Mindfulness is simply paying attention to what is happening in the present moment. It sounds simple enough, but for most of us, it’s not very easy. Even though we’re going through the motions of our life, many times our minds are somewhere else. We’re typically caught up in thoughts about the past or anxiety about the future instead of what we’re actually living, doing, and experiencing right this moment.
In the days that follow, I’m hoping you will use your Power of Meditation (from yesterday’s blog) to wean you off the mind chatter and bring you back to your Power of Mindfulness by focusing your attention on only one thing (your intangible intention) for a short segment of time each day during meditation.
I’d like to talk a bit about mindfulness and concentration. Many describe mindfulness and concentration as being separate — although related — concepts. In my Creative Meditation and Manifestation (CMM) practice, I see them start out as separate concepts and merge together to become one thing — mindful concentration.
Concentration is defined as giving your exclusive attention to one thought. Whereas mindfulness is defined as a technique in which you focus your full attention only on the present moment. There is a fine line between the two words, and in the CMM practice, I blur the line only for a bit before uniting the two words and concepts together.
When you first start your manifestation meditation practice, you’re going to focus on concentration. Because through concentration, you will find mindfulness. The beginning activities of the first few days of this Manifestation Challenge brought your mind to a state of thinking of only one thing — an intangible desire or goal you wish to achieve. As we move forward with each day’s blog, you will begin to notice a shift. Not only are you concentrating on the daily meditation activity, but you are also in a state of mindfulness — you are completely present and thinking of nothing outside of your intangible intention and the day’s activity during meditation time.
The transition is seamless. It’s not something you need to think about. It will just happen because as your mind moves into a state of concentration when you begin your CMM practice for the day, it will also go through a silent “shift” as it naturally learns mindfulness. The key to the CMM practice is not to shut all thoughts down. It’s to allow the thought of most importance to come forward and be worked on in a manner where all other thoughts are silenced. You can then gain clarity into the answers you seek in your life — simple or complex — because the answer is many times already within you but gets drowned out by the mind chatter.
I’m not saying that you will walk away with answers every time you finish meditation. What I’m saying is that through meditation you gain clarity. Also, through meditation, you gain insight into the steps to take to manifest your intangible intention.
Many meditation practices teach concentration by focusing attention on an image, candle flame, words, etc. I had difficulty with this when I first started meditating — mind chatter was my enemy. The CMM practice teaches a method of concentration focused on manifestation activities — a way I found easier to work with because my mind could absorb itself with the activity at hand, close down the mind chatter, and see a physical result of my meditation in the form of completed activity pages and clear ideas on how to achieve my goals.
So today, I’m going to teach you a really easy way to quiet your mind that anyone can do — coloring geometric patterned designs. I want you to experience first-hand the feeling of mindfulness, and coloring is one of the best ways to know you’ve arrived at that place without months of meditation training.
How can coloring possibly be important in meditation? As you are coloring a repeating pattern, your mind begins to find a rhythm to settle into that will make you feel calm, relaxed, and present. This is the exact spot the CMM practice is teaching you to be in during your meditative time and as often as possible throughout your day.
Coloring gives the mind something to focus on so that you can slow down and be present in this moment. The repetitive action of coloring focuses your mind completely on the present moment, blocking out any intrusive thoughts.
Today’s CMM activity is all about sitting in sacred space, manifestation meditation, and coloring. My book has hundreds of margin coloring pages and I have included three full PDF designs you can download here:
I recommend using color pencils for detail work and shading — fine point crayons can work, too. Go ahead and use yesterday’s Power of Meditation steps to begin your manifestation practice once you have downloaded the coloring page you like. See for yourself how your mind is quieted.
Sit in your sacred space, play your mindful sound.
Acknowledge one thing you are grateful for today.
Read your CMM intangible intention out loud.
Begin slow breathing (10 times).
Work on your coloring page to bring you into a mindful state.
Write or draw on your Creative Meditation Journal lines (or a blank notebook) any ideas, insights, or solutions regarding your intangible intention that present themselves as you color.
Close your meditation with slow breathing (10 times).
Play your closing mindful sound.
Remember that today’s Power of Mindfulness Meditation is an extension from the previous days’ blogs — so be sure to engage your Power of Intent, Power of Gratitude, Power of Sacred Space, and Power of Meditation daily to bring your intangible intent (from Day 1 — Power of Intent) to fruition.
To learn in more detail, please consider purchasing my book "Creative Meditation and Manifestation: Using Your 21 Innate Powers to Create Your Life" by clicking the linked image below:
Watch for Power 6's post tomorrow!
— Much love, Amara