- Tania Zayets
Meditation Technique for SKILLFUL ACTION
How do we put ourselves into skillful and meaningful action when we don’t feel that great, lacking motivation, inspiration or drive? We act. And motivation will follow. Action creates Motivation. As well the action must be mindful. It’s very common start doing things just for the sake of doing them. But if instead, we give ourselves 15 minutes of time to meditate and begin action from the space of mindfulness, the result will be completely different.
Meditation. Skillful Action.
Sit comfortably on a chair or a cushion. No leaning in. No bending back.
Slowly bring awareness to your breath. Allow yourself to notice the air that is moving in and out of your nostrils. All that we are interested in here is AIR that is moving within nose nostrils. Nothing else. When thought arrives, we acknowledge it and let go. And we focus on the air. Nothing else but air. In a simple and effortless manner. This will allow sharpening the focus and let go the mind clutter. It's called Breathing Space Meditation and we do it for 3-10 minutes in the order to prepare for the next stage.
When we ready, we bring focus to ourselves. Our whole body. And ask in mind these questions: 1. What do I need for myself right now? 2. How can I best take care of myself right now?
And wait, listen. Allow your body to deliver the answer. Once the answer is there don’t analyse, validate, judge. Let it be. You may wish to write it down.
For SKILFUL ACTIONS ask:
1. What pleasurable activity I can do right now (today)? This is necessary to expand the capacity for enjoyment in life.
2.What action can I take to enhance the feeling of mastery or control over my life This is required to broaden the scope of personal leadership in life.
3. What actions can I take to remain more present in my life right this moment.(today, this week, this month, year – make it as short intention or long term one.. whatever is best for you today)
We pause after each question and listen. And write it down. No resisting. Then ACT. And see how MOTIVATION FOLLOWS. Source "Mindfulness, a practical guide finding peace in Frantic World." by Mark Williams and Danny Penman