“Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way; on purpose, in the present moment and non-judgmentally.” Jon Kabat-Zinn
Living In The Moment
Mindfulness is a series of practices that are based on the awareness that arises when you pay attention in a non-judgmental way to the now, to the present moment. It, therefore, allows you to see things more clearly, through the act of paying attention to every moment, every breath you take, and every sensation you feel is in the moment.
This allows you to notice what is happening in real-time, as it is actually taking place. The mindfulness practices allow you to create a quiet space, a place of refuge, where you can safely dwell in the present moment.
Traditional mindfulness practices find their origin in various religious and secular traditions. They are believed to have started through Hinduism and Buddhism (some believe much earlier) to yoga and, with meditation that has no religious affiliation.
These practices have been used for thousands of years, and are finding their way into the mental health arena as alternative methods of healing.
Guided meditations are a method of practicing mindfulness while attuning oneself to the present moment through the assistance of an auditory experience that is frequency based (sound).
All of your attention is focused on your sensations and the sound, whether it is music or orated by a guide. Focused attention will help you get to that quiet space where your experience is of the now.
Sonic driving participants are usually exposed to repetitive rhythms or drumming that is often accompanied by or combined with shamanic chanting.
The sounds help to guide and move you to a quiet space or to the present moment, the now. Some studies indicate that participants can experience slowed heart rates, and can have greater incidences of dream and or visual experiences.
Definition: an unusual ability that some people are thought to have that allows them to know what will happen in the future or what is happening in a different place. There are beliefs and some studies that indicate that mindfulness practices help you attain, in your quiet space, a greater sense of what is going on around you. In a state of being in the present moment in a sensory way, you are more open to receiving universal information.