The first CDs in this How to Meditate series teach you how to relax quickly and calm the mind. These CDs, which are Part 2 in the series, build on that essential foundation. They present the practical exercises for developing present-moment awareness, or mindfulness, for the purpose of clear thought and action.
Our success both in meditation and in life depends on how we use our attention. It involves being able to stay focused on what is important, while managing the unavoidable distractions from inside and out. Awareness enables us to fine-tune our thoughts and behaviour for maximum benefit in real time.
Self-awareness can have an almost magical effect. It can help us control our thoughts, calm our emotions and manage the physical discomforts of stress or illness. It is also the starting point for higher mental functions such as memory, judgement, self-discipline, creativity and aesthetic pleasure. Relaxation is good, but the benefits of self-awareness are infinite.