Jan 18, 2020
What if we could tune our body
and mind, like a fine instrument, to peacefulness? What if we could
be calm, relaxed and peaceful all the time? In this episode we
return to a simple, effective mindfulness practice to de-stress. We
also try to strengthen our motivation to become a peaceful person
beyond ourselves alone.
Mindfulness Practice to
- Aspire to become a calm and peaceful person,
even in challenging situations.
to be mindful of whether you’re feeling calm and when you start to
yourself. When you start to feel tension or stress, turn toward
calming yourself—rather than doing anything to affect the
situation. This is vital.
you notice tension and stress, start breathing deeply from the
diaphragm, feeling your stomach expand. Or, if possible, close your
eyes and begin a brief breathing meditation (see
- Breathe deeply and say to yourself “calm”
“relaxed”. Try to tune your body to these
- Continue this Diaphragmatic breathing or a
breathing meditation until you feel relaxed. This might take only a
minute or it might take much longer.
- Remember the world is empty and
- Put a
little smile on your face. Try to have fun and find joy in
trying this mindfulness practice and calming technique whenever you
need it. You’ll get better at with practice, and eventually you
will be able to tame your mind and be calm all
If you find yourself getting
stressed—and have time and space for a five minute meditation—this
can help you reset your state to calm and relaxed.
that you have a nice straight back.
- Breathe through nostrils.
can put your hands in the mudra of meditative equipoise. Place your
hands in your lap, the right hand resting in the left, and the
thumbs gently touching forming a bridge.
- Breathe deeply from your diaphragm.
- Count, starting at one, as you breathe in.
as you exhale, but exhale more slowly as your breathe out.
can meditate for only as long as it takes your body and mind to
enter a more peaceful state.
you arise from your meditation, look at your experiences as a
projection of your mind, like a dream.
to stay peaceful. Relax. Enjoy.
Hunger is the foremost
Saṇkhāras the foremost
For one who knows this as it
Nirvana is the foremost
translated by Gil Fronsdale.
(2011). Shambala, pp. 54.