Sufi Practices

Mindfulness

Another way of describing Meditation in many spiritual paths these days is ‘mindfulness’, which also has an important place in Sufi Meditation.

Mindfulness means to be aware and concentrated – mindful of your breath, body and senses, which can be practiced in your day-to-day life or with a group of people in meditation.

The benefits that these practices can provide are that you derive more pleasure and meaning from your life, you become more relaxed – less anxious and stressed, you’re less judgemental and you become more compassionate to others and yourself. Generally you become more skillful in how you deal with people and life around you.

All this forms a very important part of Sufism.

As Sufism encompasses such a complete spiritual tradition, mindfulness forms part of Sufi Meditation, which is enhanced by all the other aspects of Sufi Meditation. The goal of Sufism is that once the seeker has become proficient in mindfulness (which is very difficult in itself), there is another spiritual level available to the seeker.

A more important aspect than mindfulness in Sufi Meditation, is to make a divine heart connection, that is not only brought about by mindfulness but by other Sufi Meditation techniques, that ensures the seeker is not left with an empty feeling after meditating, but one of real, eternal connection.

 

A talk about Sufi Meditation is given before Sufi Chanting (which is a Group Meditation), each Thursday evening in Melbourne – please refer to the Events section.