Meditation and mindfulness are taking the Western world by storm. There are now so many variations of both disciplines that even when we are using these terms, we are not necessarily talking about the same things.
In essence, mindfulness is about the practice of being present in the moment. It is the art of being aware to such an extent that you notice and appreciate what is taking place right now. It’s about focus, appreciation and acceptance… and learning to flow with life.
Meditation, depending on which tradition you are influenced by, is more about emptying the mind… but is it possible to empty the mind?
We believe meditation is really about going beyond the limitations of the material world and experiencing the metaphysical reality. It’s not about emptying the mind, to the contrary it is a state of total absorption, where one is full of peace, clarity and joy. Meditation is learning how to empty the mind of negative and waste thoughts in order that we can experience our most beautiful, uncontaminated self.
One of the primary ways to gain access to the experience of mindfulness and or meditation is breathing. The ancient yogis were the original masters of the art of breathing. They referred to it as pranayama – which is still being taught around the world. The original yogis learnt and understood through experience that conscious breathing is a primary gateway to much higher states of consciousness.
In this video Max Strom, who has become a leading authority on the role and power of breathing, offers a useful introduction to this topic. He is well-known for the development of his Inner Axis method and teaches mindfulness, yoga and personal transformation around the globe.
The Inner Axis Method: