BLOT asked our most mindful readers over on Reddit if they had ever tried mindful reading, and what, in their opinion, was the best way to improve their mind, body and soul through reading- here’s what they had to say!
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Anonymous user Kaasvingers said: “If you sort of speed read mindfully, it’s still mindful, right?
“Going from word to word like that has a really nice flow to it. Like when you put letrets in the worng order but you can still qucilky and easily read what it says by purposely not thinking about it. Being mindful of something that kinda feels like magic.
“Grounding and connecting to the present in preparation does help a lot though, in the sense of mindful reading you’re talking about.
“It’s like going from forcefully trying to read to observing whatever you see and letting it flow.”
AnagarikaEddie said: “When Samadhi kicks in, everything you read will have a different meaning and context from when you first read it.
“Complicated books on spirituality will become more understandable. It’s really quite mysterious.”
Certain_Use_5798 said: “Reading is one of those things that require a lot of attention (at least in my case), so I can only read mindfully 😆. This is especially true for readings that are of interest to me. Of course, I can’t read mindfully all the time.
“When I have to read something boring about work or school, I have to consciously bring some mindful attention to the text in front of me.
“Now, I am not sure how to mindfully meditate while reading. I think this goes beyond what I would describe as mindfulness of the present moment.
What is Samadhi?
Within Indian philosophy and religion, specifically within Hinduism and Buddhism, Samadhi can represent a manner of things:
1. A state of intense concentration achieved through meditation.
2. The highest state of mental concentration that people can achieve while still bound to the body and which unites them with the highest reality.
3. In yoga, this is regarded as the final stage, at which union with the divine is reached (before or at death).
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Liseli is a journalism student with a costly love for travelling and new books. She loves a good solo adventure but when she can’t be jetting off to a new destination, the next best thing for her is discovering new places through books. And if she’s not reading a book, she’s looking for her next read. Liseli is passionate about how our identities are represented within literature today.
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