Follow these simple steps to improve senior health during retirement
Meditation and mindfulness are catchphrases used to describe our desires to gain focus in life. Countless “meditation” techniques have been explored in books and online; however, in traditional yoga practices, the mind is placed in the background, not the foreground, of any awareness exercise.
In reality, practicing “mindfulness” is errant, because it implies that the mind should be the center of your attention. In fact, yoga states that awareness needs to begin with the body, be unimpeded by the mind, and must grow through emotion.
The first step toward gaining emotional fulfillment is to place your hands in a “settling” or “holding” gesture. Hold your attention on the gesture as a sounding board for your thoughts. The mind tends to think about the past or the future, often times with anxiety. Each time you hear a thought process, listen to yourself intently. Then, having heard yourself out, shift your awareness to the sound of the present. The present sounds like your breathing and the air around you.
By listening to your thought process and then hearing the sound of the present, you will learn to balance out your nervous habits and sources of anxiety.
Hearing the present opens up your emotions.
The second step toward emotional fulfillment is to hold your hands in this “heart-opening” gesture. Shift your attention from thinking to feeling. Feel each postural shift, each bodily sensation, each breath, each heart beat, each emotion. Be like a roller coaster of sensations and emotions with no mental dead ends. If your mind does take back center stage, listen to its part and then feel your emotions flourish in the present again.
Eventually, through dedicated practice of this “heart-opening” gesture, you will lead life from an empowered emotional center.
When your life lacks composure, you will remember to steady your hands, accommodate your body, hear the present, and open up your emotions.
Yoga calls this process emotional fulfillment.
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