Mindful & Spiritual Living Programs

Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation


Mindfulness Meditation is a form of quiet sitting that teaches you how to be with your mind and not be carried away by it.  You sit with the intention of noticing thoughts and allowing them to pass through.  When you notice you're in thought, you come back to a point of focus such as the breath or another anchor. This takes some practice! We are not used to being with the mind in this way but rather quickly, you begin to settle into this space.  Staying there is another thing! 

A consistent practice at the beginning makes this easier. Over time, you may realize that you can walk through your day as a meditation.  

Check out our Introduction to Mindfulness Program or any other Programs we offer teaching Mindful Living. 

Benefits of Meditation 

How to Practice Mindfulness Meditation

One powerful tool in your toolbox. 

It's a good idea to use guided meditation when beginning a practice because you are building a new muscle. 

It's hard to sit still sometimes when your mind is telling you to do just about anything else! It will remind you of the laundry, or to call a friend back, clean up the house. If that doesn't work, it may try to convince you that you're not good at meditation and how it's a waste of time.  All of this is normal and to be expected (and it's not true). 

You may have never fully realized the hold this "roommate" (the mind) has on you until you meditate. It has been running your life up until this point! When you shift into the seat of Awareness and experience it firsthand, it can be pretty far out! That's why people will call it awakening.  You awaken out of the illusion that the mind is who you really are. It's normal to be caught in this trap, so every time you notice, you're awakening again.

When people talk about Awareness, it can feel clunky because it's hard to put into words. It's experiential.  When you experience it, you open to a new way of living as a human being. The human part (mind) and the Being part (Awareness) are always in a dance, whether we see it or not.  When we do see it, life shifts!  The joys and sorrows are felt with a deeper Knowing than the mind will allow.

Mindfulness does not make difficult times disappear. Instead, it shows you how to interact with the circumstances of your life from a place where you feel more balance and harmony.  You may begin to see how the mind creates much of the fuss and illusion.  This alone opens up the door to experience more freedom (and joy!) in each moment. 

7 Steps To Mindful Living 

Mindfulness is meant to be a background for your life, not another thing to put on your to-do list. 

Download this free tool to help keep mindfulness alive and vibrant in your daily life, without the fuss.  

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Erin Rizkalla Mindfulness Meditation

At Cushion Tree, we are passionate about helping you create the life you want through mindful and spiritual living. We are a center for spiritual awareness and offer weekly meditations, online programs, workshops, and coaching teaching you how to live from a place of abundance and freedom instead of living in survival mode. You have the power to create peace, balance, and harmony (and joy!) in your life, working with whatever circumstance life has given you.  

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