Mindfulness – Quotes and Insights
Quotes and Insights
“No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it” – Albert Einstein
“The range of what we think and do is limited by what we fail to notice” – R D Laing
“We ask for the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can and the wisdom to know the difference” – Serenity Prayer
“We don’t receive wisdom; we must discover it for ourselves after a journey that no-one can take for us or spare us” – Marcel Proust
“The connection between science and happiness is meditation” – The Dalai Lama
What is Mindfulness?
“Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the moment and non-judgmentally” – Jon Kabat-Zinn
“Mindfulness is an aspect of Meditation. In mindfulness, we are choosing to let go of the illusion that we have control!” – Liana Taylor
“People using Mindfulness tools consequently develop greater self-acceptance, self-awareness and clarity of mind, leading to a sustained inner ability to counter depression, negative thought and behaviour patterns and stress. Mindfulness also creates neurobiological changes in the brain correlated with increased positive emotion and improved immune function. Mindfulness awareness practices also lead to an increased blood flow, also facilitate an increased capacity for the forming of intention and the control of attention” – Liana Taylor
Insight comes when our minds are ready. This must be why when during moments of crisis they are often times of great spiritual development.
The loss of a job, the death of a loved one, an illness, the acknowledgement of addiction, divorce. These can all be cognitively disorienting occasions that carry the potential to disrupt old habits of mind and open us to see new ways of being.
These are often times when uncertainty, not knowing and humility are thrust upon us. If we are wise and attentive to these critical times they can be gifts of great value. – Professor Mark Muesse, PhD
What role does Mindfulness play in practising Buteyko Breathing?
“By being aware of our thoughts, not engaging with them and by focusing on our breath and on the sounds we hear while meditating we can minimize intrusive thoughts that may trigger past experiences and past emotions – some of which may cause anxiety.
These triggers can manifest in shallow and quick breathing (hyperventilation). Some consequences of hyperventilation are the restriction or tightening of airways (bronchoconstriction) and the decrease in the diameter of blood vessels (vasoconstriction).
Conversely, reducing our nasal breathing while activating our diaphragm will result in elevated levels of CO2 and nitric oxide. Physiologically our pH blood level will be restored to the normal range of 7.35-7.45 (strengthening the immune system) and the dilating blood vessels will increase blood flow. The consequent relaxation of smooth muscle throughout the body (including the bronchial airways) will activate the parasympathetic nervous system.
By staying in the present, in this manner, instead of in the past or in the future we can avoid or limit the opportunities of anxiety triggers affecting our thoughts and emotions. And in doing so we can achieve clarity of mind and prevent over-breathing manifesting in hyperventilation”. – Paul Rodriguez
Listen to the following short guided meditation –
My Tribute to a Magnificent Whale
What sheer mindful joy
Such a playful cheeky boy!
Without a worldly care
You frolic in a sea you share
Magnificence met with disdain
By those who slaughter for profit gain
Your ancient majestic presence
Butchered without conscience
Forgive us for we know not what we do
Real beauty… pic.twitter.com/Ra2smO3X1F
— Camping, Hiking, Nature… (@Camping123456) October 6, 2019