connecting the dots like this, it really quickly starts to feel as though it continues throughout the day and is not just an isolated exercise.
 
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