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Daily Mindfulness Meditation part 2: SIGHT

SENSATIONAL SAVORING: A Guide to Daily Mindfulness Meditation

SIGHT-SEEING in Daily Life

by Michele Klink

Your senses are the windows to the world you see, but do you realize that you don’t see the world as it truly is?  You see it through how you are, your mental field, your memories, your perspectives, your experiences and so on. Distractions and overstimulation causes overwhelm and lack of focus.  It’s all too common nowadays. You have to see everything around you at once when driving to remain safe. Noises inundate daily living.  Tastes are bombarded by mindless, quick eating.  Frankly, your senses get tired. Fatigue dulls the senses and therefore dulls your view of the outside world.  And ultimately, this prevents us from seeing the world as it truly is, it’s True Nature.

Further, you live in a loop of desire while taking in the sum of the sensations, your looking for good or bad, pleasure or pain, etc.  Sensory input is processed and you chase after the pleasurable, desirable sensations. It’s only natural and human! What is this key to move out of this loop of desire and toward sensational peace, ease and contentment? The senses control the mind.  But through the senses, you can train the mind! In a sense, we have to come back to our senses so we can see what is really there. Make sense? 

How do we do this?  Little by little, step by step, practice without attachment to outcome or expected end result.  In other words, practice Mindfulness by focusing on one thing.  Keep senses awake and experience purity of that sense without a story attached to it.  Simply focus on one of the senses.  Observe the impressions or stories you attach to it.  Investigate it. What are you perceiving? What experience do you desire?  Watch the mind-stuff, the monkey mind in its play.  Allow it, notice, experience it fully. Then, soften and recede your mind chatter and move into pure observation and witnessing.  Finally, with practice and time, the smaller awareness become bigger.  The expanded consciousness collects and will get bigger than the sense.  Then we see clearly. 

Let’s choose SIGHT.  In my Yoga classes and especially my Yoga Teacher Trainings, I teach practices to focus the mind called Dharana (Sanskrit for concentration).  One of the senses, SIGHT, is associated with a Sanskrit word named DRISHTI, Dri, means a view, a vision.  Drishti means a focused gaze with techniques to develop concentration. 

On your Yoga mat: practice any of the following drishtis while practicing your poses (asanas):

  1. Nasagrai Drishti, gaze at the tip of the nose, used in cobra or upward dog.

  2. Nabi Chakra Drishti, gaze at navel, used in downward facing dog

  3. Hastagrai Dristhti, gaze at the hands or tips of fingers, used in Triangle, Warrior ll

  4. Angusta Ma Dyai, gaze at thumbs, used in Warrior l.

Garudasana, Eagle Eye to see bigger perspective

Garudasana, Eagle Eye to see bigger perspective

Off your Yoga mat and in your daily life.

For 2 minutes, mindfully choose ONE visual impression. A beautiful image, a scene in nature, a favorite color, a flower petal, a candle.  After two minutes, close your eyes, and continue to visualize the same thing. This leads the mind to focus then ultimately to a deep state of concentration.  When the mind is focused and stilled, more is revealed. 

Pause and witness the unfolding of your experience for 2 minutes. Do this at least 3 times per day, at each meal, and even with an in-between snack. This simple daily practice, 6 minutes of Taste Mindfulness Meditation, will bring you to deeper meaning and fulfillment with food. Trust me on this. Silence is golden and focus is foundational. 

The key practice to begin with is to take a DEDICATED 2 MINUTES of MINDFULNESS. Set a timer! It is best not to be random about it as your mind will wander off in distraction. It has to start as a dedicated practice. 

In summary, focus on ONE sense.  Investigate. Discern, Observe.  Return to FOCUS and soften sensory awareness by releasing thoughts and stories attached to it.  Start to WITNESS and let an expanded awareness take form.  Let bigger conscious awareness move in.  Let that consciousness become bigger than the sense.  Remain in the expanded consciousness.

Learn to savor the senses in the purest form and meditation will happen naturally.  Pure peace, joy, love emerge spontaneously.  When you become mindful of individual moments, you are capable of savoring the fullness of ANY moment. Life takes on a curious and insightful new meaning. You can enjoy the sacredness of life experiences through the senses. Insights arise naturally from deeper realms due to this other angle of focus. Meditation, anytime and anywhere, becomes accessible, whether bombarded by the social distractions or in a peaceful serene place. You may then arrive at seeing the world as it truly is, not colored by our perceptions, but pure beauty and grace. OM

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Daily Mindfulness Meditation Part 1: Taste

SENSATIONAL SAVORING: A Guide to Daily Mindfulness Meditation

TASTE-FUL Experiences in Daily Life

by Michele Klink

Sensational experience lies ahead! In reflecting about my upcoming International Yoga Retreat to Japan, I was envisioning how best to guide this experience. Japan is an exotic land, with the most courteous people, that will appeal to your all of your senses. Wherever you travel, you can become uniquely stimulated by the sights and sounds all around. I will always remember the diverse, colorful clothes in Thailand. Exquisite aromas of the marketplace in Costa Rica. Verbose, loud people talking with hand gestures in Italy. Incense scent of the temples of India. Pleasant floral smells from gardens in France. Playful children in Vietnam. Roosters crowing at sunrise in Bali.

Sensory input can be so enjoyable until the senses are processing too much information. With an overload of sensory input, coupled with electronically based times, you can get overstimulated.  Overwhelm can set in. My vision for Japan is to have the outer sensory input bring us into the present moment of peaceful savoring and contented joy. Ultimately, we will return home, not only infused with unforgettable experiences, but also with a daily Mindfulness Meditation practice!

What is this key to move out of overwhelm and toward sensational contentment? A shift in perspective is all that is needed. Rather than being bombarded by distractions, noise and extraneous information, start to notice what your senses take in. Then, allow the sensory input to guide you toward a focus. Be still, be present and choose ONE sense (taste, touch, sight, sound, smell).  Just pick one. Then, mindfully direct your attention to a specific present moment experience of that one sense. Tune out all extra stimuli and clearly direct your attention to one specific thing. For example, sitting a noisy restaurant, select to hear one pleasant noise. Listen to the background music or the rain patter outside. Savor the pleasant sound amidst the overriding noise.

When you become mindful of individual moments, you are capable of savoring the fullness of ANY moment. Life takes on a curious and insightful new meaning. You can enjoy the sacredness of life experiences through the senses. Insights arise naturally from deeper realms due to this other angle of focus. Meditation, anytime and anywhere, becomes accessible, whether bombarded by the social distractions or in a peaceful serene place. Imagine if you were capable of doing this…learning to savor moments of mindfulness…readily, innately and more often?

Let’s take a stroll with one of the five senses and learn how to practice awareness through everyday sensory experiences.  The key practice to begin with is to take a DEDICATED 2 MINUTES of MINDFULNESS. Set a timer! It is best not to be random about it as your mind will wander off in distraction. It has to start as a dedicated practice. Let’s choose TASTE. For 2 minutes, mindfully choose ONE flavor of your meal to eat (the carrot in the salad) or when sipping a warm beverage. TASTE the experience of the temperature in the mouth, what part of the tongue do you notice, notice texture, the after taste, etc. Pause and witness the unfolding of your experience for 2 minutes. Do this at least 3 times per day, at each meal, and even with an in-between snack. This simple daily practice, 6 minutes of Taste Mindfulness Meditation, will bring you to deeper meaning and fulfillment with food. Trust me on this. Silence is golden and focus is foundational. Turn off the myriad of outside input to tune in to one sensory experience.

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Let’s do this together and appreciate Japan in a savoring, contented and transformative way.  Join Michele Klink for Mindful Savoring of Yoga and Culture in Japan. You will experience an intimate encounter with Japan and take it all in through the senses. Learn Mindfulness Meditation in a unique way. Learn to spiritually sip your tea, peacefully linger with bells or waterfalls, or joyfully experience colors.  This will not be your ordinary sightseeing tour. It will be an impactful, fulfilling unforgettable journey. You will awaken your senses and learn to appreciate the simplicity and beauty of the exotic Land of the Rising Sun. Visit Japan with Michele this October 2019, CLICK HERE form MORE

I would also love to hear about the outcome with your Dedicated 2 Minutes of Savoring Mindfulness Practice.  For me, it is life-transforming and worth every minute of it. 





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Japa Meditation: Learn Yoga Chants

Japa Meditation is the spiritual discipline of repeating a mantra to help quiet the endless stream of thoughts flowing through our overactive minds, giving us the ability to step outside our problems, fears and depressions for a time. Repeating a mantra can help us arrive in the present moment. This is in turn helps one in the ability to cope with life's fluctuations. Each time we repeat the mantra with a meaning embedded into our hearts, we step closer to the peace and joy and an enlightened awareness leading to deeper connection to the source of Grace. Mala Beads support the counting of 108 Mantras.

Common ones that Michele Klink Yoga teaches each season coupled with a seasonal mudra. Check teaching schedule for classes to attend.

OM MEDITATION

LOKAH SAMASTAH SUKHINO BHAVANTU

ASATOMA SADGAMAYA

GAYATRI MANTRA

AHAM PREMA

OM GUM GANAPATI

OM MANI PADME HUM

108 Mala Beads      If you would like to start receiving YOGA NOTES FROM MICHELE, an educational newsletter from Michele Klink, click on CONTACT MICHELE for your name to be added.       From deep within yourSelf, may you reach toward new beginnings in this ever-expanding universe of infinite possibility!  Resolve to Evolve with Michele Klink Yoga.

108 Mala Beads

If you would like to start receiving YOGA NOTES FROM MICHELE, an educational newsletter from Michele Klink, click on CONTACT MICHELE for your name to be added.

From deep within yourSelf, may you reach toward new beginnings in this ever-expanding universe of infinite possibility! Resolve to Evolve with Michele Klink Yoga.

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