In This Chapter
Trying eating, walking and body scan mindfulness meditation practices
Breathing and walking in a mindful way
Understanding and overcoming pitfalls
Meditation is like diving to the bottom of the ocean, where the water is still. The waves (thoughts) are at the surface, but you’re watching them from a deeper, more restful depth. To submerge to that peaceful depth takes time. Extended meditations in the formal mindfulness meditation practices in this chapter offer the diving equipment for you to safely reach those tranquil places.
Formal practice is mindfulness meditation you specifically make time for in your day – it doesn’t mean you need to put on a suit or a posh dress though! You decide when and for how long you’re going to meditate, and you do it. A formal mindfulness routine lies at the heart of a mindful way of living. Without such a routine, you may struggle to be mindful in your daily life. This chapter explores some formal mindfulness practices for you to do while lying down, sitting or walking.
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