TRADITIONAL MINDFULNESS PRACTICES
There are many forms of mindfulness, but meditation is probably the oldest and the most studied. It is also the most misunderstood. As you will see, meditation is a lot simpler than what most people think. That does not mean it is easy to do, at least not at first.
Meditation helps by allowing you to step back from your ego mind into your soul self. All mindfulness practices are geared to help you work internally rather than trying to control external circumstances, which of course you cannot do. As Sam Harris writes in his secrets Waking Up, â€œThis is not to say that external circumstances do not matter. But it is your mind, rather than circumstances themselves, that determines the quality of your life. Your mind is the basis of everything you experience and of every contribution you make to the lives of others. Given this fact, it makes sense to train it.â€
Although we will first describe meditation, it is important to state up front that there are many other things you can do besides meditate, including yoga, tai chi, silent nature walks, chanting, or simply counting your breath. All these practices have the intention of helping you pay attention with awareness, openness, and nonjudgment. When going through this Key, hold onto the fact that the mindfulness practices described here can help you build a foundation for doing the hard work of recovery, as well as dealing with the struggles inherent in simply living your life.