Not so long ago, many people thought that meditation involved dropping out of society and joining a cult. But most of us don’t want to drop out of society — we just don’t want it messing with our heads.
Mindfulness is a way of holding on to your sanity when life seems to be going out of its way to make you go crazy — with people who don’t understand you, work, schoolwork, stress, and scheduling challenges that would baffle a super-computer.
Studies have shown that teens who meditate are happier, more focused, and less likely to engage in unhealthy behaviors from bullying to bulimia.
Mindfulness can help you discover the real you that’s below all the junk that life fills your head with. It helps you to be more genuinely yourself. Once you learn to quiet your mind you’ll find that there’s a calmer, more positive, more creative you just waiting to be let free.
This mindfulness exercise is a listening meditation. Listening is an amazing way to develop mindfulness.
- For one thing, when we really listen to what’s going on outside of us, our inner immediately starts quieting down
- For another, the mind becomes expansive and open when we listen mindfully, rather than narrowly focused on something that we’re obsessing about, which is what it’s usually doing.
- And lastly, listening reminds us that we don’t have to fix everything. We can’t stop sounds from happening. We can’t make them go away. So instead of trying to resist them, we can simply accept them. This attitude of acceptance can help us to stop being so critical about unwanted thoughts and feelings. They too are like sounds, and we can learn to just let them pass without stressing about them.
This track comes with two bonus MP3s: The introduction to the album, Mindfulness Meditations for Teens, and a five-minute talk entitled, “Why Meditate?”
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