This past Saturday, I had the opportunity to participate in a 4 hour meditation at UCLA, as part of a Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) study. Up until this point, the most I have meditated was about 30 minutes, and I didn’t know what to expect.
A group of about 8 individuals, and two leaders gathered Saturday morning on campus, and immediately the bell rung, and we were to hold ourselves in silence for the remainder of the practice. We performed Yoga, body scans, walking and sitting meditations, and also had a mindful lunch break, silence included.
It was one of the most powerful and amazing experiences I have ever encountered! I had never sat in silence in a group setting for that long, nor had I positioned myself to practice the art of mindful meditation, for over an hour.
The practice of mindfulness isn’t about “relaxing”, it’s actually about “awakening”, in order to catch yourself and your thoughts in those crazy patterns that we all know too well. Think of the sky as your “awareness”, and the clouds as just thoughts, sensations, and emotions that come and go. Think of yourself as a mountain, strong, steady and rooted into the ground, with no weather or storm that can you break you down!
I must admit that since I have implemented a daily practice into my life, even if it is just 10 minutes each morning, I have noticed that I am less reactive and anxious, and have more clarity as I move through each part of the day.
I highly recommend all start to incorporate this practice into your daily life, the benefits are endless! Here is a link to a great breakdown of mindfulness, and a talk by MBSR founder Jon Kabat-Zinn. http://greatergood.berkeley.edu/topic/mindfulness/definition
“Franklin Hill: Up, Over, Around & Up”
2 rounds, each for time on the 15:00
And Coming Thursday:
5 Sets @ 70% C&J
2 Clean pulls
1 Hang clean (Mid-thigh)
4 RFQR (30s:30s)
Kipping CTB pulls
Bike for cal