A brief mindful-balance meditation

A brief mindful-balance meditation:

Sit comfortably with your back straight, feet flat on the floor and your hands in your lap. Breathing through your nose, close your eyes and focus on your breath as it moves in and out of your body. If physical sensations or thoughts interrupt, note the experience and then return your focus to your breath.

So now, think about what Balance means to you? Is it calmness? Is it peacefulness? Or is it simply the sensation of exhalation. Where does it arrive at your body? From the bottom of your feet? Or maybe from your heart center? Is it your gut? Think about a recent moment when you found yourself in the state of calm and peacefulness. Where were you? How were you feeling? Take a few deep slow breaths and enjoy that moment. You are, for however brief or as long as you can maintain it without extra effort, in the moment of mindful balance. Keep practicing this meditation as often as you can, and over time, you will be amazed at how beneficial these five minutes can be to you and your mental health and how you treat those around you.

Upon answering these questions, you’ll be able to know precisely what you need for your body and mind. So I suggest, let’s make balance and mindfulness a consistent practice throughout August. Perhaps it’s finding your balance on the mat with a daily yoga practice, or a long run outdoors. Or, it might simply be taking a moment out of your day to just breathe deeply and consciously. Start small and build from day to day.

Visit our website or MindBody for our daily yoga schedule and special monthly membership. Practice with us, get real-time feedback and reconnect with yourself and your community.

A present mindset is a powerful tool in your daily personal life.

A present mindset is a powerful tool in your daily personal life.

In the context of our theme for this month let’s redefine Balance as our own practices and our communities.

Balance is the intersection between calm and action. Between rest and the excitement of life. From finding equilibrium in unexpected places to creating it with considered effort: a well-honed balancing act which elevates every day and prepares us for tomorrow. Over time, we add and subtract, balancing our own scales in a way that keeps us grounded yet always on our toes.

Mindfulness is a mental state achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations, used as a therapeutic technique. In other words, one cannot succeed without the other.